Professional Freestyle windsurfer

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Changing plans & Essex session with Global!

So I was supposed to go out to Egypt a few weeks ago but have had a hectic stressfull time of making new plans. I'll start the story from the beginning. So during the summer fellow instructor Ric and I decided to split the work contract out in Dahab so he did the first three months he would work and I would do the rest and I was promised the job HOWEVER... As I'm sure a lot of you are aware Club Vass has been owned by the Tui group for the last few years on a loan basis and for the last two years we have been in the same operating group as Sunsail. Well as of May, 2010 Club Vass is going back to the original owners Tony & Rodger who first started the company and ran it very successfully for a long time.

So pretty much the job I was promised was taken away by Sunsail over some petty dispute over a board, not even a dispute just apparently an e-mail was in a un-approved of tone!! I had presumed their reluctancy to give me the job was that they knew I would be working for Club Vass again in the summer! Instead of just telling me they had no plan on giving me the job they made me jump through all the hoops applying online and even leading me on the hole time I was rushing around saying goodbyes making sure all my kit was here driving to Shoreham and back collecting the final bits so I was all ready before they had the decency to tell me!!! Colin Dixon who is managing out there and a very close friend of mine fought my corner the whole time but it wasnt enough! I had already left my current job and missed out on a ski holiday!! So winter plans ruined what was I to do???? Looking on the plus side- Exciting times coming up this summer with Club Vass back with Tony & Rodger all 100% brand new kit and some exciting new gadgets to help push the instruction up another level!! Very excited!!

So as there was the PWA event happening over in Vietnam in February anyway I decided to join up with Phil Soltysiak & Bryan Metcalf Perez and head over there for a month and get some practice in before the event! We both agreed that it felt like a waste going to a part of the world we had both never been too only for a week and also not looking around a bit. Well the plan now is to go via Bangkok on the way for a few days and leave our board bags at the starboard factory where due to some unfortunate circumstances Phil needs to collect some new kit!! Check the link for more info -

I have managed to get out in Essex however not quite the warm blue waters of Dahab but was good fun all the same. Jay Haysey (Globalshots) and Ed Sinclair came down the night before and it was great to catch up with them again, so after feeling not too clever the next day we headed to Clacton.
It was awesome to get out on my new gear- Skate 90 and 5.0 Ice. We had Si Crowther with a remote control flash set up on the beach to make up for lack of sunlight.

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