The next scheduled tour date for the third leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour is The 2007 “Summer of ‘69” Hot Tuna Pro surfing championship, set for August 25-26th at Widemouth Bay in Bude. The UK Pro Tour’s Hot Tuna event will now be known as a travelling event, changing locations year on year to give a fresh look to the event through the mid summer months.
Widemouth has breaks along the entire beach and works best on mid to high tide up to 6ft. It is a favourable venue for Tour surfers looking to gain valuable points toward the prestigious year and to end holding the UK Pr Tour Title. Divisions include Men’s Open, worth £3000, Women’s Open, worth £500, U’16+U’12 Grommet Comps and the Relentless Money Move, offering £250 for the best move over the entire weekend. Grommet Finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday with the Open and Women’s final on Sunday 26th August.
With new tour sponsors G-Shock aboard for this year, providing the event with the first mobile contest seen on the UK Pro Tour, for the first time ever it will be possible for the judges to have an indoor judging area set up, a media accreditation room and surfers lounge – greatly adding to the infrastructure for the 2007 tour.
Micah Lester, last years tour winner and sponsored rider of Hot Tuna says: “I am glad to be back on tour for yet another year running, I am focussed more than ever and from spending time back home in Australia surfing great waves, I am ready for the next leg of the tour and hope to do well holding onto my title for another year running.”
Toby Akins, Hot Tuna rider, said: “I am fully focussed on surfing this year. I am only just out of injury from hurting my ankle and look forward to what sounds like an exciting new and improved year for the tour- I can’t wait!”
Currently leading the tour is Newquay lad Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, UK Tour Champ in 2003. Egor is one of the best UK surfers and a popular surfer on tour. A tour victory by Egor would be a popular one but all the other surfers will be out to stop him, not least Hot Tuna team riders Toby Atkins and Micah Lester.
In addition to surfing, spectators and athletes can expect to enjoy beach-related activities and a Saturday night party at The Widemouth Manor, where tour surfers and staff will be treated to food and Skinners Beers courtesy the tour sponsors whilst listening to upcoming reggae/jazz band Sellors and the Scientists. Surfers will also be able to camp free in the field next door.