The Student Windsurfing Association

2006/7 has been one of the best years to date and has seen some fantastic windsurfing at 8 different events. Read on to find out who came out on top this year..

Starting with a windy Aussie Kiss in Devon in October, the year has been one of extremes with the windiest event ever at Bigbury in December and then the warmest event in recent history at Southampton in April. The four different series this year have been extremely well supported and we're very grateful to our sponsors for donating such awesome prizes.
The neilson race series kicked off in Nottingham and went to Cambridge for a rather windless affair then on to the cool waters at Axbridge where fully planning slalom conditions allowed for some quality racing. Finally the nationals at Southampton allowed the sailors to show off their longboarding skills in course and slalom racing. Throughout the year Tim Staley of Cambridge has consistantly posted good results and finished the year first overall winning himself a voucher for £500 off a Neilson holiday.

Tim Staley (Cambridge) receiving his £500 neilson voucher from SWA director Beaker

In the ladies series the results from racing, freestyle and wave have been addded up to give the ultimate female sailor for the year. With her 3rd place at the nationals in racing she managed to hold on to first place overall and win a Naish Session sail courtsey of Naish UK.

Erica Phillips (York) with Naish team rider Jan Sleigh receiving her naish wave sail

In the freestyle series once again the standard was very high with some dazzling arrays of trickery produced at many of the events. Going into the final event at Southampton Sam Stevens of Southampton and John Palmer of Bristol were even on points. With no time to run a full contest and very little wind at Calshot Sam won by default due to John not being there to challenge for a head to head showdown.

Sam Stevens (Southampton) with Mark Hammond of Boardwise and Adam Cropper of Turfdog receiving his new Turfdog

In the wave series three events were planned, the first organised by Cardiff could have been s good if only the wind and waves had turned up. The next event more than made up for the lack of wind, Exeter's event at Bigbury sorted the men from the boys with winds up to F8 and logo high waves the conditions were a little too extreme for most. Bob Shelmerdine of Southampton narrowly beat Imperial's Alex Pamela to win a RRD hardcore wave donated by RRD/Ezzy. We look forward to continuing our association with RRD/Ezzy into the 2007/8 season and they have pledged a 2008 ezzy wave sail for the overall winner of the wave series!

Bob Shelmerdine (Southampton) receiving his RRD hardcore waveboard

Thanks to all the sponsors mentioned above and also thanks to our other sponsors who help so much with the SWA:

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