The Kitesurf Centre Team
Our best team yet: We at The Kitesurf Centre pride ourselves in having a selection of the most experienced and highly regarded instructors in the UK. For 2017 we believe we have our best team yet!
Hand Selected: Our hand picked instructors are all BKSA or IKO qualified with a vast amount of experience. Most of which have previously managed centres in the UK and abroad or do so in our winter months.
Continual training & improvement: Having great instructors really makes a difference to your kite lessons, as teaching kite & watersports can be difficult. This is why we are very selective when choosing our employees and continually change and improve our instruction methods with staff coaching.
Tristan Cawte - BKSA Senior Instructor & Centre Manager
Tristan learnt to kitesurf in 2005 and continued his passion while at University where he obtained a Marine Engineering degree, but more importantly his instructors certificate! On completion he taught for schools in England and abroad before gaining his senior instructor certificate and subsequently managed several centres. Before establishing The Kitesurf Centre with Thomas, he taught potential kitesurfing intructors the BKSA syllabus in Egypt. Tristan loves going kitesurfing on the really stormy days and doing huge jumps and mega loops
Thomas Cawte - BKSA & BSUPA Instructor - Centre Manager
Thomas initially learnt to kite landboard whilst studying a Masters degree in Chemistry at Warwick University. After graduation he moved into kitesurfing and taught at several schools in the UK before establishing The Kitesurf Centre with his brothers in 2007.
Thomas is also a keen snowboarder and stand up paddle boarder which has really opened up our eyes to the amazing wave surfing conditions Camber can offer.
He runs the repair service with Michael and is very knowledgeable about all sorts of kitesurfing equipment.
Rupert Cawte - BKSA & BSUPA Instructor - Centre Manager
Rupert initially bought a power kite many years ago to landboard with but was soon hooked and wanted a bigger kite so then learnt to kitesurf.
Along with his brothers, Rupert is also involved with the running of the school and is very knowledgeable about the local conditions and equipment.
He is very innovative and has many great ideas. As well as working at The Kitesurf Centre he also has his own design company.
Along with kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding/surfing, Rupert also loves snowboarding and cycling. He matched the British snowboard speed record of 96mph in March (video)
Janna Olsson - BKSA Instructor & Padi Divemaster
In 2011 Janna converted from diving to kitesurfing - a great switch!
She is multilingual, really friendly and a great part of the team. You'll often see her cycling on the roads around Kent with her kitesurf kit on her back!
Molly Parr - BKSA & BSUPA Instructor
Molly joined our 8 week Fastrack Instructor Course and after a successful summer, spent the winter months teaching in the warm climates of St Lucia, but now she's back for some more UK summer fun!
Molly is always fun to be around and liked by all the students
Clive Marriner - BKSA Level 2 Senior Kitesports Instructor
Clive has been kitesurfing many years and began to instruct on the water in 2009. Prior to this he taught powerkiting in the parks of London (and worked as an insurance broker, but we don't like to mention this).
Clive is super friendly, enthusiastic and a real asset to The Kitesurf Centre.
Sophie Taylor - BKSA Kitesurf Instructor & Padi Divemaster
Tom Fuller - BKSA & IKO Level 2 Senior Kitesurf Instructor
Tom has been involved with kitesurfing for over a decade and in 2012 became a Senior BKSA & IKO instructor. Since which he's managed large centres in Greece and South Africa, teaching all levels of kitesurfing up to instructor grade, while temporarily helping at The Kitesurf Centre between trips. But for 2017 we're lucky enough to have him all season. Tom is currently writing a book about learning to kitesurf so watch out for it on shelves in WH Smiths near you soon!
Ben Clarke - BKSA & IKO Level 2 Senior Kitesurf Instructor
Ben joined The Kitesurf Centre in 2011 after instructing for several years previously around the world. He's been around since the beginning of the sport (in 2000!) so knows all the ins and outs. He spends his summers in the UK and winters abroad either snowboarding or kitesurfing. Known by everyone, very popular and probably the most energetic person in the world! Don't not give this guy a coffee.
Adam Amer- IKO / BKSA Senior Kitesurf & RYA Windsurf Instructor
We first met Adham in 2008 while running instructor courses in Soma Bay, Egypt, where he has been teaching kitesurfing and windsurfing for the past 10 years. Due to the current tourist climate in Egypt Adham has come to work in the UK. His experience, professionalism and positive attitude has been welcomed at The Kitesurf Centre
Tomasz Cetra - IKO Kitesurf Instructor
Tomasz has been teaching part time with us since 2012 as he is also an osteopath. This has come in handy several times for various staff injuries!
He is dedicated, enthusiastic, good fun to be around and is also multi lingual, speaking English, Polish & Russian
Michael Hiett - BKSA Kitesurf Instructor & Repairs Expert
Michael joined our apprenticeship scheme in 2015 and enjoyed such success that he's continued on with us part time while attending University. Michael is really enthusiastic and reached a brilliant riding level in just the year he has been kitesurfing. He also helps in our repairs workshop.
Steve Thane- BKSA Kite Sports & BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor
Steve also participated in the 8 week Fastrack Instructor Course last year before spending the winter improving his instructing skills in the tough conditions that his native South Africa has to offer. Steve has been involved in kite sports for about 10 years and you'll often find him tweaking various pieces of equipment in the back of his van.
Gregorio Ceccoli - IKO Level 2 Kitesurf & Snowkite Instructor
Greg begun with The Kitesurf Centre in the summer of 2011 as work experience and to learn English but 5 years later and he's still here! Greg is a very popular instructor and great asset to the centre. During the winter months he runs a Snowsports Centre in Italy which is where we go for the snowkite holidays
Nick Heath - Enthusiastic Apprentice!
Nick was our apprentice for the 2016 season, where he learnt to teach kitesurfing and worked in the centre. Nick is a keen watersport enthusiast and enjoyed participating in the new sports. Now fully trained Nick will continue as a qualified instructor
Poppy - Client Entertainment
You'll often find Poppy bathing in the sun lying right in the middle of the car park, or chilling on her sofa if the weather isn't so good.
She loves playing with children being similar height and has an incredibly shiny coat, we suspect due to all the stroking she receives!