Louis Morris

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I started sailing at the weekly kids club at Siblyback lake when I was 8, but I found windsurfing too hard! When I was 10 I rediscovered windsurfing, and went sailing and windsurfing alternate weeks until I got planing - then I was hooked. I went to the occasional Team 15, but it took me a while to get really keen on competing.

My first UKWA event was on 4.5 in 2006, but I started UKWA racing properly on Techno 7.8 two years later, and got into the National Squad. I switched to RSX at the end of 2009, and although I didn't go for any squads, I really enjoyed it, and got 6th at the RYA Youth Nationals in 2011. I figured that I didn't have the time for an Olympic program, I just wanted to have fun racing, so I switched to Raceboard, knowing that there is always plenty of friendly competition. In 2012, I had my best year ever, and won 3 of the 4 UKWA events I entered. I'm currently a Chemistry student at the University of Bristol, and I'm the Student SWA racing champion.

Besides racing, my recent discovery is wavesailing, and love to get out in the Cornish waves at home whenever possible. I've worked as an instructor for a few years at Siblyback, where I first started, and I'm really keen to promote Raceboard windsurfing to up and coming young ex-Team 15 and Techno windsurfers, and everyone else! Future plans: compete internationally, win some UKWA, push my wavesailing, maybe try slalom in a couple of years if I have time.

Louis Morris

29 May 2014

Event 2 of the UKWA Regional Inland Series

Last weekend was the second event of the UKWA Regional Inland Series. I hadn’t been racing since last September, and had barely sailed my raceboard over the winter, so this was a good chance for me to find my feet again. (all photos taken by John Liddy)

1.light wind

XR-race feeling fast upwind in the light stuff

I wore the wrong wetsuit all of Saturday, so was pretty cold and wet in the rain, but the wind was ok, a good start and planing all the way round the first race for me with a bit of pumping. Nobody else could stay planing the whole time, so I won that one.

3.chasing 2.start

Mark destroying me on a port start, luckily I squeezed myself into an overtaking position and got him by the first mark.

We went in for an early lunch, and after a lot of rain and a big wind shift, completed 3 more races on a P course, which upwind then a downwind slalom: not my favorite, especially in light wind because there is now downwind run where you can gybe when you want and make tactical decisions, and I hate non-planing reaching! Anyway, the wind was from SSE, so it was very gusty and shifty and tactical. Some port bias lines resulted in some port flyers. The trouble with that is you loose out if you are not the closest to the port end. I didn’t get all my starts perfect, and I messed up my upwind strategy a couple of times, but managed to fight back to win all the races. I felt like I had pretty good board speed.

4.planing

This kit planes in nothing!

On Sunday, the wind was from more or less the same direction, but much stronger, gusting up to 18 knots or so, which made for some pretty full power fun racing. Mark was his usual strong wind self and flying upwind. On the reaches (still a P course, but planning so fun), the wind was really, really gusty, which played in my favour, so I got him a couple of times down there, but whenever the gusts came through, he was just too fast. I felt really uncomfortable, draggy and slow to start, but I tweaked my sail a bit, and put in a smaller fin, and by the last race, was feeling good and won it.

Rob Kent was super consistent on his XR-race in all conditions as usual, counting only top 3 results. Unfortunately not enough of those top threes were 1’s and 2’s, so he finished behind Mark in the end. This meant that I won the overall event, which is a pretty good start to the season.

5.prizes

Raceboard prize winners: Tushingham took 1st (myself), 3rd (Rob Kent), 1st Lady (Annette Kent), and 1st Youth (Robin McAllistair)

The Rutland marathon was a non-counting race, and pretty fun. There wasn’t a lot of wind in the first leg of the course, but I was the one who planed the most, and when I wasn’t planning I could get the daggerboard down and rail it, so I opened up a big lead with Rob and Mark on my tail. Then we hit the strong wind, and Chris flew past on his formula gear. In the end, it was a bit of a battle for 2nd between me and Lee Marrs, who was on slalom gear, so he flew past me on the reaches, but I got him downwind. In the end he got 2nd, and me 3rd. Pretty fun racing, most of it was a reach, or a tight reach, so I’m glad I put my 52cm fin back in: I hardly had to use my daggerboard the whole race.

6.marathon

Just blasting in the Marathon!

7.finish 8.prize take two

3rd place, and first Raceboard in the Rutland marathon

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16 May 2014

Isle of Islay

I went on a trip to the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland and scored some pretty nice conditions.

The 4.7 rock worked a treat and my buddy Antoine Thoreau got some nice pictures. Back on a Raceboard for the Inlands at Whitwell next weekend: might be a shock to the system! Here are some pictures from the day!

To find out more about the awesome Rock just click HERE

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7 Feb 2014

Rigging the XR Race

Whilst home over Christmas I filmed the rigging video for theXR Race to help you set it up in different conditions to ensure its as efficient and fast as possible.

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