The SWA year got off to great start at the Aussie Kiss festival in Cornwall on the 25th September. Southampton Uni Windsurfing Club (SUWC) was well represented with two full minibuses of excited student ready for the weekend of windsurfing and legendary SWA parties.
|Photo by Duncan Dumbreck|
The good forecast delivered and we had planing wind on both days of the event! Saturday was just a fun session on the lake, I borrowed the new Twintip 101 and absolutely loved it! Can’t wait until my one arrives. The competition was run on the Sunday, with very gusty winds, I was overpowered on my 5.2, the shifty wind made it hard but the water was lovely and flat. I was loving sailing at the events again. I’d forgotten how much fun it is! I came second in the freestyle behind Alex Mitchell (Portsmouth). Southampton’s Charlie Wilson came in third.
|Forward on the lake. Photo by Duncan Dumbreck|
Southampton have a lot of exciting new people this year and our racing teams were on good form, we were in the lead after the first leg but came off worse after a collision with Solent. On the last leg my team (Nikos Symigdalas, Filip Markeiwicz and me) were overtaken by the other Southampton team (Leo Calnan, Charlie Wilson, Jarrod Zancanella) to finish in third. Solent won with Southampton’s other team in second.
|SUWC dressed up as the Justice League. Photo by Duncan Dumbreck|
Overall it was a successful weekend, with SUWC taking four of the six podium places on offer!
The next event was Liverpool’s Northern Monkey on 8th-10th November. We rammed the van full of ten boards, ten booms, twenty sails and sixteen masts. Once again SUWC was on top form with two minibuses worth of people making the trip. After some questionable antics from a lot of people on the Friday night we were at the lake bright and early on Saturday morning for some beginner sessions. There was no competition on Saturday apart from the individual racing, I came second in my heat and failed to make the final but well done to Southampton’s Nikos Symigdalas for coming fourth in the final.
|Cruising in the team racing at AK. Photo by Duncan Dumbreck|
After the Woodland Rave on Saturday night we were once again awake and enthusiastic for jumping into the toasty warm lake on the Sunday. The team racing was once again a great success for Southampton as Charlie Wilson, John Hamilton and I won the final, Nottingham were in second and in third was our other Southampton team consisting of Nikos Symigdalas, Filip Markiewicz and Leo Calnan.
|SUWCs president Filip Markiewicz literally traveling faster than the speed of sound at AK. Photo by Duncan Dumbreck|
The final event of the weekend was the freestyle, once again SUWC was on fire with four of the seven finalists coming from SUWC. The wind was light so it was a battle of strimmers and sail 360s, SUWC president Filip Markiewicz finished in third, Nadir from Solent was second and I managed to take the win. I was very happy to finish first, the standard was really high and I had no idea where I was going to place.
|From left: Nikos Symigdalas, Filip Markiewicz, Me, Solent Windsurf Team, Jarrod Zancanella, Leo Calnan and Charlie Wilson. Photo by Duncan Dumbreck.|
Big thanks to our Liverpool hosts Lottie and Ellie and to Crosby Lake for having us. Bring on the next one!