THERE is only one month to go before the start of the National Watersports Festival on Hayling Island.
More than 500 competitors and upwards of 8,000 spectators are due to converge on the seafront for three days of non-stop racing, activity and fun.
Now in its ninth year, the event, which takes place between September 5 and 7, is a huge draw for windsurfers, kayakers, kitesurfers and paddle boarders.
Event director Allan Cross said: ‘This year we’ve introduced two new attractions to the festival, which should provide some amazing additions to an already packed programme.
‘On the Friday we’re holding a Blast from the Past slalom event pitting yesteryear’s windsurfing heroes against the up and coming stars from today.
‘We’ve significantly upweighted the kiteboarding element in 2014, which will now be staged at the blue flag beach, West Bay.
‘Brand new this year will be a Night Kite Park which will feature ramps and kickers for a truly awesome spectacle and is definitely one not to be missed.
‘Our thanks, as always to our sponsoring family, which includes Havant Borough Council and all our exhibitors and supporters.’
Hayling is the spiritual home of windsurfing and where Peter Chilvers, then just 12 years of age, is credited with inventing the sport over 50 years ago,
For tickets see http://nationalwatersportsfestival.com/participate/.