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2017 Highlights and Round Up

2017 has been my busiest ever year coaching Windsurfing.

2017 has been my busiest ever year coaching Windsurfing.

When I originally came back to the UK 7 years ago I worried that Windsurfing alone wouldn’t be enough to sustain a job back on UK shores but how wrong I was.

Instructor Training

This year I’ve been running all levels of course and even got to run the first ever Foiling Instructor Endorsement with the RYA (more about this later).

Still one of the most enjoyable things to do, it’s great to see super enthusiastic Windsurfers looking to teach others. It’s also be great to see more and more of the Juniors I coach come through and look at going on to be instructors.

Junior Coaching

This year I took on the role of National Junior Squad Coach for the first time. Alongside coaching with all the zone squads I’ve been working with the national squad in the UK and also travelling overseas to International events.

It’s taken up most of my time this year but been well worth it. I get to work with a great group of juniors and their parents and we had some great results in overseas regattas with plenty of possibilities for the future. Watch this space.

It was also great to create some high quality teaching aids for the coaching team and work closely with  great group of coaches.

Clinics

It was great to get out to Northern Ireland again this year, and this time taking Chloe with me to add to the level of coaching I could deliver. Newtownards is such a great club and we had some great conditions as well.

It was also fantastic too get out to Kos and meet up with familiar and new faces at the Marl Warner Windsurf Development Week. Plenty of wind, loads of time on the water and some great progress.

looking at more clinics overseas in 2018.

Foiling

You’d be forgiven for thinking I gave up normal windsurfing at points this year.

Foiling has been a massive part of 2017. Not only developing my own skills but starting to run some of the first UK foiling clinics, and we had a great Flight School week at the OTC in Weymouth.

I also got to stretch my competitive legs taking part in the UK’s first ever foiling events. Taking a win at NWF and then at the Christchurch slalom event.

The great part has bee developing an instructor training scheme with the RYA, which we started rolling out at the end of the year. With Trainers and Instructors taking part in training and endorsement weeks it’s been great to see something come from just an idea all the way to fruition.

I worked with Lightbox this year to create some Foil coaching videos, including using BBtalkin headsets. These are looking good and should be out in the new year.

Severne and Tushingham

It’s always great to work with the Tushingham Sales team, whether that be looking at Severne sails or the development or better teaching equipment like the RedPaddle Co Windsurf Board. We’ve also seen the release of new severe Wave boards this year which have been great to get out on the water.

Windsurfing

You never do as much as you’d like, but my hopes are January is a great month to get afloat. There have been some great days though either on the wave kit or on the foil. fingers crossed for many more.

 

So 2018 looks like more Foiling, Overseas Clinics, Instructor Courses and Junior Coaching. If you’re keen to get involved or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Thanks for all the support and check out the highlights below.