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London took centre stage on the weekend of the 17th-19th February as over 130 windsurfers from universities across the UK descended on the capital to share in the thrill of Imperial College London’s brand new student windsurfing event: Soggy Cockney. Despite light winds, the weekend was a rip roaring success and a huge celebration of sport with the city horizon scattered with windsurf sails bathing in the February sun. The Student Windsurfing Association (SWA) certainly made the most of the many activities held both on and off the water. Soggy Cockney was the last of the three SWA core events held this academic year in association with Sport Imperial and Queen Mary Reservoir. This huge inter-university collaboration attracted windsurfing clubs from every corner of the UK. Imperial stormed onto the SWA circuit with a weekend that will not be forgotten and we hope it's the first of many more to come!

The Puravida SWA Wave Series reached its climactic conclusion this weekend, in the storm whipped waters of South Wales. Students from far and wide converged on Cardiff to compete for a place on the overall podium, strutting their stuff both in the waves and in the bar.

You can read the full write up on the windsurf.co.uk site and you can find the run down of the results below.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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