mug shot of DAVE HEARD - THE BOSS

DAVE HEARD - THE BOSS

Bodyboarding and surfing are my passion, plain and simple. Since my first go back in 1982 I realised that I wanted to get into it, however, back then, there were far less people in the water. It was much harder to get good gear and there was nowhere near the choice we have these days.

Life and circumstances changed and I moved away from the sea. It was in 1987 that I was re-introduced to the sport, funnily enough back at the same beach where I had initially had so much fun on my first board. I was hooked; my life has been dedicated to surfing and bodyboarding ever since. Now, here I am with a surf shop in a fantastic place, right by the beach, selling great kit to others who share the passion. For me it is a dream come true and I consider myself to be extremely privileged.

I have now been riding for over 30 years seriously. I have been selling surfboards, bodyboards and wetsuits for over 20 years. Nowadays I just bodyboard. My riding style is 50/50 Drop knee (semi standing) and prone (lying down). I love DK though; it is always a challenge. As for prone, give me a hollow left hand barrel and I'm in my element. Every winter I get away to surf new spots around the globe; usually in the tropics. As well as surfing some excellent waves it also gives me a great chance to experiment with different equipment too.

I love my job and the fact I can be so directly involved with my passion. It is this passion for surfing and bodyboarding that keeps me wanting to run this shop & remain committed to the sport. I will always make sure that people get good service and great advice and that perhaps they in turn will start to love the sport as I do.

See you in the surf.

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DANNY CATTEN - BODYBOARDING COACH - TEAM RIDER

Possibly the UK's longest surviving bodyboarder. Danny started bodyboarding in 1986 and is the countries most loyal sponsored rider. He is probably the most consistent rider out there too, performing as well now as he always has.

He teamed up with Alder wetsuits in 1987 and it was not long until he realised his competitive streak. Danny is a fierce competitor who lives and breathes the sport. Danny’s first contest was the English nationals in Newcastle. This was the start of a six year reign as English champion. Here is a list of some of his results:
 
6 x English champion

5 x British champion 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993 & 2009

British masters champion 2009

Having been the national champion so many times has allowed Danny to represent his country several times. Danny’s best result on the world stage was at Huntington beach, California where he finished 9th in a field of competitors which included the likes of Tamega, Steve McKenzie and Adam “wingnut” Smith. These guys were top of the game at the time. 

Winning the British Nationals again in 2009 at Porthtowan was probably Danny’s best ever result. To knock out so many good guys on the way to the final felt so good. But then to beat the likes of current top riders, Jack Johns and Damian Prisk was amazing. Winning in front of his home crowd was the icing on the cake. What a come back after years out of the limelight. The victory seemed a fitting way to call it a day on the contest side of things.

He still gets in the water loads to maintain a good standard of riding and can be seen most days at our local beach (Portreath) busting out his trade mark move, the table top invert as well as a full bag of other tricks.

Danny helps out in the shop, is involved in new product development and has beome one of the most qualified bodyboarding coaches out there. He continues to be an inspiration to us all.

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ELDRED HAWKE - TEAM RIDER

Aka Eldred 'the aggressor Hawke, has to be the keenest bodyboarder i know, this guy absolutely rips. We first hooked up with Eldred in 2008 when one afternoon i was watching him here at Portreath wedge. I knew this guy could ride. We got him sorted on some new boards and his riding has just gone mental. I personally don't know how he pulls some of the tricks he does. Super consistant too.

 

Now over 40 he shows no signs of slowing down, he just seems to keep getting better! Often found at the better bodyboarding spots around the Cornish coast, he will always be dominating, pulling back flips, inverts, air reverses, the works.

 

A future British champ maybe??? sadly not. Contests are just not Eldred's thing. It's all about free surfing. He mixes it up in all conditions, big or small.

 

By the way, He's not aggressive! just hungry for any wave going. If he shows at your local beach, sit back, watch and learn. inspirational.

 

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ALEX WINKWORTH - TEAM RIDER

Alex Winkworth, Mr consistant. This boy rips in all kinds of surf and at all disciplines of the sport, both prone and drop knee. It is Alex's super keen attitude and consistancy that makes him one of our most valued members of the team.

How long have you been bodyboarding? 17 years

How did you get into the sport?
I tried every other sport on land but didn't like hitting concrete! I was introduced to the sea when I was about 10 and never looked back.
 
Which countries have you travelled to bodyboard?
Australia, Indonesia, France, Spain, Portugal, The Azores and The Canary Islands. I have also represented the UK on an international level.

What board are you currently riding and why? What do you like about it?
I'm currently riding a NMD Jason Finlay 41" NRG core. Just about everything about it is dreamy, the main thing I've noticed is the drive and speed it has when approaching the lip. best board I've ever ridden!

Your contest results if any?
Recently I won both the DK and the Open in the wedge contest at Tolcarne, Newquay

What are your ambitions within bodyboarding, where do you see your riding going in the future?
I just hope to keep improving and enjoying the sport. I will definately continue going on adventures and finding waves. Hopefully we can get our contest scene in the UK back on track soon. Even though the weather can be a bit grim and the waves aren't always the best, its always a good laugh to get everyone together for an event.

What does bodyboarding mean to you?
Bodyboarding means a whole lot of things to me, its obviously a good way to keep fit but also I find if I have any problems in my life or I've had a bad day when I get in the water its all gone and I think of nothing else but getting wave after wave and just switch off from what's going on on land so I guess it keeps me level. So it means everything to me!

Why do you ride for Bodyboard HQ, what does it mean to you?
BBHQ is in the centre of my local area and the forfront of the UK bodyboarding scene. They are always pushing the next generation to get in, have a go and improve. The growth in the bodyboarding scene in Portreath, Porthtowan and surrounding areas since HQ has been there is impressive and really good for the sport. It is grea to see the sport supported in this way. Long may it continue

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LUKE TROWILL - TEAM RIDER

Bodyboarding for around 3 years now.

Used to stand up surf but then fancied a change and bodyboarding looked fun. Riding a bodyboard offers me loads
of diferent options on how to ride a wave. Since then i have never looked back

I am still yet to travel extensively but I have travelled to Hossegor in the south Of France several times.

I am riding a Pride Jarrod Huston 2014 model. I Love the shape and it is super fast for down the line speed.

Contests are not really my thing but i did get 3rd Place in Youth Rampage at Tolcarne wedge, Newquay last year.

To keep improving within the sport and getting more consistant when doing tricks.

Bodyboarding means alot to me, it is so much fun and you're always faced with a different
situation because the waves are never the same.

Bodyboard HQ have supported me ever since I started participating in the sport and now it's
my turn to give something back and help get the name out there.It is great to be part of the HQ bodyboarding family.

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mug shot of SAM CRABTREE - TEAM RIDER

SAM CRABTREE - TEAM RIDER

I have been body boarding for 3 1/2 years!

I first got into body boarding after heading down the beach numerous times when i was younger and would spend a lot of time in the water on a swell board just trying to surf. Shortly after that me and my friend Liam grabbed some old body boards and started catching white water waves. Soon after this Liam found a old pair of fins in the club and i grabbed a really old pair of fins from home and we slowly ventured from white water waves to actually surfing the faces! From then I continued to get in the water as often as possible!

I have travelled to France for the europeans. Also I have been too Fuertreventura and Morocco which were both really good. Fuetreventura was definitely my favorite due to the amount of heavy reef breaks there!

I'm currently riding a VS Ryan hardy PE core, 41.5. I ride this board because it's fast and allows me to have better control in bigger waves.

British body boarding club U14's First 2010, 2011 U16's Third and in the Europeans in France 2012 I came 7th.

I want to improve my riding and surf as often as I can! Hopefully I will be able to surf waves all across the world and experience a range of cultures and different surfing lifestyles.

Bodyboarding means alot to me, Firstly its great fun! Nothing beats dropping down a wave and seeing a perfect line ahead! It also is great getting to surf waves that make me have a adrenaline rush for how intense they are. Nothing beats the feeling of making a big barrel!


Riding for HQ means a lot, they're my nearest body boarding shop that completely supports body boarding. Also they have helped me out with getting gear together making sure I've got all the right stuff. It also feels great to ride with all the other HQ riders especially Eldred Hawke, Alex Winkworth and Dan Catten who all shred! Its a great inspiration for me to improve my riding! Cheers Dave for helping me out!

 

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JAMES TREVENA - TEAM RIDER

Date of birth 3.3.97


How long have you been bodyboarding?
I have been bodyboarding for about 3 and a ½ years now and love every bit of it!  

How did you get into the sport?
I got into bodyboarding when I went to the beach with a few of my friends, picked a bodyboard and loved it. After that I saw a few of the local guys down at Portreath surfing the Harbour wall and the V, ever since then I was inspired to ride like they could and tackle the waves they rode!

What countries have you travelled for bodyboarding?
The only place I have travelled to go bodyboarding is france twice with my friends and we scored some pretty fun waves! In the future I want to travel to loads of different countries and experience different waves, cultures and ways of life around the world!  

What board are you currently riding and why? What do you like about it?
I am currently riding the Science 7 PE 2013 board, I think the board is a perfect template for all round waves and is a really good quality board!

Your contest results if any?
My contest results to date are:
6th place in the British Bodyboarding tour open division 2013,

1st in under 16 British nationals championship 2012,

1st in under 14 British nationals championship 2011,

1st in under 14 newquay groms comp 2011,

1st in all age Cornwall school games bodyboarding comp 2012 and 2013

4th in under 18 British nationals championship 2012. 

 What are your ambitions within bodyboarding, where do you see you’re riding going in the future?
My ambitions are to keep bodyboarding and I would love to ride loads of different waves around the world to help me improve my riding!

What does bodyboarding mean to you?
Bodyboarding to me is a way of life, it gives me freedom, you can never get bored of the sea because there are so many different waves to ride, giving you endless possibilities. 

Why do you ride for bodyboard HQ, what does it mean to you?
Bodyboard HQ have helped me progress with the sport and I am very lucky to have their support! They have been helping me out since day one this is where I got my first board and fins set up and I have kept going back ever since because of the honest advice and support they have given me.

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JARRYD WINGFIELD - TEAM RIDER

Bodyboarding for 7 years

I started going to the beach at Portreath when I was 16 and saw these guys doing loads of cool tricks, from that day I was hooked !

I have been to South Africa, Morocco, Canary Islands and Scotland, with many more to come in the next few years.

Right now i am riding a NMD jase Finlay 42" NRG core. It is my favourite board so far, sick for DK drop Knee because it's got quite a wide template which I like and fast for prone.

My contest results are:
3rd in the British under 18s
3x army champion, 3x British forces champion
3rd in the 2013 British dk champs
3rd in the 2013 wedge dk comp.

My ambitions are I just want to travel as much as possible and keep getting in the water as loads too. I love it.

Bodyboarding means everything to me, anyone that knows me well enough will tell you nothing can keep me out the water.

I have always wanted to ride for Bodyboard HQ. It is my local shop and all the guys who work and hang out there are super friendly and
they will always help you out with anything bodyboarding related. There knowledge is leagues above other shops out there.

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MEGAN PENNY - TEAM RIDER

5 years with fins.

Being from Cornwall I spent most summers in the sea and riding white water. My most vivid memory was when I was about 6/7 and my mum took me down the local beach, the waves started to dump and I got slammed face first onto the shore, I was winded and had sand in my gums but I ran back in for another go… not much has changed really!

I’ve been to the south of France a few times, with warm seas and fresh croissants so close to home make it hard not to stay away. Sri Lanka was great and where I really started to be able to barrel ride, an amazing sand bar formed just outside where we were staying that created some fast, hollow waves that just kept on going… you had to make the section or else you got swept in to a warm fish gut soup from the fishing boats. I’ve also been to Morocco, but the best trip by far was Portugal with the girls, ladies British champion Olivia Smedley and good friend Kirsty Mann - I’m hoping to go back again this year.

I am currently riding a Science Damian Prisk Board; it’s the first board I’ve had that’s been nice and flexible even through the winter in Kernow. It has helped me progress to do new tricks and ride more challenging waves. It is hard to part with the old faithful!

Contest results, if any?
2nd 2011 North Cornwall Challenge
3rd 2013 Women’s British Tour
2nd 2013 The Wedge Air Show

2014 British Ladies champion

I just want to keep pushing to get as good as I can be. My ambition is to overcome fear to go big and get in the air more. I’d also like to get more girls into bodyboarding, we are a rare breed at the moment in the UK. All the younger riders are really impressive and seem to be hot on the heels of the more experienced riders and that’s great to see, but it would be great to have some girls in the mix too to push us and keep it fresh.

I bodyboard because it’s fun and it keeps me sane and healthy (aside from the injuries!). Being in the sea is awesome, especially those days when the waves are so good that you’re surfing till dark or until your arms seize up… feeling surfed out is the best.

Its great to be part of a team at Bodyboard HQ and since joining I’ve been getting some tips on how to improve my riding from Danny Catten. I am looking forward to experimenting more with boards and kit to help me progress further.

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CHRIS WEBB - SHOP DEPUTY

It all began for me growing up in the NE of England. I grew up in a village called Tynemouth, always in sight of the sea but completely unaware of a hardcore surf scene within the village. It wasn’t until a family holiday to Cornwall that I was introduced to riding waves.

I was instantly hooked & got my first surfboard in late 1986 followed by a Swell Bodyboard, I divided my time in the water between the two. I was fortunate enough to start surfing with a group of very competitive lads and very accomplished local surfers. We skated on flat days and chased down any ripple the North Sea could throw our way.

My family moved to North Devon in 1991 and Croyde became my local surf spot. This is where I started to experiment with many different forms of wave riding. I rode shortboards, longboards & bodyboards, any excuse to be in the water, especially those heaving Croyde low tide barrels.

I spent many winters away travelling during my time in North Devon, visiting the shores of Central America, North & South Africa, Indonesia and throughout Europe, sampling some of the world's best surfing spots.

Competition has also been a huge part of surfing for me, enabling me to travel to new surf spots. I have been lucky to see the best surfers first hand and to test my own competitive goals. Travel is something I have been into since a lad in the NE.

Long boarding has been my main discipline and I have been competing since 1995. I’ve surfed in the Hotdoggers surf club league since 1998, which I won in my first year & the BLU (British Longboard Union) reaching several finals and having my best end of year ratings in 2004 finishing 4th & in 2010 finishing 8th. I have also competed internationally at the Biarritz surf festival, against the worlds best. An amazing experience.

In 2002 the opportunity arose to do a degree course at Cornwall Collage. I headed west, settling in Portreath & escaping the increasing crowds of North Devon.

I still surf every kind of craft. When its tiny I am on my 9’6” log or 4’3” fish, head high & peeling it is the 5’10” quad fish or 6’2” thruster. When the surf gets overhead, ledging, shore breaks or reefs then I’m on my 41.5” bodyboard, there are no boundaries. The right kit for the conditions.

When I was a kid and went to the park I didn’t just play on the swings or the slide or see-saw, I played on everything & that’s how I view riding waves. Whatever the craft, I am out there! I am as passionate about wave riding today as when I was a boy, freezing my butt off in the North sea.

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mug shot of TIM BROWN - TEAM RIDER

TIM BROWN - TEAM RIDER

How long have you been bodyboarding?   
14 years

How did you get into the sport?    
I wanted to get into some sort of watersports after I lost my passion for football. I Had the choice between a surfboard or a bodyboard for my 12th birthday and after very little thought I decided on a bodyboard. So along with that and an instructional VHS tape called Bio and Bio2 (dvd for you groms) which I watched about 5 times a day i was hooked.

Which countries have you travelled to bodyboarding? 
France, Bali, Sumatra, Lanzarote, Morrroco and Scotland

What board are you currently riding and why?   I am currently using a Science, Damian Prisk. The shape has always been one that I have got on with in UK waves, I find the NRG core to be a good all rounder and Science boards have always lasted me the longest. I prefer the stealth look not these rather camp pink or purple colour ways that are so trendy at the moment.

Your contest results if any? 
Lots of under 18s category results i cant remember (too long ago)  Joint Seventh in the 2009 british nationals and 7th in the 2012 British Nationals.

What are your ambitions within bodyboarding?   
I never want to stop traveling and experiencing not only other waves, but other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. I would also like to surf more within europe and explore closer to home to surf waves on our shores that are less populated. I would also like to take any opportunities within the sport that arise to make it better or improve mine or others riding. Its all about having fun with friends and I want it to stay that way.

What does bodyboarding mean to you?   
I like to think its kept me sane. Everybody has their escape , whether it be going out on the golf course, fishing, horseriding etc.  Bodyboarding is my escape and the thing that gives me a sense of freedom. A bad surf is never really that bad when you think about it, I get enjoyment from just being in the sea and having a laugh with my friends.

Why do you ride for Bodyboard HQ, what does it mean to you?  
Bodyboard HQ is the best supplier with the best range in Europe so the choice is a massive bonus for us team riders. The guys in the shop have far more knowledge and experience than the other stores in the UK. I feel that HQ only want the best for the sport in this country and continue to support it.  

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