Our brand ambassador program is a true reflection of the surfing population of the UK. We've found most of them on the beach as we've travelled around the country. Our crew is made up of inspirational figures, artists, underground chargers and the odd ex pro. The Crew is pretty typical of those we find washed up all round the high tide line: all very different people on various paths but sharing very similar outlooks. They certainly know a lot about surfboards.
These guys rip, but more importantly inspire and challenge us to redefine, innovate and push the envelope of surf hardware so we can bring better products to you.
Sheps is a freelance crayon technician from Devon and a serial traveller. Whether it's burning diesel scouring Devon and Cornwall for waves or heading off on an exotic solo trip he froths on all sorts of waves, but especially left hand point breaks.
Sheps' quiver is one of the most varied in The Crew. It includes single fins, shortboards, fun boards, handplanes, weird displacement things - basically anything with flow.Flotsam and Jetsam Wing Swallow Handplane
Guy: one of those admirable people with a portfolio career – though strangely all linked in one way or another to gaining more water time - so many boards in his quiver and has them stashed in so many locations he, almost credibly, claims to have lost count.
We first came across Guy on a boat in the Indian Ocean. He spends much of his time checking breaks around the world when not in his bolt hole in South West Portugal. Guy will definitely surf for money – check out: http://llangennithsurfschool.com for excellent lessons by Guy - on the Gower.
When Ant is not running his business of doing some delicate chain saw work (http://www.aandttreesurgery.co.uk) he can been found at a number of West Cornwall breaks – one of those gentlemen who appear in their vans towards the end of the day - when its working and they aren’t. Ant has developed a particular fondness for Barbados which seems to be calling him for increasingly prolonged trips.
Dave is always out - and has been for the past 40 years. Which is why his input to the Crew is so respected. We think his mate Sam is mellowing him, cos he admits to enjoying small waves too these days - though that doesn't seem to stop him enjoying "relaxing" trips to Cape Verde. Like the rest of the Crew he manages to cram a lot into life - be it family, Head of Art at a local School, Lifeguarding in the summer or long distance paddle boarding around the Cornish Coast - as well as his regular 3 sessions a week.
Dave says he likes boards with lots of drive but loose with enough volume. We think that pretty well describes him, not just his surfboards.
Jodie has spent most of her life on the beach around Newquay - and seems to know herself pretty well when she describes herself as a happy, adventurous, looking for the positives in life, sun loving beach bum. Knows what sort of boards she needs too - wide tail and nose all rounder for smaller waves in all conditions plus a step-up for bigger better days. Sorted then.
Oh - and she's good at hula hooping too. Right.
Eggy says she loves to surf because its so much fun. Try as we might, we cant think of anything worth adding to that. That's the whole point really.
And then she reminds us she volunteers for the WAVE project - waveproject.co.uk . And then we can see what a very cool, laid back but switched on person Eggy is.
She's thinking about a longboard for the summer - us too, smart move. And then we thought why would someone around 5' ride a 9' log so we asked Diego to come up with something better. The Eggy! Perfect nose rider for her and a lip bashing flow machine for the rest of the Crew. Sweet.
Chubs surfs mainly Aggie and Chapel Porth but will venture right to the edges of the Badlands in search of waves. He's pretty good a rugby and hockey which he plays for the school.
He has sophisticated board needs: "I want something short and fast." ; "And very quick."; "Shortboards!"......
Yes, we heard you the first time Chubs.
We asked Craig a few questions to help profile him for the Crew.
Q: Have you surfed outside the UK?
Craig: Lived in Auckland for 11 years. Raglan, Piha, Muriwai ......
Q: Reason for surfing?
Craig: Its a great way to switch off after work and keep fit in the great outdoors.
Q: Oh. Thats it then?
Craig: Well, there is the adrenaline addiction thing....
Dodi is a person who really knows his mind and chooses his boards with care. Surfs around Newquay whenever he can and likes trips to Morocco. Not a guy who likes to be under gunned, Dodi looks for volume, chooses Mals and retro-fish.
Pretty average sort of guy you might find on most beaches round here. you might think, but you would be so wrong. Thanks for joining the Crew, Dodi.
Blanksy is our go to guy for tricky existential issues - things like: Q - Are fish fashionable this season? A - Yes, but it depends on so many nuances....; Q - Can we sell performance shapes for less than £300? A - Of course, but only if you put my name on them.
We haven't actually seen Blanksy for a while - though there have been unconfirmed sightings in Portugal and Godrevy this month. We asked for a photo but all we got was his dog - who nevertheless is rather cute. Despite this, he does answer e-mails. So if you would like to know anything about our boards or ask an opinion on whatever is keeping you awake at night - give him a shout at Blanksy@EndeavourSurf.com
Jose Walker is a super talented illustrator from the mossy nook of North Devon
In between crafting beautiful linocuts, she’s either out with her dog, behind the lens of a vintage camera, drawing, or in the water. She revels in the challenge of chunky conditions and loves to push herself, often surfing alone. But ultimately surfs because it’s great to be with friends, sharing waves, dropping in on each other, getting thrown over the falls at low tide and having a hoot.
She surfs all manner of surf craft from longboards to shorter pintails for the biggers days. But really feels at home with the projection and flow of a single fin underfoot.
Owain is a freelance photographer and graphic designer based down in Kernow. He makes things look pretty on screen and is a bit obsessed with old film cameras and always has one on hand when hunting for waves. We’ve noticed his beard gets bigger in winter, though we’re not sure if this is to combat the cold or to scare people so he gets more waves.
"I surf when work allows me too, and my attitude towards boards is, whatever I have the most fun on, and catch the most waves on, thats what i'll take out, from a 7'4 through to 9'2, all single fins and all various shapes, from classic noseriders through to boards for bigger, hollower days.”
Yep, we’ll second that..