Hundreds turn out for Hayling watersports festival.
Hundreds turn out for Hayling watersports festival
– Mon 2nd Sep 2013
The National Watersports Festival organisers have had a year of ups and downs but the event which was held this weekend at Beachlands has been described as the best yet and all the hard work definitely paid off.
As Friday dawned the weather was playing ball and the UK’s watersports industry turned up to exhibit their wares and help out with the organisation. Professional rides appeared at Beachlands having returned from their competitive travels and beginner to experienced recreational enthusiasts all took to the water for a three day extravaganza of friendly racing, demos and partying.
All through the weekend there were stand up paddle boarders (SUP), kayakers, kitesurfers and windsurfers making the most of the fantastic conditions. Taster sessions were on offer across a variety of disciplines for those looking to go afloat for the first time and plenty of smiles were had by all.
The weekend also featured the jaw dropping night windsurf. A number of top freestyle windsurfers (including the current freestyle world champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo from Venezuela) were towed along next to the beach at warp speed before contorting themselves into the latest aerial moves right in front of the crowds.
Everyone then headed into the marquee for the second of the weekend’s parties, which saw a horror fancy dress theme. Pros and amateurs alike danced well into the small hours with live music keeping everyone entertained and moving.
The three day NWF event has been described by head honcho Allan Cross as the biggest and best yet which bodes well for the future. He will now be enjoying a well-earned rest before taking stock of the situation and deciding on a plan of action for the hoped return of the festival in 2014.
Allan said this morning: ‘Just pulled the last of the NWF flags down and the marquee’s are fast being dropped.
I want to thank everyone for their support leading up to and during the event. I think it has to be one of best yet in its seven year history.
The atmosphere and participation was great to see and it was especially warming to witness all disciplines on the water together.
I heard nothing but positive remarks regarding the exhibition/trade areas and it was obvious to see everyone had raised the bar.
Also thanks to the residents of Hayling for letting the UK’s watersports industry set up camp along the beach front and welcome riders and participants from all corners of the globe.
Now I need some sleep…’
For more pics of the event head over to the NWF Facebook page where lots of photos from all three days are on display –
*** Accompanying shot – Venezuelan Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo contorts into another mind blowing freestyle move. Picture courtesy Dave White (K63). ***