Having travelled all over the globe windsurfing and surfing for the last 20
years I have come to realise more and more that the UK and Ireland has probably
just as good if not better waves than anywhere else in the world. As a result i
have probably clocked up more miles in my van than Eddie Stobarts entire fleet
of lorries. With 85000 miles clocked up in my trusty Ford Transit in just 3
years it was time to think of a new van!
practical van for my needs, maybe not the most aesthetically pleasing vans but
certainly the most practical. Nowadays it is not only myself and my windsurfing
boards I have to think of, it is also my wife and 2 young children, who
regularly accompany me on my many trips around the UK. This meant i needed now
a bigger van, I placed an order for a brand new Ford Transit LWB high roof
Limited Spec panel van, the limited spec has all the toys needed as standard so
no expensive extras to add on.
The single most frustrating thing about my
old van was the mess and clutter that i produced!. I tend to carry more boards
in my van than I ever need but as a Pro windsurfer I need to have all my
equipment constantly ready to go, I swore to myself that with this new van my
life would try to be a bit more organised. This is when I got introduced to
Drew and the team at ActionVan who were exhibiting at the National Windsurf
I explained to the guys what i actually needed in the
Solid racking to carry up to 10 boards at one time. Including SUP
Racking to carry up to 14 sails, masts and booms.
to be removable so my van can still be used as a traditional empty shell
Additional racking to be fitted so that one side of my van can still be
used to store boards whilst leaving the other side of my van open for storing
bikes, triple board bags, sleeping etc.
Secure insurance certifeied seating
for my children behind driver and passenger seating.
Secure steel mesh
bulkhead behind kids seating to protect kids from equipment.
Space to change
and sleep to take full advantage of the full standing height in rear of
Rotating passenger seat so my wife has easy access to kids.
and fully insulated throughout.
Storage nets at rear for screwdrivers, wax
Carpeted wall lining on sliding doors.
As you can see a pretty
Within 5 days i was handed back my pride and joy with the full
The guys have done an incredible job, everything i had
hoped for they have done better, the proof in the pudding was always going to be
my first proper road trip. With van fully loaded with all my gear, wife and kids
we all set of for Cornwall. Both my kids happy, wife happy (in her own captains
chair!) and myself very happy! Changing was easy inside my van, plenty of room
to stretch and more importantly in Feb staying warm! My gear was easy to find,
no lost masts or sails, for once i actually felt like a proper Pro!
i have had the conversion, I have thought of even more ideas, number 1 on my
list will be the diesel heater for those cold winter morning surfs, time to get
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