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Semmens, Nigel


Lanky regularfooter from Newquay, in Cornwall, England; Britain's dominant surfer in the early late '70s and early '80s. Semmens was born (1957) and raised in Newquay, the hub of English surfing, and began riding waves at age 12. At 16 he dropped out of school in order to travel and compete, and spent most of that winter surfing in Morocco. "We got great waves on the trip, and it taught me loads. Timing, trimming, just how to ride a board properly. And it also sort of gave me a lack of fear, ...