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How did you first meet?
Dave: I was carpet cleaning her Mum’s house! I used to do all sorts of part time jobs to fund my painting and this was one of them. She wasn’t there but her Mum rang her up at work and said, ‘Get home; there is a nice young man here!!’
Dave: When we got married, the guys at my work took out a sweep stake on how long the marriage would last; no one had us longer than 18 months! But once we had Aleksy it all changed, we both couldn’t believe how much we loved being Mum & Dad. So as long as she had her baby in her arms, she didn’t care what she did. I stopped drinking so much, going clubbing etc. For me going out sailing and then coming back and my little boy was there it was just blinding, and it’s been like that ever since (other than life’s usual ups and downs).
Dave - when did you first start windsurfing?
So did meeting Jayne make you do more windsurfing or less?
Is this true?
Jayne: Yeah, I was in heaven!! Dave had taught me before I had Aleksy but I stopped when I had the children, I was quite happy to watch. But then Dave bought a Windglider and I got into it when the kids were toddlers. I just like to ‘potter’ around though, I’m not interested in planning, I just like to chill!!
Don’t you get annoyed when your family life revolves around a forecast?
Jayne: I have had a few occasions but not now we have the kids. Windsurfing rules our lives. We don’t plan anything. We can’t have a holiday unless it is at a windsurfing destination. But I’m just so used to that. This year, for example, we said we would go somewhere nice and hot but it got to the point where I went to yoga and the instructor said think of somewhere nice & relaxing and I thought Ireland ! We have been going to Jamie Knox’s place for the last four years and I came home and said, ‘That’s it, I don’t want to go somewhere hot, I want to go to Ireland ! ’ And that’s what the children want.
Dave: This is great because to go abroad with all your kit is just too expensive.
It sounds like a totally different life compared to your younger days?
Jayne: Yes it is! Our entire house is decorated in waves – even down to our toilet seat! We don’t spend money on anything else other than windsurfing kit.
Dave: Thinking about it, even though it happened gradually, I can now say windsurfing completely rules our lives. I think a lot of it is because the kids love it and we have seen Aleksy’s confidence grow so much. It will really get him though some troubled years at school, in fact it has already helped.
To view Dave’s oil paintings go to www.davegayda.co.uk.
To see Aleksy in action, come down to Rhosneigr in North Wales for the second UKWA Wave event of the year (11-13 May).