The Student Windsurfing Association
Cardiff kicked off the SWA series with style. With beginner tuition, racing in all divisions, a very entertaining light wind freestyle competition, brilliant 'pimps, whores and Labradors' Saturday night party and much much more, Cardiff has set a very high standard for the rest of the events in the SWA Calendar of 2004-2005.


  • Participants enrol - part of event fee is donated to the charity surfers against sewage - which protect recreational waters to keep us safe and free from illness.
  • Everyone is issued with bright red Reservoir Dogs t-shirts

  • Students descend on Cardiff student union bar, fuelled with rock (as in the sweet) and shots of some alcoholic drink being given out free, first sign of nudity from liability James (Southampton Uni) as the promotional camera man for the drink films more than he expected to in an interview.

  • Some students head to bed at random homes of Cardiff windsurfers, while the others carry on partying at the house party of one of the Cardiff Windsurf Committee.


  • Everyone wakes up surprisingly early and heads down to the reservoir.

  • No sign of wind but we rig up the beginner kit anyway.

  • By the time everything is rigged up the wind had filled in nicely and the beginners launch onto the water.  Everyone else chips in with instruction and helpful tips for them.

  • By the time more kit is rigged up, the wind has picked up and intermediates and advanced head out onto the water.

  • By early afternoon racing is in full swing and everyone is enjoying getting wet.

  • With only a couple of hours until the party, kit is quickly packed away and everyone bundles into their mini-buses, vans and cars heading back to Cardiff to get changed into their fancy dress outfits for the party.

  • Cardiff locals watching the rugby in a sports bar in town get a shock when over a hundred students dressed as pimps, whores and Labradors (and cow/Dalmatians - think some people got a bit confused with the party theme) enter.

  • Everyone dances the night away until we are chucked out in the early hours.

  • Many congregate in a kebab shop halfway back to their houses.


  • After a short lie, everyone heads to the reservoir and soon beginner racing and a freestyle comp for all is in full swing.

  • As always the Boardwise van is on hand to provide a fantastic range of demo kit to try.

  • Marked on style as well as technique, there were some very entertaining entrees and moves in the Boardwise freestyle comp.  E.g. the winner, Mikey P of Southampton Uni, is decked out in skin tight shiny blue trousers, a furry full length coat and aviators.  

  • Cardiff excels with the prizes; from Naish harnesses to luggage bags and hoodies to dvds.
Congratulations to all who competed.


Advanced Racing

1st. James Day (Oxford)

2nd. Sam Stevens (Southampton)

3rd. Keith Phillips (Cardiff)

1st. Lady. Emily Shaw (Bristol)

Intermediate Racing

1st. Erica Phillips (York)

2nd. Chris Sharp (Cardiff)

3rd. Stephen Prince (Liverpool)


Freestyle Competition

1st. Mike Parker (Southampton)

2nd. James Day (Oxford)

3rd. Ben Fairclough (Exeter)


Overall University

1st. Southampton

2nd. Cardiff

3rd. Liverpool


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