Gary belongs to: Saltburn Surfers
Gary first saw people surfing in Wales in 1971. He began surfing three years later. He moved to Saltburn in the 1980s and began to sell and hire surfing equipment from the beach. The Saltburn Surf Shop has continued to grow.
Gary was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 9 February 2006. The interview took place at Saltburn Surf Shop and lasted 16 minutes and 50 seconds.
Environmental conditions in the North East
"Itís a lot better now, you know, youíre talking on, maybe seven or eight years ago, it was atrocious"
Itís a lot better now, you know, youíre talking on, maybe seven or eight years ago, it was atrocious, actually, you know. We used to surf in a sea of pollution and it was really bad. It was, it was a different colour, you know, it smelt bad. Since the local sewer pipes have been disbanded out here, the sewage now is pumped up the road to Redcar, there in holding tanks and it goes down to Brands Sands which is treated now, so, Iíd say 95% better than it used to be seven or eight years ago, you know. But we could still, you know, stop all of the pollution going in, and I do believe Northumbrian Water have got a major programme to all the North East beaches which effectively will clean the whole sea up, you know. I myself personally in the last seven years have seen a lot more sea life. Iíve seen more sharks, more dolphins, more porpoises and a lot more fish. Iíve even seen shoals of fish out to sea which I know seven years ago I wouldnít even have seen, you know, so, yes, you do see more. The sea life was probably still out there, but you didnít actually see it, so it is a major difference.
Gary has 11 memories in the memorynet:
Gary's memories with a The North East theme:
- Moving to Saltburn
- The Saltburn scene
- Surfing and Captain Cook
- Environmental conditions in the North East
- Memorable Days
- Surfing at G-Land
Gary's other memories: