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Here’s the lowdown on the latest stop of the Student Windsurf Association Core Series – BrUWE Wet Dreams 7 – hosted by Bristol and UWE Universities.

Kicking off the new year of student windsurfing, 150 students were undeterred by the chilly February temperatures and arrived on Friday for the traditional night of catch up, eagerly anticipating the weekend’s activities.

 

 

 

Early on the Saturday morning the students headed to Bowmoor Lake, not so well rested but fuelled by bacon and eggs, and ready for a full day of activities. RedBull were around to provide some much needed energy as well as music to set the scene. Swanky demo kit was kindly provided by both Boardwise and Patrik Dielthelm UK for the students to play with at their leisure.

 

By lunchtime, the wind was still not quite living up to what many hoped for, but the decision to run the Team racing regardless was made. This saw the first outing for the brand new Tushingham Concept race sails, thanks to a generous grant from Sport England. With fourteen teams entering the heats, it was bound to be a close competition. Eventually the top four teams making it to the final were the top 3 teams from the previous event - Up The Brum – and Southampton. Cardiff pulled off some quality changeovers and three solid legs to maintain their position at the top of the podium, followed by Bristol, and Southampton.

Team Racing Results:

 

 

  1. Cardiff
  2. Bristol
  3. Southampton 

Those who didn’t fancy the water instead turned their attention to the giant inflatable obstacle course!

Saturday night party

 

The Saturday night saw students indulge in a night out in Bristol, kitted out in their best (somewhat sparse) costumes fitting the theme ‘Wildest Fantasies’. Memories were made and rapidly lost as the students showed what they could do in the club as well as on the water.

Somewhat bleary eyed, they returned to Bowmoor on Sunday for a big day of windsurfing. Kicking off the action was the advanced racing, where Amy Robinson from Cardiff sailed both a fantastic heat and final to take the top spot, leaving the boys behind. James Arney from Bristol and Alex Parker from Cardiff rounded out the podium.

Amy winning the racing (by William Lang)

 

 

(by William Lang)

 

The intermediate racing was a particularly spectacle, with the light wind resulting in a pack that ultimately collided, much to the crowd’s amusement. The final even delivered some planing conditions that Pablo Andrew-Andalaft Tarodo from Bristol was able to take advantage of, heading past fellow Bristol competitor Izzy Mitchell and Georgie Stewart of Swansea.

The beginners also showed how much they’ve progressed already this season, with Ed Sweet-Escott (Bristol) taking the win, ahead of Josh Wilkins (Swansea) and Luke Jones (Liverpool).



With no chance of high wind, competitors in the freestyle competition showcased their best lightwind moves – everything from upwind 360s to headstands! In the end Alex Parker of Cardiff took victory over Thomas Francis (Cardiff) and Adam Ouzeri (Imperial).

 

 

A BrUWE event wouldn’t be complete without jelly wrestling and the obligatory battle between the Bristol and UWE presidents. The mess quickly escalated with many windsurfers fancying their chances in the ring!

Massive thanks to Bowmoor Sailing Club for hosting the event, the sponsors Boardwise and Patrik Sailoft for providing kit, as well as Colwyn Bay for providing safety cover. Finally, thanks to the committees of Bristol and UWE for organising the weekend.

Presidential Jelly Wrestle

 

The next stop on the core series is Nottingham Pondlife XII on the 26th-28th February – visit www.studentwindsurfing.co.uk for tickets !!!

Results:

Advanced Racing

1. Amy Robinson (Cardiff)

2. James Arney (Bristol)

3. Alex Parker (Cardiff)

Freestyle 

1. Alex Parker (Cardiff)

2. ThomasFrancis (Cardiff)

3. Adam Ouzeri (Imperial)

Intermediate Racing

1. Pablo Andrew-Andalaft Tarodo (Bristol)

2. Izzy Mitchell (Bristol)

3. Georgie Stewart (Swansea)

Beginner

1. Ed Sweet-Escott (Bristol)

2. Josh Wilkins (Swansea)

3. Luke Jones (Liverpool)

 

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