I surf pretty much every day, including winter. But when it's really cold I wear a wet suit, hats, gloves and boots.
Luckily Newquay's not the coldest place to surf - in Scotland you have to dress like that in the summer too!
You don't always need big waves to surf. You have to learn how to surf in different conditions.
The waves in this contest weren't that good, and that makes it a lot harder.
I'd like to make surfing a career I think, as long as it doesn't get in the way of my school work.
Take some lessons
If you want to get into surfing the best thing to do is go down to the beach and get to a surf school.
Once you've got all the gear it's free to practice, but it's a bit expensive to start off with.
One thing I don't like is that sometimes there's sewage in the sea - it can make you ill and have to stay out the water for a couple of weeks.
But during the summer holidays I'll probably be surfing all day.
Then I'm off to France to enter a contest down there. It'll be the first time I've surfed abroad and I'm really looking forward to it."
Tom, 13, Newquay
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