Student Windsurfing Nationals at Calshot this weekend

Duncan Slater

Some students, last year... Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk
Some students, last year... Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk

30th April – 2nd MAY 2010

CALSHOT ACTIVITIES CENTRE

SOUTHAMPTON

BUCS/SWA STUDENT WINDSURFING NATIONALS 2010

Date: FRIDAY 30TH APRIL – SUNDAY 2ND MAY 2010
Location: CALSHOT ACTIVITIES CENTRE, Calshot Spit, Fawley, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1BR, www.calshot.com
Hosted by: THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, CALSHOT ACTIVITIES CENTRE & STUDENT WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION (SWA)

Sponsors: Club Vass, Tushingham Sails, GOYA, Gaastra, Boardwise, Spartan Wetsuits, Kai Sports, Solent Sailboards, Beachbum, Plasma

Media Partners: ExPix www.expix.co.uk Boards Magazine, Windsurf Magazine

Adam Sims. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk
Adam Sims. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk

Now in its 10th year the BUCS/SWA Student Windsurfing Nationals comes to Calshot Activities Centre on 30th April – 2nd May 2010. As part of the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) championships, the event, which is hosted by the University of Southampton, SWA and Calshot Activities Centre, is the SWA season Finale.

Starting with registration at the reunion party on Friday night, the competition will begin on Saturday 1st May. Running for two days, over 300 students from Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, UEA, Exeter, Imperial College, Liverpool, Loughborough, Nottingham, Leeds, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Southampton,

Saint Mary’s, UWE, Sussex and Swansea, universities will take part in a series of competitions.

SWA racing. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk
SWA racing. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk

The beginner racing will take place on the sheltered water on the inside of the spit, with an emphasis on fun and learning. The intermediate racing will see a very large fleet going around a slightly more challenging course, with the signature SWA photo-finish on the beach. The Advanced racing will take place on the Solent. Competitors will tackle a long and tricky course, with a start/finish line just off the beach to allow the best view for spectators. The team race between universities and worth the most BUCS points, will also take place on the Solent using the SWA’s one-design kit, around a more simplified course. Last but by no means least; an impromptu freestyle competition will take place, wind and the racing schedule permitting.

The event has attracted huge support from industry who will be on hand with demo kit and on-land clinics. Red Bull are providing an events base where a university band will be playing on the Saturday afternoon and the ExPix team will be on hand to capture all the days action.

The “Saltylocks” themed boat party will leave from Calshot Spit on the Saturday night. On board will be the ExPix team with a display of images from the day’s action together with live updates of the night time antics!

The final prizing giving of the series will take place on Sunday afternoon. With prizes sponsored by Club Vass, Tushingham Sails, GOYA, Gaastra, Boardwise, Spartan Wetsuits, Kai Sports, Solent Sailboards, Beachbum, Plasma and ExPix.

Prizegiving. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk
Prizegiving. Photo: Ian Edmondson / www.expix.co.uk

Special thanks go to BUCS, Calshot Activities Centre, The University of Southampton, Southampton University Windsurfing Club, our sponsors and media partners and all the University Windsurf Clubs; without whom this event would not be possible.

More information is available via www.swa.co.uk, www.bucs.org.uk, www.calshot.com, www.expix.co.uk

On Facebook at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120586397951737+ref=ts

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