We’re back in the office this morning with slightly sore heads, after a weekend celebrating the success of one of our official brand ambassadors – sponsored team rider Ben Skinner – at the World Surf League Men’s Longboarding Tour in Noosa last week.
Ben, who we sponsored to travel to the event, came 5th overall, falling just behind surfers from the US, Hawaii and Australia – he was the highest ranked European by some distance.
Ben told us: “I was so happy to get through to the quarter finals in this first event of the 2020 tour, and to have achieve a high ranking here in Queensland. It’s always fun to catch up with the crew on tour and share a few cans after all the hard work!”
Ben is the inspiration behind one of our most popular beers, Porthleven Pale Ale, which is available on tap, in bottles and cans.
Porthleven is Ben’s favourite surf break in Cornwall, and where he really honed his world-class talents; he began surfing at the age of three and was competing by the time he was 11.
The beer inspired by this journey of a home-brewed Cornish surfer to the international stage is truly untameable, with a fresh, modern hoppy edge and plenty of punchy citrus.
Our beloved brewery was founded by Steve Skinner in 1997; as a keen surfer himself he chose Cornwall as the home of his independent brewery for the combination of waves, the family-friendly lifestyle, and the vibrant food and drink scene.
He never envisaged that both his son Ben, and his grandson, 12-year-old Lukas Skinner, would become world-class surfers as a result of his decision.
Lukas is now winning titles in his own right (English under-12s for the last two years, and second in the under-18s UK Pro Tour last year); his talent has impressed many a seasoned-pro, and his dream is to compete at an Olympic Games in the future.
Of course there is a huge amount of personal pride in the achievements of Ben and Lukas, but it runs deeper than that. As a family brewery with deep roots in the South West’s surf culture, we are genuinely passionate about encouraging the next generation of British surfers to rise through the ranks and supporting them to compete at the highest level.
Porthleven Pale Ale is available at pubs and bars across the South West, and can be purchased online here.