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The Student Windsurfing Association

The SWA triumph at the Fat Face national night windsurfing festival..

With winds of up to 40 knots blowing on Hayling Island over the weekend the fat face national windsurfing festival showed the world just how great a sport windsurfing is.

There was a fair number SWA and XSWA present in the 300 strong entrants and at least 3 of the teams were heavily SWA biased.

The format for the amateurs was master blaster racing which essentially involved lining over 150 windsurfers up along the beach and setting them all off at once to gybe round the same buoy and sail back. Absolute carnage! The sight from the beach was amazing seeing that many windsurfers all on the water heading for the same point. The race finished with competitors running up the beach past the chearing crowds.

In the 5 races over the weekend the SWA sailors kicked some serious ass. Nicky Rudd (Plymouth Uni) won 1 race and came 2nd in another. Sarah Cotton (SWA director and Ex Liverpool) won 2 races and got a 2nd and 3rd in the other races which probably put her first lady overall. Jo haywood (Ex Cambridge) came second in one race and Helen Lyle (Ex Exeter) got a 3rd in one race.

In the mens racing Pete Boustred (Southampton), Phil Cutter (SWA President and Southampton) and Andy Bramah (Former SWA Director and EX Cambridge) all managed top 10 placings in some of the races.

The SWA Boardwise team of SWA directors Sarah Cotton, Phil Cutter and Anthony 'Beaker' Lindley came second overall despite Beaker only racing in the first two races due to having sold all the kit he needed...

A very camp Andy Bramah running up the beach to the finish

Full results are on the UKWA website.

In between the racing pro coaches such as Jem Hall, Jim Collis, Dave White and Peter Hart were giving the clinics on the finer points of windsurf technique, but don't worry if you missed them as Jim, Jem and hopefully Dave will all be at the SWA Festival.

A big highlight of the weekend was the much anticipated FAT FACE NIGHT WINDSURF, a flood-lit windsurfing competition.

Carnage at the starting line

Relief after a huge blast in choppy conditions

Nik Baker won the event by a clear margin and it was possibly the largest crowds seen at an event in this country for a very long time.

As with any good windsurf event there was a rocking party with live band which went on into the early hours. This was the area where the SWA excelled and showed the rest of the UK windsurf community how to do it properly.

Many thanks to the man behind the event; Alan Cross, the UKWA and Fat face. It showed just how great windsurfing can be when you do it together. Dave White was taking photos all weekend and there are hundreds on his website www.k-63.com so check it out and see if you can spot yourself.

Quotes produced by rather heavily intoxicated SWA members while contemplating life around the campfire over the weekend... (it's hard to believe these people have degrees..)

J.Savage (Ex-exeter treasurer) - "I think i've fallen in love with a sausage"

D.Bostock (Exeter president) - "Ketchup is a bit like clay pidgen shooting isn't it" & "Hats keep your head warm don't they.."

H.Rock-evans (Ex-Cambridge President) - "SWA is really for life, not just for uni" & "I've seen XX XXX naked, it was SO shocking" (name removed for protection of henry - ed)

Beaker (SWA director!) - "Tighten your lips, it'll be more pleasurable"

Worrying isn't it....

All pics courtesy of Dave White www.k-63.com