On the 11th of June 2016, loggers from around the UK descended on Saunton Sands in North Devon for a day of sunshine, swell and style.
Hosted by the Hotdoggers Longboard Surf Club, the Slidefest was designed to be a celebration of traditional longboard surfing – with all the surfers involved riding 9ft+ single fin logs.
An exceptional day of surfing culminated in a final stacked with talent, with all four finalists showing real skill and style. Bournemouth’s Mike Winter, North Devon lad Jack Unsworth, Welshman Elliot Dudley and Saunton local Ben Haworth traded waves in the sunshine, with the final going all the way to the wire. In the end, local knowledge proved the decider, with Ben Haworth taking the win on his final wave.
Traditional logging was the real winner though, with everyone involved in the Slidefest already looking forward to next year’s gathering.
1. Ben Haworth
2. Elliot Dudley
3. Mike Winter
4. Jack Unsworth
Highest Placed Lady: Juliet Marlow
Highest Placed Old Dude: Chris Webb
Highest Placed Grom: Joe Hornbuckle
Best Drop In: Jerry Horsborough
Best Head Dip: Danni Bradford
Biggest Frother: Steve Burley
Massive thanks to The Salty Merchant, Old Guys Rule, Moken Coffee, Sea Folk, Passenger clothing, Chariots of the Sun, Duffs Footwear, Submariner Clothing, Nineplus and WestCountry Surf Wax for sponsoring a superb event.