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Surfing on the Isle of Man waves
Ranulph Mackenzie Thorpe
Ranulph 'Kenzie' Thorpe drops in at the Point in Port St Mary

Ranulph 'Kenzie' Thorpe moved to the Isle of Man from the Lake District when he was 12 and soon became obsessed with surfing the Manx waves.

Kenzie had always been fascinated by the sea and when he acquired his first body board he felt instantly at home.

"Surfing lets you see the island from an entirely new perspective, it's seriously addictive" he said.

Depending on the tide and wind conditions their are several good surf spots of the Isle of Man.

Kenzie continued: "You need both a physical and mental commitment to achieve results.

Ranulph Mackenzie Thorpe
Waves at the Point in Port St Mary can reach 10 feet

"I really enjoy the feeling of riding skateboards, so surfing seemed like the natural progression for me.

"The lack of skate parks on the island also helped my decision.

"The feeling I get when I catch a wave is impossible to explain, it is you versus nature, there is no feeling like it.

"If you imagine how heavy a bucket of water is, then times it by a thousand you can begin to understand what it feels like to be hit by a big wave.

"Then you have to fight your way back to the surface and it can be scary at times, not for the faint hearted.

The 24-year-old carpenter has travelled all over the world to surf, including recent trips to Bali and New Zealand, but says it is still fun to surf in Manx waters.

"I think a lot of people would be surprised by the size and the quality of the waves we get to ride on the island, up to 10 feet at times.

"Having said that you do have to be prepared for six month flat spells, you can't predict nature and it can get very frustrating".

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