The Student Windsurfing Association

Hugh became one of the UK's big surprises this year. He broke into the RYA Olympic Men's Squad after spending the winter in Maui, Hawaii.

"I mainly went shopping and met girls! but this was an important time for my windsurfing development. I learnt how to enjoy competition and not get too focused on the outcome"

Hugh started the year by finishing 9th in the Formula fleet at the UKWA South West Cup, but is now ranked 6th in the British Formula Windsurfing Rankings.

"I can only attribute my success to many hours spent in the gym developing my Pectorals!!"

Hugh peaked at the European Formula Windsurfing Championships. Not only did he manage to win a race, but Hugh managed to pick a fight with the biggest guy in the men's fleet, Wojtek Borowskiiiskyski ski, another member of the Starboard Team.

After this fantastic performance Hugh moved to Fuertaventura for a week and learnt that not all windsurfing is boring. He pulled off a forward loop on his first attempt, doing a very high Lazy rotation and sailed away undaunted.

Now the windsurfing warrior has found a new area of interest: the Olympics. Driven by his need to impress his dream wife, a top New Zealand windsurfer, Hugh has made a serious bid on Great Britain?s Olympic Windsurfing future.

"I finished 26th at the worlds with a broken rib! Now that it has been removed, who knows what I can do!!"

So this New Year brings a whole new set of challenges, most obviously: should he or shouldn't he grow his hair? Please send all thoughts directly to his mother's email address.


Hugh is sponsored by Windsurfer's World, Starboard, Tushingham and O'neill wetsuits.

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