The Saltrock Open is back in Croyde on Whitsun weekend in May, and it looks like 2010 will be bigger and better than ever.
Whitsun weekend is the perfect time to enjoy Croyde at its best, and Devon's most celebrated break will again play host to surfers from across the UK and beyond keen to take part in what has become one of the most significant stops on the tour. The Saltrock Open in Croyde has grown in stature over the years thanks to epic conditions and some heroic performances from both familiar names and newcomers. This year local surfers will certainly be out in force, keen to knock current champion Australian Glen Hall from top spot and bring the winner's trophy back to the UK.
Spectators will enjoy fantastic displays from the cream of surfing across the whole spectrum including some very strong women's surfing where the UK has recently been excelling, and there are certain to be some fantastic performances on display in the junior competition. The surfing categories will include: Open, Women's, Pro Junior, U16 Girls, U16 Boys & U12 Open. Relentless will provide a prize of £250 for the Biggest Aerial, and King Of Watersports.com will provide a prize of a £200 Skateboard for the highest scoring wave for Men and Women.
Dave Reed, UK PST Director is very excited about the competition. 'After a difficult two years for the surfing industry, it's great to be able to showcase the country's top talent in a fantastic location like Croyde." He goes on to say, "Its also good to be working with the team at Saltrock again, who are a great proponent of South West surfing and who I'm glad to say are looking forward to a big future."
One of the original founders of Saltrock, Ross Thomson, is thrilled to be once again sponsoring the event. "Everyone knows Saltrock has recently weathered a storm, but we're back fighting and things are bigger and better then ever. We're all looking forward to the Saltrock Open and proud to be once again sponsoring such a fantastic event for both the surfing community and the South West."
As always, the competition will end with a party in one of Croyde's popular local pubs.
Source: UK Pro Surf Tour