WHILE the warm weekend weather was welcomed by most, it was bad news for Scarborough’s first surfing festival.
There was barely a wave to be seen as some of the UK’s best surfers sat idly by and soaked up the rays on Saturday, before packing up and going home yesterday without dipping a toe in the water.
Tour director Dave Reed said yesterday that it was only the third time in 17 years of the UK Pro Surf tour that no surfing at all could take place due to the lack of waves.
He added: “It’s a shame, but it happens. Beautiful weather doesn’t always bring great surf.
“It’s always a bit of a roll of the dice. You wouldn’t expect this kind of weather at this time of year.
“We’ve still had a good weekend and thousands of people have been past. We’re hoping to come back to Scarborough next year.”
The prize money and points were split between the surfers.
Despite the lack of surfing, there were other events taking place in the North Bay to keep the crowds entertained.
The Animal Bike Tour saw former world champion and Guinness Book of Records holder Martyn Ashton and international dirt jump star Blake Samson perform eight shows.
Robin Kitchin, of the Animal Bike Tour, said on Saturday: “It’s been going really well. It’s the first time a lot of us have been to Scarborough and it’s amazing to see it on such a beautiful day.
“It’s a shame about the surfing but I suppose it gets us more attention. We would have loved to have seen more of it but wind is the enemy for the bike show. The conditions are ideal for us.
“We’ve had a great audience in Scarborough.”
Drive-in movies were shown and live music was performed in the North Bay as part of the festival, while young skaters at Hairy Bob’s Skate Park were given free lessons by Mike Mullen, the ex-world masterclass half pipe champion and Neil Danns, ex-British and European skateboard champion.
Mike Brayner, a fundraiser for the skate park, said: “There’s definitely been more people down here for the lessons. The weather isn’t ideal for surfing but it’s great for everything else.”