Friday, 13 August 2010

Oisin, the wind machine.

Yeah, it´s that time again, my good friend Oisin Van Gelderen came to stay for his annual dose of Fuerte magic last week and, despite an iffy forecast, we managed to sail every day of his stay, every day bar one at his fave spot Punta! It seems that whenever the big guy upstairs spots the name Van Gelderen on the Ryanair passenger list he sends a bit more wind our way.

I always look forward to his visit, it´s pretty much the highlight of my windsurfing year as we motivate each other on the water and devote the entire week to nothing except windsurfing- joy! This year was no exception and Oisin was ripping as usual (from dawn til dusk), making the most of every minute of daylight and consuming outrageous amounts of bocadillos and Red Bull in the process. A fantastic week of pure windsurfing hedonism, looking forward to next year´s visit already!

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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
See ya in Fuerte?