1 Dec 2015

Starboard 2016 Brochure – FREE to your door!!

Get the latest product brochure to your door for free!


It’s that time of year again when Tushingham Sails Ltd the UK distributor of Starboard Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boards are offering you the opportunity to get your hands on the 2016 product brochures, for free, delivered to your door (if you live in the UK). 

With the best team riders, truly unique imagery and all the product information you could need they are a great read for anyone dreaming of that next board to help you find the right board to meet your needs. 

All you need to do is send us your UK postal address and say if you want either the windsurf / SUP brochure (or both) and we will do the rest. 



6 Oct 2015


This is a unique opportunity to join a growing company formed over 20 years ago who are true leaders within the UK distribution of watersports …

This is a unique opportunity to join a growing company formed over 20 years ago who are true leaders within the UK distribution of watersports equipment.

Tushingham Sails Ltd started in the windsurfing industry. It still is the biggest distributor of windsurfing and SUP equipment in the UK.

Starboard, Tushingham, Red Paddle Co, Severne and Aeron are the World’s key brands. Currently the company has over 100 active accounts which include retail shops and schools.

The job will cover both sports of windsurfing and SUP.

The company provides clear progression along with excellent training and support.

We are looking for an informed and passionate sales person to join our team in the watersports industry.

The Role:
· Maximise the sales of all products through effective sales strategies and skillful key account management.
· Liaise with customers in all new product ventures and further the customers objectives.
· Proactive lead generation and closing the sale.
· Technical demonstrations.
· Attend conferences and exhibitions.

The Requirement:
· Happy to travel extensively across the UK: This will mean working at weekends at test and demo events ( in lieu of weekdays)
· Solid successful sales background ideally within watersports.
· Windsurfing skill needed. Further training will be given if needed.
· Full Driving Licence

Scope of role:
You will be required to manage your own time. The office is based in South Devon and management of accounts will need to be conducted from the office. Sales visits will be a key strategy, but working on sales initiatives with the help of the marketing team in the office will also be required.

POST : Full Time. Salary £21,000 basic – with commission ( realistic projections to £34,000 first year) , plus expenses.

Tushingham Sails Ltd

WATERSPORTS: Windsurfing / Stand Up Paddleboarding


DAVE HACKFORD at: application@tushingham.com

With the Title of: ‘Windsurf/Sales job’
INTERVIEWS in November 2015


27 Jun 2015


Following the success of the Carbis Bay Euro Tour event Starboard Team riders Paul Simmons and Marie Buchanan decided to make their way over to venture into Europe to take part in the next round of the series in Noja, Northern Spain. Paul recaps how they got on:

After a challenging weekend of exciting racing in Bilbao the previous weekend, my girlfriend and fellow Starboard rider Marie and I stayed in northern Spain ahead of the Deep SUP race nearby at Noja, close to Santander. We enjoyed an fun weekend of varied racing in glorious weather and both secured second places in the Euro Tour event hosted by the Deep SUP shop. We weren’t the only Brits to participate: following on from Bilbao were Jersey’s Tim & Aaron Rowe plus Chris Bates,  joined by newcomer to the international race scene Steve Trott.

Marie secured a superb victory in the 13km long distance race, which she followed up by a second place in the sprint, with a very close finish amidst carnage in the breaking surf. This set her up for a really close battle in Sunday’s technical beach race, where she led several times but was ultimately edged out into third on the final wave in to the beach, giving her second overall for the event ahead of Spanish champion Laura Quetglas.

I had a bizarre weekend but somehow ended up in second thanks to a dramatic twist in the beach race. Before all of Sunday’s drama, in Saturday’s distance race I took the lead after the first turn and powered ahead of the fleet for a few km. Then disaster as an old arm injury flared up, with the forearm completely pumped up and no strength at all to paddle. Helpless and distraught I counted nine paddlers pass while waiting for the arm to “de-pump”. It never quite returned to normal: paddling was painful but I dug in and clawed back from 10th to 6th place, at least something positive. Aaron Rowe had a good tussle with Roman Frejo at the front, with the speedy Spaniard Starboard rider coming through late on to win.


Following plenty of massage & stretching my arm felt fine for the evening sprint races. It served me well too, taking victory in my heat and semi final. Despite a collision and big wobble placing me last near the start of the final, I came through to the front on a wave and felt on course for the win but a split second delay undoing the leash was the difference Roman needed in a three-way photo finish. Second felt heaps better than the 6th earlier in the day though.

With two wins Roman virtually had the overall victory in the bag but the other podium positions were very close between several of us. The technical beach race featured just three turns, two transitions and small waves to negotiate and with positions so close there was definite tension on the start line. Perhaps it was this tension that caused a couple of mix-ups in the race that led to an unfortunate conclusion.

Halfway through the race approaching a marker buoy I was in fourth immediately behind Aaron, who chose the correct clockwise direction but then collided with the leaders Roman and Pepe Oltra, who had incorrectly turned anti-clockwise. I was confused and stood watching as Aaron turned back and rounded the other way (incorrectly like the first two guys). I was almost certain all three were wrong but in the heat of the moment I made a terrible decision to follow Aaron’s path and started powering off in pursuit of the leaders. At this point I heard Branislav Sramek shout something and looked back to see him lead two others anticlockwise around the mark. I hesitated for several seconds, by which time the lead three were flying back towards the beach transition. 

Looking back at the mark I was still unsure what to do but the confidence in Branislav’s gesture made me realise my initial error following riders like a sheep rather than going with my brain. I’d watched several other races beforehand so should have had the confidence to encourage Aaron to continue the way he initially set off around the buoy in the first place. 

With several riders through I was way down in seventh or eighth and while reassured the first three had gone wrong I was unsure of the consequences. I just had to paddle hard and place as high as possible. I gained a couple of places and was in 6th approaching the last turn. 

Incredibly the lead three also rounded the final buoy turn the wrong way! I was a long way off, too far to notify them of this error but on reaching the mark I made sure I didn’t repeat their second mistake. I had closed on Branislav but he had enough of a lead to be comfortably ahead on the beach run. I hit the beach level with Spanish rider Tino Aja who I managed to hold off in the long run up to the finish. I had very mixed emotions at the end as I strongly felt that those who paddled the incorrect course should be penalised in some way, particularly as I had taken action to correct my error. But I also knew Aaron had initially tried to go the right way and it would be a hard pill to swallow if he was disqualified. 

The ultimate decision of a “DQ” for the lead three meant that I placed second for the event. Roman’s two firsts meant his lead was enough for the win despite no score in the beach race. I would much rather have gained my position by pure racing but also have to remember that  correcting my error on the water is as much a part of racing as making a good turn or flying start. I felt bad for Aaron in particular though: if he’d stuck to his original turn and gone the right way, with Roman scoring nothing in this round he may have ended up with an event win. Nevertheless he certainly highlighted great race pace and will surely be challenging for more international podiums for years to come.

This controversial ending should not overshadow a great weekend: while a few issues with communication could improve, the location and vibe were superb. Unbroken sunshine helped as did good numbers of paddlers (and great skills) in both the kids and amateur divisions. Thanks to Deep SUP Noja for putting on a memorable event and Starboard SUP for making incredibly fast race shapes. Marie & I both used the 14ft SPRINT for the Bilbao and Noja races.


Wherever you are, whatever the race and however simple the course may seem, pay extra special attention, know the route and never simply follow like a sheep. Even the most experienced racers can make mistakes!



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