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Rider: Hugh Sims-Williams

D of B: 

10/10/82        

Height: 

6ft2.

Weight: 

75kg

Years windsurfing:

13

Sponsors: 

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

University:

Bristol

Favourite Fancy Dress:   

Frozen chicken (wrapped in clingfilm)

Favourite Windsurf Move:          

The Forward

Local Beach:          

Weston-Super-Mare

Favourite Spot:      

Newgale, Pembrokeshire.

Favourite Drink:    

Milk

Favourite Board:   

Starboard EVO 83

Favourite Sail: 

4.2 Tush Rock (new one)

Biggest Fears: 

Tetraplegia

Biggest Wave Ever Ridden: 

Bigbury, mast high while sailing alone.

Years Competing:  

12

Best Result to Date: 

26th RSX at worlds, oct 05


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"

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

Publicity

"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

Sponsorship

"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.

"Rasta-fairy-an"

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

Photography

"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"

Name: Sam Stevens

D of B:  

24/04/85

Height:

6"2 ish

Weight:  

70kg

Years windsurfing: 

10

 

Learnt to windsurf:

Clay pit lake, 5 minutes from my parents house in Buckinghamshire

Sponsors: 

Student Loan

University: 

Southampton

Favourite Fancy Dress:  

Ghost Busters

Favourite Windsurf Move:  

Nice slidey vulcans

Moves in the Pipeline:

Spocks, forwards (landed a couple so far) and back loops

Local Beach:

Calshot/Avon

Favourite Spot:  

Gwithian, Avon for south coast waves and Calshot at high tide, in the pond freestyle

Favourite Drink: 

Fosters or vodka and coke

Favourite Board:  

Starboard Freesex 90

Favourite Sail:  

4.7  Tushingham Rock

Biggest Fears:  

Getting bitten, probably won't happen so smashing my kit

Biggest Wave Ever Ridden:  

Logo at Gwithian

Years Competing: 

1

Best Results to Date:

UKWA:

    

Rhosneigr '05 Equal 2nd Amateur
Hove '05 6th Mixed fleet (Pro, amateur and masters)
Poole '05 1st Amateur (2005 UKWA National Amateur Freestyle Champion!)

SWA:

04/05 2nd Overall Freestyle
05/06 Student freestyle Champion, 2nd Overall racing

Plans for the Future:

More UKWA competitions when I can make them, Uni work permitting.

Retain my SWA Freestyle Title.

Summer trip to Morocco, to improve my wave sailing in some big waves and get a bit of freestyling in.

More land boarding on Adam Croppers Turfdog boards, awesome for helping learn new moves, I can spock 540, clew first spock, switch stance spock and one handed flaka on land!


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