Here's an introduction to the Team that have seen the magazine through 100 issues. It’s been an interesting, sometimes painful but generally enjoyable experience. The magazine has been a huge success. Our first issue was mailed to 1500 people; now our mailing list excedes 15,000. The success of the magazine continues to grow and we look forward to delivering the next 100 issues.
Role: The boss and visionary of Boardseeker coming up with every major idea and then making it all happen. Now also taking on the role of Test Editor.
Best described as: A total perfectionist that re-defines hard work; can be a total pain to work with due to very high standards. Also has a wickedly, sarcastic sense of humour.
Bit of background: Brought up outside Ayr in Scotland. Learned to windsurf at Croy Shore, worked his way through the Scottish Racing squad into the British Olympic Squad. Four times British champion on Mistral One Design and top5 Formula sailor in the UK, then followed a stint as the Formula National Coach before retiring to a world of wave sailing, freestyle and Boardseeker.
Why I started Boardseeker: "It began as an equipment directory that was a low maintenance business making some money whilst I was still competing on the Olympic circuit. The business developed and when I met Louise we decided to start an online magazine to compliment the equipment directory."
Best thing about the business: The flexibility to be able to work from a laptop wherever we are in the world and to windsurf whenever it's windy (in theory).
The Worst: Not having enough time to do everything that needs to be done! The business is a massive undertaking for such a small team. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled and passionate group of people within the Boardseeker Team.
Role: Filming, editing and presenting dude.
Best described as: He seems to be on one long jolly, sent to far flung destinations to film a bunch of delinquents set on avoiding real life for as long as possible. But actually pays for it on his return when locked into the editing room and told to produce five ten minute video features in one, long night. Now presents himself as the friendly face of the Boardseeker monthly podcasts.
Bit of Background: Born in Ipswich. Sailed boats since birth and learned to windsurf once family moved to West Wales. Spent seven years coaching windsurfing, studying and travelling before setting up Aeolus Productions; a small, Welsh based watersports film business. During his first year of business he happened upon Adrian freestyling and filmed him as part of his first film 'Feckin Cold'. The following year (2006) Boardseeker sent him off on his first assignment.
Why got involved with Boardseeker: "I was looking for some watersports film commissions and basically found one better than I ever could have imagined"
Role: Web designer.
Best described as: A total gentleman who never loses his cool at the impossible Boardseeker deadlines he is dealt with each week.
Bit of Background: Lives in Bournemouth, Dorset near his local beach Southbourne. He went to the University of Wales Swansea where he extended the Computer Science syllabus to include wave sailing in the Gower, then spent some time going on various trips abroad. Boardseeker is described as James' most fun client for his web business since they are all great chums. James is also part of the Big Salty Weather Team.
Why got involved with Boardseeker: Clyde Waite introduced James to the Boardseeker Team and James soon found himself signed up. "It was a perfect setup since we'd often go abroad windsurfing together anyway so we may as well get work done at the same time."
James is also sponsored by Quatro International, Ezzy Sails and Big Salty Weather.
Role: Technique editor.
Best described as: Noisy, demanding, crazy perfectionist. Very passionate about all he does and has an enthusiasm for windsurfing that knows no bounds. Typical Aries.
Bit of Background: Born in Portsmouth, learned to windsurf at Southsea. Jem has been coaching for 15 years and now has his own coaching clinics all over the world. He also branched out into instructional DVDs with the ever popular ‘Beginner to Winner’ and ‘Winner to Wavesailor.’ He is also sponsored by RRD Boards/Ezzy Sails and helps out with their R&D.
Why got involved with Boardseeker: ‘I got involved with Boardseeker as I knew that Adrian and Louise were passionate about what they do and that the online format would reach many people. I had coached Louise before so we already had a good relationship and I really enjoy giving my advice on many of their projects.'
Role: Ex-Features Editor.
Best described as: Buried into the foundations of Boardseeker is this creative genius who worked long, arduous nights with the Editor to produce the mammoth monthly issues that we used to do. His writing inspired others to take a night class in English.
Bit of Background: Born in Clacton, learned to windsurf at Alton Water in Suffolk. Started off in the Youth Raceboard scene winning UK Inland titles then moving over to wave/freestyle competition before finding a real life as a teacher of Chemistry/Biology in Christchurch.
Why got involved with Boardseeker: "Forced into it by the boss after far too many conversations over an RYA training rib at Calshot"
Role: The Ultimate Test Team.
Best described as: A total mystery
Role: Behind the scenes technical genius responsible for everything you can’t see on the website but without him, nothing would work.
Role: Digital graphics man and Podcast consultant – another technical genius with a head full of ideas that have helped Boardseeker on its way.
Role: Posted out every single DVD over the last two years and remains the resident spell/grammar checker for the weekly issues.
Role: Our conceptual web designer, Ed helped create the overall look of the site as well as all the functionality. The birth of Boardseeker was long and difficult and Ed was holding our hand throughout! But now, fed up of so many hours behind his desk, he tried to disguise himself as a Clone (see pic) to join in the Testing. It didn’t quite work out.
Role: Simon plays a big role in our test photography. Responsible for all the white room and Clone pictures and many of the action shots. His pictures and advice have been invaluable.