THE blazing sunshine at the weekend attracted thousands of people to Boscombe Pier and the second Sorted Surf Festival.

The calm winds and temperatures of around 12C meant the surfing competition was cancelled, but the trade stalls were busy.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend, trade has been through the roof,” said Ben Stock, 22, from Roar Skateboards, sporting sunglasses and a T-shirt.

“The lifeguards did a head count on Saturday and there were more than 1,500 people.

“Last year it was bad weather and great surfing but it was quieter – this year it’s vice versa.”

He was one of around 20 exhibitors centred around Sorted Surf Shop and Urban Reef, many people offering the chance to try out different sports.

Paul Clarke from Bournemouth Surfing Centre said: “At one point I ran out of paddle boards for people to try out.”

Nick Watt, 35, from Bay Stand Up Paddle Board Club, said: “It’s been excellent. We’ve had people who’ve come down from Kent, from Devon, from Bath.”

Visitors seemed happy too. Michael Gillam, 69, and wife Diane, 57, were clutching free energy drinks.

Diane said: “There’s just so much going on, it’s so vibrant.” Urban Reef hosted a festival party on Saturday night.