Sam Ross is a multi-certified instructor with a huge amount of enthusiasm, skill and experience under the belt. He has coached all over the world and is setting a new level for the sub 30 year old Coach category. Offering clinics, personal coaching or just a days work at his favourite Neilson resort, this is a day in the life with Sam Ross on one of his popular clinics.
The great thing about teaching windsurfing for me now is that very few weeks are the same. One day I might be helping coach a group of junior racers in weymouth, then instructor training or even off to a Neilson resort overseas.
With so many activities for free and on hand in a Neilson resort it’s hard to fit everything in. On a clinic the focus is on trying to exceed everyone’s expectations on what can be achieved in their own windsurfing during the week.
With an open beach all day we will always make the best of the conditions whilst still enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and if the wind doesn’t play ball all the other activities are on hand.
So I’ll give you a bit of detail of what a day in my life would be like in my spiritual windsurfing home of Ortakent, Turkey.
Depending on the events of the night before I’d try and get up and if possible go for a SUP up and down the Bay in Ortakent.
I’ll then catch up with the Neilson team who will be opening up the beach, have a chat about my plan for the day and grab the guys who are out on the clinic at Breakfast.
Once I’ve gone through the plan with them, it’s usually a chance to run through some skills and work out what they are going to action on the water today to make the next leap in their windsurfing.
Once we have the skills sorted on dry land we can then get on the water. With the help of the beach team I’ll make sure everyones kit is tuned and setup for them and we can get afloat and put the skills into practise. The mornings are usually ideal as it’s not that windy yet so everything is happening slow mo, giving us all time to think.
Once we had a chance to grab lunch the wind has normally kicked in. Now is a chance to get on the water and try some moves at high speed.
The afternoon is normally a series of sessions using the video camera, and the best equipment for the conditions.
If the wind is still up and the energy is still there we can keep going all afternoon. The Neilson team will keep the beach open till the last person is off the water so we can often head up to a windy corner when we are in Ortakent making use of the massive sailing area. When we get back in it’s to the bar to look through the action from the day.
So after a great day on the water it’s time for the bar and then into dinner. A great chance to chill, catch up with the group about the day and what they want to get out of the rest of the week.
21:00 till late
This is where the evening might have a mind of it’s own. One night we might try and win the Neilson quiz. The next might be a chance to head into town and explore. Every week the guys will lay on an open mic night and if it all goes wrong I might end up with the guitar.