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Egyptian Energy 2018

Posted on July 12th, 2018 by Jo Wilson

We arrived to Soma Bay in Egypt on 6th June and we are in our last 2 days of the trip.  Egyptian Energy is my most functional kitesurfing holiday on the calendar.  25 people embarked on one of 3 coaching weeks that I had running over here where they basically signed their lives away to let me help them to take their kitesurfing to the next level.  I literally love that a range of skills from people who can barely jump to those who can pull off a few unhooked tricks allow me to take control and help them to teach them new tricks.  My goal is to ensure that people riding twin tips do not get stuck in a plateau and always know what tricks they should learn next and I provide the building blocks to securing new tricks while here, but continue improving once back on home surf

On day one I watch over a crew of up to 10 people and check out their kitesurfing level.  I look at their existing skills and work out firstly which skills need polishing up and then secondly what tricks they can work on next.  We take in to the account the forecast and establish strong wind tricks and light wind tricks.  The concept is to learn as many new tricks as possible with the minimum amount of crashes.

I have been coaching here in Egypt for 9 years now and its the trip where the conditions remain fairly samey all week so that all each rider has to think about is the trick itself as opposed to what the wind or water is choosing to do that day!

Popping, big jumps, grabs, back rolls, various transitions, front rolls, raleys and darkslides are the top tricks that people are keen to learn plus I also like to introduce tricks that people do not realise that they can learn…   tricks from toeside, tricks to blind, grabs in transitions, darkslides without kite loops name a few.  I use tips on the beach, video footage, visualisation & demo’s all as methods to coach.

Here are a few photos from the month.

 

 

Thank you everyone for kiting so hard and I hope that you will come back again soon!  To those of you who have not embarked on one of these coaching adventures.  Please do.

You can read some testimonials from the previous crew here: http://www.jowilsoncoaching.com/testimonials

Calling Families

Posted on March 31st, 2018 by Jo Wilson

26th May – 2nd June 2018 we are running our first foreign family friendly kitesurfing holiday to Lo Stagnone in Sicily. We have one space available to join two other adventureous kitesurfing families….

These holidays are set up so that each parent can have kitesurfing coaching while the parent left on the beach has some like minded company and your little one has some little friends to play with to…

The concept is to help mum’s get back in to kitesurfing and rebuild confidence as well as learn new skills and tricks, meanwhile the dads can accelerate their learning to and feel safe to throw down new moves in the flat water paradise of Lo Stagnone.

The climate in Sicily is ideal for families – warm in the day and cool at night. The accommodation is excellent and there is easy access to delicious and healthy food. You fly to palermo for around £350 and the flight takes 3 hours and is direct. Its easy, sunny kiting at your finger tips.

If you are interested to know more then please check out the info here.

If you woudl like to talk please call Jo on 07919 276 405 or email jo@jowilsoncoaching.com

Easter Kitesurfing Holiday

Posted on February 20th, 2018 by Jo Wilson

Travelling to Dakhla is easier then it has ever been before.  You hop on one of the daily flights with Air Morocco from any of the major UK airports and arrive 9 hours later at your accommodation in Dakhla.  Your flight entitles you to 1 x 20kg bag plus 1 x 20kg sports bag for free!!!  Flights are reasonable at £400.

The holiday is for 27th March – 3rd April 2018 and costs £1,199.  For this you have 6 days kitesurfing coaching with 6-7 other crazy kitesurfers.  You are split in to 2 groups of 3 and will either have a coaching session in the morning or one in the afternoon.  You use your non coaching time to freeride.

The accommodation is in the lovely Dakhla Attitude where the bungalows are built in to the sand dune.  The dune protects the camp from the wind and you can sit back in the sun trap and soak up some rays between kitesurfing sessions.

In the last years the food in Dakhla Attitude has hit a new level of delisciousness.  Its full board so this is included in the price.

The coaching comes from 2 x British Champion and highly experienced coach Jo Wilson.  Jo can help you to master your popping or jumping or teach you more technical tricks such as unhooking, darkslides and raleys.

To give some variety to the trip you will have the chance to ride at the nearby speed spot, do a downwinder to the white dune, embrace sunset yoga and have a free session at the cable park if you dare.

There are not many places this close to the UK with such reliable wind stats meaning that you will need 7m, 9m and 12m and will probably use all 3 during your week!  The water temperature is fresh so you will need a 3mm wetsuit, but the flat water and glorious sunshine more than makes up for this.

If you are interested to join us then please contact Jo today.  jo@jowilsoncoaching.com or 07919 276 405

 

 

Happy New Year

Posted on December 31st, 2017 by Jo Wilson

Its been a busy year for the wind gods! Here in the UK they have sent us some incredible storms to ride and these are continuing in to the New Year! We hope that you have had some incredible days on the water to match!

