One of the most impressive new sailors at Tiree was student windsurfer Adam Sims. Although he failed to make much of an impact in the rankings, he impressed many people on the beach and showed he has plenty of potential.
Well it seems his actions were noted and he has now signed up with RRD and Ezzy sails all through Andy Biggs Windsurfing.
Adam had a few (hundred) words to say about it:
“I started off by getting TurfDog sponsorship and setting up Portsmouth Uni windsurfing club which is now catering for 60+ members and has a trip abroad in Easter for 15 of us to EL TUR. This also gave me the chance to meet up with Jem Hall who also lives in Portsmouth. After a while he told me to speak to AndyBiggs shop about getting RRD/EZZY sponsorship. then whilst up in Tiree at the Wave Classic Skyboy came up to me on the beach asked if I was sponsored at all. At that point in time I had Turfdog but no kit sponsor, so he put in a good word for me to Jem who also put in a good word for me to AndyBiggs and I reckon with one of the UK\’s finest Coaches and wave sailors I was onto a winner. However, like London buses \’you wait ages for one and two come along at once\’ I also got offered another deal to ride with North and Fanatic. Having already used the RRD boards I already knew which way I wanted to go, but I wasn\’t so sure about the sails. One sail test later and I was convinced. The Ezzy sails are not only brilliant but they are light weight and can be rigged for such a wide range of conditions. They feel so light through tricks in both freestyle and wave sailing. The 5.8 to me feels more like a 5.0 at times and the RRD boards, well they don\’t really need an introduction, the twintip for freestyle is exceptional, super slidy, the new 09 one has more speed whilst not losing the slower end planning tricks and the twinfin is so reliable in turns and wave tricks that you could almost guarantee that it will always be there for every turn and maneuver you do.
For me it was a no brainer really. It also helps that I\’m really keen to help the sport evolve in the freestyle and wave scene. I know there are already big steps in the wave side with the wavejam but in a regional level there isn\’t a great deal going on in the south east, there are some great wave sports down this way and it would be awsome to get something up and running. The work on the freestyle is already underway, although I don\’t want to give away too much as we are hoping to do a release on that soon. What can be expected though is something similar to the wavejam but obviously a slightly flatter approach…
In terms of return for my sponsors. Well the usual going to events, getting as much coverage as possible and getting results (proving why rrd/ezzy really are a winning combo). I also plan to get either some coaching underway or to increase an awareness of the community of windsurfers that exist in the S.E and further down the line, hopefully get some events underway as well as making windsurfing videos. I also have a website (k669.co.uk) that is updated regularly, from videos to photos, new articles to sessions and press coverage to what\’s for sale. This is a key feature to the site allowing people to take a look at my site and quickly decide what they want to have a look at and where possibly even test/try out. Then they can either call me and I can give them loads of advice on what kit to go for as well as go out for a sail with them on some demo kit or I can pass them straight onto AndyBiggs, (trying not to be all cliched, but) it\’s all about reliable, friendly customer service and to give the customer a real good chance to try, discuss and view kit before they buy.
Results wise, I\’m currently leading the SWA Freestyle series with 3 events gone and just 2 to go, with the standard gone up so much from previous years, it\’s not been easy, one handed flakas, punetas and even shakas and shuv-it vulcans/spocks are on the cards this year. I\’m looking forward to getting out and getting the chance to compete against the SWA wave sailors in the SWA RRD/EZZY Wave series as well and hoping to do well in that. I\’d like to have a competitive chance in 2009 in the UKWA four nations cup as well and I\’m off to El Tur for a month over easter to get the jump side of things up to scratch as well as mainly increasing my freestyle ability. During all this I\’m trying to hold down the final year of a Degree. Although when it\’s all over (June) I\’ll be off on a gap year or two… to windsurf and spread the RRD/EZZY/ABW love.
I\’m really looking forward to working with them throughout this year and hopefully further down the line. Thanks to my sponsors and to Guy Peters (forcefivephotos.co.uk) for photos.”