Whatever the weather teenage surfer Louis Thomas-Hudson never misses a chance to ride the waves.
Now thanks to his unwavering dedication the 16-year-old, of Tynemouth in North Tyneside, has made the under 18s British junior surf squad.
Louis, who has been surfing since he was six, was part of the UK Pro Surf Tour last year and finished in the top six which meant he qualified for the British squad.
But he’s found himself surrounded by southerners in the team, with most coming from surfing hotspots such as Cornwall.
“There are a few young surfers up here but not a lot and no one else who competes so you do not see many people from Tynemouth or the North make the squad, pretty much everyone is from the South,” said Louis, who is doing his AS-levels at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College.
“It’s a privilege. I pretty much live and breathe it, I have been brought up with it I suppose so it was part and parcel of life.”
Louis’ father Stephen Hudson owns Tynemouth Surf Shop.
Louis, who has surfed all over the world, will train with the British squad in Portugal this February.
“I’m really looking forward to the training in February because we will be training with other teams like the Portuguese squad,” said Louis, whose coach is fellow North East surfer Joel Gray, who now lives in Cornwall.
“It will be a laugh but hard work as well. I know a lot of the ones on the squad because I have competed with them for years so I am looking forward to a big group training session.” he said.
From the training in February Louis has the chance of being selected to compete in the World Surfing Championships in Ecuador this April.
“There are six of us in the under 18s and six in the under-16s and four from each will be selected for the world games. It would be amazing to be able to do that,” added Louis, who said his favourite places to surf were France in the summer and Hawaii in winter.
Now he has made the British junior surf squad, Louis said he dreams of becoming a professional surfer when he leaves school.
“I would love to do it professionally, there’s nothing better than travelling about and surfing and lying on the beach,” he said.
Proud mother Melanie Thomas, who is also a keen surfer, said it was a great achievement for someone from the North East to make the squad.
“It’s quite rare because the rest of the team are from Cornwall, it is quite an achievement,” she said.
“I am very proud of him. He has surfed for a long time and his dad has the surf shop in Tynemouth so he has surfed since he was about six and has done all of the competitions.
“He trains in the surf here whenever he can, he always goes in even if it is freezing or snowing,” she added.