Tom Butler Takes Top Marks at the 2008 Oakley XPY Pro Junior
Written by: Press Release
Submitted: 30th September 2008
Through the whole weekend, Fistral beach surprised early morning faces with clean peaks and well contestable waves. With conditions forecast to be small all weekend, competitors were eager to get out there!
Tom Bulter pro junior winner
On the Saturday, surfers were greeted with 1ft to 2ft glassy peaks at Fistral. The sun was shining and the Under 16's girls were eager to compete, but in the finals the results showed true with OAKLEY XPY Presented by Globe under 16's Girls winner Zoe Sheath walking away with £100 in her back pocket, a brand new Xbox, and £200 of Oakley goodies! 2nd place was Lucy Campbell, 3rd Gabi Rowe, 4th Tassy Swallow, and 5th place Megan Burns. There were strong performances in the Under 12's and all the groms were eager to get out there as well! Standouts in the first round were Ed Smith, Will Bailey, Tas Knight and Harry De Roth locking in decent rides to impress the judges! The Under 12's final was carried over to Sunday due to high tide unrideable conditions at Fistral.
We resumed with day 2 on Sunday, and once again the sun was out and an increase in the surf conditions, breaking all the surf predictions! It kicked off with the Under 16's boys, and first round standouts were Harry Timson, Miles Lee-Hargreaves and Beau Bromham, all winning their heats and advancing through to the next round, but standouts in the semis were Toby Donachie (St Merryn), alongside the likes of Josh Piper (Newquay), Alex Baker (Croyde) and Tom Good (Newquay) who have been consistent all year, and advancing through to the finals. Pro Junior was next up, and good solid performances from top UK junior surfers Jayce Robinson from St. Ives and Newquay surfer Tom Butler, alongside them consistent Stuart Campbell and Josh Piper, all bagging themselves a first class ticket to the finals.
In the finals we started off with the Under 12's division, all catching decent rides to impress the judges and proving to spectators that they are the up and coming bright stars for British surfing. The end results was 1st place Dale Foster (Newquay), 2nd place Ed Smith (Liskeard), 3rd place Tas Knight (Croyde), and 4th Place Harry De Roth (St. Ives).
Tom Bulter pro junior winner
It was an action packed final in the Under 16's, with all the surfers locking in high combinations of scores, but in the end the result the win was taken by Toby Donachie (St Merryn), and following closely behind in 2nd Josh Piper from Newquay, 3rd place Alex Baker, and 4th place Tom Good.
Lastly the event finished up with the Pro Junior. The high tide conditions were challenging for the finalists but still showing solid turns and wowing the spectators on looking from the beach. The end result was Tom Butler from Newquay taking the gold, with £250, a new Xbox, bunch of Oakley product, and a smile on his face! Following behind were 2nd place Stuart Campbell (Wollacombe), 3rd place Jayce Robinson (St. Ives), and 4th place Josh Piper (Newquay).
Other trophies included the prestigious XPY highest scoring wave trophy, which was awarded to Toby Donachie (St. Merryn), scoring a 9.00 out of a possible 10.
Also, there was the 'Globe, Time for Airs' Best Manoeuvre challenge, which was given to Jayce Robinson (St. Ives), for doing a solid backhand re-entry, which came off the back of a 8.87 wave, almost grabbing the highest scoring wave trophy as well. He walked away with a huge travel bag donated by Globe.
Thanks go to all competitors and spectators, along with sponsors Oakley, Globe, Xbox 360, Relentless Energy Drinks, Carveboard, and Northcore. Other thanks go to Eurobeach, Fistral Beach, Fistral Blu restaurant, and Restormel Borough Council for making this year's event possible.
Next event on the Pro Junior, Women and Open UKPST is the Elusive Open to be held at Rest Bay Porthcawl 11th 12th October. The final event for the Grommet division will be the Newquay Open, held again at Fistral on 15th November.