Cornwall’s Barnaby Cox, one of the UK’s top up and coming surfers, has won this year’s 2018 UK Pro Surf Tour Under 18s Championship. At the age of 17, Barnaby has already surfed at an international level, competing at events around Europe in the under 18s, and placing 9th in the 2018 European Championships. He is a member of the Surfing England Team as well as being the International Surfing Association’s UK representative.
Not that surfing is a recent thing for Barnaby. He first surfed on holiday at Crackington Haven as a 7 year old and now lives at Bude, a UK hotspot for young talented surfers.
The Young & Talented Cornwall Grant Panel has awarded £1,250 to Barnaby to support his equipment and competition costs. Barnaby’s ambition is to represent the UK on the European Circuit and he needs to surf in top competitions to develop his skills.
Young & Talented Cornwall, under the stewardship of Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, helps young people under the age of 23 who have demonstrated the desire and capacity to achieve great things, in the fields of sport, the arts, music, voluntary service, science or enterprise. Some of the county’s brightest prospects, however, lack the means to pursue their dreams fully and that’s where the Young & Talented Cornwall provides support. Previous recipients of grant awards include Olympic Rower Helen Glover MBE and Paralympic swimmer Ben Proctor.