Woolacombe-based Lucy Campbell will be crowned UK Pro Surfing Association’s 2017 Women’s Tour champion at a prestigious awards ceremony in Cornwall later this month.
The award follows a gruelling seven-month campaign for the Korev sponsored surfer, culminating in a thrilling double gold for Team Korev at Thurso in Scotland. Lucy, alongside her Korev teammate Luke Dillon, will be presented with the respective women’s and men’s titles at the UK Surf Awards to be staged at Newquay’s Carnmarth Hotel on Sunday, November 26.
Kicking off in May with the Surfaced Pro held at Watergate Bay, where Lucy retained her UK Women’s Open title, the tour took in the Nightsurf at Fistral Beach in June before travelling to the Surf Snowdonia Pro Surf Challenge and finishing in the Highlands of Scotland at the Thurso Surf Festival.
Coming down to the last event, Lucy needed to win in Thurso with Bude based Emily Currie, her nearest challenger, placing third or worse to take the title. Carrying this off, Lucy broke the record for the number of consecutive wins at an individual event, winning four UKPSA Thurso Surf Festival contests in a row, which no male or female competitor has ever achieved.
Proud to be crowned champion, Lucy said: “Thurso was such an exciting event with it all going so close to the wire. My ambition this year was to retain my Women’s Open title and to increase my ranking for the World Surf League series, so to win the Pro Surf Tour this year is amazing. I’m so proud to be picking this up for my home town and for everyone who has supported me across the year.”
Newquay-based Luke faced stiff opposition from local Scottish wildcard entries as well as world class opposition including South Africa’s Jacob Mellish in the 3-4’ fun, but held on until the end, putting in an impressive last heat to take the trophy in Scotland and seal the Men’s Championship.
Having missed part of the season through injury, Luke was delighted to be on the podium, saying: “What a fantastic way to finish off the season. When I first picked up the injury, I didn’t know whether I would be surfing again at all this year, so to come back and pick up first place here against tough opposition is really amazing.”
More information about the Korev sponsored UKPSA awards can be found at www.ukprosurf.com.