James Henderson Age:
33 (2007) yrsJob:
Chartered Civil Engineer Years Surfing:
Since the age of 6
6'2" Black and White Quad 6'2" JP Shortboard with swallow tail
6'4" Saloman S-Core Timmy Patterson 6'6" Greg Webber Afterburner (Fat version) 6'8" Q-Stiks Mark Phipps Pintail Gun
Wales (Various), West Coast Ireland, Newquay, Tenerife, Maldives, Portugal.
Favourite Surf Films:
The good old Kong's Island takes a beating! Big Wednesday as the cult film
Landing on the fins whilst going for a big re-entry, slicing my wetsuit and leg. Had a few big big hold turns and spins cycles though also hitting the reef regularly whilst surfing south gower spots.
Forehand Re-entries with fins outs...when they go right they feel bloody good!
Worst Surfing Habit:
Being to picky when choosing waves, getting p**sed off when my local spots are rammed with crowds of unrecognisable people hassling for waves
Best Surfing Experience:
Maldives 2004/5/6 - woohoooo, Surfed 'Sultans' at 6-8ft and 'Cokes' at 5ft, glassy barrels in 28 degrees C water. Don't get much better than that. Also surfing amongst schools of dolphin whilst out there was amazing. Another special experience was paddling back to the boat in one of the channels where there was a huge shoal of Manta Rays passing under me.
Weirdest Surfing Experience:
Going on a dolphin 'sight seeing' trip on a glass bottom boat in Tenerife and having the skipper point out a brown shark next to the boat as we were directly passing the reef I'd been surfing for the past week!
Also watching loads of brazilian 'headers' chasing a BIG shark with their snorkelling kit on, right next to 'Jails' - a break we were surfing.
Other Interests: : Sea fishing, Walking, Spearfishing, Mountain Biking, Dreaming of next surf session....etc...spending too much time on the PC. Being a daddy!