These guys have come a long way since they introduced themselves to us as shy teenagers wanting to break into the windsurfing scene five years ago. Since then they have taken our advice: 'get your heads down and get better'! Having just seen them pushlooping, looping and giving it large in the waves at the Maze on Tiree, we’d say these boys will make an impression at the Tiree Wave Classic this year despite being the youngest competitors in the Pro fleet.
Adam and Graham have been working as instructors at OTC in Tenerife whilst George has been working at the new windsurfing school, the Polkeris Centre, in Cornwall.
Work at OTC
Work at OTC
North, Fanatic, OTC,
Instructor at Polkeris Centre
Graham Woods ripping it up
Adam: We knew we had to go away and get time on the water and through Mark Hosegood he got us the jobs at the OTC in Tenerife. We can get maximum time on the water around our work there.
Graham: We have now spent around 18 months away from competition so it will be good to see how we fare in '09 and of course at the Tiree Wave Classic next week. Our sponsors want us to compete and get the results but also working at the test centre really helps as we get to help clients whilst using all the latest kit year on year.
Adam: OTC also sponsor us and help with travelling costs to the events as well as allowing us time off. It’s good coverage for them so we better do well!!
George Shillito kicking up dust
The Next Stage
Adam: The OTC season is all year round so our jobs are waiting for us when we come back from events. But this winter we are taking a month out to be back home and see our family and friends and then come December all three of us are going to Cape Town for 8 weeks to train and make that next step up.
Graham: The centre is busy after the Tiree event so Adam is going back whilst I’m going to the West Wittering event to improve my overall UK wave ranking for 2008 as I missed the earlier spring time events.
Adam: Next year we aim to get to Pozo for the qualifying event for the PWA competition and also do the Canarian Wave Riders Tour where the standard is similar to the UKWA Tour.
Adam Lewis going big
Adam: We have spent the last 12 months doing quite different things and it was tricky to keep the ‘team’ going but we realise how important Team Airborn has been for us and once we are all out in Cape Town we will get some photos done, send out press releases etc. George’s Dad (Bob) was so helpful in the beginning showing us how to get in the mags and gain sponsorship. We learnt loads but still George is the best at it!
Graham: Yeah, George is much better at media stuff than us and he’s at the sharp end of windsurfing, teaching down in Cornwall. It will be cool to get all three of us together in Cape Town and show the world that Team Airborn are here to stay!!