National Windsurf Festival next weekend – be there, or……….

August 27, 2011 9:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

UK’s biggest windsurfing event The National Windsurfing Festival (NWF) comes
home to the shores of Hayling Island, near Portsmouth on 3-4 Sept 2011. This
unique event originated in 2006 with Allan Cross – a major in the British
army – who also shares a major passion for having fun in life via
windsurfing. With a lot of help, Allan and his team have enthusiastically
carried this event forward into its’ 6th very successful year, to become a
global benchmark for many other similar fun and freeride events around the
world. Focusing solely on promoting a fun and feel-good spirit amongst the
UK freeride community, NWF features 6 industry sponsored master blaster
events, with 2 main fleets for freeride and national level sailors.  Each
funrace has additional prizes for older pre 2000 and pre 1985 equipment in
addition to the normal age and gender categories; NWF even promote a prize
for 1st fancy dress plus team racing.  A capacity fleet is expected to fill
every one of the available maximum 350 on water entries, attracting interest
and entrants from as far away as the Netherlands.

UK windsurfing gurus Ant Baker, Jem Hall, Simon Bornhoft, Sam Ross, Jim
Collis and newly discovered guitar virtuoso Peter Hart will all be on hand
and conducting clinics between races throughout the weekend, while OTC
provide “come&try” hands-on taster sessions. The event also hosts the UK’s
biggest windsurf trade show with the new 2012 products all up close and
personal. The British Slalom Association runs a special Turbo 15 class,
especially catering for young riders up to the age of 15.  As the sun sets,
it’s time to switch on the lights in readiness for the awesome Spartan
sponsored night windsurfing extravaganza ! These boys (and girls) don’t hold
back !The BSA Turbo 15 hit the water first with their multi colored glow
sticks and partner up with the pro’s, then it’s the freeride night master
blaster, before the pros go out to do battle to win the prestigious title of
NWF Night Windsurfing Champion. Back onshore things really light up with a
1000 strong Hawaiian themed beach party entertained by The Heathrow Jets
blasting ’til the small hours.  Roll on Sunday, when it’s more of the same
please, but with the new addition of a NWF Freestyle competition.

Extra special this year is the introduction of the first National SUP
Festival (NSUPF),  geared once more towards fun and broad based sport
participation rather than hardcore competition.  This event really does turn
the normal spectator into a “competitor” in its fun fuelled festival weekend
for all abilities and ages. Bring it on!

More info

Team QSW will be there for Severne sails and Thommen boards – of course we will also be at the party!!

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This post was written by James Connor

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