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The Neil Watson Memorial Vintage Surf Festival - Update



Vintage Surf competition

If we are lucky enough to have surf on the day, we will run a vintage surf competition with each entrant using vintage boards very kindly loaned for the event by Darren Veal from his fabulous collection. Prizes include vouchers supplied by Mark Southgate at East Coast Surf and other prizes supplied by our generous sponsors. There will be categories for Men, Women, and Groms. In the event of no surf a paddle race competition on the vintage boards will be held instead so whatever happens there will be some great fun to be had in the water. Entrants will be required to bring their own leash, leash tether and wax for the supplied boards and they must be treated with care and respect at all times as all the boards are part of Darren’s collection.


The Vintage Board Collection


Darren Veal, will be showing part of his huge collection of vintage surfboards, including some of the first boards made locally on the East coast. Anyone who has a vintage board or board of interested is welcome to bring them along for others to see.


The Raffle. Tickets will be £1 each and only available on the day. Prizes include, a mighty fine skateboard and a 'Kelly Slater' competition Jersey from Wetdog, a Rory Russell signed copy of Real Surfing Magazine, a hand crafted body board by Hamblin, a hoody, cap, and voucher from Odyssey, and some really cool Karma tshirts, and more.


The Annual Ripple Award

Tim Nunn has kindly offered a life time subscription to 'The Surfers Path Magazine' for this years Ripple Photography Award. It will be given for best East coast surf image posted on Instagram or the event page, please ensure any pictures entered are tagged #therippleaward2019 so they can be found when searching, the winner will be decided in advance of the event, with the award presentation made on the day. The winner will also receive a framed print of their image so if your sending in any pictures please do this as soon as possible.


Supporters in attendance

Glide Surf School, East coast surf, North Sea coffee, The Fabulous Cake Girls, Hamblin, Black crab, Morning light surfboards, Nelson shapes, RNLI, Surfers Against Sewage.

Support and Prize donations, from those who cant be with us. Wetdog Surf shop, Odyssey surf and snow, Karma surfboards, Real Surfing Magazine, Finisterre.


Limited edition event Tees will once again be supplied by Hoax and will be available to purchase on the day. Tee shirts are priced at £15 which as you all know is a fantastic price for a Hoax Tee let alone one as special as this.


Surf Jumble An area for anyone to bring along any boards, wetsuits, surf magazines, skateboards or other surf/skate related items or memorabilia you may have for sale. That old pair of boots or gloves that you never wear and have been cluttering up your shed just might fit someone else?


Goodie bags

We will be giving child friendly Goody Bags to all the younger ones attending. Containing information sheets, Safety quizzes, colouring pencils, a few sweets and anything else donated by our supporters. The bags are being kindly sponsored by Glide surf school.

Also in the goody bags will be a 'Design your own surfboard competition' open to all ages, (which of course will be taken into consideration) the crazier the better, so make 'em radical guys. A prize will be donated on the day for the best drawing.


Photo frame

An event photo frame will be available for you guys to use, to take some memorable shots at the event, why not post the best ones on the Neil's event Facebook page.


Electrical Power

Once again we have to thank Rob Brownsell for supplying electrical power with out which the event could not function.


The event is heavily dependant on the goodwill of the local area and is 'environmental' in ethos. So please, bring your own reusable mugs and keep the place clean and tidy, please feel free to include a 2 minute beach clean during your visit.


All monies raised at this years event will go to this years chosen charity The Sandra Chapman Centre at the James Paget Hospital who provide incredible treatment, care and support to cancer patients.


Start time for the event is 10am please arrive a little earlier if your planning to enter the competition.

We will start with a few words at the memorial first to remember those no longer with us and also to present last years chosen charity ’Feedback Mental Health’ with the monies generously raised by you all from last years event.


We look forward to seeing you all once again at what has become such a fantastic annual gathering, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and also make new ones.

Without your support we couldn’t do this so thank you all in advance and see you on the clifftop on Sunday🤙🏼


Paul, Dan, Darren & Andy

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