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Simon Tucker, Griska Roberts, Owen twins, Spencer Hargreaves, Russell Winter, Tom Pope, Danny Wells, Gary Wells, Tad Knight, Tom Good, Lewis Clinton, Holly Donnelly
About Nigel SemmensNigel Semmens has been working in the surfboard industry for over 30 years, but his real claim to fame was his career as a competitive surfer. Nigel was the most successful European on a surfboard of the 1980s, even getting an invitation to the Stubbies with Steve Daniels in 1980.
His success really became evident with the twin fin. Nigel’s mastery of this surfboard type saw the UKs first 360 in a competition up in Scarborough in 1981. At this stage Nigel hadn't even successfully pulled one off, but he had been trying for several sessions and coming close. Typical of Nigel, it took the final of the British Open being held up North to bring this manoeuvre to conclusion, “I just saw this section and fancied it, I thought “I'll blow you all away with this one” and I pulled it off, won the contest…”.
Up until then these sort of manoeuvres hadn’t even been seen on a surfboard in British waters, many said it couldn’t be done on the weaker English waves. Nigel proved them all wrong and within 12 months Grishka and the Owens twins could be seen following in Nigel's footsteps, on Ocean Magic surfboards that Nigel had shaped.
This act seems to sum up Nigel very nicely, competitively rebellious. “Can’t” isn’t really an option and Nigel has continued to expand the horizons of surfing and surfboards ever since. He’s pretty much the same out of the water too, whether it is football or playing cards!
Nigel started work in the Ocean Magic surfboard factory at 18. Under Mooney McAllum’s tutelage he learnt about every aspect of surfboard manufacture, eventually taking over the factory and creating his own NS Surfboard brand. When this was combined with his knowledge of how a surfboard performs NS surfboards became the leading high performance surfboards in the UK, ridden by some of the best surfers.
Today Nigel still surfs, still charges, and still makes surfboards that surf unbelievably well. If you see him in the water you’ll still be blown away with his radical approach on the surfboard.
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