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The Project Team

Project Manager
Helen Munro Berry

Steering Committee
Ben Lumby, Exhibitions Manager at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Roger Mansfield, Research Consultant and author of The Surfing Tribe – A History of Surfing in Britain

Peter Robinson, Director of the Museum of British Surfing

Garry Tregidga, Director of The Cornwall Audio Visual Archive

The First Wave has been set up and delivered by Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club with support from the Museum of British Surfing,  National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Cornwall Audio Visual Archive. The First Wave is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund. From 2014 The Museum of British Surfing will take over the maintenance and updating of this website and will continue to add to the over 100 interviews that have been collected as part of this project.

Volunteer Surf History Researchers
A huge thank you to the fantastic team of volunteer researchers who generously gave their time to the project and made it all possible by recording over 60 of the interviews:

Richard Browning, Tony Cope, Alex Conrad, Richard Gregory, Arlene Maltman, Roger Mansfield, Jack Munro Berry, Rob Parkin, Matt Rose, Emily Whelan,Dominica Williamson, Rachel Yates.

Student Surf History Researchers
Thank you to the following Richard Lander secondary school students whose enthusiasm and skills were a great contribution to The First Wave, they took media training and each recorded an interview:

Jasmine Bensilum, Harry Blackman, Ryan Bullen, Georgia Cotterill, Lilly Farnsworth, Hannah Healey, Megan Price, Chloe Roberts, Esme Shepherd, Libby Simmons, Georgia Wallis.

Thanks also to Head Teacher Mr Mulchay and  Mr Conrad and Mr Rose for helping to manage this schools programme.





Our Great Team

Most archive photographs have been contributed by the interviewees. Some portrait photographs were taken by the interviewer, others were donated to the project by Andy Hughes. All photographs on this site are subject to copyright.

Additional interviews
Additional interviews, initially recorded for other purposes have also been collated and add a great extra element to the project:

The Level Films interviews were initially collected for their feature length production ‘The Endless Winter’. Thank you for the interviews collected by Aaron Suppel & Daniel Satchell for ‘The Stoke film, a surfing documentary about surfing in Brighton’. The Museum of British Surfing’s archive has also been added to The First Wave archive.

Other thanks go to:

Ben Skinner and Roger Mansfield for their support for the project and for inspiring the Student Surf History Researchers and to Adam Richards, Chairman of Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club for his enthusiasm for the project at the outset.




The First Wave Website
Designed by Peter Jordan at Foundry Hill
Built by Matt Collins from Ampersand Industries
Editing by Leigh Hickin and Helen Anderson.
Hosted by Wave Dreamer

From 2014 maintained and updated by the Museum of British Surfing

The First Wave Film 

Produced by Level Films, using much of their interview and archive collection gathered during the production of The Endless Winter.

The First Wave Event 

The display was designed by Peter Jordan at Foundry Hill. Thanks to Dickon Berriman, John Craze, Minnow Green, Norman Frost,  Johnny Manetta and Tara Roberts – organisers of The Cornish and Open 2013 – and to the Blue Bar for their sponsorship and support.