Surf and SUP Guru” – I am a Long board Surfer, Stand Up Paddle-boarder, Pioneer and Surfing Lifestyle Entrepreneur. In 1994 I had my first dedicated full surfing business and set my sights on the lifestyle industry and was very fortunate that my family trips overseas inspired me to pursue the water sports world. I have surfed since 1975 and formerly founded and owned one of the most dynamic surf travel companies for over 12 years taking thousands of surfers to 46 worldwide destinations including discovering many for the first time. I first had a go at Stand Up Paddle-boarding dating back to 1980’s on one of my long boards with a paddle but truly took to the sport in 1998 on a specialist large converted surfboard that I designed and now I am enthralled by the growth of the sport into SUP as it is today.
I was the official BBC Television, BBC Radio, TLR and CTFM Radio surf forecaster and surfing correspondent for 18 years broadcasting live every Saturday and Sunday at 08:00am. Having spent years studying the oceans, I have been published within international surfing and adventure publications including specialist Surfing magazines (Surf Magazine (UK), Surf Scene (UK), Xelements (UK), Wavelength (UK), Surfing (US), and Surfer (US) and Surf Europe (EU)) not only in my name but in my many alias names too.
Ever the Long-board Surfer and Stand Up Paddle-boarder I have been forever questioning and looking for the perfect stoke on the water – like a true water man. I am also an active storm chaser and love the elements of nature and truly enjoy marine wildlife. I ran surfing company Ocean Fever Water Sports Ltd which was exclusive distributor for Bully’s Surf Equipment, Jamaican Style, Solarez, Envy Skateboards, and Ocean Minded.
I am extremely fortunate to have a house directly opposite the beach in Kent, United Kingdom and this enables me to enjoy the ever-changing world of the marine environment but also lets me grab a board and get out when ever I have the urge.
When asked about my surfing standard and style my answer is very simple “I just surf, I’m not great but love it and always have, I prefer small waves now but I love to glide the wave like a pelican and adore stylish long-board surfing, the waves have traveled hundreds and often thousands of miles and they need to be treated with grace and an artful style of appreciation not shredded to bits like those short board surfers do“!
I have organised and run four major surfing events in the south east of England, called the South East Surf Championships that were all held at Camber Sands, East Sussex with between 50 to 120 competitors.