We specialise in running kitesurfing coaching holidays designed with your progression at the forefronts of our mind. We have a action packed year for 2018 lined up and hope that you would like to join us.

Our usual holidays to Morocco, Egypt and Brazil are in place. We have added more improvements with another year of experience under our belts plus we are introducing Lo Stagnone in Sicily to our agenda!

We kick started family friendly holidays and have more of these to offer for those of you who are new parents and looking to get more time on the water while juggling a baby / toddler.

We also agree that despite all these incredible locations around the world you still cannot beat the conditions on offer on your own doorstep so we have another set of holidays coming up this September on the beautiful Scottish Isle of Tiree.

We are looking forward to running a New Youth Coaching Program for 2018 and a UK Short Burst Session Tour bringing 3 hour advanced coaching sessions to a beach near you!

Please check back here for more information or contact me on jo@jowilsoncoaching.com if you cannot find the answers you are looking for. We will be here to help!

Wishing you a Very Happy & Successful New Year!!

Reflections on Tiree

Posted on October 7th, 2017 by Jo Wilson

A trip to Tiree always starts with the journey getting there. A long drive to Oban that culminates winding the small roads of loch Lomond before travelling along the banks of loch Etive. As you come in towards Oban you can see seals playing in the calm waters enjoying the sun.

The landscape in incredibly beautiful and very dramatic while Oban oozes both the charm of a small fishing village as well as the drama of industry as the Caledonian Macbryne ferry eases its way in to dock… a smooth and quick transition before it sets sail once again with multiple intrepid kitesurfers on board. Destination Tiree!

On the whole people are not quite sure what they should expect from a holiday on Tiree, or even if they are going to survive the extreme wind and waves that Tiree so often presents. Not only that but having embarked on a journey so far North how cold will it be!?

It’s a stunning journey heading out to the islands and you follow a fairly land locked route sailing up the sound of Mull. Waterfalls cascade down from the highgrounds and crash in to the sea. A few beautiful houses can be seen from the ferry, but these islands are very lightly populated and its more a case of watching out for wildlife like whales, seals and dolphins.

 

Once you arrive to Tiree you find yourself on a low lying island just 9 miles long. There are a handful of beaches that are sandy and you can find them on each side of the island giving you a variety of choices for places to ride no matter what the wind direction. You can pick your beaches for smaller or larger swell!

 

I come to Tiree to run adventure kitesurfing holidays initially to bring individual kiters together to unite in one group and create a comradeship. Often multiple days are forecasted with a minimum of 30mph and it is so exciting to go share the shred. I offer coaching to really optimize your time on the water.

This year we ran two trips. One for crazy adults and the other for families with really young children.

As you can imagine the first trip was sold out, but the second on one family were crazy enough to join us. In return they got 1:1 coaching and I got to ride!

There are so many moments from the trip that Id like to share, but I’ll pick my favourite from each week.

 

In the Action week for adults the dawn raid stands out far in my mind….
A dubious wind forecast for 2 days ensured we were up at 5.30am for a dawn raid with wind forecasted for 22mph. We convoyed to Gott Bay still shrouded by darkness. Our headlights lit up a myriad of frogs as they happily leaped along the road. We swerved to miss then and our tyres sent puddles high high up along the field edges. The light rain fell like specks of gold in the full beam. At the beach a glimmer of light came in to the sky, but it was the headlights that provided enough light to be able to rig up our 7m-9m kites. Gav hit the water first before the clock struck 7am and the rest of the crew were out moments later. We rode for 2 glorious hours over head high waves and jumping like a misfits. Al darkslided across the flat water between the waves but there was a slim chance of unhooking for the s bend crew. Sue charged through the waves for her second time ever and Tim contentedly snoozed from the safety of his van. Paul threw down his front rolls while Craig and Ed went for hangtime magic. Finn my son conducted the show from the beach and Chris was on hand to catch the kites. When the wind dropped at the flick of a switch we piled back in to the beach ready for coffee & bacon sandwiches at the Cobbled Cow cafe.

During the no wind periods the crew bought any missing pieces of kit from Wild Diamond. Broken fins were replaced and a little bit of extra neoprene was added to Ed’s collection. We hired surfboards from Blackhouse Watersports and took our own paddle boards to Balephuil. The sun shone down and we had so much water time through surfing, paddleboarding, wetsuitless swimming and kitesurfing that a day never went past without feeling all the E’s… energized / exhilarated / exhausted. A cold beer or glass of wine were often sunk to finish each day.

