Having grown up and spent the majority of his life in Africa, Jamie has been involved within watersports from an early age. Since qualifying as an IKO instructor in Egypt in 2005, his wind fuelled passion for kiteboarding has led him all around the globe to spots in Australia, UK, Spain, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania. It was here that he focussed his experise for 2 years on establishing and running one of Paje’s biggest kiteboarding centres and luxury beach villas before heading back to Kenya to finally focus on setting up his own centre of excellence on the South Coast.
In the summer of 2007, whilst teaching in Cornwall, on the UK’s South West coastline, Jamie had the opportunity to take part in the first ever BKSA (British KiteSurfing Association) Senior Instructor course. Specifically designed by some of the UK’s leading kitesurfing coaches to further enhance the level of teaching and coaching excellence within the industry. In addition Jamie has qualified as an IKO (International Kitesurfing Organization) Level 2 Senior Coach, IKO Assistant Instructor Trainer and IKO Head Instructor. Jamie is also RYA Appointed First Person First Aid certified, holds the RYA Powerboat Level 2 boatcourse and RYA International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft, as well as RYA Windurfing Instructor and PADI Advanced Diver status.
Having the the opportunity to kitesurf, train, compete and provide tuition in such a diverse variety of locations and conditions has provided Jamie with a wealth of knowledges about the sport and its associated industry and has has enabled him to truly refine his teaching and advanced coaching style and technique.
Aside from the teaching aspect of the sport, Jamie takes great pleasure in organizing kitesurfing adventure tours and expeditions for advanced riders. In Kenya Jamie is one of the very few select people to ever have kitesurfed at Eliye Springs on Lake Turkana. Located in the Northern province of Kenya bordering Sudan, Somalia and Uganda, renowed as the cradle of mankind and notorious for its overized Nile crocodile, this was certainly one of the craziest spots to ever have been kitesurfed in the whole of Africa!
Previously in 2011 Jamie was the sole event organizer and manager for the South Coast’s Annual Diani Beach Kitesurfing Competition which to date had the biggest turn out of riders and sponsorship, with all proceedes going directly to the Colobus Monkey Research Institute. He has also had the pleasure of judging at the Che Shale Kite Masters event on the North Coast as well as the BKSA sponsored Mombasa MEAK Charity kitesurfing event held in Nyali.
Jamie has also helmed a number of kitesurfing expeditions throughout the Tanzanian archipelago of Islands and guided kitesurfari excursions in Mozambique and the Bazaruto National Marine Park. He provides private coaching at Kizingoni Resort based on Lamu Island and regularily takes time out to go and explore as many new spots as possible both on the coast as well as up-country Kenya in the bush