KING OF COOL
Sudden death of surfing pioneer
LOVING tributes have been paid to surfing king Stephen Hudson who has died suddenly.
Known to many as Hurricane Hudson, he was pivotal in helping to boost the popularity of the sport along the Tyneside coast.
Now, tributes have been paid to the loving dad after he died at the age of 51.
On Monday evening, a special paddle out was held at Longsands beach, where family and friends formed a circle of remembrance and held a minute’s silence in his memory.
Mr Hudson was well-respected and loved by people in the North East as well as other parts of the country.
He and his friend Mark Ward established the Tynemouth Surf Co, on Grand Parade, in 1995 which went on to become one of the biggest
surf schools in the UK. As well as teaching the sport to scores of youngsters, Mr Hudson passed on his talent to his son Louis.
The 20-year-old, who captained a Great Britain team at the World Junior Surfing Championships two years ago, said: “My dad was a surfing legend and the epitome of cool.”
And Louis’s mum, Melanie Thomas, said: “Stephen was a very good surfer. He had a natural ability and was particularly known for his style and grace on longboards.
“He came fourth in the British National Championships in Cornwall, in the longboard section, when he was 28 years old.
“He actually learned how to surf from his own father Ronnie Hudson, who was the first surfer in Tynemouth. Ronnie was in the navy and he had travelled to various places, including Australia where he saw people surfing. He then started it over here.
“Stephen grew up with surfing all
around him. At the time, there were only a handful of surfers in Tynemouth but that number grew significantly – and Stephen played a pivotal part in that. He encouraged and taught so many people how to surf.
“I have had so many messages from people telling me how incredible and selfless he was.”
Scores of tributes and messages have been left on social media describing Mr Hudson as “a truly outstanding human being” and a “legend”.
Ms Thomas added: “Stephen was very kind, very generous and sincere.
“He was very well loved and respected.”
Stephen Hudson surfing with his son Louis Thomas-Hudson
Stephen Hudson, who set up Tynemouth Surf Co