The UK Freestyle Windsurfing Tour kicks off at Branksome Dene

May 5, 2010 | Windsurfing

UK windsurfers: the fleet is coming at full speed

Pryde Group UK, NeilPryde and JP Australia have teamed up with FC Watersports, Animal and local windsurfing businesses to bring an action-packed weekend of fun windsurfing, Freestyle, Slalom Racing and demos.

The 2010 UKWA competition season has started well with several successful events, now the Freestyle Tour joins up with Slalom for a double whammy event at Branksome Dene, Bournemouth on 8/9 May.

Whether you’re a serious contender for International fame or just starting out, there’s something for you in Freestyle windsurfing as the various categories allow everyone to compete at their own ability level and in their own age group in both light and strong winds.

For spectators, it’s also great to watch as the competition is always close to the beach and the action is usually fast and furious. You may not know what all the moves are called but you will certainly marvel at the skills being shown. Who knows, you may be inspired to enter yourself.

The younger you start the better you will become, so for kids it’s one of the best windsurfing disciplines to get into. No matter how young or inexperienced you are you will be welcomed; and if you haven’t competed before the Pro Sailors will help to you get started with plenty of advice.

For parents, friends and partners, you don’t have to act as a caddy or just sit and watch, you could help run the event. It’s surprising how many people are needed to make it happen and we’re always looking for help with flags, timing, streamers and beach marshalling.

Give Trevor Funnell a call on 07764-578648 or go and see him at registration and he'll find you a job.

The Venue

Branksome Dene Chine is one of the local venues that Poole Slalom uses on a weekly base. Even though the parking is limited there’s more than enough space to park your cars and vans and rig sails on the beach etc.

As you would expect, when the weather is good, the relatively small car park fills up very quickly so make sure you are there early to buy a day ticket. The overnight parking is at the discretion of the Council and, like at Windfest, please keep noise down to a minimum so we can use the venue again. There are no power outlets or showering facilities on site.

There are very good facilities on the promenade, including toilets (with disabled facilities), ice-cream kiosks and you can easily reach the hot-dog/burger bars as well as the Restaurant / Cafe at Bransome Chine, which offers a selection of hot & cold meals throughout the year, further along the prom.

You are very close to Bournemouthand it's attractions, which are all within an easy flat walk along the promenade. All of the above provide a superb venue to bring the family along for a summer weekend in the sun.

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