We’ve got a little interview for you this afternoon, check out Ollie Acton, a motivated UK windsurfer who will be attending his first ever European Championships.
(Ollie Acton – Southampton Solent University – Andy Biggs Watersports, Tushingham, Starboard)
Ollie, your freestyle competition CV seems to be expanding quite rapidly of late. Have you matured like a fine wine aged over many seasons, or is this the start of something larger?
Haha well, Sam, I love the competition side of windsurfing and I really enjoy competing in both the SWA and UKWA freestyle events, I seem to do quite well in the amateurs but the step up to Pro level is quite big so we shall see….
What made you decide to put yourself forward to the most awesome exciting freestyle event to ever invade the UK shores?
Apart from SWA events of course… The windsurfing at this event is going to be another level and I’ll be more than happy just to watch but also I can’t refuse the chance to compete at a European freestyle event!
I saw you using the new Tushingham Rock at the UKWA event in Weymouth, tell us about it, is it a freestyle/wave sail?
The Rock is Tushingham’s main wave sail, but because it rigs quite flat with little downhaul it also makes for a perfect freestyle sail. I mainly used the Tushingham Edge but wanted something with power and stability at around the 5.5 size and the Rock ticked all those boxes.
There should be a good SWA following at the event, knowing the bunch as you do, how do you expect the partytime to be at King of the Wind?
I’ve heard a lot from the guys about the Globalshot parties held in Vass so I can’t wait to go! We will be bringing a few members from Southampton Solent windsurf-team so expect some outrageous behaviour but maybe not as much nudity as the Aussie Kiss 11 party!
Do you have a target standing to aim to achieve at the King of the Wind, or are you just going for broke?
I have no targets for the competition at all, I’ll just try to be consistent with my moves and let’s see what happens.
You did a few seasons, do you think the water sports season community experts are the main force behind UK freestyle, or do you see a few weekend warriors kicking ass fresh from their weekly desk jails?
Well, being on season you will have more opportunity to windsurf, but the U.K is a windy place and there are loads of U.K based sailors who defiantly sail at the top level. The guys who sail in the U.K will be better suited to the conditions which might favour them during the competition.
If you qualify for the Monday night bonfire tow-in, with another chance to win some cash, is this an aspect of your freestyle you feel confident about? Being relatively new aspect on the freestyle scene, I doubt everyone has had the opportunity to try it yet.
I had a go at tow-in at the UKWA West Wittering Event and Aussie Kiss 11. It’s really different to anything I’ve tried before and I do find it really hard but have finally managed to land a few moves more recently.
What are you most looking forward too about the event?
Seeing the top pros sail in the U.K and the Global-Rave Party!
Finally, do you have any advice for any freestyle newbie’s, young guns thinking about stepping into the scene from T15, or developing freestylers who are thinking about competing?
For freestylers new to competition, I’d say go for the easier moves but ones that you can land consistently, as the heats are quite short landing just 4 or 5 moves should get you though most heats. U.K competitions are always fun and with the addition of tow–in to most events it’s defiantly worth coming down and giving it a go.
The UKWA had their final stop of this years Freestyle Tour in Weymouth this weekend at the OTC. The forecast was marginal at best, yet the competitors found themselves competing in this last fight for the podium positions on 4.7′s. Oscar Carmichael and Ric Cleworth sailed exceptionally well with konos, culos and big shakas throughout each heat. Ric Cleworth took first in the end, closely followed by the young Oscar Carmichael. Nick Bentley who was also on form claimed third place.
Missing from the action was Adam Sims, Max Rowe, Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers, Jamie Drummond and more. We already hear that the majority of the names above will in fact be entering the King of the Wind and now we invite all to step up and face the UK’s finest in this epic European Freestyle Pro Tour final showdown. Fancy your chances at winning a kick ass sword and a cut of €5000, well then get pre-entering to save yourself 25% on the entry fee – www.kingofthewind.co.uk/ticket
Want to join the pros for the party? The tickets for the epic GlobalShots Royal Rave on both Saturday and Monday night are flying out the door. We are likely to sell out at this weekends student windsurfing festival so make sure you get yours fast as there won’t be any available at the event itself.
Check out the pictures of the weekends action right here.
Head to www.kingofthewind.co.uk/ticket to make sure you don’t miss out. Only 150 tickets for each night and they are selling fast! Don’t wait!
Boys and Girls, the event is looming the tickets are selling, if you want to be in with a chance of joining us and GlobalShots on one or two epic nights out, then make sure you head to the ticket page as there are limited numbers. If you wait to buy your tickets, you will simply miss out, once they are gone, they are gone.
Tickets here – www.kingofthewind.co.uk/ticket
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Just a heads up that our tickets and competitors pre-entry have gone live.
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Note to competitors: Party tickets are included in your entry fee and pre-entry closes on Friday 26th October.
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A sneak peak of Weymouth and the young up and coming hot talent, Oscar Carmichael. The photos were taken directly from the OTC looking out to where the competition area will be. Find out more about the OTC be heading to their website – otc-windsurf.com.
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