The Student Windsurfing Association
The Bangor boys stood there with their tweed jackets, inebriated but in control and that look of contentment to be introducing the studentwindsurfers to some of the best sailing conditions in the UK.

Once again Rhosneigr did not fail to please, with cross off winds and a running swell, it was riding heaven (for some the riding continued into the night!).

The beginners and intermediates also had fun on the lake, attempting to complete the course whilst slaloming the reeds and local fishermen!!

  • Location - Rhosneigr
  • Weather - Marginal winds both Sat and Sun with a 4-6foot swell
  • Party - Prehistoric/Caveman
  • Attendance - 100 students


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Blast from the Past

Recent digging by SWA trustee Sarah Cotton unearthed this article from Come Board Sailing (Later Windsurf) way back in January 1981.

This is about the second ever UK student windsurfing event, and the first to make it into the magazines.

In this day and age the SWA is regularly featured in national publications, but it's good to know that student windsurfers were hitting it hard before most of us in the current generation were born.

Thanks to Sarah for this one, read on for the article...

Chase the brass monkey

On the 16th and 17th February, 2002, as the permafrost was slowly melting, Birmingham held their second inter-university event, "Chase the brass monkey"!

Saturday saw little wind, but the bouncy castle and IMCO racing (on land) was enough to keep the frostbite away!! This event is all about getting the student windsurfers back together, partying, after the winter break. So land based activities are in abundance!

Sunday saw the first use of the new BIC Techno/Lodey fleet. Well done to Cardiff for winning overall, and a big thanks to Birmingham for organising the event.

  • Location - Chase Water Reservoir 30 minutes from Birmingham
  • Weather - Light winds, but plenty of bouncy castle action to keep everyone amused
  • Party - Funky, Fluffy, Fury, Fantastic!
  • Attendance - 60+



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  • Results


    IMCO Racing (on Land!) - Rules : Teams of 8 - One person has to be on IMCO long board (no sail), the rest of team race around the figure of 8 course carrying board and sailor! First team wins

    • Race 1 - Cardiff Win
    • Race 2 - Southampton Win
    • Race 3 - Cambridge/Southampton Draw!

    IMCO Freestyle (also on land!) - Rules : Teams of 8 - One (or two!) people on IMCO long board (no sail). Teams marked out of 10 for best freestyle moves!

    • Cardiff Win - only one heat - too dangerous for 2nd round!

    Bouncy dramatics - Rules : Best re-enactment of any scene, from any film, whilst bouncing continuously on the bouncy castle!

    • Birmingham Win with end scene from Italian Job! Michael Caine "Don't bounce"!!


    Techno/Lodey Racing - Rules - Students dress in rubber suits, attempt to get board and sail around an arbitrary course (aka "Windsurfing"!). First sailor wins

    • Cardiff Win

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"Nolimitz Student Wave Classic"

On the 1st and 2nd December 2001, Bangor held their now legendary "Nolimitz Student Wave Classic". It did not produce the 40 Knots as seen the year before but any sailor that could get on and fall off had great fun (The same criteria applied to the dance floor on the Saturday night!)!

  • Location - Rhosneigr, North Wales
  • Weather - Marginal, with slight swell
  • Party - "T" party!
  • Attendance - 80+


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"Lord of the Springs" - "An event to bind them all!"

On the 2nd and 3rd of March, 2002, Cambridge held their truly legendary "Spring" event. In the past we've had, "spring-thor", "spring-onion" and "spring-chicken". This years "Lord of the Springs" was an event to bind them all. One of the biggest parties yet was held on the Saturday night following the Tolkin theme, and the racing was second to none - finally we had an event with planing conditions to really test the Technos, and by all accounts - they were great.

  • Location - Grafham Reservoir 40 minutes from Cambridge
  • Weather - Marginal/Fresh winds, planing conditions (YES!)
  • Party - Lord of the Rings
  • Attendance - 120+


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