19 May 2015

2015 National Watersports Festival Dates and Plans!!

The planning for this year’s National Watersports Festival (NWF) on Hayling Island is well underway, with the official date of the weekend of 4 – 6thSeptember 2015 now firmly in the watersports calendar.

Incorporating the sports of stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and kitesurfing, the NWF is the largest multi-discipline watersports event in the UK, which has steadily grown over the years to attract around 500 competitors and some 10,000 spectators.

The event regularly draws in the top professionals – including world and Olympic champions – with the elite class putting on phenomenal displays to the captivated crowds, throughout the day’s events and during the floodlit night-time activities. This year looks set to attract all the big names again, who support the event and bring their wealth of knowledge and skills to the three day festival, often imparting their experience during the ‘clinics’ which they take, providing specialist lectures and practicals on the sports.

Tickets to compete, camp or party at the event go on sale in June from the website www.nationalwatersportsfestival.com although the NWF is totally free for spectators. Spectators can take full advantage of all the on-the-water race viewing, wonder round the trade show – the industry’s largest, showcasing all the new products and kit for 2016 – and enjoy many of the food and drink stalls and facilities on site.

The taster sessions are also a big draw for visitors, with many rookie kayakers, SUPers, windsurfers and kitesurfers giving it a go. The SUP taster sessions were particularly busy last year, when the wind gods went on strike, with the sea a mass of boards and people cruising around, enjoying the late summer sunshine.

No festival is the same without live music and entertainment and this year’s event is no exception with some top name acts being booked to perform on the main stage on both Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September. 

Event director, Allan Cross comments: “The NWF has become a firm favourite in the watersports calendar and the different disciplines mean that whatever the weather there’s always something going on, something to watch and things to take part in.

“The NWF is regarded as the ‘people’s festival’ as it’s a place where you can rub shoulders and even compete next to some of the greatest names in the sports. It’s unpretentious and fun with the onus on giving everything your best shot from racing to trying a new sport.

“The event is not sponsored but is a collaboration of the different sports who come together to create this unique community event, giving it a very exciting yet relaxed vibe. 

“We’ll be rolling out more plans and announcements as the event gets closer but keep watching the website for ticket information and our Twitter and Facebook channels for the latest news (@.”

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5 May 2015

JOB – UK Windsurfing Sales Representative

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 equipment in the UK. The departure of a salesperson leaves a role to be filled on the windsurfing side of the business. 

Join the team

Starboard, Tushingham, 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 be dedicated to windsurfing.

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 windsurfing 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
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 £18,000 basic – with commission ( realistic projections to £30,000 first year) , plus expenses.

COMPANY DETAILS:
Tushingham Sails Ltd
Halwell
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 7LQ

TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION FORM PLEASE EMAIL 

DAVE HACKFORD at: application@tushingham.com

 With the Title of: ‘WINDSURF ’ job

INTERVIEWS in JUNE/JULY

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5 May 2015

UK Wins World Title for Starboard!

The Worlds Top Starboard Windsurfing distributors gathered in Thailand last week for the 2016 launch. Every year the company hands out awards for the top performing importers. Tushingham Sails Ltd distributes Starboard in the UK. Over the last two years Germany and Japan have taken top honours but this year Tushingham grabbed both titles. ‘Top sales’ trophy, and the ‘highest growth’ trophy.

Dave Hackford Co-director of Tushingham picked up the awards whilst at the conference. Dave commented on these great awards ” I thought my days of jumping on stage to grab a trophy had long gone. But I’m competitive so it did feel pretty sweet. I suppose the trophy really belongs to our shops, centres and customers who support this fantastic brand. Thanks to them all.

2013 was a tough year, brands like RRD gained momentum with boards like the ‘Firemove’. The introduction of the new Freeride ATOM in 2014 made the biggest difference to our growth. The board has just received one of the best magazine test reports I have ever read on a board. And it deserves it. Starboard definitely have the best ability to bring slightly higher performance to Freeride shapes without sacrificing ease of sailing. The other area where we are seeing growth is on the Windsups. The wave boards have continued to perform, but Severne is possibly set to hold the trump card here”

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Dave was reluctant to spill any beans on what’s around the corner. But he did say that if you are into the radical Formula type racing – wait until September when the registration dates closes on shapes. It has some smart deck features to help the racer react quick.

Svein Rasmussen chief of Starboard hands the trophies to Dave with
Clement Morandiere (International brand manager) on the left.

Tush Wins Starboard Awards

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