“Reef and pointbreaks mainly or beach breaks with good banks, basically any waves that break in the same place each time about head high clean with a bit of power. I prefer to surf fun head high walling waves over big surf but I still like pushing my comfort zone”.
What is your home break?
“If I told you I would have to kill you haha. Nah all the breaks around the Bude and Westward Ho area”
If you could surf any spots for the rest of your life what would it be?
“Anywhere with warm water and reeling a-frame barrels”
What are your aspirations in surfing?
“To never stop, improve as much as I can, keep pushing myself, have a go at competing and see where it takes me. I want to travel the world as much as I can, surf and find different waves, and experience what other places/cultures have to offer. I also want to carry on introducing frothing novices to such a great sport through teaching surfing at home and abroad”
Who are your idols and what do you love about surfing
“Everyone who is out in the water having fun on a board. On a world scale the surfing that guys like John John Florence and Gabriel Medina are doing is insane, and for Kelly Slater to still seem like he is progressing aged 42 is amazing. Within the UK it’s good to see a lot of people pushing the British surfing standard and at home my friends who help me push my surfing.
It’s pretty hard to describe what I love about surfing as there are so many mental, social and physical benefits. One of the best things is as soon as I take off on a wave I have nothing else on my mind and it all comes naturally until I kick out into the channel”
What Dan Rides
The Bandit is my go to board for those perfect pumping days, at a quality break. It will give you tons of drive and hold in the pocket of steep faced waves/ solid surf/ and on rail, so it will always hold your line. It has a very responsive, controlled, smooth feel, great for critical high-performance surfing. Throw it into a turn as hard as you like, as vertical as you like and it will glide through.
It has been my workhorse for UK point/reef breaks, powerful UK beachies and the quality breaks around Bali, especially thriving on the more solid days at these breaks and performing well in the barrel. The bandit will perform best in good condition from chest high or above.
The Bull is my board for small wave fun/performance. If conditions are small or a bit mushy I’ll take the bull out and it’s always a blast. Lightning fast as soon as you pop up with a lively loose feel. This board will fly through the flatter sections of the wave and give you loads of release/ slide through your turns, and tons of pop out of the lip for trying airs. The bull will out paddle any other shortboard, with tons of volume, flat rocker, and width, helping you to maximise the smaller and mushier days and come out of the water with the biggest smile on your face. It performs best in any sort of tiny to overhead surf.
The Heat Seeker is my go-to board for everyday average conditions, handling any waves I throw at it and always a lot of fun. This board is fast, lose, lively and skatey while still being able to throw it into power turns. Has extra paddling ability/speed through flatter sections compared to your average shortboard (due to the extra volume) helping to maximise everyday conditions, and get more out of each surf. This board has also been a perfect travel board for me, it ended up being my go-to board to surf in Bali on days up to about double overhead, as it allowed me to get lose and try new maneuvers.
Overall it’s going to perform best in any sort of waist height to double overhead surf.