Oscar Carmichael is making a name for himself as one of the up and coming freestylers to watch out for in the UK, a fact he proved again at NWF by finishing third in the pro night tow-in.
Name: Oscar Carmichael
I started windsurfing in 2006 at my local Team15 club in Portland Harbour. First I started racing in the regional zone squad, which progressed to the Junior National squad, then I decided sailing around buoys on a lake wasn’t my thing so I got into freestyle. I fell in love with freestyle immediately and I did my first competition in 2008, which I won, and since then I’ve been competing around the UK and trying to travel abroad to windsurf as much as possible.
Who has inspired/influenced you in windsurfing?
Steven van Brookhaven inspires me a lot as he was the first European to win a freestyle world title in years. Also anybody who’s got really good style like Kiri Thode, Gollito, Yarden Meir and Youp Schmit.
Why did you enter NWF?
Because it’s a really fun event and you get to see everyone from around the UK.
What fleet did you enter, where did you finish and what was the experience like?
I entered the pro night tow-in and the Turbo15 night race, I finished 3rd in the tow-in. It was awesome! Getting towed in at 35 knots at night time is definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
What was your favourite part of the event this year?
The night tow-in was for sure my favourite part of the event, you feel like such a hero getting towed towards a crowd at night.
Have you entered any other windsurfing events this year?
UKWA West Kirby and Eastbourne.
What’s next for you? What do you want to progress next with your windsurfing?
I want to work really hard these next couple of months, try and train abroad this winter and I want to be able to do all the power moves on my bad side.
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