Andrew is looping in Moulay, Morocco shortly after getting out of hospital last summer.
C7: Did you plan to come back in the function as the “PWA reporter, journalist”?
Andrew Buchanan: To be honest I hadn’t really considered it as I knew Paul Griffiths was doing the job. It turned out to be pure luck that a couple of days after the hospital said I was all good to get back to work, Rich Page the PWA tour manager got in touch saying Paul was leaving and was I interested in the job again.
C7: What are your functions?
Andrew Buchanan: I do all sorts of things, but primarily I write the event press releases, update the elimination ladders, write the live ticker, do the sailor interviews and act as point of contact for media organizations at events. It’s hard work, but not many jobs pay you to travel around the world and work from the beach!
C7: Did you miss working in this job?
Andrew Buchanan: Yeah, it was a real shame to stop working. The PWA have a great team of guys from all over the world so sucked to suddenly cut all ties without getting to say bye to anyone.
C7: Did you keep up with the scene, while you were off the job and if yes, how?
Andrew Buchanan: I tried to as much as I could, but somehow I managed to get a hospital room with the worst internet connection ever. I’d load down videos from C7 and the PWA and have to wait about 5 hours for them to buffer.
C7: Was it hard to get into the work again?
Andrew Buchanan: If i’d have gone directly into an event I think I would have been an utter liability as I haven’t really had to apply my brain for the last 18 months. Luckily I’ve got a bit of time between now and Vietnam to figure out how spellcheck works again.
C7: Tell us a bit about you. Do you have a background in journalism and windsurfing or did you compete yourself as well?
Andrew Buchanan: I’ve actually got a BSc in geography. The thing about the PWA is that it’s so far removed from anything else, I don’t know if a traditionally trained journalist would be in a particularly good standing for the role. I’ve been windsurfing for 13 years and have worked in the industry for 5 of them. I think what’s important is having an understanding and appreciation of the sport, and being able to convey that to a large audience that doesn’t necessarily speak English as a first language. As for competing, I’ve dabbled with the UK wave tour but for the safety of myself and other competing windsurfers I try to keep my appearances to a minimum.