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The 25th of November in the year 2016 marked the advent of Swansea University Windsurfing Club’s first ever Student Windsurfing Association Event, Swansea Seamen! The 130+ person event took place down in Port Talbot in South Wales on the generous water mass that is Tata Steel Reservoir and featured a range of lessons and clinics for learning windsurfers along with freestyle competition and slalom racing for those looking to prove themselves on the water. Non – wind related fun was kindly provided by the Swansea University Live Music Society whose dulcet tones echoed throughout the Tata Sailing Clubhouse during their Open Mic sets which also allowed for those windsurfing attendees feeling brave enough to step up and serenade the crowd as well.

 

Back with a bang (or maybe several after a few drinks), Birmingham played host to 130 fresh faced windsurfers on the first core event of the SWA calendar. With a forecast peaking at 4 knots for the whole weekend, it was certain the wind would put Vassiliki to shame.

 

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Last weekend, over 300 students descended on Roadford Lake for the biggest Student Windsurfing Festival worldwide: Aussie Kiss 15.

Ran by the Student Windsurfing Association, this weekend combines beginner tuition, competition, and legendary parties to create the highlight of the windsurf calendar.

Friday night saw students travel from as close as Exeter and as far as Leeds to arrive in the (slightly muddy) fields of Roadford. This year, for the first time ever, the weekend embraced its full festival potential, with the students pitching their tents at the lakeside (with varying levels of success!)

Every year, as winter descends and most U.K. Windsurfing series have finished, the Puravida SWA wave series gets going. On the 3rd December, students from all over the country will descend on the beaches of Cornwall for the first event; PlymEx, hosted by Plymouth University. In previous years this event has been blessed with firing wind and waves allowing the cream of student wave sailors to really show what they're made of. However, the SWA Wave series does not only cater for experienced wavesailors. If you have never been wavesailing before then this is the event for you. Aimed at entry level wavesailors, the event features rescue cover and clinics for the novice wavehead. No matter what your level, if you're a student and interested in waves, this is the event for you.

Watch this space for announcements regarding ticket sales.

The dates for the Puravida SWA Wave Series are: 

  • PlymEx 2-4th December
  • Bangor/ Rhosneigr 3-5th February
  • Cardiff Wave 3-5th March

 The Puravida SWA Wave series is sponsored by ION and O’Shea.

Matt Cox @ PlymEx 2015. Photo by Danya Shwertfeger

 

Ladies and gentlemen, windsurfers of all ages, it is time for the greatest show on earth. Yes that’s right, the most anticipated, amazing and astounding adventure has arrived! From the 14th-16th October, the circus is in town, so abscond from academia and attend...

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