Sunday, 6 May 2012
It´s just been revealed that kiteboarding is about to replace windsurfing in the 2016 Olympics and, naturally, there´s a fair bit of hoo-ha about it all. I think it´s fairly obvious what my opinion on the matter is- I´d say most people would agree that due to the fairly low level of skill and fitness/training required in kiting you may aswell just toss a coin for the medals. If you head down to Flag Beach on a windyish day, it will be immediately apparent that everyone is at the same level- they all go the same speed, do the same tricks and can take one hand off and drag it in the water. Actually, there are two levels- complete beginners, who flap about in the water with no board and get in my way with their lines, and "experts"(the aforementioned hand-draggers), who flap about in the water looking for their boards and get in my way with their lines. As both these levels seem to be separated by about six sessions on the water, I consider this proof of the lack of skill, dedication and training needed. Anyway, I won´t harp on about it, if you want to read more check this out... http://www.change.org/petitions/isaf-keep-windsurfing-as-olympic-discipline . (I signed by the way).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya in Fuerte?