Steve Stritch - RNLI lifeguard and surfer

steve str rnliA strong swell, and a reasonably strong on-shore wind - to surf or not to surf, that was the question for us as developing surfers. The answer came to to us in the form of 56-year-old RNLI beach lifeguard Steve Stritch, and as you can see from our short clip of him surfing, he said “Yes, yes, yes. Come on in, the water’s lovely!”

So we did, it was, and afterwards we got the chance to tell Steve that he had inspired us to take the plunge, and to ask him a bit about himself.

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Harold Greenberg


Born - 1942 ; Location - London, England ; Sport - Windsurfer


It's said that curiosity killed the cat, but for Harold Greenberg curiosity is the fuel that has powered his journey through life.

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John Kirkham

Born -1946 ; Location - Plymouth, England ; Sport - Surfing


In 1966 two things happened for the first time....England won the Football World Cup and John Kirkham bought a latest-technology, fibre-glass surf-board.

We're still waiting for the second occurrence of one of these events, while John Kirkham owns 4 surf-boards.

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Gilles Martin

Born - 1956 ; Location Anglet, Biarritz, SW France ; Sport - Surfer



Gilles Martin is ill. At the age of fourteen he caught a virus....


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