The Watergate ETL Surf Comp and Flowrider For Life event took place on the 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.
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.
**Archived October 2010**