The Student Windsurfing Association


Hi there and thanks for taking the time to find out more about me.

My name is Anthony Lindley, known to all as Beaker (think scientist from muppetshow) and this is my webpage.

Pay me your money here:




Sensible pic to follow if i can find one...


I used to go to Exeter uni were I studyed Mechanical Engineering, and i;m now at UWE where I have taken on becoming a solicitor (foolish change of subject some would say but it brings great diversity of knowledge and understanding of the way the world works i believe.)



 Manifesto for sports president campaign:

While I was writing my campaign manifesto I found it was nigh on impossible to get all my aims, hopes and objectives down in 250 words. So much so that I really wasn't satisfied with the end result. So here is the original draft befre I cut it down.. It is slightly lengthy but gives a good insight into my attitudes to this position.

 I’m a person that likes getting involved in organising things; events, parties, competitions, sports clubs, you name it. In the past I ran the Windsurf club at Exeter Uni where I did a Mechanical Engineering and business management degree then after moving to Bristol I set up the Windsurf club at UWE which I run while doing my law course on the side! At Exeter we got ‘most improved club in uni’ and UWE Windsurf club has become the leading windsurf club in the UK this year. These successes can be attributed to my constant drive and enthusiasm that encourages others to get involved and work hard to achieve their best. I’m also involved in the National sports organisation level and I currently run the Student Windsurfing Association which involves running 10+ windsurf events a year including the biggest event of its kind in Europe, plus all the admin craziness that comes with it.

Unlike lots of people, I know that I like to keep my calendar super busy the whole time with organising and running things and I get great job satisfaction when a distinct improvement can be seen. I can’t stand it when people make excuses about being too tired or busy to do something they are responsible for; if you take a job on you stick to it 100% and don’t slack off when you realise that you may have taken on too much.




That’s the kind of dedication that I will bring to the position of Sports President. I’m always coming up with new schemes or plans to make admin systems more efficient, cutting out all but the necessary paperwork and ensuring that the end result is exactly what I had wanted or better. Anyone that has worked with me knows that I get really frustrated if something isn’t working well and I won’t stop pushing for improvements until they are achieved.



If all the Sports clubs are going to run well and reach their full potential then they need good leadership. I want to help the presidents to all achieve their potentials as leaders and each be pushing to make their club the best. If you vote for me to be sports president then need any kind of advice or help about sorting out your club then I will be more than happy to spend some time analysing why the club isn’t working as it could and coming up with rejuvenating and fresh ideas.





I am a firm believer also that everything happens faster with better communication. If you ask someone in your team to do something once and then expect them to have done it a week later then you are possibly being naïve. Constant communication as to progress with matters makes things happen a lot faster. That’s why I respond to emails/calls WHEN I get them, not "soon" or even "I'll get round to it" because that’s too late for you.



so why vote 'beaker' as sports president?

  • A major sponsor for the Sports union as a whole to increase overall funding available to all the clubs.
  • I want to get more people joining more sports clubs even if they're not interested in competing. Giving everyone the chance to play at a sport of their choice and not feel excluded because they don't have the skills or time to make the first team.
  • In recent Sports council meetings there has been a motion to support the Hartbury campus students who do not have any kind of regular transport system in order to play with main site teams. Although it has been pointed out that everyone has to pay to get to their training site from all campuses, the Hartbury students do not even have the option of a university flyer and end up paying vast amounts just to be able to keep up with the training schedules. Also we should condider that many of the Hartbury students are good enough for our firsts and the campus is beating UWE in the League tables so any support of them will be good for UWE sports in general.
  •  More centralisation of training onto campus grounds. The new sports hall is a good start but the space and time management of the facilities which are not limitless will all mean many discussions with the university to ensure that the union gets a fair deal.
  • Control of club accounts - I have spoken to several clubs that have had trouble withdrawing their money which they have raised, when they want it. This isn't good enough and although the union is not about to issue each captain with a bank card, the system needs a re-think.
  • Transport – Availablility and space for kit is an issue that many clubs with equipment.
  • Fundraising – Many of the larger clubs do not find that money is their biggest issue but for smaller and developing clubs it is often the 'be all and end all' of running the club; 'how to raise money for club kit', 'how to help subsidise trips' etc. If you want me to massivly up your budget allowance then sorry but you're being very hopeful.. If money was given to your club then it will have to be taken form the budget of another club which will never work. So how can i support your club?  
  • Support in advertising and running fundraising events. I managed to raise almost £1000 in one night for the windsurf club last term and we are planning another party on the 29th March at Reflex.
  • Help with a long term purchase and replacment plan, designed specifically to fit the needs of each club. This is currently being planned by the current sports union and i want to help implement it as part of my maximum communication, maximum action plan.
  • Keep a list in the SU with advice as to which bars and clubs have sponsored sports clubs in the past and which are currently seeking support from teams.  

