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.
With his first taste of windsurfing at the age of fifteen, it wasn’t long before Adam knew it was the sport he had to pursue. His progression and development was accelerated by co-founding Team Airborn in 2004 – an initiative to help raise awareness of the youth windsurfing scene in the UK. Once he’d finished school, Adam secured his position in The OTC team in March 2007, whereupon his approachability and talent on the water made him an obvious choice for the visiting Point-7 team. He now helps the Italian sail brand develop their wave sails, whilst maintaining his impartial integrity working for the centre. Being based in the Canaries has gifted Adam with the opportunity to train alongside seasoned professionals, inspiring his sailing and providing a constant benchmark. He returned to competition in 2011 and was quick to stamp his mark, achieving 4th on the UK’s BWA tour and winning the expression session at the PWA event in Tenerife.
Growing up in deepest darkest Somerset Kevin first tried windsurfing in 1984 on a family holiday at 9 years old, leaving school in 91 he decided to set upon an engineering apprenticeship to help finance his windsurfing. During the 90′s he managed to clock up 4 national titles and a 2nd and 3rd in the European/World raceboard championships, also competing in PWA racing events. Kev then took a break from competing to start a family in his new home of Weymouth. Returning to slalom/speed scene a proud father of 2 Kev has managed to win and regain the British speed title in 2010/2011 finishing 5th in the BSA slalom (with the help from Puravida boardriders, Simmer and Mistral).
Recently leaving his career in the aerospace industry, Kev is now the newest member of the OTC team joining in March 2012 and is chomping at the bit to help with his experiences of the last 3 decades of the sport.
Having completed a Start Windsurfing course with OTC UK, Maisie knew she was hooked. She did her Start Windsurfing instructor course with us as well, drawing the comment from the trainer that she was “one of the most promising 16 year olds he had ever instructed”. Maisie’s passion is definitely in teaching and hopes to pursue this aspect of the sport to the highest level in the coming years. Whilst providing a fantastic insight into the equipment demands of windsurfers fresh to the sport, she is improving every day she goes on the water, and is looking to compete in the near future.