Greatest Feats: Louis Thomas-Hudson

September 4, 2019

The award-winning Tynemouth Surf Co shop and surf school was established in 1995 by Stephen Hudson and is now owned by his son, Louis Thomas-Hudson, the former captain of Team GB junior surf team. Here Louis shares the actshe’s been most inspired by

What is the greatest physical feat you’ve witnessed by an individual and why? 

The greatest physical feat I’ve witnessed by one person is seeing pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton-Dirks surfing big waves again, having had her arm bitten off a shark when she was 13 years old. She found the courage and commitment to re-train herself to surf with one arm. Can’t imagine how hard it would be toget back in the water having gone through that trauma.

What about by a group or team?

It would have to be the dive team who recused the kids as part of the Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand last year. I went to see a talk by one of the British dive team guys and he was so interesting. Those guys are totally selfless.

Which demonstration of intelligence/mental strength has most impressed you?

I find Elon Musk amazing. Some of his theories are crazy but they do make sense the more he explains them. Another guy with strong mental strength is Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who jumped to Earth from space in 2012. I remember watching him jump thinking ‘what would make you want to do that?’

What do you consider to be the greatest feat in business and why?

To stay organised and to keep the customers happy. Happy customers equal a happy business.

Which act of generosity has inspired you the most and why?

I’ve seen the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, do some pretty generous acts in his time such as giving away 99 per cent of his Facebook shares ($45 billion) to his and his wife’s foundation, describing it as ‘a gift to make the world a better place’.

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