George Picking: from Newquay, with waves

George Picking is one of the future talents of British surfing. The young charger finished in 13th place in his first ever ASP sanctioned event.


George Picking, a Newquay surfer, learns a lot from watching surfing videos. The British wave rider is considered on of the leading guns of his generation. Lately, an injury almost cut down his hopes to get the main stages in professional surfing.

"When I got home [from the Canary Islands junior surfing contests], I was back on track, but suffered a back injury. It seems it's been a build up of things and as they say 'the straw that broke the camel's back' was how I suddenly found I had damaged my L4/L5 disc in my lower back", explains Picking.

"This caused me to have to pull out of the Pro Junior tour and set to work on fixing my back. I'm back on track now. I'm feeling better every week and being back in the water is feeling better than ever", he adds.

George Picking believes UK surfers have been underrated, "but Russ Winter, Alan Stokes, Reubyn Ash and now Tom Butler are all people putting Britain on the map".

Recently, Picking has been training to improve his surfing skills in Western Europe. He considers Portugal the best place to develop surf techniques, in Europe.

"I think it will be good to show the versatility of Portugal. There are so many beach breaks, wedges, reefs, points all crammed into tiny areas, and the weather is always good, the light is amazing, its cheap and the people are friendly. I love it down there and I can’t wait to be there soon", notes Picking.

In the next months, George Picking will get in the European waves with his life webisodes - "Picking My Path" - filmed by good friend Alex Piper.