Rod Sumpter has been surfing since the age of six, and has won over seventy five trophies. He has surfed in over twenty five countries, while surfing several hundred locations and was placed fifth, and then seventh in consecutive World Surfing Championships. Rod was the British Champion six times and the European Champion twice, and regained the British and European titles after an extraordinary twenty-year gap. As well as being one of the world's preeminent surfers, Rod is an experienced photographer, surf moviemaker, and former staff photographer for Surfer magazine. He has shaped surfboards at Hobie surfboards California, and won a gold television award for his water-photography.
Rod is the only surfer in the world to hold three National Surfing Titles consecutively at Bondi Beach, the Australian National Junior Title, at Huntington Beach, California, the U.S. Junior Title, at Jersey, Channel Islands, the Great Britain National Title. He has also ridden the world's longest surfboard, measuring in at 28 feet.
Rod is the author of 100 Best Surf Spots in the World (Insiders' Guides, 2004).