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>>Q. What was it like to win the British at Croyde?

I felt the result was a long time overdue. I'd previously made the final and finishing second is always hard, because it seems so close. I was lucky to find the waves and score highly on them in the small conditions. The final was a tough one-Alan Stokes Lee Bartlett Mark Harris and Tyson Greenaway - the 5 best guys in the country. I was stoked to win.

> >Q. What are the best memories of your recent trip to Hawaii?

>I did some tow in surfing for the first time in 8-12ft surf and it was insane. Going at about 30mph behind a jet ski and catching waves you could never find by paddling out to them. We lost the ski and had to swim half amile into find it!

> >Q. How do the conditions compare to what you are used to on the East Coast?

The power, crowds and temperatures are more intense, You don't need so much sun block at home, thats for sure but waves, similar to some of the small days in Hawaii, can be found here in the UK.

> >Q. Which of the EPSA Events are you especially looking forward to this summer?

I like the Hossegor competition as it has good waves and the Portuguese leg. Any of them can be good but rarely do the waves coincide with the event.

> >Q. What (and whose) equipment do you use - e.g. boards (lengths and widths and thicknesses and any special features)?

My small board is either a John Purton shape from Wales or Mark Phipps from France. I usually ride a 6'1" x 18"1/8 x 2"1/8. I keep them light and vary the tail shapes for variety. My big wave boards come from Jeff Bushman in Hawaii, and are heavier and range up to 8ft 3"

> >Q. Do you think the current interest in big waves and big boards is healthy for the sport in general?

Absolutely, it opens up more frontiers and opportunities for surfers, shapers and companies to exist, push each other and make a living. The big surf is more extreme than small wave surfing, so a less technical surfer can excel in that field.

> >Q. Which surfers, past or present, have inspired you and why?

Tom Carrol has been an inspiration since I first met him and now after meeting kelly Slater, he has an incredible attitude which goes a lot farther than being a 6x world champion. He is also a really nice, friendly and funny guy.