“Like a Duracell bunny on happy pills” is how I once heard someone describe windsurf coaching guru Jim Collis. It couldn’t be closer to the truth. There is a saying that you get the face that you deserve and, with his countenance never set in anything but a beaming grin, this was never more true than with Jim!
But being a thoroughly nice chap is certainly not all that Jim can offer in terms of coaching for all levels of windsurfer. Don’t tell Condor Ferries, but I think that the cracks in the harbour wall at Weymouth were started by the whoop of joy emitted by my friend Emma when, with gentle encouragement, Jim fixed it for her to do her first ever beach start!
How would you like to be coached by one of the Technique Editors for Windsurf Magazine or someone who was instrumental in actually developing the RYA adult windsurf training scheme? Or someone who trains instructors and instructor trainers? Jim has worked all over the world as a windsurf coach, although if you want to learn on your own kit on your own beach, Jim runs clinics throughout the year all around the UK as well. As a trained paramedic, Jim might be just the guy to breathe new life into your windsurfing!
Jim’s coaching concept is KEEP IT SIMPLE! Jim will encourage you to feel what is going on rather than coaching by numbers. Instead of your head being full of instructions, you will learn to react instinctively to the changing conditions out there on the water. Whether your aspirations are to get on a board for the first time or master the most advanced manoeuvre, Jim will help you on your windsurfing journey.
Jim says of the NWF “As a coach and someone who has spent a large proportion of his life trying to bring windsurfing to the people and inspire people to progress within this sport, this event is unrivalled and why I will always be there to help out and have a good time with everyone.”
If you want to come along and get a taster of what Jim can do for you, Jim will be running FREE coaching clinics at NWF throughout the three days.
Why not join in and give your windsurf evolution a boost?!
But don’t just take my word for it. As Andy Rosenthal and Nick Hawkes said after their session at Hayling with Jim; “What a difference to be tutored by a true windsurf teaching professional. Your dedication to helping us improve and get as much out of the day as possible made the learning experience all the more memorable and rewarding. Thanks for an outstanding day’s tuition and entertainment.”
Couldn’t put it better myself!
For further details about Jim’s coaching sessions at home and abroad, see www.windsurfevolution.co.uk