·         Simplification and clarification of club administration. From personal experience I know that setting up a club can be a nightmare! So many hoops to jump through and so much paperwork to get filled in. I will set out a clear step by step guide on how to set up a club and a list of what needs to be done and when for established clubs. (This is actually being completed later today!)

  • Better communication between All club presidents, the Sports President and the members. For my part I will endeavour to be available to speak to presidents and members when they want and I always answer calls or emails as soon as i receive them.

Why should you vote for me as Sports President; because if you tell me what you want to see happen or change NOW, then I will fully dedicate myself to helping you get it, NOW!


Rider: Hugh Sims-Williams

D of B: 






Years windsurfing:



Windsurfer's World, O'neill, Tush/Starboard.



Favourite Fancy Dress:   

Frozen chicken (wrapped in clingfilm)

Favourite Windsurf Move:          

The Forward

Local Beach:          


Favourite Spot:      

Newgale, Pembrokeshire.

Favourite Drink:    


Favourite Board:   

Starboard EVO 83

Favourite Sail: 

4.2 Tush Rock (new one)

Biggest Fears: 


Biggest Wave Ever Ridden: 

Bigbury, mast high while sailing alone.

Years Competing:  


Best Result to Date: 

26th RSX at worlds, oct 05

Committee 2000-02

The Student Windsurfing Association Committee used to consists of 6 enthusiastic members keen to help out. All were either Presidents of university clubs or heavily involved on their committees. Here's a very brief description of who's who:

Sarah Gebbitt aka Spleena (she's got no spleen)

SWA Administration

"Brits abroad" - Spleena left, Crissie right.

Having left the fun days of Uni behind her, Spleena has taken her job very seriously. Her love of large vibrating objects may seem slightly perverse but for spleena, it's all part of the job. She loves to get her hands grubby and can root out the epicentre faster that a dog on heat.

Her nine-inch friend 'thumper' takes her back to the days when Bambi would make her cry, but now it's tears of joy!

She studied Mechanical engineering at Southampton and was on the windsurfing committee for two years. She worked her way to the top as president and played a large part in organising the national BUSA event. Sarah got half colours for her high achievement in windsurfing team.

She can dress to impress or vice versa! Her love of chickens has been a running theme in her wardrobe, and once suited up, she'll strut her plumage on the nearest high object, usually at the expense of the perch and any one mad enough to get up there with her! To add to the raucous caused; this 'chicken' will usually have roller blades attached to her feet. Be warned!

Spleena, being the organised one of the committee, deals with contacting clubs and keeping them up to date with event plans. She also deals with the new clubs joining the SWA. Her job on the side is deciding the fancy dress theme for the parties and running Ann Summers evenings!

Crissie Shaw


"Chicken Run" - Spleena left, Crissie right.
(or "Penis Envy"!)

Having worked hard at university, she qualified with 15 brownie badges (including one for making a chocolate starfish) and 25m, 50m AND 75m swimming badges. Not only is she great in the kitchen but her backstroke is second to none!

Having studied Biomedical sciences at Southampton University, she held two highly acclaimed positions of social sex and first year initiation officer. Her degree has led her on to great things in the field of marketing measuring devices for Polaris Instruments. She plans to travel but due to her zest for her job as '6 inches and over' demonstrator she feels it will be hard to pull away at this moment in time!

She sails a Veloce 278 but we can't all be perfect and enjoys digging the dirt on her fellow SWA members. Watch your back!

She works on increasing the profile of the SWA, whether it is by promotion, news articles, or company sponsorship applications.

