The annual Rip Curl Boardmasters got underway today at Fistral Beach in Newquay. The men’s and women’s five star surfing events are on hold for the time being due to small conditions.
Once again this shows the ASP’s commitment to giving the surfers a decent chance to perform in quality waves. With a new swell forecast to arrive through the week contest organisers have decided to postpone until Tuesday morning. Check in will be at 8am for the surfers and hopefully we will see the start of the surfing action.
The first round of the Women’s event is scheduled to kick off proceedings, with some world class action from the likes of British surfer Robyn Davies and French ripper Marie-Pierre Abgrall – be sure not to blink!
The Men’s event will follow showcasing the talents of some top locals from the British Professional Surfing Association tour. Top Brits Alan Stokes, Spencer Hargreaves and many more will lead the charge taking no prisoners in their bid to topple some international names such as Rip Curl riders Darren O’Rafferty. This year’s event is a 5 star World Qualifying Series event and as such offers the surfers the chance to earn some of the $100,000 prize purse from the early stages as well as valuable qualifying points towards a spot on the ASP World Championship Tour.
Elsewhere at the Boardmasters today, 100s of people crowded round the mini ramp and watched in awe as Eastpack and Vans skate and BMX pros killed the ramp. Lee Blackwell, Ben Manual, Pete Marcell and Ronnie Callow took control to thunderous applause and cheers.
Other entertainment at the beach this year includes the Trade Village with many bargains to be had, the Vans vert ramp profiling top skaters and BMXers in a thrilling competition and of course the Fosters beer tent where you can grab a pint and cool off from the midday sun.