Luke Dillon became Typhoon’s flagship rider in the early part of 2015 after having spent his teenage years as a successful surfer on the UK circuit. Luke began surfing from a young age and has since held every national title in English and British surfing, since winning the UK Quiksilver King of the Groms aged 9.
He stormed to victory in the British Mens Open Surfing Championships 2015, and is the current UK Pro Surf Tour Mens Champion 2015.
He is considered ‘one of the most exciting British surfers to emerge in the last 20 years.
Barnaby is Typhoon’s youngest team rider at 15, and is showing huge potential.
When Barnaby was 6 he broke both bones in his arm. The pins were finally removed when he was 7 and Barnaby's mum bought a foamy to help him rebuild the strength and manoeuvrability that was lost after the break. From this moment on he was hooked and has surfed at every possible opportunity ever since.
At the age of 12 Barnaby started taking part in local competitions around Bude and Crackington, and at 14 Barnaby found his place in British surfing, winning the UK schools, the U14s and the U16s at the Jesus surf classic. He also came second in the U14 English nationals as well as making many other finals.
At the end of 2015 Barnaby came joint 1st in the overall U14 UK pro surf tour.
Today Barnaby is part of the GB and English Surf Squads and competes throughout the UK. He is preparing to attend all the European Pro Juniors next year and is as passionate about surfing as ever.
Image credit: Luke Gartside
Warrick Murphy is an Australian bodyboarder, living in Newquay UK. Warrick spent his early years growing up in South Africa, before his parents decided to move him and his brother to the Gold Coast of Australia. South Straddie; ‘the best beach break in the world’ became his local surf spot, where he found his love for the dropknee stance. This being said, Warrick also enjoys riding waves on all sorts of crafts including; longboards, shortboards, softtops and handplanes.
Since graduating Warrick has travelled all over the world exploring, discovering and surfing some amazing waves in some awesome locations which include, Cook Islands, Australia, Dubai, Portugal, Canary Islands, El Salvador, Columbia, Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. He has since settled in the UK, working as a primary school teacher in Cornwall.
During his holidays he spends his time searching for uncrowded, perfect waves in cold locations. Sometimes he ends up finding a few gems, other times the enjoyment comes from the constant search in these beautifully remote locations.
He is also a regular face around Fistral Beach either coaching surfing and bodyboarding, or waiting for that low tide to start sending in some punchy, suckier waves; optimal for bodyboarding.He has worked alongside some of Newquays household bodyboard names such as Rob Barber. Developing and promoting a Dropknee Specific board with Core Bodyboards. Follow his adventures either through his blog or instagram below.
Sky Shaw, is 18 years old and was born in south Wales. He moved when he was just 1 years of age to the north east of England to a small town called Saltburn.
He started surfing in 2010, after watching his older brother and for his 12th birthday, received his first surfboard and wetsuit. Since then he has surfed every day there has been swell.Sky has been competing in local competitions for the past 4 years and started on the UK pro tour event 2 years ago. After competing on the UK pro tour in 2014 Sky ranked 17th in the UK for the under 18s.
For the remainder of 2016 Sky will be competing in some of the UK pro tour events and is travelling to Indonesia for the winter.In the summer months Sky works as an RNLI lifeguard at Saltburn by the sea.
Alex Ashen is a 17 year old surfer from London, who has been surfing in Brighton since he was 13 years old.
In 2016 Alex started taking the sport more seriously and along with his family decided to move from Brighton to Newquay, Cornwall to perfect his surf. He now surfs at least 2-4 times a day and has so far competed in the UK Pro Surf Tour, Surfing GB and the WQS event. He recently came 4th in the British schools event with Surfing GB.
Alex is currently ranked 13th in the under 18s UK Pro Surf Tour and wishes to keep pushing forward for next year; his last year in the under 18s!
Dimitri started sea kayaking in 2007 and has never stopped since. When he's not at work or sleeping, he's on the water doing mostly day-trips, shorter trips, surf sessions and training rescue and paddle techniques. He founded the NORTHSEAKAYAK group to unite the Belgian paddlers as much as possible; it is a non-official group where everybody is welcome to join, regardless of age, level, experience or gender. They try hard to paddle safely and responsibly and share all their knowledge with those who paddle with them..
Dimitri learned sea kayaking on his own by trial and error and through watching videos, since there was not much support in Belgium. With his videos he tries to promote sea kayaking in Belgium, and with success! Unfortunately there are no rocks and tidal races in Belgium, but he still manages to keep things interesting! Most importantly within Dimitri's group of paddlers; it’s all about the smiles, the fun and the companionship! Dimitri owns the coveted title of being the first person to complete a solo, unsupported crossing of the North Sea - check out his write up about it, here.