I’ve been pretty busy since my last update. I went back home for 10 days after Val D’Isere for a rest and to start working on my fitness again. It was nice to be back in the gym and recovering more of the muscle I lost when I broke my leg! The weather in Italy had also started to heat up so I was also out on the lake wakeboarding as much as possible.
I flew to Edinburgh to do a week of coaching for ATC in Braehead, Glasgow. It’s always nice to be able to give back to the next generation of British Alpine Skiing and the kids make the work fun. The only downside was being in the indoor ski centre in sub-zero temperatures when Scotland was having one of their hottest summers ever!
After Glasgow I headed back down south to London where I had a few days off before going even further south to the Isle of Wight for a 2-week water sports course at UKSA in Cowes. I’ve done a lot of yacht sailing with my family but I had never sailed a dinghy so I was a bit of a fake sailor… My course consisted of a week of dinghy sailing and a week of windsurfing. I absolutely loved the dinghy sailing. My plan is to come back to Cowes the next time I have time off to do my dinghy sailing instructor course so I’ll be able to work as a sailing instructor in my spare time. I’ve just finished my week of windsurfing, I really enjoyed it as well and I wasn’t too bad at it, I just didn’t get quite the same buzz as from the sailing. Unfortunately, yesterday it was too windy to windsurf but instead we went surfing. Despite doing quite a bit of surfing in the past I’d never actually managed to surf a wave so I was really excited when I finally managed to get up on the board! I now understand why people love the sport. If anyone is interested in getting into the water sports or yachting industry then UKSA on the Isle of Wight is the place to be!
The past two weeks have been a great experience and it’s always a good thing to take a step back from the world of skiing and see what happens outside the bubble once in a while. My next time of snow will be in Manchester next weekend where I will be coaching for Ambition and Atomic. My on-snow training starts up again at the end of August when I head to La Parva, Chile!