Wednesday, October 16, 2013

UK Pro Surf Tour returns to Saltburn

Thousands of people from across the region are expected to flock to the East Cleveland coast this weekend for round three of the UK Professional Surf Tour. More than 100 professional surfers from all over the UK will wow the crowds when the tour visits Saltburn, on October 19 and 20.

The free to view event, sponsored by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, starts at 10am, on the Saturday, and runs through until 4pm the following day.

Olwyn Peters, the Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: "It's the third time we have hosted the tour and we're really looking forward to welcoming it back. Saltburn is one of the country's best surfing destinations and being a part of this exciting event just reaffirms that.

We have scores of passionate surfers within the borough, and many more from the wider region, who will be especially looking forward to the competition. But surfing is a wonderful spectator sport and one everyone can enjoy. We wish all the competitors the best of luck and we are very much looking forward to seeing them in action."

The Saltburn stage was last won in 2011 by current UK champion, Russell Winter, from Newquay, while this year Newcastle's Sandy Kerr is being tipped as the region's hope.

Organisers believe the event has the potential to boost the local economy by about £100,000 and chose Saltburn because of its relatively consistent surf.

Dave Reed, CEO of UK Pro Surf, said: "We are delighted to be working again with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to bring our National Pro Surfing Tour to Saltburn.
Our professional surfers are looking forward to showcasing their talents to the local community."

There will be five categories comprising of professional men, women, juniors as well as under 18's boys and girls.
Specific timing's will be dependent on the surf and weather. For more information about the event visit