Sam belongs to: Tynemouth Surfers
Sam grew up in Tynemouth where he began surfing. He has gone on to become one of Britain's top surfers. He competes in competitions around the world.
Sam was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 15 October 2005. The interview took place at Tynemouth Beach and lasted 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
Favourite surfing locations in the North East
"Thereís a few. I could tell you them all, but obviously, again, Iíd have to kill you"
Thereís a few. I could tell you them all, but obviously, again, Iíd have to kill you. But the ones that arenít so secret, thereís one up by St Maryís Lighthouse. I mean, the north east is actually renowned nationwide for its reefs. Itís quite rare to have specific rock formations conducive to creating waves of high quality. Thereís one up at St Maryís Lighthouse, and thereís actually one at the Black Middens as well.
And the Black Middens are a kind of rock formation in the middle of the mouth of the River Tyne. Just, you have the two big, big piers that go out to sea, and right in the middle of them, kind of sheltered, is this headland of rocks that used to just claim a couple of ships a year allegedly, but, when the waves get huge, I mean, at Long Sands when the waves are 10, 12, 15 feet, they kind of wrap around the piers and come into the Black Middens and theyíll be eight to ten foot, maybe, but the wave, itís just a fantastic wave because the way the rocks give the waves definition and shape.
So itís strange to think that weíre sitting out there surfing these waves when so many poor souls have lost their lives on them, so itís kind of a bit of a melancholy place to surf. But itís a couple of degrees warmer than everywhere else because of all the pollution in the river.
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