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New Director, Renewed Direction


Since The Official Test Centre (OTC) was founded in 2006, the concept and focus of the company has always been to challenge the status quo and champion what watersports can provide its participants.

We’re proud of our achievements to date - the first genuine test centre for windsurfing equipment; early adopters of foiling, collaborating with The RYA in helping to write the teaching model for wind-foiling and winging. The UK’s first reseller of Onewheels, and most recently the UK’s first Fliteschool and service centre for Fliteboards.

We’ve grown from a centre into retail and most recently distribution; from a full time staff count of just two in 2013 to twelve today, and a Team Rider list of similar proportions, with ex-World Champions, National Champions and Olympic medallists amongst the ranks to boot. But we’re not stopping there.

We have recognised that we want to achieve much more and the location that we call home has so much more potential. So after a great deal of consideration from both parties, we are delighted to welcome a new director onto the company’s board. James West is first and foremost a fanatical windsurfer. He knows and understands the environment in which we work and he sees the possibilities in the sector.

A genuine entrepreneur, James brings a great deal of business acumen, having founded Alamy (the online image library) and a CEO of Videoloft. He’s a creative in the true sense of the word and we’re extremely excited to have him on board to develop future ideas and pathways.

The 2023 season has started and we can’t wait to have to you with us, to join us on the water and continue the adventure, with renewed momentum.



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