The SAS Ball is the one night of the year SAS stop campaigning and put on the party of the year, and this year was no different. The recycling theme really made a big difference to the clean-up and made partygoers think about what happens to their amazing outfits and party paraphernalia. The dance floor was bigger than ever, the Dance Tent was almost twice the size of last year’s and there was a new cocktail tent with cabaret; tunnels connecting all the tents kept everyone warm and dry, the food was organic and vegetarian and, as always, the atmosphere was terrific.
The best set of the night, maybe of all time, was laid down by Michael Franti and Spearhead. They were an awesome ball band, with the right mix of passion for SAS’ campaigns, appreciation of Cornwall’s beauty, a great rapport with the heaving, bouncing, dancing crowd and, most importantly, great song after great song. They played for 90 minutes and the dance floor was packed with astonished revellers, blown away.
The Automatic blasted off with some great album tracks and their new single. The 747s, a new band being championed by Radio 1 at the moment, lifted off at 7pm, then Xavier Rudd charmed the crowd with his unique, beautiful soulful grooves and local band All Day Breakfast injected the funk. Amid all the bands the DJs (including Radio 1’s Judge Jules) supplied endless great tunes ensuring that the dance floor stayed packed until 6am.
Special thanks to Mark and Sharron Doble for letting us use their land and finally, to all the bands, DJs, Chaos Design, Hybrid’s stilt walkers, jugglers and acrobats, Tom Harding and the AV3 posse, production and crew who worked for a much reduced fee all in the name of environmental pressure group SAS!!
CLOTHING THAT HELPS PEOPLE
Surfers are travellers and the search for pristine waves often takes us to places in the world where the poverty shocks us, while at the same time the hospitality of the people astounds us.
When travelling the globe, we are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of that travel, and many of us seek to offset the carbon damage by doing something constructive for the communities we visit. Of course, this isn’t always possible, and sometimes, when we’ve managed to score a cheap flight and a week off work, we try not to think about the negative impacts of our enjoyment, just making a mental note to try and ‘do something’ about that later.
Buying clothes through SAS merchandise is a good way to do just that. It supports underprivileged communities abroad by sourcing clothing through Peopletree, a Fair Trading organisation that provides a decent livelihood for rural producers dotted across the globe. Check out our exploitation-free clothes online!
RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE
Spend just £1 on an SAS raffle ticket and you could be a winner of a fantastic £1,000 in cash, a surfing holiday for two in Northern Spain, dinner at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, Pro Surf Coaching with former British champion Sam Lamiroy, and many more prizes; and what’s more, 83p of your ticket will go to funding Surfers Against Sewage’s campaign for clean, safe recreational water.
The annual raffle is the organisation’s second biggest annual fundraiser, after the popular SAS Summer Ball. Last year’s raffle raised a whopping £10,000 and this year it is hoped that enough money will be raised to fund a ‘Mean Green Education Machine’ – a vehicle running on ‘green’ fuel, which could tour schools and clubs across the country educating children about water pollution issues.
Tickets are on sale online at www.sas.org.uk and at the SAS Office, Wheal Kitty Workshops, St Agnes, TR5 0RD. You can also buy tickets from a number of other supportive venues including Ottakers Bookshop and Wipeout Surf Shop, both in Truro and Big Wednesday Surf Shop, Falmouth.
SAS/ALOHA CORNISH AND OPEN
This year’s SAS/Aloha Cornish and Open was once again a huge success attracting competitors from around the globe. The three-day event held at Porthtowan is Europe’s greenest surf contest with environmental talks, beach litter picks and 100% organic cotton contest tees supplied by title sponsors, Aloha.
Although surf conditions were fairly average there were some outstanding performances from competitors, notably from Australian female surfer, Darra Penfold, who took the Ladies title. Other standout surfers included South African Luke Patterson who won the Open title.
The much-anticipated Tag Team event was the final category to be run with five teams battling it out for the £200 prize purse. Team Pure Blue just beat team Aloha to the winning position.