Last weekend saw the third installment of Red Bull Break 5. Surf crews from all over the country took to the water at Bamburgh Beach, to take part in the unique, team surf competition. With each team representing their local break across two days of competition.
The competitive elements of Red Bull Break 5 lean towards strong surfing with individual scores adding to an accumulative ‘crew’ score. With the ever-changing weather forecast over the weekend, the teams battled through alternative surf concepts with enthusiasm, fighting to win as many points over a series of heats for their team. The teams completed a gruelling paddle on a longboard, shortboard and a stand up paddle board, as well as a fast swim out around a buoy to complete a tow surf from the back of the famous Red Bull jet ski. Not only were they challenged by the strenuous and fierce competition but also by the icy cold waters of the glistening, North Sea.
The judges announced the scores from day one and it seemed that there was all to play for in Sunday’s finale. The evening was complete with local fish and chips for dinner and a live acoustic set around the open camp fire. As the warm September sun set, teams talked tactics for the next day with the all-important surf trip prize on tomorrow’s winning agenda.
With the competition ending on Sunday with an exhilarating team relay race, Sam Lamiroy, professional surfer originally from Tynemouth, announced the judges results which crowned Team Excel from Plymouth as Red Bull Break 5 champions of 2012!
Ed Smith (U16 Pro) from the winning team commented,
“Red Bull Break 5 is by far the best surf comp I have ever been to. There’s nothing you can do about the forecast but with alternative competitive plans, it’s been so much fun.”
The event celebrated all that is good about the surf culture, with as much of an emphasis placed on good food and good times as there is on a good contest. A village of tent tipis was constructed on land surrounding the imposing Bamburgh Castle which was the perfect location for what turned out to be a brilliant weekend.