|The new issue is about to hit the shelves and in it is a mega trip to Portugal with some of Britain’s up and coming groms. Sadly as we wanted to run shots big we didn’t have room for the interviews, so they are going up day by day on here. Here’s the next one, Ben Tucker, 14, from Tynemouth.name: Ben Tucker
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local break: Tynemouth (longsands)
when did you first start surfing: I first started surfing on my 11th birthday i got a surfboard and have been constantly going in and out of the North Sea ever since
how did i get into surfing: i saw some people in the sea doing it and thought it looked like fun, so on my birthday i asked for a surfboard and instantly wanted to give it a go.
who are your surf buddies: my surf buddies are Finn Gamblin, Jonny Aitchison and Louis Thomas-Hudson.
what is your favourite wave: my favourite wave is a left on the east coast, but that is all i am saying
what is your favourite international surfer: my favourite surfer would have to be John John because he is so good at airs and in the barrel
my favourite UK surfer: my favourite UK surfer is Jayce Robinson because he is rely fluid.
Sponsors: peter snowdon, he shapes my boards and is based in Tynemouth
describe a typical day at home: On a Saturday i will wake up and check the waves, Steve at Tynemouth surf Co has a camera on the shop so we can see how it’s looking, if they are no good then I will jump back into bed. But, if there is waves I get up grab some cereal and get the bus down to the beach. I normally try to phone a couple of mates to see if there around. Then it is waiting down the beach for some little peak to pop up, the tide to do it’s thing or just skating around on the cruisers. The best days are when I get the chance to go exploring finding new waves to surf and empty beaches with perfect lines.
whats the strong point in your surfing: the strong point in my surfing would probably be my forehand carves and backhand snaps.
what are your surf plans for 2014: i am just going to try and do well on the uk pro tour and travel to some new spots
In 10 years what will you be doing: hopefully traveling and surfing.
Apart form surfing what ells are you in to: i like a lot of sports. probably football is my fav
surfboard dimensions: 5’6/18/2
where have you surfed in the world: i have surfed in France, Portugal and Morocco
favourite UK wave: probably tynemouth because i have grown up surfing their
favourite international wave: my favourite international wave is la’ grevier in france
Best waves on the recent Portugal trip: when we when to borranco and we got long walls.
Favourite food on the trip: probably when we when to the restaurant that served massive portions
Who did the best surfing on the trip: I think Kit Innes was surfing great all week
what is the best thing about surfing: the best thing is that you get to travel to different places. and all the time you get off school
See more on the trip at www.surfsolutions.tv