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18Apr/16Off

2016 BWA FUNSPORT RHOSNEIGR CLASSIC REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

2016 BWA FUNSPORT RHOSNEIGR CLASSIC REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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2016 BWA FUNSPORT RHOSNEIGR CLASSIC REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

(PRESS RELEASE) In association with The Mailing Room

22nd – 24th April 2016 for Pros. 23th – 24th for Ladies, Ams, Masters, Youths & Juniors (under 20yrs).

Registration is now open, and online only. CLICK HERE

The Mailing Room 2016 BWA season kicks of at Rhosneigr.

Rhossy has been firing lately (check out Phil Horrocks’ page FaceBook) and can deliver when nowhere else is. A great turn out is expected following a windy winter. All the regulars, and irregulars, have been training hard and the level of competition should be as high as ever.

We are very honoured to have both of the top PWA Judges in attendance, Duncan Coombs and Mark “Sparky” Hosegood.  They will keep things running ship shape. If anyone want to get involved with the judging have chat to one of us.  It’s amazing what can be learned about your own windsurfing from watching others comperete.

Sparky will also be running his amazing Clinics with guest Pro’s. Alfie Hart is the official photographer, so give him some big smiles.

Activities being planned include
Bucky’s famous “Party of the Year!”
SUP comp / races.
Go-Karting
Quiz
BBQ
Pro Clinics from Mark “Sparky” Hosegood.

Geoff Hautman
BWA – UK Tour Director

The BWA UK Wave Tour is kindly funded and supported by the following members of the BWA Sponsors Pool:

BWA Contact: geoff@britishwavesailingassociation.com

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1Feb/16Off

BWA 2016 TOUR DATES

BWA 2016 TOUR DATES

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PRESS RELEASE:

BWA announce dates for 2016

2015 was another great year for the BWA. Despite growing the duration of the Rhosneigr event, we we skunked, but there was just enough wind for all to have fun on the Demo RRD and Starboard / Tushingham kit that was kindly provided. Sadly we lost Ireland, but Cornwall delivered a near perfect weekend of sun, wind and waves.

The standout event last year was Tiree.  Willy MacLean and the Wild Diamond team raised the quality of the event back to its heyday. Their hard work was rewarded by winning two tourism awards,

Best Sports Event for the 

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2015 and for the 

Scottish Thistle Awards 2015.  The Tiree Wave Classic is now nominated for the finals of the National Award against The Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. The event is a fine example of what can be achieved with minimal sponsorship and maximum team effort. Plans are afoot for an even greater event for 2016 when the Tiree Wave Classic celebrates its 30th year. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

The Mailing Room (TMR) became the principal tour sponsors of the BWA Championship in 2015 committing investment for the future of the sport with a well attended Youth Programme managed by Sam Ross. BWA look forward to continuing the TMR partnership into 2016.
This year we are returning to 4 events, but with a bit of a twist, one event in the spring and 3 in the Autumn.  We are working very hard to secure an event back in Ireland, perhaps in conjunction with the Irish Windsurfing Association.  Details TBC.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Cornwall Wave Classic will be hosted by RB Sails and the Rhosneigr event once again being generously hosted by Funsport thus providing a sustainable platform of growth.

Wales, Rhosneigr, hosted by Funsports
April 22-24 Pro’s.
April 23-24 All other fleets.

Ireland, Brandon Bay (Provisional)
TBC, but provisionally Sept 8-12th.

Tiree, hosted by Wild Diamond Watersports
Oct 15-22th.

Cornwall Wave Classic, hosted by RB Sails
Oct 28 – 30th.
We are also including the facility to extend an additional ‘Pro Forecast Day’ of either 27 or 31 Oct for Pros only. This day will be added at the discretion of the organisers.

www.britishwavesailingassociation.com

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5Nov/15Off

Podcast: Cornwall Wave Classic

The official Boardseeker Podcast is now live. Including plenty of action from the finest UK wave sailors the video, produced by Alfie Hart, shows an action packed fitting final to the 2015 BWA Tour. More about the event, results and interviews on our UK sister site; Boards.co.uk.

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3Nov/15Off

BWA CORNWALL WAVE CLASSIC 2015

BWA CORNWALL WAVE CLASSIC 2015

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The UK’s finest windsurfers travelled from all corners of the UK to Cornwall this week to compete in the final event of the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) tour.

