Hampshire windsurfing champion Freddie Ide devastated by loss of £15,000 equipment

Windsurfing champion Freddie Ide is devastated by the theft of his £15,000 equipment

Windsurfing champion Freddie Ide is devastated by the theft of his £15,000 equipment

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A TEENAGE windsurfing champion is devastated after thieves stole his specialised watersports equipment.

Freddie Ide, who won the British Wavesailing Association’s 2012 junior championships, had set his sights on qualifying for the youth section of the Professional Windsurfers Association world tour in Tenerife in August.

But this dream went out of the window when thieves targeted his dad Nick’s van where the equipment was kept.

“This is devastating, I’ve only just become old enough to do the world tour and was looking forward to it. I will miss all the competitions until I get some new equipment. It’s going to hit me really hard,” said 13-year-old Freddie, who lives at Abbotswood in Romsey.

Besides having his Tenerife hopes of winning a trophy dashed, Freddie said his plans to take part in another British Wavesailing Association competition in September is in doubt because he hasn’t qualified yet and he’s not got the equipment to prepare for the event on Tiree off the Scottish mainland.

Appealing for the thieves to return his prized equipment, Freddie who is sponsored by 24-7 Boardsports, added: “Some of my boards and sails are custom made for me, so they are no good to anyone else.

“It’s taken me many years of practice to do what I do. Watersports are my life and until I can get some new equipment I have got a problem.”

Beside Freddie’s equipment, his dad Nick and older brother George who are also watersports fanatics lost their gear too, when the black Mercedes long wheel-base Sprinter van was broken into.

Six 2014 windsurfing boards, ten sails, seven kites and seven boards were in the van and the new equipment, which had only been bought in May, is valued at £15,000.

Nick, 49, estimates that with other property that was in the van, the thieves got away with about £25,000 worth of equipment.

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9:19am Sun 27 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Insurance job.
Insurance job. Stubs
  • Score: -1

10:13am Sun 27 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

If gear to that type of value was left in a van and if not insured then you are all stupid and you only have yourselves to blame, it serves you right.
If gear to that type of value was left in a van and if not insured then you are all stupid and you only have yourselves to blame, it serves you right. burgerboy
  • Score: 1

10:36am Sun 27 Jul 14

Frank28 says...

A very sad loss for Freddie. Is it wise to keep such high value equipment in one place? Even if the contents is insured, there will be an enormous loss-adjustment, meaning that very little will be paid out.
A very sad loss for Freddie. Is it wise to keep such high value equipment in one place? Even if the contents is insured, there will be an enormous loss-adjustment, meaning that very little will be paid out. Frank28
  • Score: 13

1:36pm Sun 27 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

WOW, Freddie!!

Not only have you had your equipment stolen, you now stand accused of an Insurance job, you've been called stupid and it serves you right that you are a victim of crime.

Personally, I hope they catch the scumbags that have done this to you and you are soon reunited with your equipment.

Best of luck in the future. x
WOW, Freddie!! Not only have you had your equipment stolen, you now stand accused of an Insurance job, you've been called stupid and it serves you right that you are a victim of crime. Personally, I hope they catch the scumbags that have done this to you and you are soon reunited with your equipment. Best of luck in the future. x IronLady2010
  • Score: 10

6:50pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

If its worth 15 grand it really should have been kept in a far more secure location than the back of a van
If its worth 15 grand it really should have been kept in a far more secure location than the back of a van Mary80
  • Score: 2

9:05am Mon 28 Jul 14

carolroads says...

I agree it's a stupid place to leave valuable stuff, but don't we have the right to expect others to show respect for others property. Unfortunately we will never get rid of these toe rags who covet any thing that doesn't belong to them. It's now just another sad fact of life and we shouldn't condemn people who make a bad judgement when they believe that people are mostly good, and wouldn't themselves steal from others.
I agree it's a stupid place to leave valuable stuff, but don't we have the right to expect others to show respect for others property. Unfortunately we will never get rid of these toe rags who covet any thing that doesn't belong to them. It's now just another sad fact of life and we shouldn't condemn people who make a bad judgement when they believe that people are mostly good, and wouldn't themselves steal from others. carolroads
  • Score: -3

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