Emily Currie from North Cornwall loves all things surfing, travelling, and exploring in her van. Emily competes in both shortboard & longboard competitions across Europe and around the world and is a keen environmentalist and a regular at the 2 Minute Beach Cleans. “I’m lucky, my surfing has taken me all around the world experiencing many different surf spots. I see the impact single use plastics have on the environment everywhere I go.”
19 year old Logan Nicol lives in South Wales and has been surfing since he was 10. As well as competing on the UKPSA Pro Surf Tour and in national events, Logan is an RNLI Lifeguard and surf instructor, the ocean plays a huge role in his life – “The ocean means a lot to me, it’s given me a direction in life and has become my job. Keeping it clean is extremely important for the environment and is in everyone’s interest.”
Noah is the current Under 16 UK Champion and one of the rising stars in British surfing. At just 17 he has competed all over Europe and at the World Junior Championships in Japan. The environment is also extremely important to Noah – “Plastic on the beach is really a worry! I have always done what I can at home with recycling but am now trying to do more. Whenever I surf I always try to pick up at least three bits of plastic off the beach.”
Tegan is a 14 year old surfer from Cornwall who grew up with the beach as her back yard. She loves surfing for fun but also competing on the UK Pro Surf Tour. The environment and especially the ocean has always been very important to Tegan – “As surfers the ocean is our playground and we need to keep it free from waste. Buying fair trade, using sustainable products and not using single use plastic are some of the simple things we can do every day to make a difference.”
Sam splits his time between the UK and Portugal and competes in both countries. He’s currently the Under 14 UK Champion, a title he has held for the last 3 years. A keen environmentalist, Sam is a regular at beach cleans both here and abroad. “I am passionate and dedicated to my sport and love to see the oceans and beaches remaining clean. It is so important to protect what we have or lose our lovely oceans and sea life.”
Hailing from the Gower Peninsular in South Wales, Alys Barton is a bit of a local legend even though she’s still only 15. Alys’ trophy cabinet is well stacked from her wins on the UK Pro Surf Tour in pretty much every age group. But it’s not all about winning competitions for Alys – “I feel that our oceans are being destroyed every single day. The Clean Breaks Project will help influence more people to take care of our oceans and not take it for granted by respecting it.”.
At just 16 years old, Stan has already racked up quite a few wins in the UK and numerous international appearances on the WSL. After multiple trips overseas including the hallowed beaches of North Shore Hawaii Stan is maturing into an environmentally conscious surfer keen to do whatever he can to help clean up the beaches and ocean he loves.