The Welsh surf scene is a pretty tight nit community, with legends such as Carwyn Williams and Pete ‘PJ’ Jones still inspiring generations of local surfer’s. One such local lad is 18 year old Patrick Langdon-Dark from Swansea.
Born into a family of surfers, Pat started surfing at 10 years old. “I started just surfing with my dad and brother every weekend and then eventually I gave up all other sports and just surfed!” says Pat. Just 3 years later, he tried competing with some disappointing results, but by the age of 14 he was competing regularly and loving it. “I think I couldn’t cope just free surfing, I love free surfing, but I’m so competitive that I just always want to compete and win.”
So why compete on the UK Pro Surf Tour? “UK comps are super important because without them there would be even less successful surfers from the UK. Prize money is so important because if you want to be able to travel to competitions year round it’s expensive and knowing you can get prize money can make it a lot easier.”
Last year’s tour was a pretty good one for Pat, with 2 event wins and first place overall in the Under 18s. But he’s also not afraid to take on the big boys, entering the Men’s Open again this year and hoping to improve on a 9th place overall last year. “I feel confident in myself going into the Night Surf, I’ve been training and surfing very hard so I’m looking forward to it. My ambitions for this year are to win the Under 18s Tour again but I really want to do well on the Men’s Open Tour this year I want to win a Men’s event!”
With this being Pat’s last year as a junior, he’s going to have to make good on that ambition. So far he’s doing well in the Men’s Open, beating many of his seniors to make it into the top 10. Luckily for him, he has a great attitude and support from his family to help push him on. Watch this space!