Peter Hart is a key member of the Tushingham team, as well as being a well known across the industry. Tushingham sat down with Pete to find out more about what makes him tick…
- Name Peter Hart
- Age? Mature
- Current sponsors?
Starboard Tushingham Spartan Da Kine
- Nomad / fixed abode?
Live with wife and 2 kids in old farm cottage (in need of some repair) on West Sussex coast
- Years windsurfing?
35! (should be able to turn round by now)
- How did you first get into the sport?
I was working as a student teacher in a French lyceé and borrowed a board for the weekend off the gym teacher. Drove to Marseille and for 2 days thrashed around cluelessly in a gusty force 5-6 offshore wind. I had no idea but as the sun was setting on the last day, I made it go for 50 yards AND caught a small swell. Hooked! The next year I started the Southampton Uni windsurfing club. After Uni taught skiing and windsurfing for 3 years and then became a full time pro rider in 83.
- Favourite discipline?
Waves (of course); just ahead of cruising around the Chichester harbour with a SUP and a sail seeing how many pubs I can visit before the tide goes out.
- Competition discipline?
Course, slalom, waves and speed. Specialised in slalom and speed.
- Competition results?
UK slalom champ 88 and 91, 3rd World Production Speed in 91. First Brit to get a top ten PWA result.
- Favourite UK location?
Home around the Wittering shores and Tiree
- Favourite International destination?
Ireland (Donegal) closely followed by Mauritius
- Plans for the next year?
Full speed ahead with my clinic tour both abroad and in the UK. And editing a new series of technique DVDs and aps.
- What are your ultimate ambitions you want to achieve in windsurfing?
Continue to refine ways to help people to improve. Discover ever more subtle techniques to protect my damaged knee (or find bigger pills). Keep on enjoying it!
- Best kit set up?
94 Kode and 5.75 Storm; 77 Quad and 4.7 Rock. For cruising the 141 Futura and 8.5 T Bird is pure Tiramisu
- Favourite move?
Back loop (when it goes right – it’s my least favourite when it goes wrong). Actually forget that – nothing beats the feeling of shooting out onto the flat and dropping into a screaming bottom turn in front of a proper big smooth, translucent waved.