Seb Norris


"Another school girl over here please" - Seb

This ex-(sh)long boarder still owns his pipe and slippers from the good old days. He has since taken up cross-dressing with a twist. His last excursion being a night as a rasta-fairy-an. confused? He was. If you get chatting to him, don't. It will only result in hours of debates on the age of the earth, his favourite sedimentary rock and who has the biggest fossil.

He's been sent to Coventry to stand in fields working for a company called Geotechnics. Probably the best place for him! As far inland as you can get ensuring the long board revival never happens!

His love of small dogs has also proved a problem, as no night is complete without a mushroom burger at the end of it. What he meant by this no-one's sure. He owns a Chiwawa called squeak but sometimes it bubbles.

Seb got full colours (for outstanding achievement in windsurfing team) and his dedication to the Southampton windsurfing club. He coordinates the sponsorship applications, both at windsurfing and corporate level. Currently heavily involved with organising the upcoming Birmingham Event.


Andy Bramah (Mr. B-Rammer)

Web Development

"Come ye here and repent"

Our in-house Mexican porn star. This speedy gonzalis will invite you ladies under his poncho and then really live up to his name.

Since wangling his current electrical engineering degree at Cambridge he's ventured out on many a night of drunken debauchery, ending up in the strangest of positions. He is of the belief that every taxi goes to his house and enjoys waking up under tables wearing men's dressing gowns!

All these attributes have helped him gain a job with a corporate bank in the city, but before the real world he will be heading off to spread his affinity for nakedness in Western Australia where his brother has been setting up a very camp site.

He is your IT man, take care of him. Catch him drinking in London in the local gay bar, using the charm to gain a few free beers or was that a few free……!

Andy still attends Cambridge Uni and was the President of the club there for one year. He currently handles the updates and construction of this very website.

James Potten

Events Manager

"The dangers of drink"

While at Cardiff University studying car mechanics, James became known as 'Maverick' for his somewhat unconventional antics. These have included certain lady-boy incidents at post offices which he claims were unintentional, but that are probably best left well alone... (make your own mind up from the photos). He now works for GE as a systems engineer having been to Australia for the summer, where he learnt the perils of leaving your wallet unattended while enjoying some native bird stroking.

Despite his outlandish private life, he successfully ran the Cardiff University Windsurfing Club winning it the prestigious best social and best improved club awards.

He also cleverly used his Energy slalom board as a pity tactic and raised the quota of women in the club to over 70% of the total members.

James also spent much of his youth wearing his beard with pride on a longboard, managing to reach olympic trialist level in the British youth team. There is however, much speculation that this was due to people underestimating the ability and tactics of a naked windsurfer.

Leila Clerc


"Who said voyerism has died?"

Zut Alors!

Leila makes being French look easy. In fact her skills at getting windsurfers out of trouble on the continent make her an invaluable asset on any long range trip.

She's done a BA in journalism at Southampton Institute, but is probably at her happiest underneath a disfunctional Renualt shouting "merde!"

A keen wave-sailor on her JP 250 (nicest kit in the SWA) she's also into photography (lucky one) and playing the guitar. We've never heard her play...

After Leila's become a massive media mogul and photographed the Queen in bed with Al Fayed, she's going to jack it all in and go sailing round the world.

Be careful though! Most of the time a fairly quite girl, but give her a few drinks and she'll swap clothes with the opposite sex faster than a drunk french girl. Oh....

"The camera's revenge"

James Potten: The origins of our MD's name...

Committee of 2003

This is the team that ran the SWA in 2002-03 - legends!

SWA Leadership Team

James Potten
SWA Managing Director
Andy Bramah
SWA Technical Director
Sarah Gebbett
SWA Company Secretary

SWA Core Team

Emily Shaw
SWA Events Officer
Simon Bullock
SWA Web Officer
Emma Thain
SWA Media Officer
Sarah Cotton
SWA Northern Events Officer
Kerri Kielty
SWA Publicity Officer

XSWA Core Team

The SWA also caters for students when they finish Uni.

Mike Moisty Baker/Rich Rock 
XSWA Events Officer
Laura Sperrng
XSWA Admin Officer
Jim Downing
XSWA Web Officer

Our mission statement is "to encourage all university windsurfing clubs to attend the SWA series events, whilst raising the profile of student windsurfing nationwide"

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