This weekend saw me and the family take a wee trip to Cornish beach, Porthtowan for the Approaching Lines Slyder Cup 2.0. This is the second of an annual event celebrating all forms of skeg-less surfing.
The Slyder Cup has a tongue-in-cheek competition element to it but the conditions weren't exactly supportive of this.
Nonetheless, it was really good to hook up with everyone and to promote mat surfing as best I could. A few other UK matters were planning to pop along. Phil Sinclair made a showing, but a combination of injury, domestic crises and it just being too far to travel with no surf meant that me and my lad, Webbo, were the only regular mat surfers in attendance.
Let's hope the surf comes together so we can get a gaggle of matters together for the re-arranged splash-a-thon due to take place in the autumn (TBC).
Anyway, I had a table set up and enjoyed some great chats with interested people.
Anyway, despite the lack of surf we all went surfing. And despite the lack of mat riders, there were people riding Redbacks and having a blast.
Great to see a collection of finless craft in the water together with a great vibe all round.
Webbo had some good waves riding various craft, including the paipo he shaped for the day (second from the right above) and he managed to snag himself an award for being the "Most Stoked Surfer".
All in all, this was a great day and I'd urge anyone to make these. The organizers, Demi and Chris from Approaching Lines, put a ton of work into this and they deserve support.
Keep an eye out for more info on approachinglines.com
See y'all there next time!
PS I rode a Redback. Not a design I'd rush to look into but perfect for the shin-high wind chop.