Stuart Campbell is one of the UK's most promising surfers in recent memory, and has been dominating the national scene since 2003 when he signed for O'Neill and captured his first British Junior Championship title. Since then, this dynamic surfer from Woolacombe in Devon has won national titles in every junior age group. Not only has Campbell won so many contests, but almost just as importantly, he's won them all in style. Brought up on a diet of challenging waves and seemingly countless victories, it's no small wonder this regular-footed surfer is now looking to emulate the achievement of fellow British surfer Russell Winter by qualifying for the elite World Tour. First though, Campbell is 100% focussed on going head-to-head with Europe's best juniors on the European Pro Junior Tour this year before paying his dues on the WQS circuit over the course of the next few years. In the meantime, Stuart is proud to represent Great Britain as part of the British Junior Surf Team, and will once again hope to compete for his country in the World Junior Surfing Games.
Stuart Campbell is the British junior title holder for the fifth time after a convincing win at Newquay’s Fistral beach on the weekend.
"I just went out to do my best and have some fun in the great conditions," said Stuart. "Without a doubt it’s a brilliant feeling and a great achievement to be the British junior champion."
Stuart dominated his early heats blasting his way to high scores. As the sun was setting into the sea the finals played out in low light. Stuart continued his dominance at the start of the heat with a high scoring wave in the first minute. He then started taking huge risks taking on big manoeuvres, and was successfully completing every move.Interview
Q: When did you start surfing and why?
A: I started surfing when I was 8 when my family moved close to the beach. Surfing was impossible to avoid. I was lucky to spend a day at the O'Neill surf academy when it came to my neighboring beach Croyde.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: The biggest highlight in the last 12 months was winning the British surfing championships. I have won 5 junior British titles but winning the open is the real deal.
Q: What's the best thing about surfing for a living?
A: Traveling I get to see some very beautiful parts of the world.
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: Embarrassing moment. Catching only one wave in a heat. In the small surf conditions at the Pro Junior event in Sopelana.
Q: Who do you enjoy surfing with the most, and why?
A: With friends at home. No hassling just having fun amazing after surfing unfriendly and crowed waves on my travels.
Q: Which surfers inspire you the most?
A: I love watching Jordy Smith because I am tall like him.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to surf, and why?
A: Periscopes near Lakey peak on Sumbawa, Indonesia. It is a right hand reef break you can start you wave with a barrel and finish with turns and airs, super fun. Be careful at low tide though I snapped 2 boards in 4 waves.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: I am currently in training getting ready to attack the 2012 WQS events in Europe. I also want to get some amazing footage together and make a short surf film.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: It will all be about crazy huge airs and lots of spins. Someone is going to start sticking 720s soon.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not surfing?
A: Chasing tasty fishes around, spearfishing. I have also started flying (paragliding) and have made a couple of solo flights.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: At the UK Pro surf tour event the XPY back in 2006 I won the under 16 division and the Pro Junior division (under 21). I also won the award for highest scoring wave and the highest air. My prizes included 2 Xboxes, which I sold no time for computer games.
Q: If you didn't surf for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I would be a graphic designer. Right now I would be in my last year at university but surfing stopped my studies a college level.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Nothing is better than getting fired out of the barrel.
Q: What type of wave is your favorite?
A: Punchy beach breaks, good for turns, airs and the occasional sneaky barrel.
Q: What's your favorite surf destination?
A: I think for everyone that surfs their dream is a Mentawiis boat trip.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: Chilled but a bit funky like Foster the People, M83, Awolnation, The Naked and Famous.
Q: Has surfing ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: My worst injuries have been from silly things like running on ice for example. Surfing injuries have mostly been bumps, little cuts and bloody noses from my own board. My worst surfing injury was when a longboarder in Sans Sebastian lost control and ran over my heels splitting my left one open I had to get 6 stitches 3 days before a contest.