- Gepubliceerd op woensdag 24 augustus 2011 11:07
- Geschreven door Jaime
The 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.
K 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!
* Martijn (Volvosurfer), Arno ( Mr. Q), Antony (Surfing Toon), Jeroen (Deejoe), Frank (Frank 363) en Niels (Nilsini)
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