The Student Windsurfing Association


Name Position Blurb Image
Taffy Director Alongside his many, diverse achievements, Taffy once completed a beekeeping course. This budding astrophysicist (retired) has been on the SWA scene and helping out at events for a while. He is extremely Welsh and proud of it. Whenever he has a spare month -and an empty wallet- he returns home to work on a sheep farm in North Wales. Surprisingly, given the woolly mop on his head, he doesn’t like working with sheep and eventually, the lure of more alcohol and a livelier party scene draws him away from the farm. This doesn’t always go well, once, in Bristol, he woke up in “the place where all the homeless people live” while he was working at a call centre. Like a true Watersports Professional, Taffy once had his own watersports centre in Colwyn Bay with actual boats and everything.
David Director

Some say FGP’s nickname is comprised of the first letter of his three greatest loves in life, others say it was a title that he won in what can only be described as The Most Orange Competition in World History. It is a lesser-known fact that he chose Imperial University on the basis that it reminded him of the popular mint enjoyed after a curry. This was the first in a series of poor decisions that saw him rise from Imperial President to SWA VP, to the heights of directorship. David’s windsurfing ability changes according to the choice of seasoning he has massaged into his beautiful head of hair the night before, a practice he adopted in an attempt to shed the nickname of Captain Vanilla. A seemingly unpredictable soul, the time David gets in from a night out actually corresponds directly to the time of high tide in Suva, Fiji.

Jane Secretary

Following a two year stint as SWA President, long-standing member of Liverpool University Windsurf Club Jane is the SWA's Secretary. Jane loves the SWA so much and couldn't bear to give up the student life, she totalled 10 years at Liverpool University doing three degrees! Since graduating in 2020, Jane is now working as a vet but has vowed to still come to all the events she can. When not on the water, Jane can be found propping up the bar, extolling the virtues of windsurfing to anyone polite enough to listen. She is famed for her fancy dress efforts, terrible puns, and her unparalleled ability to misplace her possessions at events. Also a Senior Intermediate Instructor, Jane loves getting as many people on the water as possible and seeing them develop.

Glen Co-President

Glen was a lonesome Computer Scientist, roaming the computer labs at the University of Liverpool stressing over his inability to code Hello World where former President Laura found him. She opened his eyes to the wonderment of the Windsurf world and he has never looked back ... he is still unable to code Hello World :(

Sebastian Head of Finance

Seb is a lifelong water baby and started life as a dirty sailor, but we’ll forgive him for that as he quickly converted to the light of windsurfing. Starting in his first year, he fell in love with the awesome speed, great company, wild nights, wiping out and all the other SWA shenanigans. To that end, he promptly became an instructor 6 months later to help liberate all other oppressed water babies and landlubbers alike.

Seb has a real skill for getting other people (that aren’t his parents) to pay for things, namely his dinghy instructor, windsurfing instructor, senior instructor and safety boat quals. He also knows how to trick SUs or AUs into giving clubs more money which is why Bath has a huge brand new kit trailer, a budget to rival America’s defence budget and enough cash in the coffers to bail out Greece… fools. So put your orders in and let him work his magic.

Laura Head of Media

Grown in a test tube by Taffy at his watersports centre in the depths of North Wales, Laura has just as much lash banter and even more hair. A chemical engineer at Birmingham, she promptly took over the windsurf club, joined the SWA and wondered what happened to all her free time. She is almost as big a fan of sarcasm as she is glitter. Not a massive fan of bouncers who laugh at her.

Oscar Head of Tech

Oscar spent too long getting his eyes sorted to come to any events for a whole year but now here he is! When he’s on the water he will get lost so decided to get into windsurfing in his second year. 

Elise Head of Welfare

Elise first discovered windsurfing after being packed off to the Netherlands aged 11, by her Dutch dad, to a sailing camp in order to become ‘more Dutch’. She then promptly forgot all about it before joining Birmingham’s windsurf club and fell in love with the windsurfing world. 

Elise is now working on making windsurfing more accessible, writing Equality & Diversity plans and is busy getting grants.

