You’ve probably never heard of Combesgate Beach. After all, the golden sand-lined shorefront nestled in the crook of the Morthoe Headland just to the north of Woolacombe Bay, North Devon, in the UK, disappears at high tide. On a recent Saturday however, as the 24-foot-high bulge of high tide drained off the shingles, Blair Conklin stood on the stand, surrounded by a gaggle of first-time skimboarding kids, starstruck UK surfers, and a clutch of new mates.
It was yet another sign of just how far the 27-year-old has infiltrated and cross-pollinated the various surfing tribes. Conklin was in the UK as the major attraction for the newly minted Spring Classic Surf Invitational. From there he was taking his new movie Easy Slider, on a European Tour that included screenings in Portugal, Madrid, San Sebastian, and Hossegor.