For those with even the slightest bit of interest in British surfing, Alan Stokes will need no introduction. Having won countless surfing competitions, and being widely regarded as one of the UK’s best surfers, 3 x British Champion Alan (or ‘Stokesy’ as he prefers to be called) is a major contributor to the Newquay Activity Centre surf coaching team.
Alan was born in Kent and lived there until the age of 6 when his parents decided to move the family south west to Cornwall. Before leaving the family home, Alan came across an old beat-up polystyrene surfboard in the shed. This went in the back of the moving truck along with everything else for the family’s new life on the Cornish coast. This one decision quite possibly changed the face of British surfing for the next decade.
Messing around in the waves soon took the shape of block-booked surf lessons. These lessons then progressed to winning local ocean club events. His natural skill coupled with an ability to quickly master moves ultimately got Stokesy his first big break. This came in the form of travelling to Portugal as a 15-year old to join the European Junior Surf Championships. A year later, Stokesy was taking part in the British Surfing Association’s Schools Competition where he took first prize against many of the older and more experienced surfers.
Since the early days of upsetting the bigger boys during school surf competitions, Stokesy has gone on to live out a full and successful surfing career. He’s been lucky enough to travel the world as a pro and score some sick waves in countries such as Hawaii, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, the Americas and, of course, many of his home breaks around Cornwall. Thanks to his international surfing prowess, he’s also been sponsored by many of the world’s big surfing brands including Animal, The Dry Bag and Fourth Surfboards.
It’s not every day that you have the chance to be coached by one of Britain’s best surfers. If you’re joining us on our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course, you can rest assured that you’ll be in the best possible hands to improve your surfing!