Following its spectacular inaugural event last year, which was hailed as the ‘best windsurfing event in 20 years’, the event, run in conjunction with the UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA), has been scaled up to accommodate for the additional numbers and further exciting features added.
There will be a comprehensive range of free clinics and training sessions, from a number of the windsurfing greats, including Fat Face Team Riders Simon Bornhoft, John Hibbard and Peter Hart, who will explain everything from getting started through to airborne turns, perfecting race starts and equipment.
Fat Face will be launching its brand new ‘Fat Face Starboard Rio’, which marks the active lifestyle’s break into new territory of producing hardware. It will be the first place in the world where the board will be shown to the public and trialled.
Industry heavyweights join in
Brand new for this year will be the presence of a number of manufacturers for riders to get advice and pick up vital equipment. Joining Fat Face will be Tushingham, Starboard, Fanatic, Dakine, Neilpryde, Mistral, Severne Sails, Fibre Masts T1 and RRD. There will also be a presence on site from Grasshopper, the organic porridge producers, already a hit with a number of the windsurfers who ‘live on the stuff!”
The competition being run by the UKWA is open to all levels with a Masterblaster format to and from the beach. Those wishing to compete at night will have the qualifying rounds during the day in a Freewave SupperX format.
Fat Face has a prize pot of £2,500, there are £2,000 of Neilson vouchers to be won (so windsurfers can sail in some of the top destinations around the world . A prize specifically for the team event) and 100s more products up for grabs, generously provided by the manufacturers who are sponsoring individual races.
For competitors the cost is £25. Included in this is a limited edition Fat Face event Rash Vest, food and drink vouchers, a Grasshopper porridge and FREE entrance to the party.
What about the spectators?
The Fat Face Night Windsurf is a massive spectacle from the sheer number of windsurfers in the water at any given time to the huge spot lights that will be erected to highlight the action on the water at night.
As well as the chance to learn more about the sport, there will be food and drink running all day from the Inn on the Beach, The Fabulous Fug live band, a huge party and a grand prize giving to round it all off. Plus, the opportunity to hob nob with some of the industry rock stars!
Last year’s winner and windsurfing legend Nik Baker commented: “It’s the first time many of the sailors had been out on the water in pretty much pitch black ….. might as well shut your eyes trying to find the wind and waves. A very well organised event. It’s been an awesome day for windsurfing.”
Ian Williams, Fat Face events manager commented: “The Fat Face Night Windsurf proved to be one of the most popular events in the racing calendar because complete newcomers were competing against the biggest names in the industry. This was a pretty exciting proposition for people who may only have read about these names and seen their photos in magazines.”
Timings and location
The Fat Face Night Windsurf will be taking place at the Inn on the Beach on
Saturday, 8th September 2007
Registration will commence at 09:00
First event 11:00 and then hourly until 18:00
Start of Night Windsurf 20:30
Sunday 9th September 2007
Racing will commence at 10:30 and run though until 13:00
14.00 – Final Prize Giving