• Sara Strachan

Catch up with Tegan - U.K surf grom from Cornwall

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

We catch up with Tegan about all things surf, travel, the environment and surf jewellery of course!

Tegan, tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Tegan Blackford I am 15 years old and I live in Newquay Cornwall. I started surfing on my local break with my dad when I was 5 and I did my first competition age 9. Since then I have won the under 12s, 14s and 16s English National Championships in the shortboard and the under 18 girls longboard. I have been to the European Grom Search final twice placing 2nd in the under 12 girls in 2017 and 7th in the under 16 girls last year. I have also been selected to represent England at the British Cup later this year.

Where are you based and what's your favourite place to surf in the UK? 

I am based in Crantock, Cornwall, which is little village just outside of Newquay. I really like surfing Watergate in the summer and then I have a few secret spots that are really fun and so quiet.

What gets you motivated to surf in the colder months? 

In the colder months the surf is normally better than in the summer, which gets me super motivated. I also like to have a holiday at the end of winter so that I have something warm to look forward too.

What got you into surfing? 

My parents, auntie and uncle all surf and my Grandpa was one of the pioneer surf crew in West Cornwall, so it’s a bloodline. My dad would take me down to our local beach at Crantock in the summer from when I was a baby and sit me on the front of his board. Over the years, I grew in confidence and by the time I was six he was pushing me into green waves.

If you could surf anywhere in the world where would you go?