WHAT ARE THEY FEEDING THEM IN BUDE
If you're vaguely aware of the movers and shakers in the British comp scene then you'll know that the Bude massive are punching above their weight.
Ithink it is fair to say that right now Bude is producing more champions than any other area in the UK. It's funny how you get hot beds of talent, little pockets of hothouse effects where local kids get good competing against each other in the water. In past times Porthcawl, Swansea, Croyde, St Agnes and Newcastle have all had their moments, and of course Newquay has dominated many eras in terms of numbers and titles.
In the last year nowhere has the strength and depth across as many mens, womens and youth divisions as Bude. From multiple English and British titles, UK Pro surf tour titles to impressive international performances Bude's surfers are on a march. They are a cool crew to hang to with too. Steve England thought he'd better find out what was going on...
So what's happening? Bude seems to producing champions and finalists at its highest rate in history. What do you put it down to?
Good waves and attitudes. When we are in the water together we are all having fun sharing waves, hooting and pushing each other to go bigger. I feel from a good solid elder group keeping kids in check and making them aspire to be good in and out of the water. When it comes to comps the new crop can gain confidence from past European champions like Mike Raven and Reubyn. Each surfing ahead of their time with fluid technique and style. – Joss Ash
Bude's surf scene is as friendly as a place could be from the old legends down to the frothing groms, there is no boundary. Aside from surfing we actually all hangout and are really good friends so we can push each other. Everyone wants the best for each other and everyone is will to help and support one another! – Miles Lee-hargreaves
I don’t really know, it’s hard to pinpoint one exact aspect that’s pushing us above the rest and each of us have probably been affected by different things in different ways so I can only really speak from my own experiences.
I think it’s really just a culmination of many things all coming together though. Reubs and Joss, (Reubs being the most successful and talented Brit since Russ Winter) have certainly inspired all of the upcoming generations. I’ve definitely nabbed aspects of Joss’s style for my carves and Liam Turner has probably been influenced by Reubyn’s air game in one way or another. So they’re both key to the success of all us younger ones. I think the closeness of the community makes a big difference too. Bude is obviously pretty small and our surfing community even smaller, so we all spend a lot of time in the water together which definitely pushes us all. I used to surf every day with Liam when we were groms, he pushed my surfing probably more than anyone. Add Miles to the mix in our early teens and we were just a ball of frothing groms trying to out do each other at every opportunity. – Jobe Harriss
I think it's down to the level of inspiration that we have from older surfers. I've always looked up to Reubyn, Joss, Jobe, Miles, who have always pushed the level of UK and European surfing. So by having surfers of such a high standard, you've got somewhere to aim!– Emily Currie
I think everybody from Bude does so well because there's always people pushing you! There's constantly more kids coming up getting better and better making you want to get better and then there's figures like Reubyn and Jobe which your aiming to be as good as so there's a constant goal I suppose.– Kit Innes
Bude is such a cool place to live, we as brothers have been very lucky to get in the water from when we started to surf with some really good surfers like Reubyn and Joss, Jobe Harris and Miles. We were lucky to have Mike Raven in Bude as well. He trained a lot of us and I think that is what has started the good surfers in Bude. – Stan & Bertie
I think it's just because we have a better variety of waves up here and there's not that much to do round here other than surf, so maybe it's the lack of distractions that has something to do with it.– Liam Turner
I would say there are a lot of good surfers around the Bude area that are at a high level that a lot of people haven't heard of which is really good for the up and coming kids to watch and learn from. Also there's a lot of people that are winning who are surfing together most of the time. When there's a good bank somewhere there's always good sessions going down and people are ripping. I think that's good for any one in the line up to be inspired by.– Reubyn Ash
I think all of Bude's surfers are super keen and encouraging each other to do well. – Ellie Turner
Do you all surf together at the same breaks? Do you think that is what is pushing you on?
Yeah for sure, when the waves get big on the points we all feed off each other's waves and in the smaller stuff on the beaches we have fun and don't take it too seriously. This generally helps get the best out of our surfing. We are lucky to live in a place where we can access a whole variety of waves. – Joss Ash
Yes, we all surf the same spots. If there is a good bank there will be all the crew on it! And if the other spots are working everyone is there. So you want to surf your best and everyone will be pushing each other no matter what. It's always like a competition in the water. – Miles Lee-hargreaves
Our local point, despite it’s flaws, has also been a massive part in shaping our surfing into what it is. It’s arguably one of the most consistent, quality point breaks in the country. It demands a style of surfing which I guess isn’t typical to the rest of the UK and differentiates our surfing from everyone else’s. All of us spend so much time there and I without doubt would not be where I am without it. – Jobe Harriss
Bude's small, although we have lots of beaches, so you quite often bump into each other and end up surfing together. If I see the guys, I'll ask them where they are surfing, because they know best! Ha ha. I've always believed by surfing with others that are better, it will improve you, so I think it's definitely down to that! – Emily Currie
We don't really all plan to surf together but most of the time we end up surfing the same banks together anyway! It's so good because there's always someone who's keen to surf with you. – Kit Innes
Surfing with better surfers teaches us loads and you want to try out more new moves. – Stan & Bertie
Yeah It depends on the banks to be honest when there's one good one in town everyone ends up surfing together but it's safe to say Ellie and Jobe surf Crooklets the most. I tend to crowd dodge quite a lot. – Liam Turner
We often all surf the same breaks which could make us competitive ... ha ha. – Ellie Turner
Do you all feel part of the Bude community travelling away to comps, or are you individuals who happen to be from the same region?
