Matt Harwood

Matt was born and raised on the Island. Around 12 years ago he left teaching at Ryde High to run the family business in Wootton.

He is an avid surfer and is consequently passionate about our coastline, and what we are doing to look after it. We discuss the Plastic Free Coastline project, the economic value of water sports, and how individuals can make a difference.


0:00 Intro

1:30 Matt’s background
“Point Break”

3:41 The IOW Surf Club
James Ranson
Lee Sheaff

7:06 Where to start surfing on the IOW
Eddie Cole
Wight Water

10:10 IOW success stories
Ross Williams
Johnny Fryer

12:12 Surfing advice

13:40 Surfers Against Sewage
Isle of Wight branch
Safer Seas service

18:22 Economic value of water sports

22:39 Plastic Free Communities project
David Attenborough’s message
Blue Planet II

27:02 How we can make a difference

28:56 Adaptive surfing
Nick Rees
Adaptive Surfing World Championships
2018 English Adaptive Surfing Open
Pegleg Rik Bennett

37:05 Travelling to surf spots

40:10 Priorities and time management

43:14 Education on the Isle of Wight

48:55 Wrap up