Simon Bassett - The Boss
Simon learnt to windsurf in 1976, aged 11 (before a lot of the rest of the team were born!) He competed in Windsurfer Class Div 1, UKBSA, Johnnie Walker Speed Events, Schmirnoff and the South West Funboard Cup. He became the Production Board Speed record holder in the UK on a Klepper 272! He was an IWA (International Windsurfing Association) Instructor at 16 and then became an RYA Level 5 Windsurfing Instructor. He co-founded the British Speed-sailing Association was a committee member for the BWA. He was the test editor of On Board and Windsurf magazine and a Carlsberg/Mistral team member, one of the first pilots/sailors of a wind glider (a hanglider/windsurfer crossover) called the wind weapon.
He has worked in Vassiliki and Tarifa as an instructor and has travelled to some of the best windsurfing and SUP spots on the planet including Ireland, Cabarete, Barbados, Egypt, Fuerte, Maui, Hawaii, California and Baja, Mexico.
Simon set up 2XS® in 1989 with wifey Jane and started selling mountain bikes, windsurf gear, snowboards and power kites. Simon: We had a grant from The Princes Youth Business Trust and a superb PYBT business advisor called Jacques Chapman. We came second in a national business contest and received an award from HRH Prince Charles. We took over the Windsurf Club at West Wittering in 1991 when windsurfing was nearly banned on the beach and set the first beach zoned windsurf safety system in the UK. Since then, we have added kitesurfing to this. 2XS® moved its entire operation online to www.2XS.co.uk in 2005 and sold the freehold on the shop site.
After over 30 years of windsurfing, Simon is very passionate about getting on the water: he currently rides an RRD Wave Twin 82 and an RRD Wave Cult Hardcore 75, powered with EZZY Wave Panthers. On the SUP side, he uses a GONG 10'2 Greedy and a GONG 10'8 Everywhere, Kialoa Shaka Pu'u Paddles and NPX Wetsuits.
Recently, he has been responsible for the development of the Rippers (5+) kids courses at X-Train. Simon has been heavily involved with paddlesurfing as one of the first SUPers in the UK. He helped set up the British Stand Up Paddlesurf Association (BSUPA) and ran all their events in 2008. He is currently working on rolling out a coaching program for the UK with them and the BSA (British Surfing Association) for 2009.
Simon is also involved in other business ventures such as SUPGlobal as well distribution of GONG Paddleboards, Kialoa Paddles, Free Your Mind DVDs and Prosport Sunscreen.