Yeah we are all friends fundamentally but all do our own thing respectively. I like to feel we all are stoked when one or all of us do well competing and I generally believe that this is the case. We all want to win in an effort to fund our lifestyles but we have mutual respect and enjoy supporting and hooting each other on. It makes the whole competing thing more enjoyable. – Joss Ash
We are a full crew, we all share lifts together and park next to each other at the events and all hangout together, amp each other up for heats and listen to music! – Miles Lee-hargreaves
Yeah, we’re for sure a solid little group at comps. It’s only recently I’ve started noticing it but all of us get on super well. We just invade whomevers van has the most killer parking spot and set up camp for the weekend. None of us clash heads even if we’re in heats together. We all know when we want to get in our zones and focus for the upcoming heat, so it works well. I’m definitely of the vibe that the only people in the country I don’t mind losing to are the boys from home, which means we never really end up with any bad blood. – Jobe Harriss
Yeah definitely, everyone's friendly, and although you're down there for an individual reason, everyone is very supportive. Over the years I've always got advice from them, on where to go, where to sit, etc, which I'm so grateful for. – Emily Currie
Travelling to contests lot's of us do all travel and stay together. I think this helps all of us especially at Pro Juniors because it makes you kinda forget where you are and it just takes your mind off any nerves you might have. Also seeing your mates making rounds pushes you to want to go further in the contest. – Kit Innes
We really feel part of Bude when we are at comps, Jobe and all the others always give us advice and ask how we are getting on when everyone is there. And there are lot of us. – Stan & Bertie
I think its a bit of both. We all get on really well and surf together when the waves are good. It's probably more noticeable at surf comps as everyone always together watching each others heats. – Liam Turner
Yeah its great to see the level of talent coming out of Bude these days and most of us are rooting for each other at comps and we are all good friends. – Reubyn Ash
So currently there are about nine of you all placing in your age/ categories, are there any other young stand outs you see coming through?
There is a whole new bunch of kids coming along, too many to mention. I'm still waiting for that kid to come out of the blocks with new ideas at approaching waves. I'm super proud of the surfers in my area and feel that
this movement will only get stronger and a force to be reckoned with on the international stage in the future. – Joss Ash
Yeah there are loads of little groms in the Boardriders club who are ripping which is great to see! Also aside from all the guys that compete all of our friends rip! There are so many good surfers from Bude that no one even knows about, it's crazy! – Miles Lee-hargreaves
It’s hard to pick out anyone coming through in the next crop below Stan and Bertie as they’re super young and the next top shredder might not have even started surfing yet. There does tend to be an age gap between each of us so I expect the next one coming through will show their face either this summer or the next for sure. – Jobe Harriss
I think Bude will continue to produce good young surfers, because of the level we have now. It's something for all the youngsters to look up to, like I had! I think there is definitely a few contenders, with that a lot of the parents of young groms are big surfers, and there’s lot of really young ones in Bude Waveriders. I think Bude Waveriders will do wonders for them coming through, as there is a solid foundation for them to learn and progress, especially when you've got the likes of Jobe coaching them! There is definitely a lot of potential in Bude! – Emily Currie
Honestly I think there's so many younger kids coming up every year I see more and more kids surfing! The future of surfing in Bude is gonna be crazy can't wait to see these kids at when they get to my age. – Kit Innes
JOSS ASH Age: 35
Best results over the past 18 months:
English and British senior champion, finished in the top thre e of the British tour last year, Reubyn and Jobe being the two surfers above me, English squad select.
Home beach in Bude: Widemouth Bay.
LIAM TURNER Age: 21
I've had a couple of 2nds on the UK Pro Surf Tour, Sea Sessions champion 2015, 2016.
ELLIE TURNER Age: 15
Best results: 2nd Rip Curl International Grom Search, 4th ISA World Juniors, 2nd Caparica Pro Junior, 2nd Espinho Pro Junior.
Home beach: Crooklets