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  I can surf any wave!
Updated 02 July 2002, 11.52
Tom in action on the waves
Tom, 13, is one of Britain's best young surfers.

He's just won the Under 15 Quicksilver Grommit series - and here he reports on how he did it.

"I've been surfing for over three years now. I got into it through my family. My two brothers, dad and mum all love going down to the beach.

I started entering competitions about a year ago. I watched a couple of contests I wasn't in, saw the standard, and thought I'd give it a go.

I won third place in my first competition!

Hat and gloves in the winter

Tom, all set to surf
Tom, all set to surf
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

Watch Tom's full report on Newsround, BBC One, 5.25pm

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