Porthcawl - South Wales
Greg Owen makes in our view the best wetsuits on the planet..
I met Greg for the first time, as many people did, While standing in my pants next to a calor gas fire in his original workshop situated in a lane at the back of a residential street in Porthcawl, South Wales.
Greg takes over fifty measurements to ensure the perfect custom fit so there is plenty of time for small talk in what feels like a slightly bastardised version of what you might expect of a Saville row experience.
Even with today's range of fits and high stretch materials, wearing a 100% Sheico (the best neoprene on the market) No Limits for the first time is a revelation, especially if you are like me - not a regular shape.
I already knew of Greg from his wins at the Welsh open competitions and regular pictures of him in the UK surf media.
He had become somewhat of an underground sports celebrity in Wales.
During the 90's and 2000's if you saw Greg in the water, he was instantly recognisable by the revered Quicksilver sticker in the front of his board. Very pro surfers had the QS sticker and the validation/exclusivity was obvious to any surfer.
If you visit one of the more easily accessible surf spots around Porthcawl on a weekday and at the right stage of the tide its very likely that you are going to see Greg fitting in a surf just minutes away from his workshop.