As the sun retires each day over the weekend of Saturday 23rd May – Sunday 24th May, leaving the waters of Newquay’s iconic North Fistral Beach glistening, a venturesome group of international wave warriors will be entering the water to ride waves in the darkness of nightfall. One of the only competitive night time surfing events in the world, the Smart Parking Night Surf, supported by Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) starts on the Saturday 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 Saturday and Sunday.
Newquay’s greatly loved Smart Parking Night Surf promises to attract the best British surfers, many international competitors and a large crowd for an intense and exciting two day UK Pro Surf Tour competition under the glow of flood lights. For eager spectators, the Newquay Night Surf will also be bringing a host of live music to Fistral Beach, including performances by Andy Jordan from TV Hit Show ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Samuel Wulf, as well as an exclusive Red Bull DJ truck.
Also set to keep crowds entertained is an awe-inspiring World Jet Ski demo and a banging closing crescendo, a fabulous firework display that will light up the beach in a spectacular showdown at 10:45pm on Sunday May 24th. This year’s event is set to be larger and more suspense filled than ever before.
The event’s title sponsor this year is Smart Parking. Other sponsors include Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), who are continuing to fund the firework display and essential infrastructure, and Fistral Beach Bar. St Austell Brewery’s Korev is to be this year’s beer sponsor, with Fistral Beach sponsoring the Under 18 male’s category and Dritek sponsoring the Under 16 male’s group. Adam’s Surfboards are proud sponsors of the Pro Juniors and The Stable will be sponsoring the Women’s category this year.
Event organiser and Director of the UK Pro Surf Tour, Dave Reed says, “The Smart Parking Night Surf is an integral part of the annual Newquay event calendar and the UKPSA Pro Surfer’s programme. We thrive on bringing people together through sport and are grateful that so many people understand the role this event plays in the town as well as for the UK surfing industry. As the only event of its kind in Europe, it really helps put Newquay on the map which can only be a good thing for both the local economy and tourism.”
Dave continues, “We would ultimately like to give a huge thanks to all the sponsors who have helped make this event the success that it is. Without the essential ongoing funding and support from Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), we wouldn’t be able to put on sensational firework display that everyone looks forward to so much. The BID team have provided continuous support in terms of communication and marketing, as well as creating a PR presence that we wouldn’t have otherwise had.”
Newquay BID Manager, Eve Wooldridge says, “We’re thrilled to provide funding and support for the upcoming Night Surf event. It’s hugely popular and surfing is intrinsic to the culture and identity of our town. This is one of the only night surfing competitions held globally and because of that, it rouses so much interest, from within Cornwall and well beyond. Working closely with the UKPST, the BID is providing the infrastructure and firework funding, whilst other sponsors are supporting the entertainment and surfing divisions. We can guarantee it will be an amazing event, whether you’re a surfer or not and best of all, it’s free!”
The current Newquay Night Surf champion title is held by Tom Butler, who is Newquay’s big wave charger. Tom managed to steal the trophy from five time champion, Alan Stokes last year, who is also from Newquay. The accolade is, however, not always retained within Cornwall, with other previous winners including Micah Lester from Australia in 2005 and Nick White from New Zealand in 2008. It truly is a local competition of mass proportions and one not to be missed.