Rhea Core Event Officer

Rhea was found a few years ago wandering the streets of Hull. Liverpool windsurfing decided to take her in and give her a loving home where she proved to be quite the article writer! The SWA spotted this talent and snatched her up. She is the dark lord of windsurfing and has three Horcruxes that we know of. One can be found in a packet of potato waffles, another at the bottom of a bottle of tequila and the third on the hook of a windsurfing harness. Take her potatoes and feel her wrath. (She's lovely really, I promise) If you've read an article on our blog in the past few months, the chances are that Rhea wrote most of it!

Alex Wave Event Officer

Alex was saved from the dark underworld of dinghy sailing when he joined the windsurfing club at Birmingham university in his first year. Whilst at Birmingham Alex lived off a diet of yoghurts and couscous, had a part-time job as a sid the sloth lookalike and was single-handedly responsible for the 2019 West Midlands jägerbomb shortage. Upon graduation, he migrated to the wastelands of Merseyside where he works full time as a translator (scouse to English) and tries to spend as much money on windsurf kit as his overdraft allows.

Joe Race Officer

Joe started his SWA career helping with a little media, events stuff and general help, but after his AK contributions sank in a very muddy field, he decided to focus on his own Brummies and just help run racing instead. He now coordinates with Clubs and assists by shouting at people on a megaphone and interpreting Taff’s ramblings over a walkie talkie.

Carlota Sponsorship Officer

Carlotta will be spreading her wings far and wide to expand the SWA into horizons beyond.

Conor Media Officer Known as Piano Man to some, Conor’s biggest regret is joining the SWA in second year instead of first year. He has been compensating ever since by attending every event with flawless photoshops and costumes of ever-increasing complexity.
Katy Media Officer

Despite her lacking abilities when it comes to actually windsurfing, Katy has been a keen member of Birmingham since joining in first year. Becoming part of the SWA in her third year a small global event stopped her from becoming too involved but thankfully she refused to leave and sought to do a panic masters. With an ever growing love for Laura Titheridge, media became her home and a new passion for article writing was found. One question still remains, will Katy ever be seen out on the water?

Megan Photographer

Little is known about SWA Star Baker Megan’s past. All we know is she was conceived in France, the lovechild of threeway between a hand whisk, a roll of camera film and a universal joint. She washed up on England’s shores at the tender age of 44 having windsurfed from Brest on a chocolate log with nothing but a bra to catch the prevailing wind. She found her people at Nottingham Windsurf Club. Ever since she has become famous for simultaneously making the best cake and taking the worst photos. If you ever get to speak to Mystic Meg, as she is known in Scotland, ask her what she kept under her bed in second year. Bonus points if you understand the answer.

Kai Events Officer

Kai is one of our support officers for Events! What Kai doesn’t know about events it’s not worth knowing! Kai supports us with AK and helps to manage our Waterfront at events!

Jack Events Team

At events this will be the man to get you out of bed in the morning. His endless stream of energy and banter will be sure to resurrect you and get you moving toward your windsurf kit.

Recently back from Nam, his banter now comes in a multilingual form. This only adds to his usefulness.

Sarah Wave Advisor

Sarah started windsurfing on a family holiday when she was only a tiny 7-year-old water sproglet and has been hooked ever since. Rising through the RYA ranks on the Junior Olympic programme before going rogue and following the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) route. Sarah now spends every possible minute on the water, travelling the world to train or compete and making friends with turtle turtles. However, this doesn’t stop her from attending as many SWA events as possible (on the rare occasion that she’s in the UK), whilst also supposedly doing a degree in Sports Performance at Bath. Sarah got involved in the SWA committee in search of “BNOB” status at events, and is officially known as a “General Minion”, both because she helps in almost every area of committee (especially Media and Sponsorship), but also due to her strong resemblance to a certain animated cartoon character... Her aim for this year is to help improve the SWA profile and sponsor relations, as well as helping the media team with event coverage. Sarah is generally quite a modest person. That is until she has had a bottle of Port where you will find her brandishing round the quote “Did you know I’m pro?” to anyone that will listen! 

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