Rik Pegleg Bennett is somewhat of a local legend in Cornwall and whilst we’ve featured him in the mag over the years after he made it to the semi’s of the World Adaptive Surf Champs last weekend, we decided it was high time we had a quick catch up with him.
First, for those unacquainted, here’s a bit of background: Pegleg was born was born without an ankle and had to have the lower part of his leg surgically removed. Almost fifty years later and he isn’t just still surfing, he’s absolutely charging, having spent much of his life travelling and surfing all over the world. He also made headlines at home a few years back after paddling out at his local during storm Hercules and taking off on a solid 8 foot bomb.
Pegleg doesn’t mince his words, nor does he waffle, and after a busy week spent chasing the Severn Bore, we managed a quick email interview with him, here’s what he had to say:
WL: Hey Pegleg, can you start by introducing yourself?