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.
Environmental conditions in the North East
"It’s got a lot better, it used to be awful"
It’s got a lot better, it used to be awful. I mean, we used to surf in the Black Middens and you could almost guarantee that you’d be off school for the next two or three days because you’d be ill. You know, you’d get sort of stomach upsets, or, I don’t know the exact terms of the kinds of ailments that we got but there were some serious things floating around that river, and you’d see, you’d see kind of sanitary towels and all sorts going past you, but now, and that’s why I guess there was no salmon in the river for a few years. You know, there was a huge outcry about ten years ago that a river which used to be overflowing with salmon was now absolutely devoid of any, but now in recent times the salmon have returned, the water’s got a bit cleaner again.
Sam has 9 memories in the memorynet:
Sam's memories with a Childhood theme:
- Growing up in Tynemouth
- Environmental conditions in the North East
Sam's other memories: