Profile... Alan Stokes
How old where you when you first began surfing?
I started surfing when I was 6, we moved to Cornwall from up country and I learnt to surf on an old polystyrene board I found behinde a shed, it said surf auto matic on it. Then my parents took me to the British Surfing Assosiation surf school and I've surfed every day since.
What/Who got you into it?
My parents have always been involved in Surf Life Saving and I was a member of the local life saving club and still am today, my mum and dad moved down here to live the beach lifestyle, so I grew up on the beach watching people surf.
What length board do you ride?
I ride SurfTech boards, because they are strong and fast, I love big hollow waves so these boards are perfect for me. My boards range from 5'8 shortboards to 9ft longboards and I love them all.
What wetsuit do you use?
I wear c-skins wetsuits, they are a british company with there sights firmly set on producing wetsuits for our climate. I know your probably thinking I have to say this, but these suits are good, I need a good suit beacause I stay in the surf for so long.
Favourite surf spot in the UK:
I grew up surfing Fistral beach in Newquay and I still surf there every day, the surf there gets very good at low tide, but my favourite place to surf is a secret spot.
Favourite surf spot in the World:
would have to be Indonesia, the waves break over coral reef and are so perfect, not a drop of water out of place and you can surf in a pair of shorts.
Have you spent any seasons in one place? If so where?
I've spent a lot of time in Australia, it gets so cold here in England in the winter, so as soon as my feet start to go numb I book a flight out of here, usually to Oz beacause its a perfect training ground and the standard of surfing over there is so high, it raises your game.
What do you love about Surfing?
Surfing is my addiction, everything I do revolves around what the waves are doing. I spend more time in the sea then i do on land so it means everything to me, its nice to be able to paddle out into the ocean and leave all the madness behind.
What's your goal within Surfing?
I just want to be able to surf every day, I'm so addicted to surfing that I go a few hours out of the water and then I'm straight back in there. I'm also really competative, so surfing has given me a platform to excel in. I'm off to California in a month to compete in the world games, I guess my goal is to win that.
Alan Stokes © Stu Norton
From Alan's Lifestyle & Portrait Gallery.
What aspect of Surfing gives you the most satisfaction?
Winning a contest is a fantastic feeling but nothing can compare to the feeling of surfing some great waves on your own, getting some big tubes and just feeling part of the big picture, its pure simplicity.
What style of Surfing best descibes your riding?
I'm always trying to better my last performance, so I guess you could describe my surfing as fast and progressive, but I try to ride as stylish and smoothly as I can.
I love big hollow waves so getting tubed would be my favourite move.
What's you scariest Surfing moment?
When I was fourteen I was surfing in the Canarie Islands and the surf was huge while I was out there, my little arms couldn't even paddle in to the waves, I managed to catch one of the smaller waves, but it still seemed massive to me and I headed for the beach a little shaken by the whole experience.
What's your top safety tips when surfing?
You should always surf with a freind and cover your head after you fall off, my board hits me on the head so many times.
Give someone some advice:
If you havn't been surfing before, do it! It will change your life, also recycle stuff it makes you feel good inside.
What are your other interests?
I love learning about different cultures and seeing how people live their lives around the world. I'm also getting into sea fishing, on a kayak, its great fun and when you catch a big fish it takes you for a ride.
Where would you like to see yourself in the future?
Doing what im doing now, surfing is my job and my life it cant get any better than that.
Realistically, what will you be doing in the future?
I'll be surfing and hopefully passing on my knowledge and experiences to the new crew of aspiring pros
Alan Stokes © Roger Sharp/ Animal
From Alan's Action Gallery.
Who are your idols?
Any one surfing with a big grin on ther face, also surfers Like Tom Curren and seven time world champ Kelly Slater.
What music are you into?
Loads of different stuff, I love music I sing and write songs myself its a great form of expression, Johny Cash is a Legend.
What's your favourite book?
Lance Armstrong's Its not about the bike, I was reading it in Portugal and his determination to win the Tour de France got me to the final of the world qualifying event i was competing in, words are powerfull things.
What's your favourite film?
Any film directed by Quintin Tarentino, his films are a work of art
What's your favourite quote?
Every challenge is an opportunity, remember this one and you wont fail.
Best cocktail, shot or drink?
Guiness is so good
What's your most prized possession?
all of my surfboards
My mum and dad for their support over the years, without their wise words my surfing wouldn't be what it is now. Also thank you to my girlfriend Celine for her ongoing support your marvellous. A massive thank you to all my sponsers, you all rock cheers
Anything else you want to say?
I'm outta here because the surf is pumping. see you out the back.
Alan's Results/ Achievements...
|2006||British Pro Tour event three||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2005||British National Championships||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2005||British Pro Tour Newquay||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2005||Animal Beach Ball||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2005||English National Championships||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2004||English National Championships||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2004||Animal Beach Ball||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2004||British National Championships||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2004||British Pro Tour||Shortboard||Overall||1st|
|2003||Animal Beach Ball||Shortboard||Overall||1st|