Coaching on Tiree is by far the most challenging, but often the most rewarding too. It is not easy to push the freestyle limits up here, so we have to adapt to the conditions and embrace each day. When the wind hits around 20mph its time to go go go on the unhooked tricks, but while its pumping 30mph its time to nail those darkslides. When it hits 35mph lets beat the Woo PB’s and slash some waves on waveboards. When the wind drops a Jo Wilson Kitesurfing Coaching Holiday wouldn’t be a Jo Wilson Coaching Holiday without the obligatory beach circuits, random runs or lengthy stretches too!!

The friendships, laughter, sessions and banter are endless! Card games in the evenings to debates over poppadum’s and mango chutney! Seriously, Tiree is a place that EVERY kitesurfer with a sense of adventure should visit and embrace!!

The family holiday was ace! Where could be better for children then an unpolluted island, with almost no traffic & noise. There are no roundabouts, traffic lights and barely even a phone signal. There are rock pools, huge natural sand pits, cows, birds, sheep, tractors, diggers, calls from seals and a daily airplane. You can put your baby down for their nap without fear of them over heating or you can let your toddler run wild and free with the wind on their backs on the beach. There is no concerns of sunburn or over heating and the holiday houses are ready for us. They are so well insulated and warm at the end of each day, perfect for making the children sleepy after their bath!

Tom, Sav and Barney were the only family to book on to this first ever Family Friendly Kitesurfing Holiday and they were lucky enough to each score 1:1 coaching all week.

Sav is an inspiration and Tom a charger! Baby Barney is a 4 month old legend happy to sleep in the van or pram so Sav and Tom could build confidence, rebuild fitness and nail all their tricks.

In almost 3 weeks there were a handful of days with no wind, but on the whole we were dealt an incredible hand. The air temperature did not drop below 14 degrees and the water temperature was pretty warm to. Sav, Tom, Chris and I swam around a little island with no wetsuits and seals popped their heads out metres from us to see what was going on. You could happily be in your flip flops on the beach and a 5mm wetsuit on the water. Tiree really is the sunniest British Isle and we managed 3 bbq’s in 3 weeks.

As we arrived to the ferry port on the last day there was a completely different vibe from on the way out. The guarded barriers of people were broken down, eye contact was made at every opportunity and we settled in to seats next to each other on the ferry. Whether part of the Jo Wilson Coaching Holidays or independently travelling we were all united!! We had all had thrived, not survived on Tiree and all had our tales to tell! The glorious ferry journey back past the waterfalls and unpopulated islands was full of chatter and laughter – friends now who will remember this trip forever!

Next year we hope to spend both September and half of October on the island running a Wild & Windy Tiree Series of kitesurfing holidays to include the Freestyle Coaching Weeks, Tough on Tiree Weeks for wave junkies & family friendly weeks too. There is arguably no better place to be in Autumn and we hope to see you there next year!!

Family Friendly Kitesurfing

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 by Jo Wilson

In a bid to get parents back on the water we are introducing kitesurfing holidays for families with under 5 year olds. With small amounts of coaching to maximise your water time these holidays are to help you build your kiting fitness, skills & confidence for those all too few kitesurfing sessions.

We would like to invite 4 families on the first family friendly kitesurfing holiday to help us get this concept up and running smoothly.

Over a week this summer we invite you to bring yourselves and your little one’s to Soma Bay in Egypt. I personally will run two kitesurfing coaching sessions per day one for mum and one for dad. You pick who goes for which session depending on your child’s needs and I can be as flexible as you like.

With 6 days of coaching on offer you can choose to take one coaching session per day or just one session in the whole week. You can hog all 12 sessions for yourself or split them 50 / 50 between you and your partner. Hell if you can’t make it one day then no stress we’ll make up for it the next!

During these family friendly kitesurfing holidays we want you to get some quality time on the water while your partner engages with your child.  A second session in the day means no one misses out. Each session will be around 60-90 mins plus there are employed efficient & competent beach hands to help you rig up and launch safely.  You get to have a stress free session but still have plenty of time to spend with your little one and each other throughout the day & evening.

The dates are 5th – 12th July 2017 and will run at an introductory family cost of £999. This includes Transfers, accommodation half board at The Breakers Surf & Dive Lodge, Storage, Rescue & Coaching.

(If one half of your family is a total beginner then lessons can be arranged, but this will be an additional cost.)

To register your interest or to book on then please email me on kite@jowilsoncoaching.com

Dakhla Dreamin’ 2017

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Jo Wilson

This trip was fully subscribed and was made up of 7 people from England & Ireland. Some people were working on their toeside and jumping while others were working on dark slides and handle passes.

Dakhla can offer all day wind on a regular basis allowing the group to be split in to smaller coaching groups leaving plenty of time for free riding or relaxing, as well as gaining a couple of hours coaching each day.

During our week we had what I would call an average week of wind. We had 2 full days of wind and all the others were half days. Stretching / yoga exercises in the yoga room at the end of most days was totally welcome for tired and aching muscles. Dakhla offers a variety of conditions and some weeks you’ll have wind all day every day and others you may get 5 days of wind out of 7. You will always need all your kites as some days its blowing just 12-15 knots while others it blows well over 30.

