Animal Poole Windfest 2010, Freestyle report

Duncan Slater

1st Junior 2010 Oscar Carmichael (K668,RRD) reports from last weekend’s National Freestyle Champs at Poole Windfest…

Oscar Carmichael e-slider
Oscar Carmichael e-slider

With the pro freestylers back in the country things were looking good for a great and competitive weekend with Animal putting up prizes for the prestigious UKWA National Freestyle Championship 2010.

Adam Sims tow-in
Adam Sims tow-in

Timo Mullen kicked things off on Friday with some heats on the harbour side; falling tides, wind and sun cut things short but some sick freestyle was there to be seen and it was a great way for everybody to catch up and warm up.

Pro podium
Pro podium

Early on Saturday Trevor Funnell had everything set up ready for a solid session of pro and amateur competitions, with a good turnout of sailors for each category.  Conditions were improving with the wind coming in from the west, consistent enough for a set of heats for both the pro and amateur fleets.  It was great to see the pros effortlessly producing huge moves and giving all us amateurs something to aspire to!  …. And then came the huge Saturday night party with live music… with some more big moves being produced ….but this time on the dance floor … great night!

Junior podium
Junior podium

Sunday saw the wind shift to the NW, just not quite enough to get planing.  What were a revelling crowd of pumped up freestylers to do?  Trevor spoke to the Windfest organisers and they laid on two Red Bull jet skis to run a fully powered and planing tow in freestyle event!!  Thanks Animal!!  There were some epic wipe outs as everybody strove to pull off the move of the day.   While the Red Bull Aerobatics team put on a breathtaking show above us, Max Rowe took the tow in title on the water with a sick no-handed flaka.

Youth podium
Youth podium

Windfest lived up to its reputation and was a great weekend all round.  A very big thank you goes out to the organisers of Animal Windfest for hosting this event and providing the backdrop for the UKWA British National Freestyle Championships and to Duncan Coombes of the PWA and all other who helped judge.   Additionally, a huge thank you to Trevor and Linda Funnell who have put in endless effort this year running the freestyle tour, having made it made it what it should be, fun!

The results ….

Pro Fleet:

1st: Andy “Bubble” Chambers.K540, JP, Neil Pryde

2nd: Max Rowe.K448, Simmer, Mistral

3rd: Adam Simms.K669, RRD

4th: Sam Neal.K31, JP, Neil Pryde

Amateur Fleet

1st. Sam Ross

2nd. Kieren Roan

3rd. Nick Bentley

1st Lady. Maeli Cherel

Youth Fleet:

1st: Alex Mitchell. North Fanatic

2nd: Sam Conroy. XO sails

3rd:Glen Sullivan

Junior Fleet:

1st: Oscar Carmichael.K668, RRD

2nd:Charlie Jones

3rd:Nic Hibdige GBR700.

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