Top destination: So many to choose from because every place has some magic. I would have to say my top destination would be Nicaragua, empty consistent waves with so many yet to be discovered.
Inspired by: Rasta's twin fin carves. Derek Hynds finless flow and Kelly's longevity at the top of the sport.
It’s no coincidence that Fistral Beach, the home of British surfing, is also the break that began the surfing career of one of the UK’s most respected riders, Alan Stokes. He took to the water at the age of six and has gone on to become one of the most progressive and inspiring surfers of our isles, winning every British title going, including becoming British Champion three times.
Stokesy is not only an institution in the surfing world, he has also become an integral part of the Animal family. He joined the team as a promising thirteen year old, way back when, and has been a sterling advocate for us ever since. He now divides his focus between competing in the UK and travelling abroad. Combining a passion for adventure, a creative outlook and an all-encompassing love of the ocean, Stokesy is a natural fit for the Animal brand. As part of the Wild & Free Adventures duo he shares his ethos with others, running surf and yoga retreats in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.
A true ambassador for the sport, Stokesy commits a lot of time to good causes; acting as an advocate for the National Trust in their work to protect our coastlines, and collaborating with Surfers Against Sewage to help keep our oceans clean. He also works with Make A Wish Foundation, bringing unforgettable surfing experiences to young people facing life-threatening illnesses.
Stokesy continues his successful production of short films, collaborating with Animal to create the award winning ‘Seeking Ombak’ in 2015 and releasing ‘My Canvas’ to massive acclaim in 2016. This latest film sees Stokesy experiment with a series of different boards, seeking to portray the deep connection he’s always felt through riding waves.