|Animal Newquay Open crowns UK Pro Surf Tour champs|
Open finalists : photo Lucia Griggi
Animal Newquay Open
Stop No 9 of 9 on 2008 UK PST
Fistral Beach, Newquay
15 - 16 November 2008
The Animal Newquay Open crowned the 2008 UK Pro Surf Tour champions at Fistral today
The 1 star event supported by Animal will consist of Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Pro Junior divisions with a prize purse of £2750. The event was the 9th and final event on the UK Pro Surf Tour 2008 and it was a tense day of competing with three surfers all close enough in points to take the tour crown.
Competitors were greeted with good 3 to 4 foot conditions at Fistral this morning to commence the second round of the Men’s Open which saw the shock exit of tour leader Sam Lamiroy.
Despite the November weather spectators were out in force on the beach to support their favourites and weren’t disappointed with some outstanding performances including a 9.64 ride and the King of the Waves title being awarded to local Newquay surfer Oli Adams in the quarter finals, the highest wave score of the contest.
Women's finalists : photo Lucia Griggi
The Semis saw the progression of Alan Stokes and Rueben Pearce into the
final, favourites to take the tour title, and joining them the brothers
from Bude, Joss Ash and Rueben Ash.
It was an incredibly close
final but in the end it was Reuben Ash who shone through the take the
title of Animal Newquay Open 2008 champion with his brother Joss Ash in
second, Reuben Pearce in third and Animal rider Alan Stokes in fourth
The Women’s Open division was a truly multinational
affair with surfers from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In
the end Nicole Morgan of Ireland, who has dominated the tour throughout
the year took first place with Daisy Thomas from New Zealand in second,
Raine Jackson from Australia in third and Holly Donnelly of Newquay in
Joss Ash : photo Lucia Griggi
The Relentless Money move went to Joss Ash for a radical manoeuvre
performed in his Quarter final heat. King of Watersports.com ‘Queen of
the Wave’ Award went to Raine Jackson for a 8.66 wave score
weekend will also see the 2008 Surf Awards being held at the Esplanade
Hotel at South Fistral on Sunday the 16th of November to celebrate this
year’s achievements in surfing and to officially crown the 2008 tour
To top the weekend off Animal has teamed up with the
Chy Bar in Newquay to hold the Animal after Party. After the 2008 Surf
Awards at the Esplanade Hotel, the Chy Bar will open its doors to the
British surfing community to give the UKPST tour the send off it
rightly deserves. The Chy Bar will be free entry for everyone and doors
open from 10pm till late.