Staff Profile: Meet Ben

Staff Profile: Meet Ben
Name
 
Ben

Specialist Area
 
Windsurfing
 
Also knowledgable in
SUP
Triathlon & Swim
Snowboard
Waterwear
 
How did you get into your sport
 
I was first introduced to the sport in a windy lake in Wakefield called Pugneys. I'm unsure if it was me spending the whole session swimming and falling off the board that got me hook or the challenge to learn this tricky sport. I then went on to joining the Pugney's Pirates Teen 15, where we would windsurf all year round on a Saturday even if we had to break the ice off the lake to get in.  After this I moved onto the wonderful heights of Grimwith reservoir  (Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club) where I would test out all my bargains from ROHO.  At Uni I followed in my love windsurfing by diving in head first with Leeds University Windsurfing Society. I was blessed to be the president for 3 years. We went on many trip to Pugneys and to weekend Student Windsurfing association trip as far as Cornwall. This is where I began to teach and gained my Start Instructor Qualification through the club. And the rest is history and started working for ROHO over two
years ago!
 
 
2020 Trips planned
 
Hopefully in 2020 I am planning on getting out to South Africa, as I have heard is pretty good for windsurfing. I will no doubt going for a week in Vass. I am also trying to plan on going to Colin Dixon Wave clinic in Tenerife.  

 
Favourite location for your sport
 
My favourite spot for windsurfing is Rhosneigr, it's not normally sunny and always raining, but rhossy delivers clean cross-shore conditions on a weekly basis. It's reliable, it always delivers but it's in north wales.
 
Grimwith reservoir has a special place in my heart due to it being 30 mins from the house and that it's the windiest inland location I know.
 
Favourite place aboard that I have been would have to be in Tarifa Canos de meca which was described as the port tack equivalent of ho'okipa. Who am I to say different. It was rocky and wavy.

Favourite food
 
Tuna and baked beans
 
 
Memorable last session and why
 
Would have to be when I shared a wave with Francisco Goya in Tarifa.. Or I dropped into his wave and he was kind enough to share.
 
 
Piece of kit that makes you smile
 
Goya Custom 4 84L. It's just a perfect fit for using at Rhosneigr and really makes me a better wave sailor. It's really balanced in the air and really stable in the turns.


 
 
Advice to customers for progressing, enjoying your sport.
 
I really think that its time on the water with windsurfing. Getting a really warm wetsuit is key, helps prolongs the session in our cold climate. I also recommend having a look at our weekly forecast. This will save you the hassle of looking and knowing all the directions that work for each spot. One of the guys from the shop are usually at one of these spots, come say and hello we are always up for a chat if you need any advice on kit or tips.


Thanks for reading, I hope to speak with you on the phone or in store over a brew!

Ben