This trip we stayed at Dakhla Attitude which if full board and meal times were plentiful and delicious!
There were many tricks learned over this holiday with everyone kiting their socks off, but I think the biggest number of tricks would be won by Paul Davis who eeked every last moment out of the wind.

The next quick hit kitesurfing holiday for intensive coaching is Egyptian Energy running from 14th – 21st June 2017 where there is one more place available or 24th June – 1st July where there are still 2 places available.

Please do join us!!

Western Oz a go go!

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Jo Wilson

Fresh back from Western Australia here is prior warning of an imminent new trip. At JWC HQ we are researching suitably brilliant self catering houses in South Fremantle, Augusta & Lancelin for our first ever WA Kitesurfing Coaching Holiday. Heads up to a trip circa 10th Jan 2018 for a group size of 6 people!

Stella kitesurfing for 2017

Posted on December 14th, 2016 by Jo Wilson

Its all a gogogo here at JWC Headquarters.  Im 100% back on the coaching band wagon after a year of Maternity leave and all I can think about is who I can coach and where can I do it.

If you cast an eye to the holidays page you will be able to see many of the coaching holidays on offer for 2017.  These holidays can whisk you off to Watamu in Kenya, Dakhla in Morocco, Soma Bay in Egypt, Multiple Stops in Brazil, Wave riding in Wales or Adventure riding in Tiree.

Excitingly I will be running these holidays myself once again.

In addition Im looking forward to re-introducing a UK Coaching Tour this spring where I will be travelling to popular beaches in the UK so that I can bring 3 hour quick hit coaching sessions to your door.

Please keep an eye out on this website to see what I can offer you to help get you off to a stella start for 2017.

Rocking Out! Rocking Hard! Brazil Action Adventure

Posted on November 1st, 2016 by Jo Wilson

Brazil Surfari & Coaching 2016 has just drawn to an emotional, but fittingly debaucherous close. The team from Jo Wilson Coaching have just had the good fortune and incredible pleasure to spend the last 2 weeks with this crazy rabble!!

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From flat water river mouths, to lagoon sessions with the pro’s, oceans to ourselves and downwinders in the ‘swell of the year’ I can hand on my heart say that this was what everyone including myself was hoping for – The best Brazilian Kitesurfing Coaching Holiday to date and dare I say it the best Jo Wilson Coaching holiday to date too.

Over the course of the trip we had conditions for all 12 of the crew and most of the crew rode double sessions every single day for 2 weeks. Never have I seen so much kitesurfing from one group of people.

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Memorable moments include watching Rich drag his knuckles on the floor as he walked back to the top of the lagoon multiple times, eeking the last moments of the dropping wind at sunset on Cauipe.  Mark R who sucked up a sore rib and learned to unhook when only earlier this year he was working on his first back rolls.

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Mark G taking on 8ft swell on the downwinder, Nick working on his shiftys, Alex landing his first crow mobe, Bee throwing down a raley to blind, Sarah rocking out huge unhooked raleys and Zoe throwing down hard and fast toeside landings out of her back rolls. This just names half of my highlights and half of the people of the trip. Everyone was on impressive form and landed an incredible array of tricks.

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Brazil Surfari & Coaching has been so fun both on and off the water. Dinner times have been full entertainment due to the lively crowd and we have had a couple of well timed spontaneous debaucherous nights too.

I sit here writing this feeling full of emotion as its my first trip back after almost 18 months. Ive been planning it for months between looking after Finn who is now 11 months old and the focus was to create a trip bigger and better then before without losing out on the focus of the kitesurfing coaching.

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After an incredibly funny & late last night it seemed as though the last of the crew closed their airport transfer door with a happy smile on their face which can only be a positive sign of a good trip.  My son barely grumbled, never forgot to smile and shared the love for life that people passionate about life tend to do.  He had special high 5’s for Rich, toys to present for Sharon, goodies to discover from Sarah & full body smiles for George.

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All I can say is how grateful I am to Brazil for being such a magical place and the 12 incredible crew members who made up an energetic, banterful and adventurous collective of now ‘friends’. Im grateful to Nanette, George & Chris who complete the Jo Wilson Coaching team who worked tirelessly from 6.45am and were still the last people standing at the end of the evening no matter how late that occasionally became.

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There wasn’t a person who did not throw all their energies in to this trip and the laughter that echoed from the breakfast table, over the waves & lagoons, through the wind on our buggy journeys at dusk and still at the bar in the evenings.

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Brazil will 100% be on the menu for next year! Please enjoy this selection of photos which in themselves demonstrate just how enjoyable this trip was from start until finish.

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