The only event of its kind in Europe, the unique Night Surf will be returning to Newquay for its 14th year this weekend and promises to attract the best British surfers, many international competitors and a large crowd for an intense and exciting two day competition under the glow of special flood lights on the beach.
Won in 2013 by local Newquay surfer Alan Stokes who took his fifth Night Surf title, this year’s contest promises to be a spectacular sight, with a whole host of beach activities for all ages, including live music and DJs across the two nights. If there is any surf event to put in your calendar this is it, so grab your blankets and a thermos and head down to Fistral Beach for a truly special surfing occasion.
Having started out on Lusty Glaze, the Night Surf moved to Fistral Beach last year and continues to be one of the most important events on the UK surfing calendar. This year organisers are running an Open Division and a new Women’s and Pro Junior category, as well as introducing the Adam’s Under 18 Boys and Beach Bum Under 14 Boys divisions to the contest.
The renowned event is able to add these exciting new developments thanks to an effective partnership between the UK Pro Surfing Association (UKPSA) and the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) who is putting on a fantastic firework finale to round off the event on the Saturday. The Nightsurf has also received valuable support from Brittanic Industry who own the Beach Complex, Fistral Beach Bar, the Stable Restaurant, Carlsberg, Pommie Grommet, Beach Bum and Adams Surfboards.
Emilie Calhaem, BID Director said: “The BID is delighted to support the Night Surf in its second year on Fistral Beach. Surfing plays a key role in the town’s economy and as a top global surfing destination, it is right that Newquay should be the venue for this very unique and popular event which attracts top competitors from all over the world. This year the BID has funded the firework display to truly finish the event with a bang and fill the sky and sea with colour. We hope that lots of people will come to show their support.”
Dave Reed, Director of the UK Pro Surf Tour said: “We would like to thank all the sponsors for their invaluable support which has helped to keep this popular event going. The Night Surf is an integral part of the annual Newquay event calendar and the UKPSA pro surfer’s programme. We are grateful that so many people want this event to happen and understand the role it plays in the town as well as the UK surfing industry. It’s set to be a great competition.”
The Night Surf starts on Friday 4th July at 3pm when the first group of surfers will take to the waves for the Open Division. They will continue to battle it out through the barrels during dusk and into the night, finishing at 11.00pm on both Friday and Saturday. The firework display will take place at 10.45pm on Saturday night as part of the closing party.