Coming from the midlands Luke grew up sailing lakes and reservoirs with his Dad, Bro and mates since the age of 11. These days Luke spends his summers as an advance instructor in Ortakent, Turkey for Neilson Holiday’s.
Here he spends his days passing on his enthusiasm for windsurfing in his lessons and makes the most of the daily winds with every moment spare.
Although Luke is fanatic about freestyle he also loves summer evenings on larger freeride kit or chasing high wind storm sessions.
10 Dec 2014
Winter Postcard – Autumn
A couple of clips from a recent trip to Poole Harbour for a freestyle session!
Autumns great, to me it means coming home, seeing friends and family, and windsurfing at home. It’s still relatively warm (compared to winter) and the standard autumnal SW winds are all the more frequent. So far where I live it hasnt been super windy yet but the forcast seems to on the up and heres to the wind continuing through winter. I’m not complaining about the cold anyway, I recon the hardcore conditions if anything bond you, things like rigging turn into team building activities…
The season is finally over now in Ortakent and I’m back in the UK. It has been a super awesome season with the wind staying pretty much till the end. Even the sun hung around to see us off.
I’m back at home now waiting for a bit of autumn wind, dreading having to put on a winter wetsuit and thinking about how good working in the sun is. It made me think about what my top 5 things are working away in the water sports industry.
1. Friends Living inland does mean that out of my mates where I live, only 1 windsurfs. When you’re working in a centre you have an endless supply of likeminded people ready to chat about windsurfing for hours and hours.
2. Improving Obviously having strong trade winds everyday is going to improve your windsurfing, but the amount of time out in lighter winds is what really does it. Normally you are on the water for an hour or 2 in the morning in light winds and the same in the afternoon in the stronger winds. Then, factor in lunchtime and after work windsurfing and the time on the water clock soon racks up. A windsurfer will improve their windsurfing more in an hour of skill based light wind freestyle than they would in an hour of blasting back and forth. Teaching is really good as it forces you onto the water everyday in light wind as well as strong. Don’t get lazy though, just because you have 7 months of wind still means you have to make the most of everyday. The only way to improve is going out all the time and trying new stuff constantly. Oh and never, ever doing long runs of nothing!
3. Slalom Slalom is well fun and the skills for a decent gybe filter into so much of windsurfing. The thing is, slalom is expensive. The bigger sails cost more and slalom boards aren’t cheap, so having access to slalom gear is a big bonus. In fact having access to all sorts of gear is great news for your windsurfing, if you get out and try it all. I would love to have a garage that contains freestyle, wave, slalom, freeride and freemove boards, all in different sizes with every sail size rigged too, but realistically, that’s probably not going to happen. It is if you work a season.
4. Loosing touch with the normal world The smug feeling of superiority when somebody looks at you and confusedly asks “so you don’t watch Made in Chelsea or the X Factor?” There’s something nice about being out of England for ages.
5. Tanning Its hot 24/7 and lets be honest, everyone looks better with a tan!
Luke’s Orty Postcard – Part 3 – After peak season round up
So the season is just over a month away from finishing and my earlier hopeful prediction of the wind staying till late in the season turned out to be true! The summer thermal winds have well and truly stayed up into October which has been great to see.
Back in August for two weeks in Orty we ran a teen windsurf week called Tag elite (TAG standing for teen activity group) the lads I had were all wicked windsurfers and great fun, we were blessed with wind everyday! We had the best couple of weeks windsurfing and messing around, they all improved loads and loads and made a set of vids too. Cheers lads!
A couple of weeks ago saw the end to peek season finished, and things settled down a small amount, the heat was less intense and the local towns were a little less busy. The resort was still alive though, plenty of people in all the lessons and plenty going on. In the middle of September my parents came out for a week, as shown in the video we made the most of Ortakent, and the wind really worked EVERY afternoon! The end of the week coincided with ‘Barts Bash’ world wide charity race. With Sam Ross and Jo Wright out in resort the level of racing was high, and it turns out the largest Bolt sizes even work really well as longboard race sails. I never knew how much fun racing is!
Hopefully we will get another couple of weeks of thermal wind followed by a couple of storms, test the upper limits of the Bolts in full power onshore jumping. After that its back to England for the winter and heres to another windy mild one!
Cheers for reading and watching, see you back in England soon all!