Kevin Cook (Chairman)
‘Cookie’ made his first surfboard whilst at school in 1968, and has been surfing ever since. He was a teacher of PE, Languages and ICT for over 30 years at Ilfracombe Arts College (Ilfracombe Academy).
Kevin has played a big part in lifesaving at a national level, and at his home beach of Woolacombe in North Devon. He developed & monitored the surf coaching scheme at the former British Surfing Association and is now involved in its replacement Surfing GB.
He feels particularly proud to have been in the middle of the North Devon surfing scene when board development was at its peak in the 1970s & 80s. As a Trustee, Cookie plans to bring some “ancient background knowledge” to the Museum of British Surfing as it moves into an exciting new phase.
Eric is a well-known, and well-respected surfer, skier and snowboarder. Living and surfing in North Devon, Eric has a strong track record in competitive longboard surfing. A former lifeguard, ski instructor and representative for Salomon, Eric is currently an ambassador for “Old Guys Rule”.
Paul is a pioneer surfer from Kent on England’s South-East coast, surfing his home breaks, the Sussex coast and making the long trip in his Ford Poplar car over to Cornwall on ‘surfari’ from the mid 1960s. He is a true enthusiast of British surfing history & has been a long term supporter of the Museum of British Surfing.
He’s a dedicated family man with a passion for his 1960s VW Combi ‘Bear’ – plus he shapes his own range of wooden skateboards under the Grizbee label. Paul has run surfing history exhibitions on the Kent coast, helping to promote the museum and raise awareness of our surf heritage.
Maggie Gladwell (Treasurer)
Maggie Gladwell says she’s honoured to become a Trustee of the Museum of British Surfing and believes the charity is very important to the future of surfing in Britain, as so much can be learned from the past.
Her love of surfing and its culture started in 1974 and continues to the present day. Maggie has been a key player in the surfing industry since the 1980s with experience in both manufacturing and retail – she hopes to bring this knowledge to the museum to help it flourish in future years.
Maggie has witnessed the massive growth in surfing since the Eighties in Britain and says it is vital this history is recorded for us all to enjoy now and in the future.
We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to offer their time, skills and knowledge to help with the development of the Museum of British Surfing.
Current volunteers include: Steve Mold; Annette Dutton; Jeff Witts; Martin “Masher” Ward.
We are very pleased to have received expert advice and input from Tony Cope, Alex Williams, Henry Marfleet and Graham Looker who have all given significant help in the cataloguing of our collection.
Pete Robinson is the founder of the Museum of British Surfing, and an award-winning former ITV news reporter & senior manager for the national television broadcaster.
With a passion for investigation and surfing history he has uncovered remarkable evidence of Britain’s love affair with surfing dating back as far as 1769.
He donated his massive surf heritage collection to the charity in 2011, “as a gift for future generations to enjoy”.
Pete began researching British surfing history in 1997 and operated the surfing museum’s touring exhibitions from 2003. He established the Museum of British Surfing as a Registered Charity in 2009, with a strong environmental and educational focus, and finally opened the doors to its first permanent home in Braunton, North Devon in April 2012 after a 3 year fundraising campaign.