The National Windsurfing Festival (NWF) 7-9 Sept is a celebration of windsurfing being the largest windsurfing event in the country designed purely for the recreational sailor whereby the whole windsurfing industry and the who's who of windsurfing come together in support of the UK's free-ride market which attracts over 400 sailors to hayling Island the birth place of windsurfing.
The format is a series of industry sponsored master blasters (Beach start, gybe at buoy and back to the beach) we have categories for pre millennium and pre 1985 equipment and even fancy dress category.
The event has a unique buzz and atmosphere which has 85% of repeat competitors its is all about like minded enthusiasts coming together to have fun…..You can enter as an individual or part of a team of 3…… All industry sponsored prizes are allocated to the free-ride category.
We have all the major manufactures exhibiting and demoing their latest equipment and clinics conducted by the UK top gurus, and the now famous night windsurfing under flood lights and a class for the under 16s BSA Turbo 15 followed by the legendary 1980's themed party entertained by The Heathrow Jets.
The entry includes:
1. Opportunity to attend all the on water and land clinics conducted throughout the 3 day festival.
2. Opportunity to demo the latest equipment show cased at the biggest windsurfing/sup trade show.
3. Opportunity to attend the industry presentations and chat with the UK's finest sailors.
4. Access to the parties and live entertainment for both Fri and Sat night.
5. Free car parking and camping for the duration.
6. Free unique NWF event rash vest.
7. Opportunity to enter in all the master blasters sponsored by the industry with hundreds of prizes on offer.
8. Free lunch meal on Sat.
9. Opportunity to enter the Night windsurf
10. Opportunity to enter into the SUP Festival.
11. Opportunity to celebrate our fantastic sport with 400 plus other like minded enthusiasts.
12. Opportunity to join in NWF Extreme Paddle a fun competition consisting of run, bike and inflatable SUP.
More info and online entry and additional party tickets can be found at www.nationalwindsurfingfestival.com
2 of the many Testimonials which are on the NWF site....
National Windsurfing Festival is firmly in our calendars every year and we arrange our holidays around it. Last year we went to Holland and came back via Hayling Island for the festival! It is literally the social event of the year!
I absolutely love it, it’s a great event. It’s a great festival for everybody that just simply loves windsurfing. You don’t have to be a professional (they have their own fleet), all you need is some kit and some pain killers – because I can guarantee you, you will have face-ache from smiling so much.
I was definitely not taking part, but it was an amazing sight as competitors began to get away from the beach and sail off into the distance to the buoy and back. I felt so disappointed with myself that I hadn’t had a go, so when the next race was announced, let me tell you, I was down there getting prime spot on the beach!
I didn’t win, but I didn’t come last! But I did have the biggest smile on my face from all the 400 competitors and I felt I should have won a prize for that alone. Yes!!! I have just finished my first ever windsurf race!!!!! I think I managed another two races that day before I ran out of puff; the great thing about NWF is you can do as many races as you like. There is no certainly no pressure from anybody, you do as you want. I couldn’t wait for the Sunday to do it all again!
So Ladies (and Gents) if you have never been, then come on, give it a go. Don’t be scared about the word RACE like I was… Even if you’re a beginner as long as you can get around a simple course (doesn’t matter if you wobble or fall off a trillion times like I did) then it’s for you!!!! Its all about taking part and having lots of fun – and it really is.
Laura Jurgens – NWF Competitor
Calling all self-doubters
Right! If you’re out there reading this and have never entered the NWF before because you don’t think you’re good enough, read on this blog is for you.
I was in your position in 2008. I could just about sail in a straight line in powered up conditions, but was a million miles away from the elusive gybe and I thought a Tack was used to hold two bits of wood together. However in 2008 I took the plunge and registered.
2008 saw strong winds pushing me to my limit. This was the most unbelievable fun!! And friendships were forged in those first 5 minutes alone. I managed to get off the beach and completed the race by swimming around the gybe mark. The next day was calmer and perfect for my ability. I competed in all the races without completing a single Gybe.
I have entered every year since then and have competed in the free ride, pre 85, and wind-sup fleets; on equipment ranging from normal free ride gear to an ex-Olympic eBay special costing 99p! I have also raced at night by getting into the top 50 on a SUP board last year, and taken part in the tag team challenge twice with pro riders such as Ben Proffitt, Bougima guilloma and Marcillo Browne; not forgetting attending the ‘awesome’ parties!
The National Windsurfing Festival is organized for the ordinary sailor like you and me, and what you get out of it is directly related to what you put in. I would encourage you to sign up and give it a go. As long as you can sail in a straight line you’ll be fine, and the smiles on the way home are guaranteed!
See you on the water Phil Plume.