Irish surfers make it a clean sweep on home turf at the Quiksilver/ Roxy Pro held in Portrush this weekend, stop no. 8 of 9 on the UK Pro Surf Tour (UKPST).
In the Roxy Open Women’s event, local Irish surfer Easkey Britton took control from the opening seconds of the final in a strong display surfing in clean 2-foot surf at Whiterocks Beach in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Easkey, who is studying in Northern Ireland, often trains at the contest venues of White Rocks and East Strand whenever she is away from her home beach of Rossnowlagh. She also won the ‘Queen Of The Waves’ sponsored by King of Watersports.com for the highest wave score. Shauna Ward from Bundoran finished second in small conditions at low tide that made wave selection all important. Sarah Bentley from Cornwall placed third and Raine Jackson from Australia finished fourth.
Irish/Australian Glenn Hall, took home the Portrush Open Title. Glenn who learned to surf in Australia but has recently returned to his Irish roots, took control of the event from the first round. The small surf suited his sharp, effortless style and the gathered crowd of spectators were soon predicting his victory. Glenn not only won the final but also the King of Watersports.com ‘King Of The Waves’ prize for the individual best wave score and ‘The Relentless Money Move’ for the most powerful manoeuvre to complete a clean sweep of the prizes. Glenn, who is ranked in the top 40 on the world professional circuit (WQS) was delighted with the win, which could not have come at a better time as he is getting married next month in Hawaii. Young Jayce Robinson from Cornwall put up a good fight in the final to finish second within a single point of Glenn. Last year’s UK Pro Tour winner and current ratings leader Sam Lamiroy took third and Martin Black placed fourth after an impressive semi final performance.
The finals were enjoyed by the biggest crowd of the Quiksilver and Roxy3 Degrees series so far who were also greeted with sunshine and light winds after a snow storms the pevious week!