Fat Face Night Surf a roaring success
The event is being hailed by organisers as the “best ever” in the history of the Fat Face Night Series of extreme sports festivals, of which the Night Surf is a core event.
The hot, sunny weather certainly helped to boost the popularity of this event and staff at Lusty Glaze said that the beach was packed to capacity on Saturday evening.
Event host Tracey Griffths from Lusty Glaze commented: “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The weather was fantastic, the organisation was superb, the entertainment was spot-on and a huge crowd of people turned up to enjoy the awesome spectacle.
“We estimate that over 4,000 people made their way down to Lusty Glaze during Saturday alone, making it the biggest event we’ve ever staged at the beach.”
As an illustration of the scale of the event, Lusty Glaze Restaurant manager Will Waters reported that over 6,000 beers and some 2,500 burgers were sold at the beach bar and food stations. And this does not include all the wines, soft drinks, sausages and curries that sold out over the course of the weekend.
Despite the small waves, the surfers managed to put on a show until after dark under floodlights positioned on the cliffs of this classic Cornish cove.
Newquay surf star Alan Stokes flourished in the clean, waist-high swell to win the men’s open. Nicole Morgan was named women’s champion for the second year running and Sennen surfer Sam Bleakley won the longboard event.
Meanwhile, spectators enjoyed beach volleyball, surfing lessons and activities offered by The Adventure Centre. They were also entertained on Friday evening by lively local band Chunky Custard and on Saturday by 16-year-old singing sensation Belle.
Following a podium presentation for the contest winners, the night sky above the beach was lit up with an awesome fireworks display.
Then on Sunday, it was the Groms’ turn to take to the waves. The Newquay crew dominated once again with some fine performances from Harry Timson and Lewis Clinton, who won their respective divisions, and Under 16s Girls champion Gwen Spurlock from Wales.
This was a chilled-out family day at Lusty Glaze beach, where visitors were encouraged to try out surfing with tips from Fat Face team riders Chris Thomson and Emma Skinner.