VQS Europe 2004
The Sid Fish
Saturday Morning came and Porthtowan delivered 2-ft side shore contestable surf.
With local assurance that it would again improve ‘on the push’, led competition director, JD giving the green light and the competition was on! The Sid fish now in its second year attracted over 60 competitors spread across the three divisions.
The Groms and Juniors divisions were ran straight from quarter finals, these early rounds showcased the groms and Juniors tearing it up with Dane Hall locking into a surprise four second barrel in the on shores which eventually sealed him the best trick of the contest.
Once the Groms and Junior divisions had reached the finals round. We released the Pro-am’s into the water. With 32 entries into this division competition was fierce.
The decision to hold off the Pro am's till the turn of the tide paid off, with conditions beginning to improve on the incoming push of the tide the judges and spectators alike were treated to some exciting surfing, with all busting’ loose in the 2-3ft windy conditions. There was even one brave Tahitian Marama Drollet taking on the wild Atlantic in his board shorts.
The finals were run as the day drew to a close and the beer began to flow from the Blue bar. In the Groms Final it was Jayce Robinson who was the Grom on fire. And even a strong late surge from pint size Lewis Clinton couldn’t prevent Robinson Stealing the Show and the taking title. Lewis Clinton taking 2nd, Trev Garland 3rd and Matt Burner 4th.
The Juniors Final was a tighter affair. In the on shores, Tom Owens was flying edging out last year’s winner Tom Butler into second. Barrel wizard Dane Hall and Stefan Little filled the 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
Pro-am final it appeared in its early stages to be a one horse race. With Hollywell Bay’s Andrew Griffin on a seemingly magical board making the very best of what Porthtowan had to offer. The other finalists were left to fight it out for second and even though both Struan Wilkin and Joe Morran made strong late charges for the title, Griffins earlier persistence paid the way. Wining the event in style, busting a front side air in the shore break on his last wave to hoots and cheers from the gathering crowds along with a couple of the judges. The result 1st Andrew Griffin, 2nd Struan Wilkin, 3rd Joe Morran, 4th Ollie Adams
The competition now finished and all entrants having been given prizes, all that was left to do was stroll up the beach into the Blue Bar grab a beer and Rock out to the sounds of Fire Apple Red and Dorothy Sanchez. A perfect end to a great day!
Volcom UK would like to thank all those who came on Saturday, competitors, parents, friends and all. We would also like to thank Electric eyewear, Etnies shoes and the guys from Xcel UK for donating prizes. A very big thank you to Martin Ward and the RNLI, for there help, support and safety. Along with Tara at the Blue Bar, for hosting the after party. The bands Fire Apple Red and Dorothy Sanchez.
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