Katherine Fish an up and coming face on the windsurfing scene shares her first steps into freestyle and how she mastered the elusive spock.
How long have you been windsurfing for?
What has your journey through the sport been like so far?
I started off on a lake in France teaching the basics to school kids, but it was my first season in Egypt in 2008 that really kicked started my personal windsurfing. I worked with some really talented windsurfers who pushed me in to my harness and footstraps and by the end off the season I was duck gybing and more. I’ve used my windsurf instructor qualification to travel to some very sunny and windy places around Europe and Africa, met some very inspiring people and have managed to totally immerse myself in windsurfing for the past few years. It’s been fantastic and there are more great times to come
When did you first start trying freestyle moves and what made you give it a go?
I first tried to Vulcan whilst working in Ras Sudr, Egypt last April, which was a real test of my determination. I had spent that winter in Dahab surrounded by some incredible freestylers which was really inspiring, I had got to a stage with my windsurfing where I felt confident and brave enough to just give it a go.
How long did it take you to master the spock?
After spending a couple of windless months in the UK last summer, I headed out to manage Oceansource El Tur with my boyfriend in September, this was where I learnt to Spock. It took a couple of months to get some.
What are the main tips that have helped you along the way?
Be determined, it can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s just practice. Get someone to film you so you can see exactly what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to go out well powered up, the more speed the better.
Why would you urge other girls to give freestyle a go?
Freestyle is attainable to anyone who wants it enough. It’s really fun to try and when you get the move you’ve been working towards there’s no feeling like it. What I found great about learning to freestyle is the amount of people who want to help you and give you tips. And everyone’s always impressed to see a girl who can spock/grubby/loop etc!
Katherine Fish, 26. In the future i'd love to list a load of sponsors, but for now I'm being supported by Prolimit.