It’s pretty hard to only choose 5, but here goes:
1. The weather. Whilst some may have preferred 25 knots and rolling swell, the bright sunshine, light offshore wind and clear skies provided the best of conditions for everyone…well, almost everyone. Windsurfers were just planing on their big gear, the SUPers were still happy as it wasn’t too windy, and everyone was loving the sun. The only unhappy bunch? Probably the kiters, who couldn’t go out in the light, gusty off shore winds.
2. The shiny new equipment. Windsurfing gear has come along way in the last few years, and too see all of the latest developments together in one rather warm tent was incredible. Lots of colour, lots of new designs, and even more enthusiasm about what’s on offer.
3. Mass races. It never gets old seeing hundreds of windsurfers on one startline, windsurfing together, battling for positions and then taking on the treacherous, stoney run to the finish! This is truly what makes NWF so special for windsurfers.
4. Tow-in. Every year this gets more spectacular and with the likes of Gollito Estredo and Youp Schmidt joining the top british boys there was some awesome tricks on show, right in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Freestyle windsurfing at its very best.
5. Fancy dress. There’s nothing like almost not recognising familiar windsurfing faces as they have transformed themselves into a horrific monster or similar. We saw a rather confused nun, lots of fake blood and black eye liner and some very scary masks. Top team marks goes to the Agent Eight crew who came as the Ghost Busters, complete with Robby Swift in a very interesting slime outfit!
There will be a lot more NWF coverage coming you way very soon, so stay tuned to Boards for all the latest.