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Global success for Jersey-born surfer

Global success for Jersey-born surfer

Saturday 28 May 2022

Global success for Jersey-born surfer

Saturday 28 May 2022

A Jersey-born surfer has gained the runner-up position at the World Surf League longboard tour event in Manly, Australia.

Ben Skinner narrowly missed out on the first place title to Australian local, Harrison Roach, in a 35-minute-long final last week.

There are two more events on this year's tour, taking place in Huntington Beach and Malibu, before the World Surf League world champion will be crowned.


Ben, know as 'Skindog', spent his formative surfing in Jersey before moving to Cornwall at the age of 10.

By the age of 13, Ben had two British shortboard titles to his name and by 18 he had won every category in every main British longboard event.

He gained the attention of major sponsors and, as his surfing progressed, also ventured into the world of shaping, designing and building surfboards.

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Ben has his own board company called Skindog Surfboards, and also collaborates with Thunderbolt Technology, a progressive and high-tech surfboard construction company.

He represented the United Kingdom in Manly on the 'Cherry Picker' board from his own company, Skindog Surfboards.

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