The Bodyboard-Depot Team Riders
Check out the Bodyboard-Depot Team Riders
We work closely with Damian Prisk, Danny Wall, Alex Wake, Sam Brabyn, Rob Barber, Aidan Salmon, Laurie McCall, Martin Kelly and David Speller to get feedback on the products they use in the UK and overseas.
In essence, they’re our research and development crew. While they push the boundaries of our beloved sport they tell us which products take a nose dive, which are solid and simply work but more importantly they report which type of kit absolutely goes off!
This helps us make informed choices when developing products, advising our customers or ordering stock for you.
They are the best of the best in the UK, at time of writing our team includes The British Tour Champion, The British Tour Drop Knee Champion and the top three ranked Riders in the country… nice work boys!
The Bodyboard-Depot team rider and six-time British champion Damian has been bodyboarding for twenty years, and is widely considered the best bodyboarder in the UK, arguably ever. Damian rides his own Mike Stewart Science signature board, officially launched in the UK in 2011 at the Bodyboard-Depot.
Damian has won numerous English and British titles, and finished 7th at the World Surfing Games in California. Hailing from the Badlands of Portreath and Porthtowan, Damian has travelled to Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Canaries, Azores, Madeira, California, France, Portugal and Spain among other destinations. He rates Indo's tropical perfection and Hossegor's beachbreak bowls as his favourite spots abroad.
"I ride for the mental and physical challenge and the desire to master the art of bodyboarding ... I am also developing my new signature model to be the best out there." - Damian Prisk
Danny Wall is one of the most respected bodyboarders in the UK, and is internationally renowned for his prolific dropknee riding and fearless approach to big waves. The former British champion made his name abroad by tackling Hawaii's infamous Waimea Shorey at just 16.
Now 31, he is one of the most naturally gifted bodyboarders the British Isles has ever produced, taking off later and deeper than almost everyone and always ready for a fierce snap in the pocket. Danny has seemingly travelled to most countries in the world and rates G-Land in Indonesia as the best place he's ever surfed.
"I just love to ride big and heavy waves, and to go as deep as possible. The thrill of riding that far back in barrel, the ability to travel the world to look for waves, just everything. Bodyboarding has so many benefits, and I'm stoked to be able to ride for the Bodyboard-Depot, they've got a sick selection of stock and all the best brands." - Danny Wall
Alex Wake is one of the best young bodyboarders in the UK. Former U-18 English champion, Alex has built a solid reputation for stylish riding in some of the best waves in the world.
Hailing from Porthleven, the 20-year old-shredder boosts high and is always a standout in the lineup with his tech approach to big maneuvers. He has travelled to Morocco, Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii, Spain and France, but still rates the Postbox in Ireland as his favourite wave.
"I bodyboard for the same reasons as everyone else, because I love it. It doesn't matter what the waves are like, it's still better than doing anything else, I don't ride for the image or any ego nonsense. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't bodyboard, probably a lot more Facebook and getting drunk. It's sick to be riding for the Bodyboard-Depot, especially alongside Damian Prisk and Danny Wall ... it's great the shop is run by bodyboarders for bodyboarders, and gives so much back to the industry."
The Bodyboard Depot team rider Rob Barber is a name synonymous with British bodyboarding.
Rob has represented Britain and England and won more than 25 events including; British Cup Champion, British Bodyboard Club Championship Winner, ThreeSixty Series Winner, Virgin Cola Surf Tour Winner. He finished 1995 as the highest ranked European in the world professional ratings after placing 22nd in World Championships in Hawaii.
No stranger to competition, Sam has represented England at the Junior Europeans in Portugal and Britain in the ISA World Surfing Games in Gran Canaria.
His best contest result is Under 16 British Champion 2011 and placing 4th in the open division of the BBC Tour event at Constantine - not bad for a 16 year old.
"My career highlights have been scoring Fronton with the worlds best bodyboarders, getting sponsored by the Bodyboard-Depot and then being invited to go on a ThreeSixty photo trip to Nicaragua, I'm loving it. Bodyboarding is my main passion and I'm looking forward to pushing my ability through travel and competition in the next few years." - Sam Brabyn
The Bodyboard Depot team rider Aidan Salmon is a qualified bodyboard coach and the 2008 British Dropknee Champion.
Aidan was the English Junior Team coach for Eurosurf 2010 and also finished the 2010 British Bodyboard Club tour ranked 5th in the UK.
He is now living in Indo running his own surf related business, as well as scoring the best waves on earth.
David Speller from Jersey has been Bodyboarding for over 7 years, and in this time he has claimed two Under 18 British Championships and numerous top four placing's in the British Open Tour.
David has also travelled extensively across the globe seeking out many uncharted gems. Although some of the best barrels he has had are still at his home break 'the Splash' which in his words "…sometimes absolutely pumps". David now plans to win the BBC tour, and take his career outside of England to compete in the European events and even some of the World Tour events.
"I am the luckiest person to have stumbled across Bodyboarding as a teenager. It has shaped my life. Almost everyone I meet in the sport is super friendly and shares the same passion I have for the sport, which I love! I was stoked when Rob at the Bodyboard-Depot agreed to have me on the team, it's great to be riding for a shop that has exceptional staff and a great attitude towards its customers! Dave rides on the Core Bodyboards UK team." - David Speller
Meet Laurie 'Loz' McCall he is the best drop knee rider in the UK and we are proud to have him on the team.
"I was hooked on bodyboarding the first time I tried it. 15 years later and i'm still as stoked as ever to get in the water. As a grom I found riding dropknee to be a real challenge, I think that's why i'm still doing it today. My best results are: British Dk Champion- 2006, 2009, 2012, 2nd - 2007" - Laurie McCall
The Bodyboard-Depot is proud to have Irish shredder Martin Kelly (aka 'TK') on their team rider programme.
TK has been Bodyboarding for 24 years and has a sway of titles to his name including: 3 X Times Irish Under 16 Champion, 3 X Times Irish Under 18 Champion, 4 Times Irish Open Champion.
At the time of writing Martin is currently leading the Irish Senior Tour in 2013 and hitting form at the right time he looks like he will lift his 11th Irish National Title this year.
Mr Kelly has a love of travel and has been fortunate to voyage all over the planet surfing and competing for Ireland as well as himself.
This has included the World Surfing Championships in California (x 2), Brazil, Equador and Portugal. As well as numerous trips to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia and The Canary Islands. TK has surfed in the European Pro Tour 3 Years travelling to all events on tour. He's also competed in the IBA World Professional Tour events in Canary Islands and Portugal. This year TK will be travelling to the Azores to compete for Ireland in the 2013 European Championships along with his team mate Shane Meehan. Both lads are amped to start training and bring a medal back to the Emerald Isle.
TK has always enjoyed surfing in big and small waves, onshore, offshore, beachies, reefs, whatever. One of the original Irish bodyboard crew and one of if the only one left representing the old guard.
Martin says prophetically "I love to be in the ocean, thank god I started surfing waves!". Martin has his own surf school in his home town Portrush which he has imaginatively named "Portrush Surf School". Martin's favourite wave that he's ever surfed would be Mullaghmore Head ( "not the 50 ft day though" ). He says that it's perfect for bodyboarding, with long barrels and ramp sections that take full commitment. Ireland is such a sick country for waves and its un-crowded so what more does a booger need?"