Tony has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, and worked part time as a research fellow with the Coastal Processes Research Group for seven years. He has published 16 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 200 other articles on waves and the coastal environment in non-scientific magazines. He is the author of Surf Science: an Introduction to Waves for Surfing (2004, 2014) and The Surfers Guide to Waves, Coasts and Climates (2009), in addition to numerous chapters, forewords and other contributions.
Tony has been surfing since the early 1970s and has surfed hundreds of different spots around the world. Although he hates competitions he has been invited to several international big-wave events including being pre-selected for the 1999 Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, Hawaii and the only European among 24 invitees to the 2002 Big Wave Africa at Dungeons.
He lives most of the year on the north coast of Spain, and makes one long-haul flight a year to spend the southern winter in Cape Town, South Africa.