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Brits Abroad: Ben Proffitt in Western Australia

10:12 16th January 2013 by Amy Carter
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Over the winter many of the UK’s windsurfers head to sunnier climes, but who’s going where and why? In this feature we will regularly catch up with a variety of windsurfers who are seeking some summer sun and wind.

So it’s over to PWA commentator and one of the top Brits on the PWA tour, Ben Proffitt.

Ben Proffitt

Proffitt in Aus. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

Where are you? 

Just packing up and recovering from the Lancelin Classic…  I finished 2nd in the waves and 13th in the race, so the other night was a pretty messy affair! Especially with prize money in cash!! haha!

Ben Proffitt

Ben Proffitt. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

What conditions have you had recently?

We’ve had a mix of every thing but have done a lot of driving to get them..  just to give you an idea:

We went from Perth to Margaret River three and a half hours of driving.. Mostly riding and heli shoot…

Then to Gero (Geraldton), which is eight hours away for a bit of jumping…

Next was up to Gnaraloo, seven hours along the road for some more awesome riding…

Then the big one…  Esperance, TWENTY HOURS (2000km) for mostly riding and a new years party…

After that it was back to Gero and another thirteen hours of driving for some jumping and now we are in Lancelin!!  Think we need some new tyres!

Ben Proffitt. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

Ben Proffitt. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

Who have you been sailing with?

All the local crew.. Ben Severne, Si Hurrey etc but also Adam Lewis and Graham Woods are out here, so it’s been good to catch up with those guys..  oh yeah and the entire windsurfing population of Switzerland is also here!!

What equipment have you been using most of the time?

I have a 75 Quantum and a Flywave 85 with me and have used both of them equally. I’m hoping to also get a 75 Flywave out here, but at the moment it’s not possible. Most used sails have been 5.0 Blacktip and 4.7 Icon.

Ben Proffitt. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

Ben Proffitt. Image credit Colin Leonhardt www.windsurfingaustralia.com

What’s in store for you next, how long out you out in WA and where will you be off to next?

I’m here until the end of Feb, I think back home for a week or two, and then off to Maui. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!! :)

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