Surfing Events in the UK 2019
Whether you’re a seasoned professional who’s looking to compete or support fellow pros or you’re just starting out in the world of surfing and want to watch your first competition live, there’s plenty of exciting surfing events happening all over the UK in 2019. The atmosphere at such competitions is infectious and the general buzz surrounding the event makes each location a fantastic place to be during that time. Here at F-One, we thought we’d provide a run-down of some of the core surfing events happening in 2019, just in case you would like to plan your upcoming holidays accordingly.
2019 English National Surfing Championships May 4th – 6th
Hosted in one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches, the golden sandy haven of Perranporth will welcome professionals from far and wide for the National Surfing Championships in May. A highlight in the British surfing calendar and a title with incredible heritage, many surfers hit the waves in a bid to be crowned English Champion. The contest see’s all age-groups, from the under 12s to the over 45s battle it out against their peers in the three-day event, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to see talent from both the young and the more experienced. There are nineteen divisions in all, so find out the order of events beforehand to plan your day and ensure you are in prime position if you are supporting one particular surfer. The location is a beautiful area of Cornwall with lots to see and do nearby, and there are other, quieter surfing beaches should you be inspired by the experts and want to give it a try yourself.
2019 Night Surf, June 7th – 8th
Fistral Beach, Cornwall
One of the most unique events in the surfing calendar is the Night Surf, the only competition of its kind in the UK and one of only two in the world. The contest begins in the late afternoon and fantastic surfers demonstrate jaw-dropping jumps and tricks through the sunset and well into the evening. The beach is illuminated by floodlights for a truly exceptional setting that thousands flock to Fistral for, and as the competition draws to a close, the party atmosphere and celebrations are well and truly underway.
2019 English Adaptive Surfing Open, June 29th – 30th
Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Again, down in the heart of the south-west, except this time head to renowned surfing haven of Fistral Beach in Newquay. Organisers invite adaptive surfers alongside Surfing England affiliated clubs and accredited surf schools to an introductory experience that offers professional training, coaching and workshops, all of which are devised to increase opportunity and inclusivity within the community. Adaptive surfers with a dream of winning national surfing titles will compete against peers in divisions identified by their functional ability. The categories include Assisted, Prone, Sitting/Kneeling and Standing & Open. All spectators are welcome and will not be charged to see the event, although Surfing England are looking for volunteers to help run the event should that be of interest.
2019 English Interclub Surfing Championships, September 21st - 22nd
Surf clubs from all over England are invited to challenge each other in the Interclub Surfing Championships which will, this year, take place in Croyde Bay, North Devon. The friendly rivalry will see clubs with Open, Women and Junior divisions compete against each other and is sure to provide a fun weekend of surfing and socialising in one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Whether you are part of a club and wish to compete or you want support whichever club is local to you, this action-packed weekend is a favourite for families all over the UK. Croyde is not far from other top surfing locations in North Devon, including Woolacombe, Saunton and Putsborough, making for a fantastic weekend break.
2019 Rip Curl Grom Search Series, August 31st – September 1st
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
A competition exclusively for those aged under the age of 16, the Rip Curl Grom Search Series is held in regions all over the world, before an international final traditionally takes place in the following spring. The 20th edition of the competition will focus on environmentally responsible behaviour by all participants and the event will take steps to ensure it minimises the use of single-use plastic as much as possible. A hotbed of young talent, this competition once uncovered future World Champions, including Stéphanie Gilmore, current #1 in Women’s surfing, which is an indication of the potential of those competing. The Gromsearch village will be erected at the event, offering an array of fun and interactive experiences on the beach for both competitors and spectators, as well as a beach bar to keep everyone hydrated.
2019 Highlands Surf Festival, 24th - 26th October
Thurso East, Scotland
A competition that’s sure to thrill both participants and spectators alike, the Northern Fringes of Scotland is home to a fantastic surfing festival that always delivers. Be it dredging barrels or broken boards, professionals from all over the UK will battle the waves in a bid to be crowned champion of one of the UK’s best and most revered slabs. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness some of the biggest names in surfing push themselves to the limit in testing conditions, although remember to wrap up warm – October in Scotland is far from tropical.
That concludes our guide to some of the most important surfing events that are happening over the next several months. We hope you can make it to at least one of these fantastic events and if SUP is more your thing, try out your inflatable stand up paddle board at one of the beaches nearby while you are there. Do you have any other competitions you’d like to recommend? Let us and other surfing spectators know via the comments on our social media channels.