Animal Crowns UK Pro Surf Tour Champions
on: November 27, 2009, 5:28 am
Animal team cleaned up the top spots of the UK Pro Surf tour at
the final decider event in Newquay at the weekend. Alan Stokes
claimed the overall men's open tour title and Gwen Spurlock became
overall women's open tour champion too. This is a great finish
for Gwen who has taken home the Welsh Junior and British Junior
titles already this year.
Animal Newquay open was the final stop of the gruelling six round
tour that took the cream of UK surfers round the UK best breaks.
After the stormy conditions provided by Mother Nature on day one,
meaning the event was moved to Towan beach, the competition returned
to Fistral. Day two saw a challenging chunky 6ft swell and a strong
cross-shore SSW wind testing competitors. Each heat of the day
was watched closely by the onlookers to find out who would win
The weekend started with Stokesy holding a slender lead but with
six surfers all in with a chance of taking the men's Pro open
tour title. As the heats progressed the contenders were eliminated
leaving Newquay surfers Tom Butler and Alan Stokes as the last
challengers remaining in the semi finals. Stokesy won his semi
but Tom was unable to find the best waves and 3rd place kept him
out of the final and handed the victory to Stokes.
commented, "It means so much to take this title, it's the
hardest UK title to win as the championship is contested over
5 events. These new chargers like Tom Butler and Reubyn Ash pushed
me all the way and made it an anxious but fantastic final event."
the Women's event strong performances were put on by Zoe Sheath
and Gabi Rowe. This wasn't enough to take the overall title from
Gwen Spurlock who won the overall UK Pro Surf Tour Women's event
thirty points ahead of the pack. Gwen's story is one of a true
champion, after winning the junior tour in 2007 a serious head
injury kept her from the water in 2008. Now sporting a helmet
Gwen has not only returned, but won the tour title.
finding out she'd won the tour Gwen said, "Boom. I'm amazing."
She was pretty stoked that she had won the title.
Animal Sponsorship manager Steve Kitchin said, "We are really
proud to have two such outstanding surfers on the team, and to
have a double win at the Animal Newquay Open is the icing on top.
The champagne will be flowing at Animal Towers tonight."
and Gwen now have a bit of time off to celebrate their wins before
starting on their winter training schedules.
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