The next in our series of ‘Industry Kids’ is Chris Yates. Recently signed up as the PWA Press Officer, his role is to keep the World in the loop with what is going on in and around the PWA World Tour.
If you’ve ever considered working in the industry and/or you are fresh out of school or University then be sure to check back through our other Industry Kid features to see exactly what doors are open:
- Adam Lewis The centre manager and sail designer
- Sam Ross The Pro Coach
- Paul Zeper The Intern
- Jay Haysey The Photographer
Paid to travel, watch windsurfing and hang with the pros, we now enviously pass over to Chris to reveal all about his ‘average’ day on what is probably one of the best jobs in the World!
I wake up and generally stroll down to breakfast around 8am, drink an essential coffee or two before heading down to the beach/office to get the day started.
09:30 - 11:30
This time is ‘usually’ spent setting up a new live ticker for the day ahead, checking emails and the PWA Facebook pages for any questions or new comments. Next up I’ll be attending the skippers meeting and updating the live ticker to keep everyone up to speed with the days proceedings.
11:30 - 17:00
There’s two scenarios from here:
The windy one: This will generally mean an action packed afternoon of keeping the live ticker up to date with heat by heat updates, verifying results and updating the elimination ladders as they progress. Usually noting down the key points throughout the day for the press release later as well. Lunch is a luxury that I have when possible...
The not so windy one: When the wind Gods fail to play ball, the afternoon is a bit more chilled, I tend to check out the event site and grab a few interviews with the pro’s for the news in the evening. If all goes well I can be out of the office by 6pm and enjoy the rest of the evening...with a beer or two.
17:00 - 20:00
When the action for the day ends, and almost everyone else is finished for the day, that’s when my work really begins. Now I have to compile all the major events of the day into the press release. Once it’s written and edited, all that’s left to do is upload the days news to the PWA website, Facebook and Twitter plus send a few emails. Then it’s finally time to sit back and relax.
If I’m lucky I may even be able to grab a quick power hour session in the evening.
20:00 - 22:30
At the recent Freestyle comp in Podersdorf, Austria, we had the night tow in sessions each evening. So after completing the press release, it was back to the beach to grab some food and keep the live ticker updated again. When the tow in finished the epic Austrian parties began, a chance to ‘rest’ with a beer or two.