Last weekend saw the 2015 Approaching Lines International Festival of Surf (presented by Reef) go down just up the road from us in Newquay. Three nights of surf movies in a packed cinema and a single fin surf contest that lucked into perfect conditions made for a brilliant few days, and it was wonderful to indulge in a weekend of surf culture and stoke at the tail end of winter. We headed along and enjoyed some really great surf movies which were amazing to see projected onto the enormous screen in Newquay’s Lighthouse Cinema, including the latest offering from the creative team at Deus, “North to Noosa” and “70 something“, a movie that showcases a rarely seen and soulful side to Brazilian surfing.
North to Noosa
Approaching Lines Festival Director Chris Nelson introducing a slew of surf movies.
On the Sunday morning, following three evenings of cinema sessions, competitors and spectators gathered at North Fistral for the reef Single Fin Classic Invitational and stepped out of their vehicles to see four foot peaks peeling under sunny skies. The twelve surfers competed in two six man (forty minute) heats on single fin surfboards under eight foot long and an impressive display of surfing went down with Alan Stokes emerging victorious. If you couldn’t make it along then enjoy this small selection of images that will hopefully galvanise you to get yourself a ticket next year. Based on the fun that we had, we’ll see you there in twelve months time.
Single Fin competitors Neil Holland, Tom Anderson and James Parry watch a loomer roll through.
Sam Boex took the “Most Stylish” award on Sunday, and rightly so.