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.
Growing up in Tynemouth
"I just remember growing up as a kid, you know, because the bus that took me back and forwards from school used to come round the sea front"
I just remember growing up as a kid, you know, because the bus that took me back and forwards from school used to come round the sea front and I clearly remember sort of as this time of year comes round, September, October time, the days start getting shorter and, you kind of, your school finishes at quarter to four and youíre on the bus and itís starting to get dark and you see perfect waves, because in the wintertime was when you usually to get the best swells around here. I just remember clearly sitting on the bus with my face pressed against the window just hating the fact that I had to go to school because there were perfect waves and there were a few of my friends who had skived school or a few of the older guys who were surfing and you could see it was perfect.
And as your surfing develops, so does your taste in waves. When I was in my first year at school I was wanting two to three foot clean perfect little waves and by the time I got to fifth year I was probably after five or six foot or Middens or something like that, you know. But, it was, I just remember I just had a real kind of strong affinity for the place up here, you know. Itís aÖ Thereís something quite special about growing up in place like this and surfing, and because itís, itís kind of, itís not your typical surfing place, you know. Itís not palm beaches, itís not white sandy, you know, itís hardcore but itís honest.
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