The last thing we wanted to do was fall into the same old trap of containing the centre in a make-shift structure next to one of the best sailing facilities in Europe. Windsurfing has always been perceived as the ‘poor relation’ in sailing, so we have been very deliberate in making sure the correct visual impact is achieved with the building that houses the centre. Windsurfing as a sport deserves to be showcased properly. It has come of age and has earned its place on the international stage that WPNSA provides. The building is the first to be seen as visitors approach the Academy and we are confident it does the sport justice.
Below: An artist’s impression of the centre (January ’10) and the completed centre building (October ’10).
Providing an inexhaustible source of advice, not to mention a tireless amount of enthusiasm to inspire you on the water, the OTC team is a highly professional outfit dedicated to ensure your visit to us is both enjoyable and fulfilling.
Having graduated from the Industrial Design course at Loughborough University in 2001, Tris was headhunted for the post of Features Editor at the UK’s Windsurf Magazine. Taking on the additional role as their Test Editor in 2004, he left the office life in 2006 to co-found The OTC. Inventing the centre’s unique selling point, Tris’ driver was for a more accurate way of testing and evaluating windsurfing equipment, not just for magazines and the end consumer, but the brands themselves as well.
The foundation of the centre! Maurin first started working for the OTC in May 2013 and is such an accomplished Centre Manager, he didn’t stop working for two weeks straight! Easy going, knowledgeable and a great windsurfer in his own right, he can often be seen during the summer months teaching a large group of novices without the necessity of a rescue boat, guiding the ‘Doogie-Downwind’ student back upwind whilst sailing next to them … his front foot on their board for control! With experience managing centres in Italy, Sardinia and Fuerteventura he has taught windsurfing in some pretty challenging locations, so Portland Harbour is a doddle!
Joe has been with us on and off since we opened the centre in the UK in 2010. A very accomplished wave sailor, he has a real passion for all types of water sports, belied by his relaxed, laid-back character. A fantastic instructor that will pick out real gems for you to concentrate on to keep you progressing, and has the patience of a saint. He learns new stunts on the water quickly and adds real value to the team when testing.
Born and raised in the area, Kev is a gentle giant on land and a crazed speed freak on the water! Having participated in various fleets from an early age, he is always competitive and speed comes naturally to him. He’s claim countless national speed titles over the years and is Mr Consistent in slalom as well, having claimed the second step pretty much throughout the BSA history. Training locally with Portland Beach CrossFit, his time will undoubtedly come when he goes one step higher. Kev can be found down the centre or on the water whenever possible … and now that his son is taking to the water too, Kev can’t stop grinning! A real ambassador for the team and the sport as a whole, it is great to have Kev as a member of the team.
Scotty Stallman first came down the centre when he had just turned 9 years old and immediately took to the sport, encouraged by his parents, Andy and Jo, as they knew their son needed to be challenged to remain interested. Don’t think they could have chosen a better sport! At 11 years old Scotty had broken the 30knot barrier (thanks to the tips and mentoring of local hero Pete Young) and by 14yrs had gone over 40knots! Top youth for several years on the BSA circuit, he claimed his first bullet in the Pro Fleet at 15. There is simply nothing stopping this young man’s progression, his commitment and focus something quite unique. We’re so proud to support Scotty and can’t wait to see what dizzy heights in the sport he will reach.
Sam started windsurfing not long after Scotty, being in the same year at Wey Valley school and getting a taste for the sport at around 10years old. He has always been the politest kid around, often taking an age to leave the centre at the end of the day because he couldn’t stop saying thank you! He’s grown up into a real gentleman … but with a determined competitive edge on the water, and claimed the 2017 Amateur title on the BSA circuit with a event spare! A pleasure to have around the centre, he is now working locally for a dynamic design studio, and has a windsurfer as a boss … so it’s tools down when the conditions are good! Look out for Sam in the Pro fleet this coming season – if you leave the door open, his gybes are some of the best around!