Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Job done!

On Andreas' last day we made the call to head down to Sotavento as the wind was looking a little fickle up north, and also it seemed a fitting way to finish his two weeks of training as that was where we started on the first day. The wind was 2 knots onshore when we arrived and it looked as though we might lose our 100% wind record for the fortnight, but right on cue it swung and picked up to 4.5 weather within about half n hour! Good ol' reliable Sotavento. Andreas' wish list before he arrived was forwards and Vulcans and I have to say it made me so happy to see him on this last day - big, perfect, ankle-dry forwards (some stalled!) with beautiful lateral rotation and countless Vulcans on the flatter water inside! It was like watching a different sailor from the guy who had arrived only 14 days earlier. An incredible success, I hardly sailed myself as I was more than content to sit on the sun-drenched sandbar and watch him while giving myself a little pat on the back ;) . I got the camera out a bit later and took some snaps but couldn't get across the lagoon to get his big forwards and had to shoot on the flat water but I got some great spin loops and Vulcans. He grinned from ear to ear for the whole journey back and is probably still grinning now, although he's back at work in Sligo so probably not. Anyway, like I said, job done.

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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..........
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