Lee 'Pasty' Harvey gives us the lowdown on his recent appointment as Olympic Kitesurf Coach for a national team...
After working for years as a Sailing and Windsurfing coach, more recently I have been working hard to promote the advantages of coaching to kitesurfers. Sadly there has not been much uptake in the UK, yet I have not given up as I believe every kitesurfer, from those who only go on weekends to ones that compete on the World Tour, can benefit from coaching. It’s not just the top level Freestylers and Racers but riders across all of our disciplines - especially Freeriding and Waveriding - who will reap huge rewards from just a few hours with a qualified and insured British Kitesports Coach. I have continued to offer coaching courses, write articles for magazines and release videos to provide hints and tips across all disciplines and people around the world are starting to take note. It felt amazing at the 2012 Race Worlds to be thanked at the airport by the Estonia race team for teaching them to tack via my video on Youtube!
All of this work has now lead to a job with the Qatar Olympic Federation to prepare their kitesurfers for the Olympics in 2020. To start with its just a few weeks getting them on the right path turning ex dinghy racers into Kiteracers with more work to come in the coming years and more once Kitesurfing is officially in the Olympic Games. With the benefits of coaching being seen across all sports around the world, I really encourage all Kitesurfers in the UK, whatever your level to have a few hours coaching, you will be amazed how much you improve!
For details of my upcoming clinics see the website www.pastyadventures.co.uk