The biggest difference between this year’s National Windsurfing Week and the 2008 event was the weather, most importantly the wind. Last year we had little if any wind, but this year we were blessed with plenty of wind and some blue sky and sunshine.
The fantastic “Sunrise to Sunset” event organised by the charity “Windsurfing 4 Cancer Research” started the week in style and saw hundreds of people on the water enjoying the conditions atHayling Island. Other venues reported similar success and a lot of money was raised for a very worthwhile charity whilst promoting our sport.
Lots of centres reported a big interest in lessons for beginners and taster sessions. Brogborough Lake had more than 150 people attend their taster sessions over the Bank Holiday Weekend and other centers reported a similar level of success.
Midweek the wind blew and blew. Probably too much for a raw beginner, but enough for demo sessions, guru clinics and improver's to get some quality water-time and promote windsurfing.
The second weekend saw sun and wind on the south coast, perfect conditions for an introduction to the sport. Overall it was a great week and we are already hoping for similar weather next year!
Many thanks to all those that took part - Regards from The National Windsurfing Week team