Young windsurfer Louis Miles has enjoyed an incredible year on the water and will look to continue this after being selected for the RYA Zone Squad.
Miles, 13, has been windsurfing at Spray Watersports for just over two years and last year he came joint third in the 4.5m class at the National Championships at Northampton, winning a merit award for good sportsmanship in the process.
This year Miles has gone up to the 5.8m class, which is a big step up, and a lot more challenging with a bigger sail with longer and tougher courses.
Miles, who attends Gildredge House Free School, competed in the RYA Team15 regional heats over the summer, two at Rye Watersports and two at Spray Watersports. He picked up a very impressive first place in three of the four events.
He was pipped to the post and beaten by one point on the first event of the season but came back and won the remaining events by a substantial lead. With each of the events usually consisting of six races.
His contribution to the team scores secured them a place at the National Championships which was held at Rutland Water this year.
He managed 12th overall in the 5.8m class, coming second in two of the races. The event was held over two days and saw an incredible 225 youngsters compete. His team Spray Sprites got a podium position in third place.
Next Miles competed in another weekend of racing at the RYA South & East Zone Championships in West Mersea, Essex in which he achieved a second place overall in very little wind.
A knee injury meant he couldn’t take part in trials for the RYA Zone Squad last month, but was given a place based on his accomplishments over the last year.
The RYA Zone Squad is part of Team GBR Windsurfing Team. With a total of 17 youngsters from the South and South East Region. Training takes place all around the South of England with coaching from some of the UK’s top Olympic coaches.
With the chance to learn from some of the country’s best windsurfers, being chosen for the RYA Zone Squad could prove crucial for Miles and his development in windsurfing.
The first event is to be held at the Queen Mary Sailing Club.
It’s easy to see that the sport is Miles’ passion and in the summer, he trains at least twice a week and takes part in numerous events. At every possible chance Miles will be on the water, preparing for his next challenge.
The 13-year-old will hope to take everything he can from the RYA Zone training camps in the hope of progressing even further and following his dream.