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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