Gwithian and Marazion are worldwide famous beaches for wind and waves. This drew the largest Professional fleet ever along with Amateurs, Ladies, masters and youths keen to show off their waveriding and jumping skills. With a big wave forecast and wind on Friday the excitement grew.

The Professional Fleet kicked off on Friday with some of the most intense and action packed heats for years. With waves up to 8ft and gusty cross offshore winds the sailors showed world class ability right on our Cornish beaches. Big Aerials and cut backs were the order of the day. Local sailor and police officer Andy King, was first on the water to show the wind was enough and was unfortunate not get through his heats despite an exciting display waveriding, and even throwing a backloop! After a full day of nail biting competition the top 4 competitors made it to the final. With the tide now pushing, the wave strength increased allowing the sailors to score big airs and aggressive cutbacks. Steve Thorpe of K4 fins ended in 4th position, an excellent result for the part time professional. In third place, was Adam Lewis, who in his first heat had the best move of the day as he bottom turned straight into the section, got a sick aerial and landed out in the flats. Jamie Hancock, returning to competition, finished in second place by just half a point after looking strong all day which left Tabou team mate Ross Williams to take the victory, with some top scoring and frankly huge airs. Ross was also crowned overall BWA champion following a dominant year.

Saturday saw light winds but great surf. This meant the windsurfing had to be postponed so a youth SUP competition sponsored by Westcountry Watersports was held at Marazion. This was a great and fun introduction to competition format for the 12 strong youth fleet while being coached by UK instructor, Sam Ross. Getting into the final but ending in 4th place was Jenna Pettit. Luke Meldrun was third, James Arnell Smith 2nd and winning was Jack Pettit.

Light winds greeted Cornwall again on Sunday but eager to make use of the famous Gwithian surf , competitors and organisers, RB Sails, decided to run a surf and SUP competition mixing all fleets in one. The standard was high and everyone was out in the beautiful clear waters enjoying a classic day of perfect surf and glorious November sunshine. Coming in equal third were Sam Ross and Warren Rowe. Young Jack Pettit came a close second and is clearly someone to watch out for in future windsurf and SUP competitions. First place went to Andy Chambers much to his delight.

Event Organiser, Ian Ross said, “It’s great to have the support of the local Councils, the Duchy of Cornwall and local sponsors like PlusPrint. Without this, the event wouldn’t take place. It is such a positive showcase for the area and it attracts people from all over the world to Penwith especially when you see such world class conditions in a beautiful location. We are finding more and more people are bringing the whole family with them making the event part of a holiday which of course benefits local businesses. We have also seen an influx of international tourists who have been attracted to Cornwall having seen our images and videos. I’m excited about the future of the Cornwall Wave Classic and have great plans for next year.”

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21Oct/15Off

TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

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TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

Had a fantastic time in my first BWA comp and finished 6th in the ams out of a fleet of 10. Everyone was so nice giving me lifts around the island as
I was without my own transport! Such a top week, had 2 decent windsurfs and countless surfs on the very cool island! Cannot recommend the week highly enough, bring on the freestyle champs next week – turns out competing is addictive!

At first when I was asked if I wanted to go to the Tiree Wave Classic I was a little sceptical, will I be good enough, will it be massive, how cold will it be, these were all questions I had in my head. I hadn’t been to a BWA event before and Tiree seemed the most ‘full on’ of them all. Luckily I’m easily persuaded as I had the best time with the nicest people in brilliant and not crazy conditions!Sam Ross was traveling up for the RYA youths coaching week and offered me a lift up. When we arrived we realised that myself and Sam would probably be on different beachs and that I would need some form of transport. Job number 1 would involve making some friends! Luckily that was easily done and I buddied up with Ben Page, his dad Andy and mate Phill who very kindly let me and my kit hop in the back if their van.

Day 1.
Jumped in the darkness of the back of the van and reappeared at a spot called the maze to watch the pro’s do a little bit of there single elimination before the wind dropped to below a level to compete. I decided to rig up and test the spot out but the wind dropped to nothing. So back in the darkness to re-appear at the lodge for beers and an eary night!

