Russell Winter Reigns Supreme at Nightsurf 2015
Britain’s “best ever surfer” Russell Winter proved he’s still got what it takes to compete at the top level, with a convincing win at the Nightsurf contest at Fistral Beach in Newquay at the end of May.
The 39-year-old former world tour surfer from Newquay took his third Nightsurf title in foggy and very challenging conditions, watched and supported crowds of surf fans at the iconic surfing beach.
Second place went to former English Champion Johnny Fryer who has just returned from two years away from competition due to hip surgery. Third was in-form Mark Harris who was runner up at the English Nationals three weeks ago. Fourth was Bournemouth based previous winner of this event Gordon Fontaine.
In the Stable Women’s division Newquay teenager Georgia Timson made the most of the conditions to take her first event win on the UK Pro Surf Tour. Second went to Bude’s future surf star Elle Turner with Current UKPSA Women’s Champion taking third and past British surf squad member Zoe Sheath coming fourth returning to completion after having a baby last year.
The Smart Parking Nightsurf also saw the first of the Adams Surfboards Pro Junior tour events with English Open Champion Jobe Harriss taking the win. Second place went to St Ives’ Harry DeRoth, third to Newquay’s Angus Scotney, who had the highest scoring wave of the competition and fourth Dale Foster.
South African Jake Elkington took out the Fistral Beach Under 18 Boys division defeating Harry DeRoth, third went to Jersey Charlie Rio and fourth Fistral Beach local Angus Scotney.
Possibly the biggest upset of the night was in the Dritek U16 Boys with Bude’s 12-year-old surfing prodigy Stanley Norman beating Kit Innes followed by U18 Boys Champ Jake Elkington and Welsh surfer Seth Morris coming fourth.
The event was closed by an amazing firework display that impressed the jam packed beach. Contest organisers UK Pro Surf Tour have thanked all the sponsors who helped make the event possible including: Smart Parking, Korev Lager, Newquay BID, Adams surfboards, Fistral Beach Bar, The Stable Resturant Fistral Beach Complex and Dritek.
Next event on the tour is the UK Schools Pro Am in July followed be the Boardmasters in August.