NWF Awards 2018 – Windsurfing Nominations

Coach of the Year

Sam Ross

Sam does not need any introductions. He is a regular at NWF and the UK’s Premier Foil Expert (flight school anyone?) as well as being Lead Coach for RYA T15. One of the UK’s most qualified and experienced Windsurf coaches, Sam is a Race Coach Tutor and one of only a few RYA Advanced Plus Trainers in the UK. Sam has also been a tester for both of the UK’s Windsurfing Magazines.

Reasons for nomination:

  • Enthusiastic Coach
  • Simplifies instructions and makes relevant to everyday life
  • Great role model and always the up and coming young guns
  • Developing and coaching wind foiling with tremendous enthusiasm
  • Supportive, charismatic, easy going and just a load of fun

Inspiration to the young and old, working throughout the year, never too busy to give advice from beginning to foiling, a gentleman and true bloke!

 Danielle Lucas

Another regular NWF attendee, who (paired with her partner-in-crime) makes up half of Getwindsurfing. Running regular courses in the UK and abroad (we are not jealous of the Bonaire trips….much!) Danielle has encouraged and supported many a windsurfer.  Danielle has competed in PWA and UKWA freestyle events and finished her last season as The UK’s First Lady for Freestyle!

Reasons for nomination:

  • Danielle taught me to windsurf and was the one who got me hooked on the sport. Now I have spent the last 2 summer seasons abroad teaching others.  Danielle is an amazing coach! She has taught me everything from harnessing and beach starts to carve gybes, duck gybes, jumps and getting me out in the waves for the first time.
  • Fantastic knowledge and teaching ability

Danielle is tireless in making people feel good about their windsurfing and gives everyone the buzz for windsurfing.  She is an inspiration to female windsurfers and does an amazing job of bringing up people’s level


Phil Richards

The other half of Getwindsurfing, besides his approachable coaching style, Phil is a very talented windsurfer who competed in PWA and UKWA freestyle competitions alongside the best windsurfers in the world. Phil is well known for WOWING the NWF crowds with his many amazing freestyle appearances in the Floodlit Night Windsurfing.

Reasons for nomination:

  • Awesome Coach amazingly talented with an extreme passion for windsurfing.
  • Lives and Breathes watersports
  • Taught me to loop! But an excellent all-round coach.

Enthusiasm, ability to demonstrate, a great eye and ability to communicate.

 Simon Winkley

A freeride enthusiast and Advanced Windsurfing Instructor with 21 years’ experience, Simon sails at Queen Mary’s in SW London or a range of South Coast locations. Paired up with Ocean Elements in Vassiliki, Simon trains their instructor team and, in the windy season, runs coaching weeks. He writes 101 coaching articles for Windsurfing UK Magazine.

Reasons for nomination:

  • Testing kit, sharing experiences – and being a thoroughly good bloke!
  • Dedicated and passionate to the cause. Supportive coach with personalised top tips.
  • Is ‘there’ with you rather than flitting around.
  • Always goes above and beyond.
  • Very clear and patient. A very enthusiastic teacher.

Saw him in action last year in Vass. Infectious, enthusiastic personality on and off the water.

Most Inspiring Person


Sam Ross

So much enthusiasm!

Dave White

Surviving and staying positive!

Simon Bornhoft

Great coaching mantra which makes sense and means you can self coach, inspirational

Club of the Year

Hickling Sailing Club

HWSC on the Noroflk Broads has around 150 active memberships, of which around half are family memberships. The club therefore caters for all abilities with a fun and engaging sailing and social scene. For beginners we host the University of East Anglia and City College, Norwich clubs, and we run an annual come and try day that attracts around 40 new windsurfers onto the water. This is closely followed by two day start windsurfing courses for those who have caught the bug at the open day. As with all events at the club, they are run by volunteers, and run for a nominal fee. The club’s qualified instructors also run intermediate coaching days, and other evenst include race days, fun days (all ability, fun races and events, including the famous sausage lunch for free), and social events such as a summer barbeque and winter get together. Through astutue management of our income and through grants from the RYA and Sport England, the club has maintained a fleet of beginners windsurfing equipment for adults and children that is free for members to use. The committee is actively considering a joint venture with the neighbouring dinghy sailing club to set up an RYA recognised training centre. Together with ladies events (to encourage more women members to take part), the now annual visit by Simon Bornhoft to run a training weekend, plus the support from the Severne Shop who support the club with occasional demo days, I think the club and its committee are going to exceptional lengths to promote and sustain windsurfing in Norfolk, and to supports its members to make the most of their sport in exceptional surroundings. In making this nomination, I think particular credit should be given to Martin Harwood, the club chairman who has followed an illustrious group of former Chairmen in giving up enormous amounts of their time to develop and promote the club.

Burton Sailing Club

In their first year of inclusion into the Team15 circuit in 2017, they competed in all 4 regional interclub events, entered both the champions cup and the national championships as well as the zone championships and then succeeded in supporting 3 juniors through into the zone squad selection. They also ran 2 start windsurfing courses and ran coaching sessions every Friday evening from April to September. For the winter period they have developed a Midlands region calendar for juniors to keep windsurfing across the region where individual clubs can’t support a full program on their own.