Boards in Cornwall: The Build Up Begins...

From the idyllic beauty of Tiree the BWA now heads to Cornwall for the final round of the BWA tour. Soon on Boards we will bring you a further round up from Tiree and a look at top riders in each fleet as we go into the competition, but first of all here is all you need to know about the final round of the BWA tour. 

Thursday - Online registration closes at 9pm, Pro Registration at Sandsifter from 9pm till 11pm.

Friday - 8am briefing for pro’s at Sandsifter unless another beach is nominated.  Amateur registration from 8pm till 11pm at Sandsifter.

Saturday - 8am registration for all fleets at Sandsifter, amateur registration until 9am.  Briefing for all fleets 9am.   Monsters ball at Sandsifter from 9pm – Halloween Dress Code!  BWA Awards if no forecast for sunday.

Sunday - 9.30am briefing at Sandsifter car park all fleets.  4pm Prize giving unless otherwise stated.  BWA Awards.

Jamie Hancock
2011 Cornwall Classic winner Jamie Hancock

HQ for the event is Sandsifter, Gwithian where early morning briefings will take place on Friday and Saturday at 8am unless otherwise specified.  There will be no pro registration on friday so please make sure you contact Nigel by wednesday - nigel@britishwavesailingassociation.com - if you can’t make the thursday registration.  Sunday briefing will take place at Sandsifter Car Park at 9.30am unless otherwise specified.

Please note that no beach refreshments are provided at this event and it hasn’t been charged for in your entry fees, be sure to take what you need to the beach in advance.  Hot breakfast rolls will be available from Sandsifter as well as hot food and snacks all day.  These facilities are available at all the beaches we use, but please plan ahead to keep your energy levels up!

Should we experience any light wind time with the competition on hold, there will be a number of Pro Sailors offering equipment and technique clinics to all amateur riders.  This was a great success in Tiree and made the trip even more worthwhile for many of the competitors and especially the newcomers…..there isn’t much our top PWA Pro riders can’t help with!

Gwithian
The Gwithian goat track

The weather forecast –  Local host Ian Ross ”I’m actually very positive about the forecast! Easterlies can be great at Marazion or even Praa Sands and there is serious potential for a secret spot for the PROS on friday on the cards, if not one of the main beaches. The wind is then forecast to go around to North east which can also be awesome at Gwithian as the swell picks up pretty quickly. THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to point out is there is a good pulse of swell coming in from the west (despite what windguru says!!!) on Thursday and this should provide good waves on both coasts giving us a great opportunity for various locations.  These conditions have worked here a lot lately and I have every reason to think it’s on!!”

Head Judge Duncan Coombes - “It’s great to be in Cornwall after some good sailing this week, even though the storms further afield never quite came in!  With this forecast and now two sets of judges and contest areas possible,  means we can probably get more than one full round done each day on Saturday and Sunday so everyone should get a great comp.”

Prizes - NoLimitz are providing a Mast which we will give to one of the the top Am’s, Master or youth.  Puravida Boardriders have donated a stack of clothing along with No Limitz and Sandsifter.  The biggest amateur prize is donated by Puravida Boardriders with Fanatic boards – one of the standout Youth, Women, Masters or Amateurs that has performed at more than one comp this year will be loaned a 2013 Fanatic Waveboard until the next seasons boards arrive!

There is £1000 cash prize fund for the Pro riders to battle for……and all the titles potentially hang in the balance for each fleet!

With plenty of beach space, a bigger judging team and split sailing areas for more heats we welcome you to spread the word and bring as many competitors to Cornwall as possible for the final round and best attended event of the year!

 

Ben Proffitt in action in Cornwall
2011 tour winner Ben Proffitt in action in Cornwall

If you are looking for accommodation there are links here, as well as the easiest option of camping at the sandsifter for FREE!  The Sandsifter kindly look after the riders all weekend with basic camping facilities, parking for vans and offer breakfast rolls etc. available each day on site!  (please camp to the right away from the building) They also do awesome food so book a table for the evening to avoid disappointment – Parking here is free for competitors all weekend.

Pre register for Cornwall online to receive your discounted entry, this is our preferred method of registration and enables us to start the competition quicker and run more heats!! REGISTER NOW UNTIL 9pm thursday  - http://www.cornwallwaveclassic.co.uk/index.php?option=com_proforms&jid=1&cid=1&Itemid=10

Pros – £50 online

Ams & Masters – £40 online

Women, Students, youth – £25 online

The entry fee will increase on the day at registration, and online payments can be made via paypal.

Each entry will get a limited edition Cornwall Wave Classic T-Shirt at registration.

Sarah Bibby
2011 Women's tour winner Sarah Bibby, who will take the titles this year?

BWA Competitors must bring their tour rash vests for the heats…….

Tickets for the he legendary Saturday Night Monster Ball – THE MUMMY RETURNS – (£15) will be available from Ian Ross at the registration briefings on Thursday and Friday from 8pm at Sandsifter, Gwithian.

To get your directions to the venue and competition headquarters, check out the latest Big Salty forecast and look at past years news and galleries please visit www.cornwallwaveclassic.co.uk

Stay updated on twitter with @cornwallwave2012 and please join our facebook group.  Regular daily updates will go out on facebook and twitter before and during the comp!

 

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