How To Live The Windsurfing Dream

Jake Patrick was 15 when he started as an AI at his local club at Pitsford Reservoir in Northampton. Now five years later he is living a life he never imagined thanks to the doors that instructing opened up to him.

Jake at Tallington lake

Jake, the eldest of four windsurfing siblings, explains: “I started windsurfing at Tallington Lakes when I was about nine, although I’d been on boards since I could walk thanks to our Grandpa Roger! Then we got into Pitsford Pirates Team15, right next to the village where we lived. I started on a 5.5 but only did it for about a year because I was one of the eldest and was also quite heavy for the smaller sails.

“When I was in T15 I looked up to the instructors and volunteer parents and wanted to be doing what they were! Once I became an AI I properly loved it and when I turned 16 two friends encouraged me to go with them to Astbury Watersports to do our Start Windsurfing instructor qualification under Ali Yates.


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