BRITAIN’S surfers are ready for the summer season during which they might surf as many as five times.
The surfers, who can be identified by their surf clothes, surfboard roof racks and the surf stickers on their cars, are excited about the 12 to 24 breakers they will spend upward of 120 hours catching this year.
Wayne Hayes is one of thousands of British surfers who spend less than 0.9 per cent of each year taking part in the activity around which their identities are constructed
Hayes describes himself as an archetypal surfer dude, has a model VW camper van on his desk at work, regularly watches Point Break and owns six wetsuits.
He said: “Your boy here was born to ride the waves.
“Every fourth weekend I spend 10 hours driving to Cornwall, then another two hours queuing to get to the beach, then four hours in the water waiting for a good spot before I get my surf on.
“Providing the weather doesn’t turn, of course.”
Professional surfer Stephen Malley said: “Here in Britain there are about seven beaches that get big waves, mainly in October and November when the water’s so cold it makes your balls permanently retract.
“Technically it’s surfing. Technically a Robin Reliant is a motorbike.”