Scottish Windfest 2011 – Preview

Duncan Slater
Action at Barassie Beach, by Richard Whitson
Action at Barassie Beach, by Richard Whitson

TROON, UK: On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of September 2011, the biggest wind and watersports festival ever held in Scotland takes place at Barassie Beach, Troon, on the West Coast of Scotland.

The Scottish Windfest is a grass-roots festival, organised by local enthusiasts. However, with over 200 participants and thousands of spectators expected, there are few events taking place in Scotland that will match the visual spectacle created by the Scottish Windfest.

Many of the UK’s top wind sports stars will be in attendance, including Scotland’s own Holly Kennedy, 20, ranked 5th on the PKRA World Freestyle Kitesurfing Tour and England’s Adam Sims, the top ranked sailor on the UKWA Freestyle Windsurfing Tour.

However, the Scottish Windfest is about much more than just elite riders, with plenty on offer for wind and watersports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Even complete beginners are well catered for with a unique programme of hour-long taster sessions available in a range of exciting wind and watersports: windsurfing, kite flying (precursor to kitesurfing), stand-up paddling, sailing, blo-karting and Kayaking. For the truly adventurous, all six sports can be sampled for just £20 / £16 (under 18s) with individual taster sessions costing just £7 / £5 (under 18s).

For online booking, visit www.scottishwindfest.com

For those happier to remain on dry land, there is a family funfair, Segway hire, climbing wall, laser quest and a range of trade and retail stands, along with representatives from the RYA Scotland, RNLI and HM Coastguard.

So the message is simple: If you want an action-packed family weekend, head to Troon on the 17 & 18th of September!

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