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Al Rannochan was born in Scotland in 1952.
In 1970, aged 18, he joined the RAF and was stationed way down south at Chivenor and he moved into a flat nearby in Barnstaple, with Jean, his girlfriend. 3 years later he was transferred to the sunshine of Malta, where he lived with Jean, now his wife, for 3 years.
In 1976 they moved back to the UK, this time to live in London, where Scott their son was born. Al missed the North Devon countryside, coast and lifestyle, so in 1981 they all moved back to Barnstaple.
Al worked in several jobs after leaving the RAF. He worked at Clarks the shoe factory, in insurance, he trained to be an ambulance driver and finally took over the Printworks from Saltrock surf clothing company.
Around this time Al discovered surfing. Scott was heavily into skateboarding and the talk got on to the vibrant, thriving and lively beach scene down at Saunton and Croyde. Al and Scott started surfing regularly at Saunton, getting heavily involved in the sport. To develop Scott’s natural ability and to feed Al’s passion for the sport, they started to regularly surf Croyde’s rather more challenging waves together.
Croyde Surf Club had been formed about 10 years when Scott and Al joined up and they soon got immersed in the politics and competitions. Scott was one of the top competitors in the club and his dad Al was a big influence on the committee and soon got involved in the general running of the club. This can be a thankless task, just ask anyone that has been on the committee and, as much as it wound him up, Al still loved it.
Al was a hard worker, both in work and play. If he got involved in anything, it was all or nothing. He guided the club through the early 90s and was loved and admired for his dedication and vision. When he suddenly and sadly passed on, in April 2002, aged 49 the club held a contest in his honour.
It is still contested in his memory in Spring every year.
Check-in for 2017 will be 08:00 at the north end of the beach (Ruda side). All surfers must be current members. Membership will be available to purchase on the day. £15 adults. £10 juniors. These 2017 membership prices excludes membership to Surfing England.
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