Stu Thompson

Stu has been involved with East Coast Surf since the early days, being the first sales assistant at our old shop in Norwich. Nowadays he has a growing surf business of his own; Nelson Shapes. If he’s not in the shaping bay, Stu can usually be found riding a variety of different craft at his home break in Cromer. 

Photo : Si Buck

Alex Foster

Alex grew up overlooking the North Sea, and it shows in his surfing. His ability to generate speed and power in small waves has to be up there with some of the best surfers in the UK. For the last few years Alex has spent extended periods of time in the Scottish isles, exploring the cold, unforgiving slabs of the North Atlantic. 

Photo : Max Tilden

Tom Cook

Tom has probably the most distinctive style on the Norfolk coast. His fluid, smooth approach turns heads no matter where he is. A long time veteran of the Norfolk surf scene, Tom also spent several years living on the Gold Coast where he was a regular face in the line-up at Snapper rocks, and worked for the legendary Australian shaper Chris Garrett.  Photo : Max Tilden

Jess Frere-Smith

Fluid, graceful, connected. All words that spring to mind when watching Jess surf. Her connection comes from a family with deep roots in surf life saving; her father and brothers all being accomplished surfers and lifeguards. Her fluidity and grace shine through regardless of the craft she is riding. Shortboard, longboard or simply swimming, Jess has a level of natural comfort in the water which few people achieve. A true water woman. 

Ed
Tom

As soon as they could walk, they were standing on a surfboard. Their dad is one of the most enthusiastic and committed surfers on the east coast, and so it was inevitable that his sons would be raised spending every evening and weekend in the water with him.

 

Although they have their similarities as brothers, their surfing is quite different.

 

Edward has a thoughtful approach and relaxed style, whereas the younger Tom has a highly competitive streak which is currently propelling him to victory in every surf lifesaving event for his age range. It will be interesting to see their continuing progression over the next few year; watch this space.

Photo: Max Tilden

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