About Us

We are a non profit club aimed primarily at youngsters. We aim to make Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) more accessible to the local community, in a safe and affordable way. We are mobile – we store our equipment in a trailer, and run most sessions in Newburgh (the Ythan River) or Peterhead (both in Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Key facts

  • RYA Affiliated
  • Qualified RYA (windsurf, first aid, powerboat, VHF) & ASI (SUP) instructors
  • Rescue boat
  • Storage & changing trailer
  • Variety of Windsurf & SUP gear

History

  • Established 2012 as The Windsurf Club
  • 2014 – Awards for All funding
  • Club member on the Techno racing circuit
  • 2016 – Instructors gained ASI qualifications for SUP (paddle boarding)
  • Busy 2019 season:
    9 Sunday Coached Sessions, 10 Monday open sessions, Sea Gorillaz at every RYA Scottish T15 event with some great results (3rd Overall) & 16 venues visited
  • 2020 – COVID Pandemic meant we were unable to run sesssions
  • 2021 – Renamed to include Stand Up Paddleboarding

The Commitee

Danny is Secretary & makes things happen! He is a surfer and is progressing fast in windsurfing, having been a qualified instructor for a few years now. He’s a true sportsman with more boards, bikes and injuries than normal. He brings enthusiasm, experience, dedication and huge amounts of essential hot chocolate to the club.


Ali, RYA & ASI qualified, is the club President. He began windsurfing in Newburgh after inheriting his dad’s obsession for the sport. He has worked in Greece, Turkey and New Zealand as a windsurf instructor and is stoked to see the next generation getting on the waves.

Paula has been helping at the club since the start, and now looks after Welfare and Beach activities. She loves swimming in the sea, surfing and paddle boarding!

Although usually found on the grass coaching rugby, Gareth has been a dingy sailor since a young age, more recently moving to canoeing and SUP. Holds RYA L2 powerboat and once a sailing instructor, he will be helping with the windsurfing when required, but will mostly be leading the new Social SUP group for the club

Emma, along with Gareth, is promoting SUP within the club

Sam has been active on the junior racing, wave RYA events nationally. He is keen to become an instructor and develop the kids club, as well as get catch more waves!

Rob & Wendy have been involved since the beginning of the club but are taking a step back. They are honourary committee members and we still see them on the water. Rob is a RYA & ASI instructor with decades of coaching experience.

You?

We’d love to hear from you if you are keen to get involved by volunteering or promoting the sport / club.

Support, sponsorship & funding

Without the support of individuals, businesses and organisations, the club wouldn’t be where it is today. We’re immensely grateful for this support and below is a list of some sponsorship, funding and donations to date. If you’d like to offer help or support, make a donation or enquiry, please get in touch.

Audrey Forbes-Clarke, Ythan fishery manager and Udny Trust factor, has been very supportive and enabled the club to have access to and make use of a local hut. The guys from SPLASH! and NESS have been very supportive and helpful to the club on a number of issues we’ve come up against during the club’s fomative period.

Big thanks especially to Henry Webb who provided very useful feedback on our Awards for All grant application and Ewan Macpherson who has been really helpful in linking us to a number folk who have been/are in a similar position to ourselves.

Local windsurfers have very kindly made donations, from boards to wetsuits and other items. Once again, a big thank you!