Rutland Water: the new home of National Watersports Festival | Photo: Rutland Watersports

The 2017 National Watersports Festival (NWF) will take place at Rutland Water, in England, on the 3rd and 4th of June.

After ten years at Hayling Island, the most important windsurfing event in Britain will now move to the second largest water reservoir in Europe, located 20 kilometers east of Leicester.

The organizers based their decision on the need to adapt to the changes in the windsurfing industry. Sponsors and action sports companies have backed up the announcement.

The National Watersports Festival wants to involve more families, youth, clubs, and disabled participants in both windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

"The Rutland venue is less intimidating for some of the recreational windsurfers and paddlers. We want to use the excellent facilities at Rutland to help develop an even larger 'taster' session element to get more people out on the water," explains Allan Cross, founder of the NWF.

Rutland Water features a camping site for 6000 people, an aquatic park, bike trails, and climbing facilities.

"We will continue to deliver the windsurfing aspect that we always have, but our new model will also cater for the ever increasing number of recreational paddlers and wind SUP users," adds Cross.