Welcome to the site!
Aswell as regular features and news updates from Fuerte, I am going to be using this site to promote my windsurfing clinics.
After 15 years on the island,having competed in the PWA freestyle world cup and now representing Fanatic Boards and North Sails, I have decided to give something back to the sport which has given me so much over the years.
My aim is to provide clinics "tailor-made"for each individual, with a strong emphasis on practical in-the-water instruction, backed up by on-the-beach tuition and video analysis. The consistent conditions here in Fuerte make learning so much easier and, perhaps equally important, more fun than the typically inconsistent, cold UK - why not come over for a week and improve your windsurfing by a year!!!

I can help with any manoeuvres from carve-gybe through to advanced jumping and freestyle, just email me with your wish list and we'll take it from there! Over the next few months, I am going to be video-chronicling manoeuvres which you can check out on the right in my tricktionary sections. This will give you some idea of the things we can work on, or, if you can't make it over here, you may find them useful to help understand and break down a manoeuvre you would like to learn (hopefully, the slow-mo will help in this respect!).Just click on the trick and scroll down..........
Anyway, keep checking it out as I have loads more in my bag of tricks and will be updating as and when I get the footage.
If you're interested, e-mail me on gibboinfuerte@yahoo.co.uk
See ya in Fuerte?
Stephen.............

Saturday, 27 June 2015

First summer clinic

Last week Fuerteventura welcomed three motivated Irishmen and they spent their week here honing their windsurfing skills, the last four days with myself. Blessed by the wind gods, they sailed every day of their stay and, although we were disappointed to not get a day at Punta to crack their forward loops, a great time was had by all and, more importantly, there was a noticeable improvement in everyone´s sailing over the week (which I guess is kind of the point of having a coach ;) ).
 
The last few days were spent at Glass Beach, which was pretty much flat but was the perfect place to work on most points of sailing but specifically early planing, gybing, a bit of waveriding and spinloops. I think they can all be proud of their efforts, and I hope to see them again next year for more fun in the ocean...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Back in action

My broken finger has recovered just enough to sail again, and just in time as my clinic season has started with a bang! Reports to follow, but here are a few pics from yesterday at Glass Beach when I shot out for a few runs while the boys were refuelling...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great to be back on the wáter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Early morning freestyle

Been a bit quiet on the windsurfing front lately due to a wind drought/ heatwave but the wind is back now with a vengeance! The last couple of days have been incredibly windy, with people sailing Puerto Lajas and Glass Beach on 4.0s overpowered! Unfortunately, I'm out of the game for a while (again) as I broke my finger yesterday on my mountain bike so I'm retiring to the stands for a couple of weeks. Should be ready to rock just in time for my first summer clinic on the 19th June!

I scored a morning session earlier this week and Lucy did a bit of video, which I was going to save to try and make a 'proper' video with later but as I'm not going to be sailing for a bit I thought I may as well stick it together as a short edit of the session. Check it out below...

Time for me to get cycling and playing padel to keep in shape for the upcoming clinics- got some great groups booked in, real fun levels, forwards, back loops, waveriding, so absolutely can't wait to get started!!!!!!


Sneaky morning session. from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Injured. Bugger.

Yeah it´s true, I´m out of the game for a couple of weeks I reckon. There´s actually been no wind here for the last couple of weeks so no sailing but I´ve been playing a lot of padel (a south American mix of tennis and squash to those not in the know) and I´ve done something to my knee so it´s elevation, hot n cold treatment, loads of anti-inflams and, unfortunately, TOTAL REST. Grrrrr. Hopefully, this sunny, calm period will stretch on another couple of weeks, hehe and I won´t miss too much... I have to get myself fully fit again before June as I´m looking pretty busy with clinics again this summer!
 
Anyway, as I sit on the sofá with my leg in the air I leave you with a few pics of my last sessión at Punta before the wind dropped...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

What a winter!

Still got no internet in the new house so I´ll keep this brief as I´m sat in a cold, draughty internet café. This winter has undoubtedly been the best I can remember for sailing, the wind just hasn´t stopped blowing since November! Amazing!
Last weekend we sailed four days at Puerto Lajas, which is one of my favourite spots on the island now. On the last day my good friend Gilbert Bara came and took some photos, which explain far better than any words I could write just how much fun it was down there...
 
 










 
 
 
 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Taka time...

As I may have mentioned in my last post, I managed to squeeze in a couple of nice sessions at Punta over my Xmas holiday in between all the amazing down-the-line days so was back to training takas, among other things. On this day the wind was a touch on the light side so I took my Skate 101 and had a great little sail. Here are a few GoPro shots and a bit of video from the session...