The Team

Whether you are a complete novice or seasoned rider you can rely on us for all your KiteSurf needs with tuition available daily from our friendly and professional team.

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Centre Principal, BKSA Senior Instructor & National Trainer
Paul has had a love of water sports from an early age and growing up on the North Devon coast almost certainly helped. His very first water sports job was teaching kayaking to school groups whilst home from university during the summer months. Upon completing his degree in Outdoor education, he qualified as a Kitesurf Instructor in 2005 in Australia during a round the world trip.
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ouSince then he has taught in most corners of the globe including South Africa, India and New Zealand clocking up well over 10,000 hrs of teaching experience and introducing thousands of people in to the sport. A member of the BKSA training team he is also responsible for Kiteschool Inspections & Instructor revalidation throughout the UK. Paul has a real passion for teaching with a relaxed and friendly approach and loves nothing more than seeing people progress.

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Chief Fetcher
Alice the golden retriever is the newest member of our team and just loves everyone she meets. She also happens to love the water and is currently undergoing some paddleboard training and is sure to be a regular on our SUP trips this summer! Just like her owner, Paul, she likes to have everything in order and rest assured if you leave anything lying around on the beach Alice will most likely have fetched it.
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BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor
Maria has been teaching paddleboarding since 2014. A parent herself, Maria works well with our younger customers, maintaining a great balance between teaching new skills but also keeping things fun. She also works very well with our older clients helping to build confidence for those that are perhaps a bit nervous in taking to the water for the first time. In her spare time Maria also works at the local yacht club as well as teaching swimming.
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BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor
We first met Aly in 2014 when she came along for an introductory paddleboard lesson with us. Since then, she has paddled in many locations around the UK, building up a wealth of experience and has recently become our newest SUP instructor. When not on the water, Aly spends her time making costumes for the entertainment industry as well as recently launching her own range of beach robes. She is also really into her ice hockey and plays for the Oxford Midnight Stars.
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BKSA Kitesurf Instructor
Jaimie is qualified as a BKSA L1 Kitesurf Instructor and is a true people person and a natural teacher. She excels at working with people who may be feeling a little bit nervous, instantly putting them at ease. Jaimie takes a conscientious approach to her teaching and places great emphasis on safety, whilst ensuring lessons remain lots of fun. When not teaching Jaimie can often be found on or in the water, and has recently got into cold water swimming.
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BKSA Kitesurf Instructor
John is a BKSA qualified Level 1 kitesurf instructor and is super friendly. If you are lucky enough to get him as your instructor, be sure to ask him about his adventures as he has lots of great stories, from travelling across Europe in his campervan on a kitesurf adventure to volunteering at a big game park in Africa. In his spare time John runs a landscape and gardening business, and is also an avid writer, with one published book called 'adventures in happiness' and various articles featured in campervan and adventure styled magazines.
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Gift Vouchers are available in any amount and can be purchased for all courses and holidays on offer. Vouchers are normally sent out by email the very same day as ordering – perfect if you’ve left it a bit late! We can also pop one in the post if you prefer.