By: Condor Ferries on 13/07/2012
On Top of the Waves
A member of the British long board surfing team since the age of 13, Ben now lives in Cornwall, and at just 25 years old has won 16 British titles, the European Professional Longboard Championship, and finished 3rd in the 2009 world surfing games following a silver in 2006. He is now on the hunt for a world title.
We took the opportunity to ask Skindog what it felt like to win the title in front of his home crowd on Jersey and discovered the pride and affection he has for the island and its people.
How does it feel to have won the longboard competition at the European Championships in Jersey?
It was unreal… It meant so much to me to win this great title for my home, myself and all the people who helped me get there! I owe so much to St Ouen’s and all the people who live there.
How long have you been surfing for and what made you start?
I have been surfing since the age of three. My Dad got me into it at a very young age at St Ouen’s beach. It all began for me in Jersey when I wanted to do what my Dad was doing… Now here I am.
Where is your favourite place to surf in Jersey and why?
I love to surf at Secrets. It’s on the St Ouen’s stretch and it is where my Dad and I always went. Again, I have so many memories that it is an amazing feeling surfing there.
As a Jerseyman how does the island compare with other surfing destinations around the world?
As far as waves are concerned, we do have quality, but lack a little bit in consistency. But as far as people… You won’t find a nicer bunch, whether you meet them on their travels or at their home beach, Jersey boys are known for their hospitality and knowledge of Surfing.
What is your favourite restaurant in Jersey, and why?
I love the Line-Up (a mobile kitchen located virtually on the beach and famed for its bacon butties, hot soups, fresh sandwiches, ‘American’ burgers, pancakes and more – open all year round) at Le Port beach St Ouen’s. Great food, nice people and an amazing view!!!
For those visiting Jersey for the first time what would you recommend as a must see?
The Living Legend and Jersey War Tunnels are always a good day out. The history of our island is really fascinating.
Any other comments?
Thanks to Condor Ferries for helping me get to Jersey. And to all the team for their efforts in the Eurosurf and to Roli, the manager for keeping us all in line for a whole week! And to my beautiful girlfriend and our beautiful children... Thanks for always supporting me.