Jo Wright

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Jo learnt to windsurf on a Neilson holiday aged 11, and hasn't looked back since! She started competing in Techno racing as a kid and then moved onto formula racing before she trained as an instructor and has since worked seasons in Greece, Egypt and Turkey for Neilson as an advanced plus instructor.

Jo competed at the PWA slalom last summer in Alacati, with the help of Sam Ross she managed to finish 12th at the event. Following on from that Jo came third in the womens BWA at Gwithian and finished 3rd Overall in the SWA Freestyle series. 

This summer she has spent here time windsurfing in Dahab and El medano, and is now back at Uni where she hopes to get out sailing lots around Devon and Cornwall this winter and competing in some SWA and BWA competitions. Keep an eye out as well as she may even get back into slalom sailing again ready for some PWA action next summer!

Jo Wright

30 Oct 2013

The Big Move

It has been a while since I have posted anything up here, as it has been an extremely busy few months.

Back in July after an immense month in Tenerife I started my University placement year at NewVoiceMedia in Basingstoke and relocated to Hamble.

One of the main perks of the job is that weekends are always free. As a result Josh and I have sailed some new spots (for us) along the South coast including Poole, Kimmeridge, HillHead, Netley, West Wittering and Hayling.

These places have had a lot to offer and I have never lived so close to a windsurfing spot (the sea is 2 minutes’ walk from the house!).

The waves in Cornwall have also been calling so we have made a few 3 day weekend trips down to Gwithian, finding a really well priced and great apartment super close to the beach (www.gwithianholidays.com). At the end of September, it was a bolt Easterly forecast so we headed for a session at Praa sands. The waves were pretty intimidating; head high and closing out extremely quickly, but I headed out on my new 4m rock, managing to scare myself silly on a few waves!

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However, it was great fun and certainly pushed my limits! The main learning point I took away from that session was that it is often not as bad or intimidating as it looks and after the first big wash all is fine!

Ready for the trek!

Aussie Kiss

Last weekend saw the long anticipated, annual student event – Aussie Kiss 13! Now in my second year as marketing manager for the SWA, I was in charge of organising all sponsors, clinics etc for the event. We had a great turn out and the sun even shone on occasion.

Unfortunately the weekend clashed with the BWA, so I was not able to compete at Gwithian. However, I couldn’t resist getting out for a wavesail on Sunday, so we left Bude with the Cardiff guys on Sunday morning to head to Daymer Bay. It was full power 3.7 weather (for me) when we arrived. Annoyingly I didn’t pack my 3.3m, so was stuck with a 4m which meant some very high jumps and overpowered wave riding. The sets were coming in nicely though and there was a decent period in between. After lunch it dropped off slightly, and allowed for a few hours of awesome conditions. I felt like my wavesailing was progressing for the first time in ages and we were all loving it!

We have booked another four day trip to Gwithian this weekend, so hoping to make the most of the wind, waves and mild (ish) temperatures!! It would be great to get some more use of the go-pro and start manning up a bit more on the forward front!

I am also looking forward to trying out some new waves boards over the next few months as my 2011 Evo is in need of an update!

See you on the water!

Jo

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11 Mar 2013

Nottingham Pondlife Photos

Had a great weekend at the SWA Core Pondlife event in Nottingham! Probably the coldest conditions I have ever windsurfed in!! The Tushy team cleaned up

Advanced racing:

1st Louis Morris
2nd Jo Wright
3rd Adam Chubbock

Nottigham Racing

Freestyle:

1st Ollie Acton
2nd Louis Morris
3rd Ben Page
4th Jo Wright

Jo Wright Vulcan Ollie Acton Spock

Ollie is going to write a full report so watch out for that coming soon! Photos courtesy of Notts County Sailing Club .

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12 Feb 2013

SWA PlymEx Cuave 8th-10 February

Exeter University windsurfing club teamed up with Plymouth University’s club to not only offer the second round of the SWA Puravida wave series but also two days of tuition at Sibleyback Lake, for all budding beginners and intermediates. As a result nearly 100 students descended on Plymouth to enjoy what was set to be an epic weekend!

Jim from Puravida had given the call for all wave sailors to head to the Bluff for 11am on Saturday, whilst everybody else headed to Siblyback Lake. The wave sailors were met with an overcast sky, low winds and no sign of any descent swell, so this twinned with everyone’s hangovers resulted in a pretty low mood at the beach. However, spirits were lifted when Jim, Sarah Bibby, Stefan Hilder and Ian Manuel Ross provided an interesting talk including board design, fins and kit choice, which we all found extremely useful. With the wind showing no sign of improving, Sam Ross and Luke Green from Tushingham stepped up to the plate and tempted everyone into their wetsuits with the promise of a one-design windSUP competition with prizes provided by Tushingham.

17 competitors took to the water and with the help of the increasing sized waves, an enthusiastic commentary from Sam Ross and a bit of friendly competition; everybody was having a great time. Due to the incoming tide, we moved the completion round into the river mouth where we were met with some pretty meaty waves. Shapes were being thrown left, right and centre on the SUPs and the final came down to Louis Morris (Bristol), Tom Firth (Cardiff) and I. However, at the end of my semi-final I suffered a knock to the head from the SUP, and therefore struggled to make any sort of impression in the final. So it was a two horse race between Tom and Louis. Tom caught the bigger waves and impressed the crowd with some death-defying moves to clinch the win.

During the ladies final, argued by some to be highlight of the competition, the biggest sets of the day came through. Rachael Ince (Exeter) risked all to catch the wave of the day, even slicing her lip open in the process to take the win, with myself finishing 2nd and Charlotte Stokes (Southampton) coming in 3rd.

Sunday offered a much more promising forecast, so everyone travelled back to the Bluff for 10am. A similar set of conditions to Saturday morning greeted us but Jim and Ian promised better conditions were on the way and ensured we were all rigged and ready to go. At around 12.30, the wind finally came and with the in-coming tide the waves were improving too, so the heats were drawn and everyone took to the water.

The judging team made up of Sarah, Stefan and Ian commented on the high level of skill shown by all sailors. Due to the onshore conditions, they were judging two wave-rides and one jump. The girls were thrown into the mix with the guys; I really enjoyed competing with the boys and found it really pushed my level. After some last minute deliberation, I opted for my 5.2 Rock and Flare 90 as the wind was very onshore and kept changing. I felt I did some good backside riding but my jumping was quite up to the mark (in hindsight I definitely should have gone for my 4.7!). In the end the women’s result stood with Charlotte Stoke taking 3rd, Rachael Ince 2nd and I took 1st.

The overall result was an extremely tightly fought affair with Will Jones (Cardiff), Mike Ellis (Southampton), Jony Price (Cardiff) and current tour leader Ben Page (Southampton) all making it through to the final. Will was competing on Starboard’s 2013 87 Quad, putting it to great use, nearly landing a few back-loops. However, he couldn’t quite find the consistency he had shown in earlier heats, so took 4th in the final. Mike showed how all his recent time on the water is paying off with a great forward off the lip and some solid wave riding to take 3rd. Jony who has just returned from his storm-chaser mission to Ireland, stole the show when it came to wave-riding, achieving the highest wave score of the day to take 2nd. Ben put in a stellar performance throughout all of his heats and after pulling off the forward of the day in the final and showing some great wave riding skills, he took a much deserved win.

I’m already looking forward to the next SWA wave event hosted by Cardiff University (22nd -24th February) see you there!

Jo Wright

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