Scarborough Surf Festival hailed a success despite lack of waves

Fancy dress surfers have fun, despite the lack of waves. Picture Richard Ponter 134047a
Fancy dress surfers have fun, despite the lack of waves. Picture Richard Ponter 134047a

The third Scarborough Surf Festival has been hailed a huge success despite a lack of waves preventing the UK surfing championships from going ahead.

More than 10,000 people flocked to North Bay at the weekend when the UK Professional Surf Tour returned to the North Bay.

Despite no surfing actually taking place, the crowds were able to enjoy a “festival atmosphere”, with a host of other activities and attractions on offer.

UK Pro Surf’s Steve Parrott said: “It was a fantastic success. It was hugely popular and loads of people turned up, which is great. The event is really building up momentum.

“There was a real festival feel because we had the VW camper van show, with around 60 vans on display, live music from local bands, professional mountain bike shows and lots of stalls.

“Sadly as the waves were very small the surf competition was unable to run - that’s life you can’t always get the waves as you can’t order them. But from a festival perspective it was brilliant and it really showcased the Scarborough coastline.”

Mr Parrott stressed the setback had not jeopardised the event and revealed plans were already in place to stage the event again next year.

He added: “It’s always hit and miss but it didn’t spoil the event as a result of the overall festival.

“We are on a roll and we want to keep it going and keep supporting the North Yorkshire coast, so people can expect it back next year and in future years.”

This year Scarborough surf shop Dexter’s held a fancy dress surfing competition to raise funds for Surfers against Sewage and Help for Heroes, with categories including best dressed.

Mr Parrott said: “The competition was still able to go ahead and it’s an example of people getting stuck in and getting involved. The fact this was held, shows people are getting involved with the momentum and are recognising that it’s a big event now and are coming up with more creative ideas year-after-year.

“It was an amazing atmosphere, which is what it’s all about. People came down and enjoyed the opportunity to be in Scarborough and the North Bay.”