Yes you read it right, prepare yourself for the first ever British ION- Man competition.

ION-Man events are held in association with extreme sports brand, ION wetsuits and clothing. It is appropriate that the ION-Man event is being held as part of the Eastbourne Extreme event over the weekend of the 18/19th of July.

The ION-Man competition will take the form of a 2 day event combining a fun series of challenges and competitions to make up the ION-Man final result.

Making up the challenges will be sports including windsurf racing, stand-up-paddleboard racing, kayak racing, a multi discipline relay and will include an evening party. As an added twist, there is the additional ION photo awards element, so don’t forget your cameras in order to submit the best photos from the team efforts from the day and evenings events for ‘bonus points’.

Numbers will be limited, so it’s essential for teams to pre-enter for the ION-Man event. There will be a maximum of 8 teams, each comprising 3 competitors, competing for the ION-Man title. Each member of the winning team will win an ION summer suit of their choice, courtesy of event sponsors, ION.

Additionally, as part of the ION-Man challenge, we are re-kindling an old windsurfing favourite from yesteryear in the form of the North One-Hour Classic. This is a competition with a long history and quite a pedigree, and to do it justice we will be opening this element of the event to all-comers, on all sorts of windsurfing equipment. There will be many prize categories set for this race, so dig out your trusty old kit, hunt out your fancy dress, old & young welcome, or just get training and tuned up to head for the front of the pack.

The ION-Man & North One-Hour Classic is being organised by the UK’s number one and most successful windsurfer, Nik Baker along with Surfkraft’s most enthusiastic windsurfer, Ian Kraft, who has also been one of the driving forces behind the Eastbourne Extreme event from the outset.

To pre-enter your ION-Man team, or to pre-enter as an individual for the North One-Hour Classic, please email to be forwarded event details, schedule & payment instructions.