The green grass of Christchurch is always a welcome venue for the travel weary UKWA road show and this year's event was to prove just as eagerly anticipated. The UKWA Southern cup was to act as a prelude event to the Youth and Master World Championships that were to follow the week after, but it was clear to all in the know that the Southern cup was clearly the place to be.
UKWA News for 2005
It might seem a long way off, but now is the time to get your entries in for the end of season ball. If you can't see the image in the page, you can download the acrobat entry form.
On the final day of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Silvaplana the Maloja wind finally blew in its famous way. Keith Atkinson from Great Britain was the man of the day and snapped away the victory in the fourth tour stop of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup. Dan Ellis came in 16th, and Richard Jones was 2nd Junior.
The UKWA warmly welcomes a new sponsor - Salt Monkey, a brand new company established in 2005 with the intention of introducing unique brands from all other world to deepen the variety of apparel available within the surf culture.
At the Windsurfing Junior World Championships in Poland this weekend, British boys took the U15 Gold and Silver. After a week of extremely close racing in a wide range of conditions ending on Saturday 13 August, Ali Masters came first and Dave Woods came second after holding their nerve and moving ahead of the top German, French and other contenders. Aloha/Techno One Design Class Association, Boards article.
Kangaroo Poo in conjunction with West Kirby sailing club are holding a speed weekend open to all windsurfers. There will be tuition available from are team riders, demo equipment from the leading brands and lots of friendly people. The event is on the 24th and 25th September.
Dan Simpson was 2nd U15 Formula racer in the junior fleet last year in Dranske, Germany and has been training hard since then. The winter training was run by Mark Kay at Rutland Water and West Pennine Reservoir. Dan recently took part in the Formula Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships at Christchurch, Dorset.
Eastbourne Extreme certainly turned up the heat over the weekend of 16th-17th July with reports of 25,000 visitors all enjoying soaring temperatures at the FREE extreme sports festival, held on Eastbourne seafront.
It's the quiet time for events at the moment so we should all start thinking about upcoming events and the windy Autumn we are bound to have this year (fingers crossed!). Trevor summaries the upcoming Freewave events and links to the entry forms.
I would be surprised if you hadn't heard about this event as Surfkraft Team Captain, Ian Kraft, put a lot of time and effort into making sure the whole world knew about the event that would see Eastbourne transformed into the Extreme Sports mecca of Europe! There was loads going on and this always makes an event more enjoyable and you get a lot of spectators for the windsurfing which is a great way to show them what it is all about.
I turned up for the event in the early morning and had a chat with Matt Wemms (of 604 Distribution) about the sausages - floating inflatable tubes that competitors jump over - and tips to get over them. Graham Woods of Team Airborn reports. Full results.
"The 4th day of Youth, Junior and Masters World's in Christchurch was very tough and brought us more fight and some changes to the results. From the very morning we had good side shore wind and we started off at 10 o clock." Leszek Rutkowski reports, Youth and junior results.
The 2005 RYA/UKWA Youth and Masters National Championships is to be held at the newly opened Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on the 24th/25th September. Racing will take place on the waters that will host the 2012 Olympics in seven years time and who knows, maybe a few of those racing in September will be back in 2012 to claim their Olympic medals. (Entry form.)
Eight of the UK's top youth freestylers are immersed in a week of full-on freestyle, based at Club Dahab on the Red Sea.. Coached by Mark â€˜Sparky' Hosegood, who has taken on responsibility for developing youth freewave in the UK, the boys have been working hard on a range of moves all week in conditions from light wind up to force 6.
The UK Super X event went off yesterday in Christchurch with wind, sun and big crashes from some of the top UK sailors! e s i v i s i o n (producers of UK Blast!) were on hand to film it and you can check out the action by going to www.esi-vision.com and clicking on "sport" (you will need broadband and Windows Media Player 10).