Interview with Professor Kerry Black

SJ – Will they build and test a scale model to show the affects on tidal flows, waves, and currents? Kerry – What has happened in the last 10-15 years is that the computer/numerical models have become much more sophisticated; and they are much more versatile than the scale models because you can do a lot more different shapes and sizes and change parameters so much easier in a mathematical model than you can in a hard concrete or wooden physical model. Also the physical models have some disadvantages with scale affects and you need a very large model and Read More

Martin Potter Interview

  (Photo courtesy & Copyright © SJ: Why are you competing at the Boardmasters festival and not at the higher rated WQS event at the American Opean of Surfing @ Huntington Beach in America? What Makes Newquay special for you? Pottz: The Boardmasters gave me the wildcard last year although unfortunately I was unable to hang around and surf in it due to my wife giving birth to twins. So I felt like I had to come back and that I had some unfinished business. But besides that, I’ve actually retired from surfing competitively, this is probably just a Read More

SJ’s interview with Mike Parsons

SJ – Are you in London today? Mike Parsons – Yeah, I’m actually flying back to Mundaka/Spain tomorrow. I came from California two days ago for the Billabong Pro event in Mundaka and flew over to London this morning, so I go back there for about a week before I go home.   SJ – How have you found the day so far? MP – It was really good. Richard and Judy were really cool. That was a fun show to go on. They were genuinely really interested in surfing and that was really cool.   SJ – Do you Read More

The endless bummer

I recently returned to England for a visit after living in Australia for the past 30 years. I thought it was about time I got my act together, place my bum on an air-plane seat, and see the old country again. Not only Brighton and Hove where I grew up, but also Cornwall as well, namely Newquay, where a group of friends and I spent a couple of magical summers, enjoying the friendly laid-back atmosphere of Newquay in the sixties.   Great Western, Summer 1963 Copyright © Seasedge Publications It was a time when the Beach Boys were popular, and Read More

Rod Sumpter’s Role in British Surfing

Rodney burst onto the European scene from Avalon Beach near Sydney, a tanned teenager, with a white hot style. He’d had a starring role in Bruce Brown’s “Endless Summer”. He was the 1963 Australian Junior Champion who had also won the US Junior Championships at Huntington Beach in California and had surfed Hawaii’s North Shore on a promotional visit with the WindanSea Club. Rod had already blitzed his way through top European competition in Jersey in 1965 and was now set to take mainland Britain by storm. British summertime water wasn’t much colder than the Pacific in winter – and Read More

Tsunami hit Arugam Bay

It was a gruelling twelve hour flight to the Sri-Lankan capital Colombo and a further ten hour bus journey East along dirt tracks and bumpy roads to our final destination, the tsunami hit Arugam Bay. This is a small fishing community on the east coast of Sri Lanka, which was devastated when the Tsunami hit; and with more than 300 people dying, the communities residents stood shoulder to shoulder as they grieved. Now, six-months on from the Tsunami, and in a country that Marco Polo described as the most beautiful island of it’s size he had ever seen, my eyes Read More

Lee Evans (Land of Saints) Interview

[Photo courtesy & Copyright © John Isaac] SJ: Where did the idea for Land of Saints come from? Lee: The name came from an old painting in Truro Cathedral but the idea itself came from my need to share my thoughts and feelings on surfing and use Cornwall as a canvas and its characters to share that joy and stoke of surfing.   SJ: It’s been a long while in production now, how long has it been in the making? Lee: Two years in the filming and getting on for ten months in the post-production. It’s really important to make Read More

Russell Winter Interview

[Courtesy & Copyright © Shiraz Jiwa] SJ: Bearing in mind you’ve recently beaten the likes of ex world champion ‘Occy’, why aren’t you competing at the higher 6* event at Huntingdon this week? Russell: Well because it’s my hometown and I wanted to come back and win it in front of my family and friends. In America I wasn’t in the money round, and obviously that’s why I’ve come here.   SJ: You and ‘Occy’ are old friends and going on from what he said about you having the potential to be one of the top ten surfers in the Read More