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Everybody Wins!

May 16 2002 / Thursday

Etnies Expression Session surf event
11th - 12th May 2002
Fistral Beach, Newquay.
Everybody Wins!
The Etnies Expression session surf event was held at Fistral beach Newquay,
attracting surfers from the US and Europe all competing for the prize money
in the annual event.
UK surfers Gareth Llewellyn, Mark Harris, Joss Ash and Daz Wright proved
the Cornish had what it takes by fending off the foreign surfers as all
four made it through to the semi's amid small cross shore waves.
The 40 surfers battled it out in the very small 1ft waves on Saturday, but
due to the decreasing swell the contest was unable to proceed past the semi
finals on Sunday; as the expected swell did not arrive. Surfers waited till
4pm on Sunday until a unanimous decision was made to divide the prize money
equally between the semi finalists. Each surfer received £280 as well
as a crate of Corona beer and a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila so they were
all stoked.
Gareth Llewellyn - English, sponsored by Rip Curl, Pukas Surfboards, Globe
Ollie Adams - New Zealand, sponsored by Huffer & Red Bull
Mark Harris - UK, sponsored by Quiksilver & Reef
Daz Wright - UK, sponsored by Ocean Magic Surfboards, Snugg Wet Suits
Boris Le Texier - France, sponsored by Rip Curl
Joss Ash - UK, sponsored by Volcom, Gravis, E.T.C.
Tommy O'Brian - USA
Jun Jo - USA
Saxon Boucher - USA
"We've been judging the surfers on radical moves with speed and high
power being the main focus, but with the conditions of the waves it's been
a lottery out there as waves have been so far and few between", head
judge Ester Spears told us. "Outstanding surf performances were achieved
by Boris Le Texier, Gareth Llewelyn, Mark Harris, Jun Jo & Tommy O'brien."
Contest director, Dave Reed was impressed with the standard of surfing in
this year's event and said, "We've had a good crowd down here for the
last two days, it's been an exciting event and the level of surfing from
all the surfers in the contest has been extremely high. The international
surfers have enjoyed themselves and have told me they are looking forward
to coming back next year. It's just been a shame at the lack of surf because
it made it really difficult for the guys to perform in. Many of the other
good surfers were knocked out in the early rounds like U.S surfers Phillip
Watters and Josh Loya, so for four of our local surfers to get through to
the semi's is an achievement in itself."
Daz Wright, 35, from Newquay said "It was the best organised surf contest
I've been to in the UK; the standard of competitors was a very high format.
The contest worked in my favour as I concentrate on big airs, manoeuvres
and Ariel's."
Gareth Llewellyn, 22, from Newquay said "It was the best contest I've
ever been in. Etnies put on a really good comp. The waves were only small
but there was a really good atmosphere and the vibe was great."
Finally, Mark Harris, 20, also from Newquay said "Even though the waves
were smaller than I'm used to, the comp was an interesting format and everyone
made the most of it; it was great fun and the best comp the UK has ever
seen. It was good to have international riders of such a high level on my
home beach-Fistral."
Darren Robinson, Sales Director & Anne Stringer Events and Marketing
management for Etnies UK said "The standard of surfing was high and
the format of the comp allows the surfers to perform the best they can in
the waves. Thanks for a good all round event and we look forward to next
year's Etnies Expression session event."

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