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Reubyn rules the waves

By Matt Leslie

Highland Surf Festival, UK Pro-Surf Tour, Surfing, Reubyn Ash
Highland Surf Festival, UK Pro-Surf Tour, Surfing, Reubyn Ash

REUBYN Ash surfed his way to glory in the latest round of the UK Pro-Surf tour.

The Cornishman from Bude pulled off a stunning display of wave control at the Highland Surf Festival in Thurso to repeat his success of 12 months ago.

Ash pipped his brother Joss to win the event and the £5000 cash prize that went with it. His closest challenger to the overall title, fellow Cornishman Jay Quinn, finished third in a thrilling contest at Fistral Beach.

Thurso's Mark Boyd finished eighth which takes him to 25th in the overall rankings.

The world class location delivered classic conditions over the granite reef, allowing the elite competitors every opportunity to perform.

The final event is at Newquay this weekend with Ash only needing to better Quinn's performance to retain his UKPSA Pro-Surf Tour title.

In the women's category, Braunton's Peony Knight returned to the tour after a two-year absence to take the win.

Second went to championship leader Emilie Currie of Bude with last year's champion Lucy Campbell from Woolacombe in third.

Meanwhile, in the junior events, Noah Capps from Kingsbridge won both the under-16 and under-18 divisions.

Bonita Whitelock took the Season Surf under-16 and under-18 competitions.

Lucas Skinner captured the under-12 and under-14s boys' events and Lauren Sandland won under-12 and under-14 girls' titles.

Dave Reed, director of UKPSA, said: "This year Thurso provided us with great surf again."

* See this week's Caithness Courier for more photos.

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