The European Longboard Tour came to Cornwall this weekend. The three star-rated event, part sponsored by Extreme Academy, Hendra Holiday Park, Flowrider at Retallack as well as Skinners Fine Cornish Ales to name but a few, attracted some of the biggest names in the sport and was an absolute surfing show for spectators.
The event was organised by defending ETL champion Ben Skinner. He said: "I've been passionate about bringing this event to Cornwall - the ETL has been running for four years and until now we've never had a round here in the UK. As a surfing nation we're really strong in Europe and this has been a great showcase for Cornwall and British surfing".
The fund of €5,000 meant high stakes for the surfers, the winner Remi Arauzo pocketed a cheque for €1,000 and 1,800 championship points on a borrowed SKINDOG board from Ben Skinner after snapping his board. In second place was event organiser Ben Skinner and joint third was shared by Newquay's Adam Griffiths and Alexis Daniel.
The ETL will reach its conclusion in November with the final two rounds taking place in Morocco and Portugal on consecutive weekends.
After a heavy day of surf on Saturday in what can only be described as epic conditions the competitors and European judges where treated to a night of fun at the Retallack's flowrider the Loop.
The evening which raised funds for the Precious Lives Appeal in memory of Newquay toddler Joe Way raised £500.
Adults and children had lessons on the Southwest's only flowrider which was also streamed live on the internet and after the raffle the mountain bike was donated back by Portuguese judge Filipe Anjos who had won but decided Portugal was a long way to cycle back to, Filipe also donated 50 Euros to Joes fund.
Jason Keyter of Retallack who was also the evenings MC then auctioned the bike off which was won by Paul Hutchinson owner of Perranporth Signs and Graphics who also sponsored the ETL Watergate surf event and Joe Ways Paddle for life by providing all the signage.
The highlight of the evening was Judge Norman Wright and BLU founder Minnow Green who after a whip round by Ben Skinner which reached £150 surfed the Flowrider in Speedo's much to the delight of the crowd.
Matt Way Park Manager at Hendra Holiday Park and Joe Way's Dad said "This event has once again shown how Cornish businesses can worked together to put on a great European competition which has left our visitors with a lasting memory of epic surf against a beautiful Cornish back drop. Saturday's charity night was fantastic and Claire and I cannot thank Ben, Jason and Karl's flowrider team enough".
Sunday saw bumpy conditions with heavy sets of 4-6 foot keeping the safety team and officials on their toes.
After a packed presentation Ben Skinner reflected on the weekend "I cant believe how lucky we have been for the 1st ever European Professional Longboard event in the UK. I want to thank everyone involved to make this happen, its amazing to see local Cornish Businesses come together to bring something as spectacular as this to Cornwall. In the process we had an amazing fund raising evening for the Joe Way appeal and managed to raise £500".
Ben added "I can't wait to start organising the event for next year, we are already planning it and we want it to go from a 3 star event up to a 4 star and again, show Cornwall how good our longboarders are. Thanks to everyone for all there support before and during this event".
See the photos from the event by clicking here. For more information contact Ben Skinner on 07584 045153 or Retallack Resort and Spa on 01637 882400.