The Saltrock Open 2011
The Saltrock Open is back in Croyde this weekend, and 2011 is set to be bigger and better than ever.
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This year The Saltrock Open will be an essential tour stop for surfers wanting to compete in the NightSurf in Newquay where a whopping prize pool of £15,000 is up for grabs.
Added to this, a top place in the NightSurf is the doorway to securing a spot in the Relentless Evolution Series, four one day events in Thurso, Lynmouth, Porthleven and Newquay where 28 elite competitors battle it out for a £5,000 prize pool per event, making success in the Saltrock Open essential on the UK Pro Surf Tour 2011.
‘I can’t express strongly enough the importance of The Saltrock Open to the tour this year,’ says UKPST Director Dave Reed. ‘It’s vital to perform well in the Saltrock Open to qualify for the Nightsurf, which will in turn be a huge boost towards qualification for the Relentless Evolutionary Series. Its essential surfers enter ASAP as we’ve already had a huge amount of interest and we don’t want anyone to miss out’
This means that this year The Saltrock Open is a ‘must-win’ event. So be in Croyde on Whitsun weekend in May to see the very best surfers from across the UK beyond pull out all the stops and fight it out for the title of 2011 Saltrock Open Champion and start their season with a bang.
Saltrock’s close ties with the local community mean that this year Croyde Surf Club has been offered 2 wildcards straight through to the round of 32. CSC is one of the biggest surf clubs in the UK with an extremely loyal and talented group of members, and Saltrock is happy to be able to support the local club.
Whitsun weekend is the perfect time to enjoy Croyde at its best. Spectators will enjoy fantastic displays from the cream of surfing across the whole spectrum and categories will include: Open, Women’s, Pro Junior, U16 Girls, U16 Boys & U12 Open. King of Watersports.com will provide a prize of a £200 Skateboard for the highest scoring wave for Men and Women.
Last year’s winner Russell Winter – Photo: Jason Feast
‘It’s great to be working with the team at Saltrock again on this event which promises to be the strongest yet, adds Dave Reed. “Croyde is a top venue for this kind of event and with the incentive of a place in the Night Surf on offer we’re expecting an extremely high standard of surfing from the very best surfers in the country.”
Croyde Wave Information
Croyde works best around low tide, when the sand banks, rips and general shape of the beach help create powerful “A Frame peaks”. The waves can be fast, heavy and hollow.
From an aerial view Croyde Bay is triangular in shape, narrowest near the dunes and opening out gradually down to the shore. This is what may help create the shape of the waves, amongst other things.
Mid to high tide offers a fuller more mellow wave.
Best tide time to surf: 1-2 hours before low tide on Spring tides, low tide, or on the pushing tide for neap tides.
Best wind direction: Light Offshore East, but will be offshore from South East to North East.
Swell Directions: a south swell creates long, peaky, lefts which peel along Croyde’s banks, straight west swells generally close out a little more.
Hazards: Strong rips at low tide, crowds
For more information please contact Katie at Saltrock at Katie@saltrock.com / 01271 815306 or Dave Reed at the UKPSA at email@example.com / 01637 854854
Also visit our website www.saltrock.com