windsurfer Chris Murray is on the hunt to become UK champion.
The 23-year-old from Fareham will take part in the latest leg of the Home Nations Cup on the remote Scottish islands of Tiree, Argyll and Bute next month as he steps up his bid to become Britain’s finest.
Murray, a professional member of the British Wavesailing Association, finished the UK tour in second place last season.
He currently lies in joint-11th place after two rounds of this year’s series but has fond memories of the Scottish course, winning there as a youngster to claim the UK junior title.
And this time around, freestyler Murray is hoping for similar success on the senior stage so he can go one better in the championship.
‘I won up in Scotland when I was younger to become the UK junior champion,’ he said.
‘And I think I’ve been back there every year ever since and not won, so it would be nice to win this one.
‘I finished second overall in the whole tour last year, so hopefully I can go one better this time.’
The UK competition sees four separate events take place, with legs in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
However, in his bid to improve on last year’s second-place finish, Murray will have to bounce back after the first two races didn’t go according to plan.
‘For me, the first two events weren’t that good,’ he said.
‘I think I finished sixth, which is quite good.
‘But considering I was second last year I know I can do a lot better.
‘I’ve been training in Hawaii, though, and it’s completely different to the UK, so you’re just hopeful you can come up with some decent results.’
Murray has enjoyed an adventurous year on the waves.
As well as Hawaii, the local jet-setter has enjoyed the surf at venues in Egypt, Mexico and California.
And the Fareham ace admits it’s been a spectacular 12 months.
‘Hawaii was amazing,’ said Murray.
‘I was there for three months, and did loads of things.
‘We did a sponsors’ photo shoot, where I got lots of really good shots out of it.
‘I’ve also been to America for the summer, in San Francisco.
‘I’m sponsored by Franklin and Marshall and they gave me money to go out there.
‘It’s been a great experience – the more surfing you get under your belt the better.
‘It’s been my best year so far.’