Surfer Jessie is rid­ing high

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - ALEX HIB­BERT

APRO­FES­SIONAL surfer who gave up her high-fly­ing fi­nance ca­reer to pur­sue her love of rid­ing waves looks set for her most suc­cess­ful ever sea­son on the wa­ter.

Jessie Tuck­man, 26, started surf­ing six years ago af­ter be­ing in­spired by her cousin to try out the sport.

And af­ter fall­ing in love with be­ing on a surf­board, she is now aim­ing to break into the UK’s top 10 and be­come one its best fe­male surfers.

Jessie grew up in Macclesfield and her dad, rally driver and mo­tor firm boss Simon Tuck­man, still lives in the town.

Jessie, who now lives in Newquay, Corn­wall, said: “I grew up in land-locked Macclesfield and so there was not many op­por­tuni- ties to surf.

“But when I was 20 I went over to Scarborough and had a go at it with my cousin. in­stantly loved it, there’s no bet­ter feel­ing than be­ing on your board and rid­ing the crest of a wave.

“I kept surf­ing while pur­su­ing a ca­reer as a mort­gage and loan bro­ker, do­ing my nine to five and surf­ing when I could.

“In the end I just thought ‘go for it’, and gave up my job and moved down to Newquay. I like to think that riches aren’t nec­es­sar­ily about how much money you have, you can be a lot richer hav­ing time to have ex­pe­ri­ences and live a life in which you do what you truly love.”

Jessie has com­peted in the UK Pro Surf Tour since 2013, and last year man­aged to fin­ish 13th out of a to­tal of 54 com­peti­tors.

She added: “surf ev­ery day now. also have some spon­sors which help me

IIIout in terms of money, though also have a clean­ing job to help pay the rent.

“The sea­son starts in May and ends in Novem­ber so this year my aim is to try and break into the top 10. would love to do that, and then who knows. If you do well enough you can go on to com­pete in Europe and around the world, but right now i’m just con­cen­trat­ing on

II­mak­ing my name in the Bri­tish Isles.” If you would like to spon­sor Jessie e-mail her at jes­si­caa.tuck­man@ google­ Al­ter­na­tively find her on Face­book at www.face­book. com/jessi­etuck­mansurfer

●● Jess Tuck­man is aim­ing to be one of the UKs top surfers

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