Photograph of Tim Gladders at Saltburn beach

Tim Gladders

Tim belongs to: Saltburn Surfers

Tim was one of the first surfers in Saltburn when the scene began in the 1960s. Since then he has seen many changes in equipment, conditions and numbers of surfers.

Tim was interviewed by Kylea Little on 9 February 2006. The interview took place at Saltburn Surf Shop and lasted 12 minutes and 5 seconds.

Photograph of Tim Gladders at Saltburn beach
Photograph of Tim Gladders at Saltburn beach

The first surfers in Saltburn

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"Well a friend of mine went to the library and saw this book called ‘Surfing- the Sport of Kings’"

Well a friend of mine went to the library and saw this book called Surfing: The Sport of Kings, and he thought it was a good sport, and he went home and got some foam from ICI, and made a surfboard. The first one the rails collapsed because the resin attacked the rails, so he had to go back to the drawing board and a second one was better. And then he made a board, he was a seaman at sea, and then he made a board for John Wroughton, and John Wroughton was also at sea, and they shared one wetsuit between them in those days, and then Ian was the third one and he made a board for me and I was the fourth.

Well really we had nobody to copy so we had to do our own thing and improvise and then some surfers from Cornwall came and we learnt, we honed our skills copying them.

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Change | Equipment | Lifestyles | Training

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