British Sailing team member, Sam Sills, is a new breed of athlete.
One who wants to protect the planet AND reach the very top of the high octane sport he competes in. Sam has a passion for sustainability, a love of nature & Olympic iQFoil windsurfing ambitions for Paris 2024.
He is currently number 5 in the world in the new Olympic discipline of iQFoil and came 7th at the ‘unofficial’ 2020 World Championships in Lake Garda.
Having travelled far and wide with the sport Sam has at times lived in his camper van for maximum efficiency, decked out with solar panels, facilities to cook and a place to sleep.
Sam’s most exciting contribution to reducing windsurfing’s carbon footprint is through his career as a naval architect which he undertakes alongside competitive windsurfing. Having graduated from Southampton Solent with a 1st class degree in Yacht and Powercraft Design, Sam has put significant efforts into making sailing and board sports greener. In 2014 he was a finalist in the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Innovation Design awards with his final year project where he designed a luxury 24m Trimaran in a wood and carbon fibre composite, aimed at investigating sustainable Yacht design alternatives and reducing environmental impact.
Recently, he has been working on electric boats in Norway with ZEM energy. The boats are without engines, emissions-free, and are almost entirely powered by renewable resources. He has also been working with Kona Sports in Sweden, where they have managed to 3D-print prototypes using a special by-product tree resin, recycled from the wood industry. As a result, prototype boards used in creating the final design, were completely recyclable and created zero waste.
Sam is on a mission to raise awareness surrounding sustainability in sport and getting people to fall in love with nature so they take more care of it.
Do good. Play hard. Push boundaries. Have fun.