ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 15, 2012) – After kicking off the 2012 tour with three stops in Hawaii and two in California, we brought the Bum Rush Tour, a unique ambush style surf contest, back to our home state of Florida today for stop number six.
What makes it unique? There are no qualifiers, no entry fees, no applications, and you don’t even know when or where it’s going to happen. We just pull up to a random beach, sound a horn and 20 minutes later call a surfer out of the water, shower them with cheap champagne, and hand them a big fat check for one thousand dollars.
But today’s contest wasn’t typical. With little to no waves on the Gulf Coast today the Sun Bum crew decided to hold a skimboard contest after seeing a group of kids shredding the Upton Beach shoreline. The winner, 24 year-old Stephen Bradford, from just up the road in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., caught the judges’ eyes with his style, enthusiasm and energy.
“We had about seven skimmers on the beach trading off on the ankle-high shore break,” said Event Director Dustin Smith. “It was cool watching them boost air even off the tiniest of waves. Unfortunately, sometimes skimboarders get left out of the whole surfing world, so it was pretty cool to give them some much-deserved love, Congrats Stephen!”
Check out all of our past Bum Rush Tour stops at www.BumRushTour.com