The Greenaway Pro 2013
Waves, weather and lots of friendly people.
With solid, fun waves and some of the best surfers in the country, Porthmeor beach became the battleground for The Greenaway Pro 2013 surf contest. With non-stop surfing for three days, every division was fiercely contested and notably the JR’s Rip Shreadathon displayed probably the best two hours of surfing ever to take place underneath the Tate.
OPEN - Billy Stairmaid
No Pro - Rowan Clifford
Wave of the Winter - Dan Skajarowski
Longboard - Sam Bleakley
Women's - Lauren Ringer
Junior - Harry De Roth
Masters - Lee Bartlett
Even with such an eclectic mix of competitors, locals, family and onlookers, the spirit of kinship and community stayed true to the vibe that seems to be unique to The Greenaway Pro. Competition, but for a good cause. This was carried through all the way to the prize giving on Thursday 19th September, hosted by the Hub, where good food and music were served to help celebrate the coming together of the surfing community once again. Tom Greenaway’s parents John and Ruth presented the Prizes that included £3000 in a purse, sponsorship deals, surfboards, wetsuits, and one of the most precious trophies on the British surf scene. In their own words they “felt like they were amongst friends and that Tom would have loved it”. There was live music from touring band Winter Mountain and some beautiful words from the winners.
Friday Nights ‘AllAwayInGreen Film Festival and Acoustic Night’ at St Ives Cinema, was emotional and inspiring. It was a moving night with some of the most beautiful words, songs and movies enjoyed by a packed audience. Many have agreed it was nothing short of spiritual. Some of the guest speakers had come from as far as south Africa and the US. The short films included Duck Tape surfing, Birthright, and a few that have not been released yet including Hidden Lives (Story on Big wave surfer Tom Lowe). With live music from some of the most exciting up and coming names on the UK music scene Sam Fender, Rokshan and To Kill a King, the appreciative audience cared as much for the first word and melody as the last.
The Greenaway Pro is an emotional roller-coaster of high paced and competitive surfing, soft lyrical long-boarding and heart touching movies all for charity. But above all, the event is as a party to celebrate friendship and life.
Saturday 21st September was a night that will be remembered for many moons, possibly as the biggest musical event that has ever been seen west of Newquay. The stage, sound and structure would have looked more natural at Glastonbury and so would the line up. With Ben Howard and band becoming used to playing to at least 10,000 people, the lucky 1,500 strong crowd on Saturday night experienced something we are unlikely to see again in the near future. His sincerity and warmth came through and he spoke a lot with great appreciation of the elated crowd, during arguably one of his most epic and flawless shows to date. Following Ben Howard was Cornish / London band Brother and Bones, who like usual lifted the roof off the enormous tent when hundreds of people began singing along with the bands well know songs like ‘Hold Me Like The Sun’ and ‘Back To Shore’. Other acts that wowed the crowd were Radio 1’s Hottest Band of 2013 Catfish and the Bottlemen and the awesome To Kill a King, both newly signed and about to hit the big time. This will most certainly be one of those “I was there” gigs that will be talked about in years to come.
The headline DJ was Daddy G from MASSIVE ATTACK and he did what he does best, feeling the vibe of the crowd, with some of his well know tunes he really got the vibe and played a set that took The Greenaway Pro to the end of another successful year.
The success of the Greenaway Pro was self evident in the community spirit that brought the event to life. With an endless number of people giving their time, efforts and support this was truly what it set out to be, a community event. It has engrossed a wider spectrum of love and friendship. Each person involved, from the surfers, musicians, organizers and most importantly the festivalgoers seemed to feel this at every stage of the event. The team behind The Greenaway Pro would like to thank everyone involved for their positive energy, love and for partying for charity
Words - Matt Smith