Friday, 14 January 2011
New sponsors, pictures and more!!
So havent updated much recently mainly because I've been busy at work over the christmas period. Also because I've been in the middle of changing sponsors and waiting for the press release from them confirming the news! But now its all done and I have my new gear I just cant wait to get back on the water.
This sponsorship change is a massive step forward for me and also a bit of a dream come true really to be supported by the top brands in the industry and getting to sign an international contract. No more worrying about how Im going to pay for my kit at the end of year etc. Its what I was really hoping I would get after funding my own way around the PWA tour last year and hopefully this year I can prove myself even more to go on and be able to carry on doing it for a few more years!
Fanatic and North have made a big impact over the last year in the UK since Nik Baker along with his brother Ant have been behind the importing side of things. They really are one of the only brands making an appearance at every event and therefore one of the only ones really pushing windsurfing as a sport. When I first met Nik and Ant I could see that it was going to be a great team to be a part of, especially having these two windsurfing legends backing, supporting and hopefully helping me lead a successful career as professional windsurfer like they both have.
Some of you may have of noticed that I didnt actually spend that much time riding my sponsors board last year as they were unable to get round to registering them for the PWA events. This meant I have already spent a lot of time riding that Fanatic boards and I really believe that they are the best possible boards available for freestyle. When I first used them it instantly felt like a board I had been sailing my whole life! I have had a few goes on the Norths as well and they feel sick. I have been so impressed with how the rig fits together with all the North components and cant wait to get out on the water with it!
There were a few hard moments moving away from my first ever sponsor Spartan wetsuits but Mark was really understanding that I needed to keep on pushing my career forward and I cant thank him enough for the support he's given me over the last few years!
So its over to Ion wetsuits, clothing and accessories for me and I hopefully should be getting my gear in the post some point today. The gear really does look sick and I couldnt believe how flexible and warm my new strike series 5/5 semi dry suit was when I got out the other day.
Big thanks also to Farrel at Simmer and Ian & Doug at Boardwise for all their support last year!
So hopefully now I will be heading out to Dahab to work at Club Vass for a few months and also attend the PWA Vietnam event! Will get some pictures up very soon.
Pictures by Dave White. Except the dodgy ones taken by my Dad!