Charlotte O’Connor

Twenty-five year old Johnny Fryer put on a dazzling display of surfing at Newquay’s Fistral Beach over the Bank Holiday weekend to claim the 2010 Quiksilver British National Surfing Championships. Johnny surfed consistently throughout the event in the small but very contestable surf. He showed his true competitive spirit and knowledge to be crowned British champion, and took home a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar as the champion’s trophy. To support the event, the Gibson Guitar Tour Bus, one of only four in the world, was parked on Fistral Beach to provide a media hub, hospitality and a place to relax for Gibson's special guest artists, media and participating surfers.
Jayce Robinson and Oli Adams both surfed well in the final, but it was Johnny’s day. There was some tough competition this year, especially from the new generation of younger surfers. Surfers like Luke Dillon and Toby Donachie were exceptional standouts. The Quiksilver British Nationals was run over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend in beautiful weather with over one hundred competitors vying for the prestigious title of British champion in the seniors, women’s, masters, veterans and stand-up paddle boarding divisions. This was also the first time that a British Surf Contest was streamed live to the iPhone over a cellular network thanks to Tiger 24! It’s a great way to push the sport and make it easily accessible to everyone out there.

Surfer Rocks a Gibson Vest

In between all the heats, expression sessions, and skateboard demos, Gibson Guitar hosted the Quiksessions music stage where local bands played live on the beach all weekend – with the best band winning £1000 of Quiksilver gear. The line-up included The Last of the Pilots, The Dappers, Sam Burrows, The Sum Off and Alyssa Podesta, joined also by Quiksilver artists, I Am Giant and Charlotte O’Connor. The level of bands was at a high standard, but The Last of the Pilots came through with a great performance at the start of the event and won the battle of the bands. 
Joanne Hillman of the British Surfing Association said, “I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Quiksilver, Tiger 24, Gibson Guitar, DC shoes, Monster and Fistral Beach Bar for their generous sponsorship, to all the competitors for putting on a great show, and to all the staff who helped with the smooth running of the event.”
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Johnny Fryer

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More pics from The Quiksilver British Championships 2010

Photo Credit – William Bailey