Meet the Coach
My passion for the ocean has led to over 20 years of international racing and coaching practice, underpinned with a Masters Degree in Sport Science – currently I am study as BASES Sport Scientist.
Passion is one thing knowledge is another - I have been privileged to have coached hundreds of people in a variety of ocean sports over 20 years and fortunate enough to have played a part in several athletes training who have gone on to become European Champions or World medallists.
I strive to consistantly continue to learn about sport and coaching. Each day presents a new and intriguing puzzle to be solved or a challenge to be met. I am by no means an expert, I merely would like to help others to experience what they are capable of.
“very few people truly know what they are capable of…”
Sir Roger Bannister (first person to break 4min mile)
As an Athlete:
I have been fortunate to have raced Internationally in three sports for over 20 years (Surf Ironman, Sprint Kayak Olympic racing squad and now Long Distance Surf Ski) achieving a World title in long distance surf ski (Masters, Daytona, Florida, 2002) and several European medals and titles (surf life saving). The pinnacle of my sporting achievement in sprint kayak was being involved in attempting to qualify Great Britain for the Athens Olympics in the K4 (four man kayak) 1000m (we were not fast enough)!
My sense of the ocean has been honed while working as a beach lifeguard on the beaches of Newquay for over 12 years and given me an understanding of the respect needed in any sea condition. I completed my undergraduate and Masters in Sport Science at Brunel University, West London – specialising in exercise physiology and sport psychology.
2011 8th Eurochallenge Alicante, Spain (27km)
2010 British Surf Ski Series Champion
2009 6th Mayors Cup, New York 3hr, 46min (48km)
2009 6th Nelo Summer Challenge (was leading until last 100m)!
2009 8th Eurochallenge, Alicante Spain (27km)
2009 Set new crossing record from Lands End, Cornwall England to St’Mary’s, Scilly Isle, in Fenn double with Guy Blackford 3hr, 41min (50km)
2004 World Championships Surf Life Saving British Team Captain Veragio Italy. 5th ocean kayak
2003 Olympic qualification for Athens 2002, World Championships G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 500m and 200m, Atlanta, Georgia
2003 World Cup G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m and 500m, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 World Cup G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m Mechelen, Belgium
2002 World Championships Surf Life Saving Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A. (Cpt)
2002 World Championships G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m, Seville, Spain
2002 World Champion Ocean Kayak (Masters)
2002 European Championships G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m Szeged, Hungary
2002 World Cup G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m Duisberge, Germany
2001 World Cup G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m, Zagreb, Croatia
2001 World Cup G.B. Sprint Kayak K4, 1000m Duisberge, Germany
2001 Good Will Games, Kurruwa Beach, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
2000 World Championships Surf Life Saving British Team Captain, Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia
1999 European Championships Surf Life Saving Bournemouth, England. Silver medallist sprint Ocean Kayak
1998 World Championships Surf Life Saving Miruwi Beach, New Zealand
1996 World Championships Surf Life Saving Durban, South Africa
1994 World Championships Surf Life Saving Fistral Beach, England-Fifth place Surf Ironman