The Student Windsurfing Association


Name Position Blurb Image
Adam President

Ladam Shortlad is a fine example of a technology collaboration between Germany and the UK. His ability at eating tomato ketchup is known to be one of the best in the world which as it happens was a side effect of having a pick-up-lines module installed in the frontal lobe part of his brain.

He secretly runs the whole of the SWA (without many people realising) while travelling the world seeking out fun wherever he goes, but he will always return to the UK for SWA events.

Jane Secretary Following a two year stint as SWA President, long standing member of Liverpool University Windsurf Club Jane is the SWA's new Secretary for 2017. Jane loves the SWA so much and couldn't bear to give up the student life, she is now doing her third degree studying Veterinary Science at Liverpool. 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, taking the worst photos on nights out, and her unparalleled ability to misplace her personal possessions at events. Jane loves nothing more than filing the company accounts getting as many people on the water as possible and seeing them develop. As well as managing the committee and advancing the SWA, she is keen to help clubs or individuals out wherever possible in return for gin or a good time*. *Good times include, but are not limited to: cycle tours around your city or a proper afternoon tea.
Richard Director

In 2008, an unsuspecting Fresher was harassed by phone email and Facebook into joining the UWE Windsurf Club. They conned him into parting with his recently acquired student loan to buy his ticket to Aussie Kiss 7. Six years later (despite having finally graduated), he still can’t seem to quit the SWA. He becaome SWA President and now he is a Director!

Like his Baywatch counterpart, The Hoff is passionate about everything SWA and keen to see as many people get involved as possible and at all levels of ability. He's approachable, friendly and an avid supporter of the rules of BUSWA (in particular those related to drinking!).

Don’t be shy, come and say hi! He wants to meet you all!

Ollie Tech Lead Ollie, also know as Scrappy, not because of his ability to fight like the love child of Jackie Chan and Rocky Balboa, but because of his personality traits being so inline with the infamous Scrappy Doo..... enthusiastically hyperactive, slightly annoying and full of beans! That is until he eats too much and finally falls asleep. Ollie has excelled rapidly within the windsurf / SWA community in every way apart from actually windsurfing! You will often find Scrappy bartering for the best deal on a tray of jagerbombs, recanting tales from the previous night or discussing how how happy a cacti can be!
Taffy Events Officer / Club Development

Alongside his many, diverse achievements, Taffy once completed a bee keeping 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 now has his own watersports centre in Colwyn Bay with actual boats and everything.

Roisin Events Team

Roisin, also known as Raisin, is the UK's #5 freestyler for 2014 and has competed on the pro tour since she was 6 years old.

When Raisin was a boy, she was blessed with a third testicle which gave her the initial windsurfing power that has lead her through to be successful today. Tragically, all three of these were crushed from a failed duck-gybe-flaka-gozzada in 2012.

Raisin is not currently interested in female partners[1]. The next best alternative for those interested is the world's #1 freestyler Chris Watts.

Katherine Events Team

Kate, also known as Cougar, is a 52 year old single man from Bristol. Over the past 5 years, Cougar has been collecting the souls of student windsurfers at SWA events through an elaborate mechanism involving cake, white vans, and non-stick frying pans. 

Because of the danger she poses, the SWA's insurance policy dictates that students must consume plenty of the natural deterrent known as "alcohol" at night to prevent attacks.

Cougar was taught to windsurf from an early age by her family heirloom windsurfing board called Roisin Greenup who blessed her with the ability to do wave sailing in 5 knots of wind and collect souls from fellow students.

Her aim every year is to not get spaffed on.

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.

Nicola Marketing Manager


Ben Events Team

Ben, also know as Fairy, is the master of organising events but being too tired and or hungover to run them.

He can regularly be found napping around the event sites, hiding from the reality that he helped to create.

David Outgoing Treasurer

Dave has been kicking around in the SWA for while, managing to balance a degree and doctorate against the myriad temptations of a BRUWE lifestyle. Since moving into the real world he has got more involved in the running of the SWA and now has the dubious honor of being Treasurer/Secretary - generally telling Hoff he can't really afford a fan assisted indoor windsurfing pool, portable jacuzzi bus and all expenses paid trips to Jeri! Dave's windsurfing interests extend past just riding and recently he has been seen viciously attacking boards with power tools and carving lumps of foam into board shapes.

Ben Outgoing Wave Officer


Dan Marketing & Wave Officer


Joel Aussie Kiss Coordinator


Ryan Tech Team

Full time partyer and parttime windsurfer, many have questioned whether they have ever seen Ryan out on the water before due to invariably having partied too hard the night before. Aside from IT helper and Imperial's social sec, he is known for getting lost on SWA weekends so if you see him in the wild, be sure to point him in the right direction!

Lucy Treasurer


Eliza Media Team

I like to shake it, shake it!

Laura Media Team

I love sarcasm... it's like punching people in the face but with words!

Maxine Media Team

If it's the thought that counts.... I should probably be in jail!

William AK Events Helper


Tom Wave Coordinator Tom organizes the world famous SWA WAVE TOUR! as well this he tries to balance being an international team rider, traveling the world making videos, sailing as many world-class wave spots as possible and trying to hold down a full-time job. He cried at his first AK when after 8 hours of driving to Devon, and his first sniff of the sea since starting Uni at landlocked Nottingham, he was informed his wave gear would be utterly useless because AK was held on a Lake and no one at his club had bothered to tell him this. He never made a podium in his time competing on the SWA wave tour which still surprises people and one time, whilst trouserless at Cardiff wave he was exposed as a member of Fall Out Boy. He never grew out of his teen emo phase and will confiscate any aux cable he can find to play his 00's sad soft punk rock playlist.
Ben Wave Coordinator

Ben is helping with the organisation of the wave series

Luke Media Master Originally from Cornwall, Luke learnt to windsurf in the south of France during his summer holidays as a child. When he came to uni and was told about Aussie Kiss at Bristol's Freshers Fair, it was a no-brainer: have a sick time at a festival, maybe do some windsurfing, and even nip home to visit the parents, all in one weekend. Little did he know, that was the start of an addiction that just kept growing, and Luke has been to every event he could get to in the four years since.   Towards the end of his first year, when offered a week of windsurfing up in Colwyn Bay, he went along, not intending to do much with his instructors ticket other than maybe help out at some events. However, when his summer plans fell through, Luke found himself doing a season I'm Corsica, which he enjoyed so much that he ended up going on two more, in Lemnos and Vassiliki. Coming back with more skills each time, he put them to good use: instructing the new student windsurfers, and posing for every camera opportunity available. This love of teaching and love of instagram landed him with his first SWA committee positions in late 2017: Chief Instructor at AK, and Social Media Strategist (aka #InstaHoe).   Luke is now going into his 5th year of a Computer Science degree at Bristol, and is psyched to be the SWA’s Head of Media for the coming season.One of his main aims is to connect with the industry and increase the SWA’s presence among other like-minded companies and organisations, to make our events bigger and better than ever before! He is also looking forward to cultivating loads of juicy media for students to read and scroll through whilst they’re procrastinating their studies, spreading the word about how awesome windsurfing is to get more people out on the water sharing his passion.

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