Rider of the Month - Andy King

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“between killing it on the speed course and chasing barreling waves around the UK”

Boards – Most people fear being drawn against you in heats, to give them a chance to practice, what’s your competition plans for 2012?

Andy – I would like to do all the UKWA events but I simply don’t get enough time off from work, so I will be closely watching the forecasts and making last minute shouts based upon whether the events are going to be blessed with conditions I enjoy sailing in.  It is frustrating having to miss events and getting poor seedings when you know you should be better placed overall but that’s just life.  I am really hoping that Thorpy gets the time, between killing it on the speed course and chasing barreling waves around the UK, to get a Wave Jam or two happening this year, as the Wave Jam event format best suits, not only my style of sailing, but my current work commitments.  Fingers crossed and see you on the water !! Cheers, Andy

Boards – Can our readers expect anything in terms of videos from you in the near future?

Andy – I have been working on getting loads of footage on my go pro HD camera using my new Flymount which is brilliant.  Super light so even with the camera and the mount on the mast tip or the boom you forget it is there and it really has no negative effect on your sailing.  Super simple to use and stays firmly in place even after crashing doubles or getting drilled in mast high waves.  Video to be released soon for now check out the stills.  Not like the old days when JC would strap on a full SLR camera and water proof housing and you would need an extra meter of sail just to plane.

Boards – With video now playing a major role in windsurfing do you think brands should push for large scale movies like those seen in winter-sports?

Andy – Yeah I have always wanted brands to produce windsurf movies like in the 90′s, North Bound and the numerous JP/Neilpryde videos were great. I think it should come down to the brands to make movies. They have the sailors ready to oblige, they just need to source a camera guy and organise a turn out. Fanatic’s addicted to ride was good in that respect!

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