Ollie Acton's Wet Dream

Ollie Acton, an up and coming talent on the freestyle scene has recently become part of the Tushingham team and is competing both on the SWA and UK tours. Here Tushingham introduce us to Ollie, then he reports from the latest SWA event in Bristol.

Ollie Acton
Ollie Acton

Ollie Started windsurfing aged 15 and was instantly hooked, practising at his home spot in Emsworth. These days he mainly windsurfs at Esso on Hayling Island or West Wittering.  Ollie is also an intermediate windsurf and SUP instructor.

Ollie first started competing at the National Windsurf festival in 2010 where he won the amateur fleet. The following year he competed at the national freestyle championships at Poole Windfest and won the men’s amateurs, after that event he was picked up by Andy Biggs Watersports and bought a quiver of Tushingham Edges.

He is currently a student at Southampton Solent University where he has helped to set up and run the windsurf team there.  Although they are a small team they have been doing very well at the SWA events since the teams inception. In the 2011-2012 season Ollie was crowned the student freestyle champion and won BUCS Gold in the mens team racing along with fellow Tushingham rider Sam Sills and Adam ‘Chubbsy’ Chubbock.

Ollie Action
Ollie Action at Wet Dream 4

Following the immense SWA festival Aussie Kiss, the freestyle, wave and race series is now underway where select Universities around the country host the ‘Core’ event series.

Last weekend was BrUWE’s (Bristol University and UWE) turn at hosting the first event in the core series…Bristol’s Wet Dream 4!  Although not on the same scale as Aussie Kiss, the SWA and the Bristol Universities put on an epic weekend of beginner tuition, off-the-scale parties, freestyle and racing competition.

The forecast for the weekend wasn’t great so a light wind freestyle contest was held on the Saturday.  I rigged my 4.2 Edge and a massive floaty board to spin around and get very dizzy on.  Ducking manoeuvres, strimmers and jumping body and sail 360’s were being pulled off in every heat but I just managed to win the contest, with some close competition from fellow Solent University student Adam Chubbock.

Next event in the core freestyle series is in Liverpool, which is on the 23rd – 25th November. See you all there!

Check out this video from Ollie’s time in Fuerte this summer too!

For more news from Ollie and the rest of the Tushingham team head to their website here.

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