Hickling Windsurfing Club

Duncan Slater
Ben Harwood going for a no-handed flaka on Hickling Broad
Ben Harwood going for a no-handed flaka on Hickling Broad

Take a look at Hickling Windsurfing Club’s revamped website at www.hicklingbroad.co.uk. This website was upgraded last year following a club membership survey that revealed demand for a more informative and interactive Club website. One of the club members, James Tremlett, built the site in line with a communications brief defined by the club committee.  The club at Hickling Broad mainly attracts freeriders, and increasingly beginners and families.

The website aims are simple: to keep members updated, make it easy for beginners to settle in, enable members to communicate on-line, and to attract families and youngsters into the sport. The site has proved extremely popular as proved by the number of hits, as well as interest from members and visitors.

Hickling Windsurfing Club was formed over 25 years ago and must rank as one of the most successful dedicated clubs in the UK. It has a private beach, changing rooms/showers, club equipment, and boat.  The government recently labelled the Broads as one of four key UK tourist areas ensuring international recognition for its outstanding natural beauty, and after visiting the club it’s easy to see why.  The Broads were formed as a result of peat digging which at Hickling has left about a square mile of waist deep water. Although sailable in any direction, it favours SE as the wind comes off the North Sea and is accelerated by sea breezes. This is an ideal environment for improvers and experts alike. Ben Harwood, former Youth UK Freestyle champion found the smooth water and clean winds ideal for learning advanced freestyle skills.

The Club has also upgraded its beginner equipment, and trained six RYA instructors last year  to make sure new members and beginners get the most out of their membership.  With membership numbers increasing the revamped website appears to have hit the mark. Check it out for yourself at www.hicklingbroad.co.uk

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