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Celebrating Bexhill’s windsurfing glory

marcus whitney

marcus whitney

We live and work so close to the sea but how many of us really get to grips with those rolling waves and lashing surf?

Marcus Whitney does, for one, and as a dedicated windsurfer he has spent much of his life tearing it up on the coastline.

Now he is making a film to convey the magic to others and give a sense of what is so special about his sport.

Marcus, who lives on West Parade, said: “I wanted to make a film to document both windsurfing and the culture at the beach in Bexhill. We have a great culture here in Bexhill - if you’re passing through for just a day you might miss it, so I wanted to try and capture it.

“At the same time people have been windsurfing in Bexhill since the 70s and it’s never been documented.

“We have windsurfers from 16-75 years old in the water year round. It’s in the name Bexhill meaning ‘Windy Hill’ and it’s one of the best places for it on our coast. One of the best things about it is we don’t need a park, a pitch or a membership fee - the wind is free.

I’m calling the film ‘Bexhill Dreaming’ because when I am away surfing in different countries I always dream of a good day back home in Bexhill.

We are very lucky too have Raymond Jeffery as a lead filmer. Raymond has a lot of experience in photography and lives overlooking West Parade.

I have made short trailer focused on a day’s windsurfing at West Parade. We will film over five seasons and eventually release limited edition DVD to raise money for a Cancer Research charity.”

Marcus was just nine years old when he started surfing while his father was windsurfing, and started windsurfing in his early 20s. There are no lifeguard in Bexhill so he recommends learners go to Rye Lake or Spray watersports.

“Why do I love windsurfing? It’s different for everyone, but for me windsurfing is the ultimate mental and physical outlet. You are interacting with natures elements. There is no winning or losing, the only goal is too have as much fun as possible. All those things give you a great perspective, which you carry with you into other parts of your life.”

Readers might remember Marcus taking part in the Bexhill to Camber challenge, with a group of surfers and kayakers braving the wind and waves to travel around the coast to raise funds for Watersports For Cancer Research. His film is for fun but also to raise more awareness for this charity - find the trailer at

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSFZwf8kk8E#

 

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