Day 2.
Hopped in the ‘magic box’ at the lodge to reappear 15minutes later at the maze again for a chat from head judge Sparky. Officially released for the day, but enough wind and small waves for us to get out and enjoy some waist high float and ride. Rigged up my 5m Bolt with medium downhaul and medium outhaul for easy pumping and nice neutral pull – the perfect float and ride sail. Light and powerful paired with a 82ltr Kode, fantastic for my skinny build! Had a great time on the water and came in when the wind went away. Back to the car park and into the magic box to reappear at lovely little surfing beach called Balephuil. Shared some clean small waves with more seals than people. Back to the lodge for a couple of beers.

Day 3.

With the forecast looking like a large swell coming in later on the (Tuesday) evening and staying until early Thursday we chilled in the morning waiting for the waves to arrive. Later on at Balevullin the swell arrived we had a brilliant ‘head and bit’ high session until it was too dark to see. Was really fun surfing with everyone involved with the comp.

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Day 4. Mega day.
We went to several different beaches from first light to finally decide on the Maze as the contest beach as it was cross shore 15 knots and head to logo high sets were rolling in. I rigged my 5m Bolt and 82 Kode ready for contest. My first heat in the single elimination was against a chap called Ruben and I went out to see what I could do. I got a few decent waves and tried to make the most of them as much as I could. My opponent had the better of me here and beat me, that was the end of the single elimination for me! With rumours of a double elimination and a chance to go again I headed off downwind for some training. When I got back to the main breach for the double, I realised that I had left my watch in the van and had wayyyyyy over done it training so was shattered! My first heat was against Tris and George and I was determined to make it through! Thankfully I did well and went straight back out into my next heat full of fire. I was sailing against Tris, Ruben and Mike, and waited for the best waves of which to my advantage really opened up! Being so light the conditions really suited me and I was able to win this heat! After watching a heat I was back out on the water, now with legs and arms full of cramp, and did my best against Tris to see who would windsurf against the finalists from the singe. After a fair few workings (the Bolt is definitely well indestructible) I was beaten by the better sailer and that was the end to my windsurfing for the day! Safe to say that after my first day of competition I was pretty stoked about finishing 6th!

Day 5.

Another early start to finish of the super final between Ben and Scotty for the ams, and Daniel and Graham in the masters, it was a joy to watch the brill sailing from all! There was still enough swell and wind to go out for a sail. There was only 5 of us out despite being head high clean and 10knots cross shore, perfectly float and ride-ably. Had a brilliant time, a great final sail for a fantastic week! Back to the lodge for a couple of beers and packing. I have to say I am very, very glad that I accepted the offer from Sam to go up for the event! And it really really goes to show how kind and welcoming the windsurfing community is! Big thanks to everyone especially Ben, Andy and Phil for the lifts!! Cannot recommend the week highly enough! Bring on the next one!!
Via (Thanks to Luke Smith) www.tushingham.com

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19Oct/15Off

En Route ep.3 – Drama, Driving and Difficult Decisions

Ben Proffitt, Adam Lewis and Alfie Hart continue on their journey with a splash of all of the above. We catch up with them as they face a very very early start in Tiree, followed by a very very long day ahead as they attempt to compete and then drive from this small Scottish isle […]

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19Oct/15Off

Tiree Wave Classic – Williams Crowned Champion

In this super nice round-up clip from a week on the Isle of Tiree, where drama was around every corner, Ross Williams secured the event win and held the infamous sword above his head on the closing day.

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19Oct/15Off

Tiree Wave Classic – Daily Action Clip Central

A gutted Ben Proffitt, waves at last and Ross Williams gets the highly acclaimed Tiree Sword after taking the event win. Check it all out in the daily round-up clips below. Day 4 Day 5 Day 6

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16Oct/15Off

En-Route ep.2 w. Proffitt, Lewis and Hart

Episode 2 of the en-route series sees plenty of chat about the BWA event in Tiree, including action in the small surf, plenty of funny moments and some stressful decisions. Check out another great edit by Alfie Hart.

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14Oct/15Off

The Breakdown – Wed 14th – Tenerife, Proffitt, BWA Tiree, EFPT highlights and more…

Plenty to get through today as we open with a video that is not entirely windsurfing, yet still contains some stunning shots. Tenerife is really growing as a winter training mecca and what it has to offer is well beyond your usual windsurfing hot spot. A cheap place to get to in under 4 hours […]

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