Boards catches up with one of the most promising names moving from the BWA youth scene into the Amateur fleet, Liam Ellis. Regularly seen ripping it up in Rhosneigr, Liam is sure to make an impact on the tour this year, especially at his home spot.
Name: Liam Ellis
From: Anglesey, North Wales
Years Windsurfing: 9
Favourite Discipline: Wave
Local Spot: Rhosneigr
Occupation: Watersport Instructor
Sponsors: Funsport, Slacklinz
I was bought a taster session when I was 10 to go windsurfing at Plas Menai; ended up loving it and managed to get hold of some kit from a family friend and that was it!
What do your friends think of windsurfing?
A lot of my friends are quite into watersports which is really cool, means we can be on the water together and share some brilliant sessions!What is your experience of competition so far? And your future aims?
I started to compete in the BWA tour in 2010 in the youth fleet, although there wasn’t too many entrants at the comps I entered I still really enjoyed entering and attending because of the action you get to see. The people at the events are awesome and I gained some good competition knowledge. I ended up 2nd in youth both in 2010 and 2011, in 2012 I only managed to do the Rhosneigr event where I ended up in 5th which I was over the moon with! This year I am hoping to travel to all the events and will try to finish as high as possible. I am really focussing on my skills this winter and hope it all pays off!What is your most memorable moment in windsurfing?
Probably quite recent, I have been focussing on my riding a lot and I think just before Christmas I scored some brilliant sailing and managed to get my first taka! I couldn’t of been happier! I am now able to pretty much get round them whenever I try but maybe not sail out of it! Practice makes perfect though ey!What’s next in store for you on and off the water?
I think I am going to keep pushing my sailing as much as possible. I now live in Rhosneigr so it means I can go on the water whenever I want and working at Funsport also allows me to be as close to the beach as possible. I am planning on sticking around here for this year to focus on the BWA tour and also teach windsurfing, surfing and SUP at Funsport! I am trying to to keep my blog up to date this year too! Check it out here http://liamellisk405.blogspot.co.uk there is also a little clip of a taka crash in there too!