History made at Red Bull #unleashed event at Surf Snowdonia
History was made last weekend and Red Bull and hand full of the top surfers in the world came to Surf Snowdonia in Wales to compete in the first ever artificial wave pool surf contest.
Two of Fourth Surfboards team riders got the nod into the event. We caught up with them both to see how it was to make it into this new style of event.
Fourth : How was it to be in the first ever artificial wave surf comp in the middle of wales?
Stoker : It was awesome Red Bull really pulled out all the stops and put on an epic event. They really took care of the athletes with some incredible stuff like dinner in a welsh castle and individual athlete prep areas. I though it would be a cool event but it was an epic event with the worlds best ripping , very grateful to have been apart of this inaugural event.
Fourth: How does it compare to surfing in a standard surf comp?
Stoker: Compared to standard comps its totally different. You have a set amount of waves to catch and your seeding is based on trial runs before the main event. Then the head to head clashes start and the energy and excitement with a stadium arena is electric. Best of 3 decides the winner so theres no playing it safe its blow up or go home.
Fourth: How was the atmosphere of a stadium feel did it put extra pressure on your surfing?
Stoker: Having the crowd right there cheering you on with your own soundtrack playing def lifts your came , its a super pressure cooker and its intense but it brings the best out in you and its awesome to watch as a spectator.
Fourth: Is it the future of Surfing competition?
Stoker: I think its another new part of surfing. Its different to surfing or competing in the sea yes but the event was a success as these wave pools get bigger and better this type of event will be huge. It will showcase surfing to the masses just like football or rugby
Alan Stokes at the #Unleashed event at Surf Snowdonia.
Oli Adams –
How was it to be in the first ever artificial wave surf comp in the middle of wales?
Oli – Really happy to get invited and to be a part of a surfing first. Cant wait for next year!
Q) How does it compare to surfing in a standard surf comp?
Oli – It was amazing having the crowd so close, you could even talk to the spectators watching whilst you were waiting to catch a wave which was mental. Its way more nerve racking as there is so much attention on every wave that we caught and everyone is so close to the action. Its really different to surf compared to an ocean wave which for a bigger guy like me was tricky but very fun to work out.
Q) How was the atmosphere of a stadium feel did it put extra pressure on your surfing?
Oli – It took a bit of getting used to but once you embraced the people watching it really got you fired up.
Q) Is it the future of Surfing competition?
Oli – I don’t think it could replace normal ocean surf comps but it defiantly has the potential to become a massive thing in its own right and a great way to bring surfing to the mainstream like never before.
Oli Adams at the Red Bull Unleashed event at Surf Snowdonia.