Hot Tuna/Summer of ’69 Surf Championship
The Hot Tuna ‘Summer of 69’ BPSA UK Tour Event took place this weekend at the scenic Porthmeor Beach in St Ives. More than 120 surfers over five divisions came to take part in this, the 4th leg of the tour, in 3-4 ft surf over the bank holiday weekend.
In the Under 12’s Luke Dillon just snatched victory from Harry Timson, while Stuart Campbell just had the edge over Alex Baker in the U’16’s. Nicole Morgan claimed the Women's Open while Holly Donnelly claimed the U’16’s.
In the men's event, new Hot Tuna Team Rider Bron Heussenstamm blew away all competition in his first two heats showing his WQS credibility with a series of quick backhand vertical turns. Elsewhere, unsponsored Eugene Tollemache was also surfing really well and also won his opening heats as well as holding the Freerange Sports Optics Most Powerful Move until the end of the day.
Sunday greeted the remaining competitors with slightly smaller but cleaner conditions with the Men’s third round first in the water. Hot Tuna Euro Rider Toby Atkins showed early promise, cruising through his first heat after a 7.8 on his first wave, but then crashed and burned in the next round.
Standouts of the day included Bron again, who won his next two heats, as well as Sam Lamiroy and Matty Capel, who was relishing the slightly smaller conditions.
The finals riders were Lamiroy, Capel, Lu Whittaker and Micah Lester. An early wave for Sam Lamiroy, which scored him an impressive 8.8, never really gave the others a chance. Lamiroy took the win and the £1500 first prize followed by Micah, Lu and Matt Capel. Lu also ended up with the FSO Powerful move with a huge forehand gouge.