SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder and surfer Chris Friend has finished in second place at the Boardmasters tournament in Newquay, UK.

Friend, who defeated the current Pro Junior Champion Jobe Harris in the semi-final by 1.4 points, was defeated Billy Stairmand of New Zealand in the Final.

The final was exceptionally close run, with Stairmand taking and holding on to the lead to be crowned champion with a highest scoring wave of 9.5. Friend fought well but could only gain a highest score of 7.37 to finish a runner up.

Friend’s next tournament is the Sooruz Lacanau Pro in Gironde, Paris.

“I’m hoping for another solid finish in Paris,” said Friend.