UKWA Freestyle Champions

The 6th and final leg of the UKWA 2012 Freestyle Tour took place at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy on the weekend of the 13th-14th October. The Tour kicked off in April in West Kirby and continued on to Worthing, Herne Bay, Eastbourne, West Wittering  and culminated in Weymouth at the end of Speed Week on its 40th Anniversary.

The standard within the Freestyle group has been extremely high throughout the Season and Oscar Carmichael, just 16 years of age, in winning the last event at Weymouth pushed seasoned Pro Andy Bubble Chambers in the Pro Fleet very hard narrowly missing the title in his first season.

Andy Bubble Chambers
Andy Bubble Chambers - sponsored by JP/NeilPryde.

With 9 competitors in the Pro Fleet Andy Bubble Chambers claimed first place, Oscar Carmichael finished in second place and third place went to Rick Cleworth.

Nic Hibdige
Oscar Carmichael - sponsored by Fanatic, Ion, North Sails and K4 Fins

Nic Hibdige powered to first place in the Under 20s, Alex Mitchell came 2nd and Charlie Jones 3rd.

Jamie Howard
Nic Hibdige - sponsored by Mystic, Simmer and Starboard

Jamie Howard blitzed the U17 fleet taking 1st place with  Josh Sparks 2nd and Jed Davis followed 3rd.

Ike Bradley Baker
Jamie Howard - sponsored by RRD, Surfladle and Fuss3Solutions

In the U15s Category competition was fierce, but Ike Bradley Baker sealed his victory at Weymouth taking 1st place with Harry Davis 2nd and Lucas Meldrum 3rd.

Kieran Roan
Ike Bradley-Baker - sponsored by North Sails and Fanatic

In the Amateurs Category Kieran Roan came 1st, Ollie Acton 2nd and Fraser Green and Jack Sawbridge equal 3rd.

Danielle Lucas
Kieran Roan

Danielle Lucas won first place in the Ladies Group with Emily Hall and Lara Johnson coming an equal 2nd.

Danielle Lucas
Danielle Lucas

Trevor Funnell, Freestyle Director said:

“It’s been a great season, with good numbers attending the events.  The level of competition has been very high and it’s been fantastic to see such huge progress made by many of the participants.  2013 looks set to be a fantastic Season with the schedule to be announced shortly.”

Picture credits: images courtesy of Trevor Hibdige.

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