Date of birth:
1981.01.19
Hometown:
Newquay Cornwall Uk
Sponsors:
Animal, Fourthsurfboards, FCS, Holysport, Typhoon Wetsuits,
Hobbies:
Surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, skating
Favourite athletes:
Kelly Slater, JJ Florence, Dane Reynolds

BIO

Alan Stokes aka ”Stokesy” is one of Europe’s best surfers and has competed all over the world finishing his junior pro career ranked 2nd in Europe, he then took his smooth style and quick progressive surfing into the wqs series but it was the freedom of the expression session events where Stokesy thrived, with the rule book thrown out the window he was free to throw caution to the wind, winning the Pantin wqs expression session against some of the world’s best, Stokesy also won the inaugural ASP Quiksilver Air event in Ireland.

Over the last few years Stokesy has competed on home turf winning consecutive British titles and Uk Pro Tour titles and also taking a 3rd at the European Championships.

Stokesy says ”My focus now is on pushing my progressive approach to riding waves, bigger turns and hacks have been something that I have worked hard on but really I just want to keep trying to do bigger airs that’s were my passion and drive is”.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014: 2nd Boardmaster

INTERVIEW 2015.06.23

What are you looking for to accomplish?

Every surf I’m looking to push my performance, the main goal is bigger air straight or rotated I’m not too bothered about the details as long as it’s high. Everything else I’m focused on trying to push from turns to tubes finding out how far I can drive and tweak something gets to be pretty stoked out.

What would be your greatest achievement?

Probably just surfing as a job, I mean traveling the world to freesurf that’s living the dream for sure. Winning a comp always feels good I enjoyed winning the WQS Pantin expression session a few years back, I didn’t go so good in the main event so to win that with a big backside rotar against some top competition and a big crowd felt great. 

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

"Alan (aka Stokesy ) Stokes"

I think it’s the conditions you’re looking for because you’re dealing with the ocean swells and winds, if you’re trying to stick a certain trick, you need the perfect wind and waves and then it all has to come together so that can be frustrating at times when you know the opportunity to go big just isn’t there but when it all comes together and you nail something cool, man it feels like the best thing in the world.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

Satisfaction for me only comes after I have nailed something I would consider to be pretty epic for those conditions, if that doesn’t happen, I tend to stay out for hours just trying, sometimes it doesn’t happen and that bums me out but it’s not long before I’m super frothing again and back out there ha ha, it’s a massive vicious circle but I love it.

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

"Alan (aka Stokesy ) Stokes"

Depends really, we have a lot of options here in Cornwall for surf so depending on wind direction tide etc, I have some places that I know are perfect for certain things. The best thing about Cornwall is that it’s not that crowded so I surf alone a lot.

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

I focus a lot on leg strength. My upper body gets enough workout when I surf so on down days when the surf is bad I’m out on my mountain bike, we have a trail here called the beast that is great fun and really builds leg endurance and strength. 

What are you most nervous about when competing?

Prob bad small waves when there’s no power in the surf it’s hard to surf your best. We usually don’t get blessed with the best conditions here in the UK for surf comps, so it can be frustrating to lose in small weak waves for me, I just want to go big to make competing exciting.

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My biggest fan is my mum for sure, win or lose you’re always the best ha ha.

"Alan (aka Stokesy ) Stokes"

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Every challenge is an opportunity, if you look at life that way you will always make the most of any situation.

What are your future plans?

Surf as hard as I can and try and better my performance. I’m getting close to landing back flips so that’s a real focus right now.

"Alan (aka Stokesy ) Stokes"

What are your tips for those who begin now?

I would say get yourself a nice big sponge board and a warm wetsuit, big boards are stable and will allow you to learn the basic surfing foundations quicker.