On the weekend of the 31st May hundreds of windsurfers headed to Aberdovey to be part of the Boardwise demo and UKWA slalom racing. One of the biggest events of the year, the racing was close and even more riders took to the water to try out the latest equipment from many of the top brands.
Scroll down for a report from Zara Davis, first up check out some images and words from the event by Nik Baker and the K66 crew. K66 import Fanatic and NorthSails into the UK, click here to find out more about the team.
"We had a great weekend in Dovey for the annual Boardwise demo and BSA event. Unfortunately we did not have enough wind to do official pro and am racing, but we did get some fun master blaster rounds off which meant we managed to give away some great prizes.
"We had some great SUP weather but most of all we had an amazing amount of people out trying the inflatable Fanatic windsups (available in tourer and round nose versions). People were out planing around on them doing freestyle and some general fun cruising up and down the estuary. It is so good to see people out on the water no matter what the wind is these days rather than sitting on the beach waiting for it.
"Saturday night hosted another of the Boardwise parties in the Dovey yacht club and this lead to some sore heads on sunday, which were washed away with some more fun on the water in the sun."
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Light winds meant no racing, except for the master blaster fleet, but a great weekend was still had by all. Aberdovey slalom report from Zara Davis:
We were looking forward to the third round of the UKWA slalom being hosted by Boardwise and Fanatic North and ION. We knew a forecast wasn't great..sunny but no wind. But Ian from Boardwise always puts on a great event and Aberdovey is a lovely venue. It can sometimes surprise you with strong winds when it wasn't forecast. Unfortunately the fabled Dovey winds didn't materialise, but we had lots of sunshine. The only fleet able to race in the lighter winds were the Master Blasters who managed to get quite a few rounds in and was won by Brian (Ringer) Tilbury on his race board. the rest of us made do with fantastic SUP conditions. The real highlight of the weekend was the party in the Yacht club where the forecast of light winds allowed people to really let there hair down as you can see from the pictures. We kicked the night of by finally presenting Farrel Oshea with the windsurfer of the year trophy for 2013/14. Presented by myself and Bob Ingram, chairman of the UKWA. This was followed by a great band and much drinking
It was great to see so many old friends and catch up. A big well done to the UK windsurfing trade, who turned out in big numbers with loads of kit on display showing the world that windsurfing is alive and kicking in the UK.
Next round is a couple of weeks at Worthing, again hosted by Fanatic, North and ION unfortunately I won’t be able to make it as we are in Fuerteventura for the European Speed Championships. So good luck to all the competitors and thanks again to Ian Gregorelli and Boardwise for putting on a great weekend despite the wind.