Windsurfer of the Year
It’s the time of year that the UKWA unveil their nominees that go to the public vote to decide who will be the UKWA windsurfer of the year 2015.
You can only win this coveted trophy once and have the right to have your name engraved on it. So these nominees that encompass the full spectrum of windsurfing are selected based on their outstanding performance in their discipline for 2015 would all love to win it.
Your Nominees for WOTY 2015 are:
Kevin Greenslade (Speed)
This nominee was a tough one with two clear favourites. John Skye for getting on the podium in the ISWC speed championships was an amazing achievement. But Kevin has been a speed sailor since he could walk. Making his Dad take him to Weymouth Speed week to see his hero’s like Fred Haywood and Pascal Maka. Little did he know he would go on to win the UKWA speed championship 5 times and be the fastest at Weymouth speed week himself. Kevin is not a full time windsurfer he works full time in the Helicopter industry.
Louis Morris (Racing)
Louis was raised in Cornwall but now studies at Cardiff University. A keen musician Louis belongs to a local band and his saxophone playing in well known on the circuit. Louis started sailing aged 8 and came up through Team 15 at Sibley Back Lake and was selected for RYA SW Zone Squad and progressed through to Techno National Squad. After two years on RS:X Louis moved to raceboard and almost immediately went to the front of the fleet. A keen wave sailor Louis is sponsored by Starboard / Tushingham. As well as winning many student windsurfing titles Louis now enjoys coaching and supporting others. In 2015 Louis finished 4th at the Raceboard Worlds and was crowned British National Champion.
Robbie Swift (Wave)
Robbie needs no introduction, they say if you cut Robbie in half you would find WINDSURFING stamped through the middle. He has been windsurfing since he was 3, taught by his dad and named after the legend that is Robbie Naish. He has been at the top of the PWA wave rankings for many years. Despite some horrendous injuries over the years, he still fought his way back to his rightful place as one of the best wave sailors the UK has ever produced. He is nominated in 2015 for his 8th place overall in PWA wave championships and for his amazing achievement in coming back from injury.
Ross Williams (Slalom)
Ross is without doubt the best all round windsurfer we have. He was even considered a nominee in this year’s wave category! But Ross’s outstanding performance this year has been in PWA slalom competition with a current 4th place overall and a good chance to get on the podium at the last event of the year in New Caledonia.
Ross is also the agent in the UK for Ga,Tabou and Vandal.
Adam Sims (Freestyle)
Adam is a familiar face for the freestyle scene. Competing over a number of years in the UK, European and International stages.
2015 has been a competition year to remember for Adam, Achieving 1st place in the UK, 11th in the EFPT & 28th in the PWA along with numerous tow-in podiums Adam is a windsurfer who has seen his level go from strength to strength.
Always a social and approachable person on the beach Adam is a recognisable figure in the world of windsurfing and a fantastic character and role model to promote the sport.
It’s a tough one, but make your choice here:
- Kevin Greenslade (Speed)
- Louis Morris (Racing)
- Robbie Swift (Wave)
- Ross Williams (Slalom)
- Adam Sims (Freestyle)
Please only one vote per person, voting closes on the 30th of December and the winner will be announced the 1st week of January 2016.
- 2014 - Ben Proffitt
- 2013 - Farrel Oshea
- 2011 - Zara Davis
- 2010 - Izzy Hamilton
- 2009 - Sam Sills
- 2008 - Andy 'Bubble' Chambers
NB: Preventing multiple votes
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