Who on earth is Louis Morris?
Louis is 22 years old, and has an obsession with windsurfing.
I grew up in east Cornwall and first learnt to sail (age 8) and
windsurf (age 10) at Siblyback lake near Liskeard. My first
experiance of racing was in sailing dinghys, but this was soon
followed by the joys of Team 15, where I could go to events
and have a laugh racing with other kids. Actually looking back, I
took the racing side of it far too seriously! Anyway, I was
hooked and still am, currently racing the Raceboard windsurfing
class in the UK and internationally having come through the RYA
youth pathway on Techno and RSX.
I love raceboard because it is fun (obviously), competitive, and
I doesn't demand a full time training program, allowing me the
time to study Chemistry at the University of Bristol, and do lots
of other things such play music, walk, road/mountain bike, wave
windsurf. Whilst at university I became heavily involved with the
University of Bristol Windsurfing club, eventually becoming its
president, and introducing many students to the joys of
windsurfing in the most affordable way possible.
Photo by Simon Burgess
Louis Morris Windsurfing
2014 & 2015 British Champion, 2014 National Inland Champion
2015 Raceboard World Championships 4th place
2013 Raceboard World Championships 3rd place
I graduated from the University of Bristol with a first in
Chemistry, and am currently working towards a PhD in
Catalysis at the Catalysis CDT of Cardiff, Bristol, and Bath
I have spend most summers since the age of 17 as a
windsurfing and sailing instructor at Siblyback Lake and
Polkerris Beach in Cornwall. I love instructing, sharing the joy
that being on the water brings to me with others, and helping
them to improve their skills and have fun! I also enjoy
coaching other windsurf racers. It is hugely rewarding, and I
believe it also helps me to look at my own windsurfing in a
more analytical way.
I am a little ashamed that I lived in Cornwall for 18 years
without surfing or wave windsurfing, all this racing stuff kind of
took over. Anyway, I like to do lots of wavesailing now. I won
the 2014-15 Student wave series, and I'm pretty determined
not only to push my own limits in freesailing, but also to
succeed in competition on the BWA tour.
My dream is to one day become Raceboard world Champion. I
would also love to become a professional windsurfer on the
PWA tour. I will keep training in windsurfing, and keep studying
in Chemistry, we will see which path I eventually am able to
take as a career, but one thing is for sure. I will always love
windsurfing, no matter what the conditions, discipline, or
Photo by Martin Hales
Photo by Robert Hajduk