Newquay surf king Ben Skinner celebrates double success at Boardmasters 2013
NEWQUAY'S Ben Skinner was in the mood to celebrate after winning the Longboard title on the final day of Boardmasters 2013 at Fistral Beach on Sunday.
Skinner held off strong competition from Adam Griffiths to add the Longboard and Flowrider trophies to his previous event successes on the UK Pro Surf Tour.
Surf fans were out in force to watch the Longboard final. Skinner's first wave was a massive scorer and set the tone for a fiercely competitive final.
Griffiths did everything he could to reduce the deficit, but some exceptional surfing was not enough to deny Skinner.
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The semi-finals had seen a dominant Skinner despatch of Zak Lawton. Griffiths continued to impress as he emerged victorious over Ben Howey behind.
Fans at the Davidoff Flowrider Challenge Final saw a memorable Newquay 1-2, with Skinner taking gold from Ben Jones in a close run competition.
The surfing was a massive success with a record number of entries flocking to Fistral Beach for the five-day event.
An action-packed schedule on Sunday also saw the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Men's Open.
The first of the semis saw Jobe Harris, the current Pro Junior champion, take on Chris Friend. It was a close fought contest with only the slimmest of margins giving Friend his place in the final.
Semi-final two was between Medi Veminardi and Billy Stairmand. Veminardi took the highest scoring wave, but was unable to get past a determined and consistent Stairmand.
The final was a close run affair with Stairmand taking and holding on to the lead to be crowned champion with a highest scoring wave of 9.5.
Chris Friend fought well but could only gain a highest score of 7.37 to finish a worthy runner-up.
The second round of the Men's Open had seen some of the most competitive surfing at Boardmasters.
Heat one saw Lee Bartlett surf his way to the top with Toby Donachie reaching second, taking both into round four, they were joined by Australian surfer Chris Friend and ProJunior surfer Rhys Barfield from heat two.
Other highlights included local boy Mark Harris progressing alongside by Marcio Dias.
Not to be outdone the quarter-finals of the Women's Open saw the field whittled down in three exceptionally competitive heats.
The conditions were conducive to some brilliant surfing, with Sarah Beardmore and top seed Peony Knight making the early running, Keishia Eyre and Gabi Rowe dominated heat two and were joined by Ellen Harding and Newquay local Holly Donnelly.
The first day of surfing saw the opening rounds of the Grom Masters (under 16s), the Pro Junior (under 20s) and Davidoff Cool Water Longboard Pro.
Competitors paddled out to an ever increasing crowd in the blazing summer sun.
It was a busy day for the Under 16s as they pushed all the way through to the semi-finals of the Grom Masters comp.
Highlights included top seed Angus Scotney (Newquay) and past ISA World Surfing games competitor Eno James (Mexico) securing their places in the semi finals.
The surfers were treated to superb conditions on Saturday as they took to the water for day four of competition, beginning with the Men's Open fourth round.
English national champion Russell Winter displayed some very impressive Lay Backs but didn't manage to progress in a hugely competitive first heat that set the tone for the day's competition.
Sam Lamiroy got the win which took him to the quarters. Lamiroy was joined by Jobe Harris and Chris Friend, who were in imperious form in heat two.
Other noteworthy performances included local surfers Luke Dillon who took the win during heat three, and Mark 'Egor' Harris, who both progressed to the delight of the partisan Newquay crowd.
Noah Lane continued to surf well and won both heats he competed in. The heat five win was taken by the Night Surf's winner Alan Stokes.
Some of the most gripping action of day four on Saturday saw the women's semi-finals and finals.
Sarah Beardmore dominated her semi heat, and was joined in the final by the equally impressive trio Keshia Eyre, Peony Knight and Ellen Harding.
A hard fought final saw standout semi-finalist Beardmore pipped to the post by Keshia Eyre, who continues to look fantastic on the tour.