Day 2 roundup from the Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival 2012

  Posted by sneakerfreaker on Friday 10th August, 2012 @ 13:59 GMT News Category: UK Events | Visited 806 times
Fistral Beach for the Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters festival was the place to be today (Thursday) with an electric vibe across the beach. With the surf finals taking place a few days earlier than expected, the sun blazing down across the site, and plenty of surf, skate and BMX action going on, everyone was more than stoked to be there.

The sweet setup of the Vans Summer Sessions miniramps and street course kept skaters and BMXers happy at the top of the beach, with spot prizes thrown to the riders in the jams, and plenty of freebies raining down on the crowds. Further up the beach you could find the Davidoff Coolwater Flowrider to catch some of your own waves
It was the men's finals which drew the crowds down to the water's edge, with local hero and professional surfer Ben 'Skin Dog' Skinner catching the biggest cheers. With the waves at a challenging low, all surfers did an immense job to perform as they did, and Ben grabbed second on the Men's Longboard podium.

“I would've loved to have gone and retained my title but it wasn't to be today. It was hard I did the best I could but I couldn't get the last wave. This is the biggest comp for me this year, so it's amazing to be here today.”

The vibe on the beach for the men's finals was incredible. There was such a buzz, with hundreds of people stood along the shoreline to support and cheer on the athletes. We asked Skin Dog whether he could feel that vibe, and whether Team GB's success in the Olympics has had an effect on him as a British athlete.

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“I tell you what I've never felt anything like it today, it really was something else and I'm sure and I'm sure that the crowd here have all been watching the Olympics,” Ben told us. “Something was different today on the beach than it was last year and I think they've realised how much difference the support they give us makes to the athletes. It's such an overpowering thing, it really is. It made my hair stand up on end and I'm really thankful for it.

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“The Olympics has really done a lot for our country's morale. We really have pulled together as a nation and feel stronger which is quite special. So well done Team GB!”

With the surf competitions coming to an end, leading the way for the music side of the Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival, it was time for the sun to go down, setting the sky into an immense array of pink and gold over the Beach Sessions in the beach bar. We asked Ben who he was most looking forward to seeing over the weekend.

“I'm looking forward to Xavier Rudd tonight I think he's always amazing. Ed Sheeran, Dizzie Rascal. And I'm looking forward to getting a beer in my hand!”

Proof that even the biggest of athletes can't avoid the chance relax and enjoy themselves, at what is one of the most incredible festivals to bless UK each summer.

Full event reviews will be online next week along with the full video interview with Ben Skinner.
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