Adam, tell us how you got the “windsurfing bug”?
I tried windsurfing when I was about 14 but didn’t fully get hooked until I was 18 working in a windy area of South France. The place was full of good windsurfers flying around and I knew I had to get involved. Since then my life has changed completely, for the better.
What do you like about this sport?
There is no other sport like windsurfing, it has taken me to some amazing places and I have met some awesome people along the way. It’s more like a way of life really, always offering new challenges and opportunities. I owe a lot to windsurfing and the amazing experiences I’ve had because of it.
Where do you train?
We train at the beach whenever it’s windy, and we go to many different places including Hayling Island, Calshot and West Wittering. It’s a great way to get out, see new places and appreciate the environment.
What is a typical training session?
There is no such thing as a typical training session, which is one of the great things about the sport. The conditions are different every time you go out and you never know what is going to happen.
How does Sport Solent help the team with the training sessions and competitions?
Sport Solent has been so supportive since we started the team in 2011. They helped us start the team in the first place and support us in everything we do; most importantly getting to all the competitions around the UK to represent Southampton Solent University.
Does the team currently compete in a league?
Sort of – we compete on the Student Windsurfing Tour (SWA), which includes Racing, Freestyle, Wave Riding and Team racing. We go to events all over the country. So far, we have been to Bude, Bristol, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Plymouth and Nottingham.
What are your upcoming competitions?
Probably the biggest competition of the year for us is the BUCS nationals at Calshot in April. There are usually around 400 students there to battle it out to earn points and medals for their UNI’s. This event is also the last on the tour where the prizes are awarded for the whole year!!!
Who can be involved with the university windsurfing team?
Anyone can be involved in the team. Obviously, you need experience in order to compete, but we also organise tuition for beginners. It’s a great way to meet new people as we have a lively social scene, regularly meeting up with the Wakeboard and Surf teams to form extreme socials.
What sporting achievements are you most proud of?
I am very proud of the team and what we have done over the past two years, from having the best fancy dress on the tour, to winning the BUCS nationals. Some of our best results Include:
- Sport Solent Team of the Year 2012: Solent Windsurf-Team
- Team Racing Champions 2012: Adam Chubbock, Sam Sills, Ollie Acton
- 1st Place Aussie Kiss Freestyle Competition: Adam Chubbock
- 2nd Place Overall Student Wave Tour 2013: Adam Chubbock
- Freestyle Champion 2012 and 2013: Ollie Acton
- Men’s Advanced Racing Champion 2012: Sam Sills
- Sports Man of The year 2012: Sam Sills
- 1st Place Intermediate Racing at Bristol and Nottingham: Tom Bartlett