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.
As well as kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding/surfing, Rupert also loves snowboarding and cycling. He currently holds the world record for fastest speed on a snowboard (indoor) and is possibly the world's biggest fan of biscuits.
Karen Inwood - Bookings & Office Manager
Karen has been involved with The Kitesurf Centre since 2014 (when she came to visit on holiday but ended up painting the centre!) and for 2017 has taken on the role of bookings and office manager. In between walking the centre dogs, learning to kitesurf and cross stitching, Karen enjoys travelling around the world visiting new places and expanding her already rather large collection of cacti.
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.
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!
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! Do not give this guy a coffee.
Samina Laurinaityte - BKSA Kitesurf Instructor
Samina moved from London and trained with us in 2016 to become a BKSA instructor and has since taught in the UK, Zanzibar and now back to Camber for another season. She is very jovial, speaks fluent Lithuanian and REALLY likes avocados.
Paul Harwood - BKSA & BSUPA Kitesurf & SUP Instructor
Paul completed our 8 week Fastrack Instructor Course and after a successful summer, spent the winter months teaching in the warm but difficult climates of South Africa. After a great summer with us in 2017 he's back by popular demand with loads more experience for some more Camber fun!
Sophie Taylor - BKSA Kitesurf Instructor & Padi Divemaster
After visiting the centre many years ago with students from her school, Sophie fell in love with life at the beach and helps out at The Kitesurf Centre as an instructor sometimes. Always super enthusiastic and happy, Sophie is a kind and patient instructor. When she's not at the centre you'll find her working on renovating her farmhouse or walking her adorable (and slightly crazy!) dog Tiggy on the beach.
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.
Jen Bell - Taylor - BKSA Senior Instructor
Jen has been teaching for 6 years and involved with kitesurfing many more. She has taught around the UK and managed kite schools at various destinations worldwide.
Jen is dedicated, highly motivated and really clued up on all things watersports (and sloths!). She is a great asset to any team.
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 began 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
Alex Thomson - BKSA Kitesurf Instructor
Alex initially learnt to kitesurf with The Kitesurf Centre about 6 years ago and has since taught and kitesurfed all around the world. He is currently embarking on a solo 'around the world' cycle trip but has stopped here for the summer season. Alex has 'Little Britain Tourettes' and can't help but do his impressions all day!
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!