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Great weekend on the water at Hayling gala

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 National Windsurfing Festival, which is being re-invented this year under a new name - the National Watersports Festival - still on Hayling seafront.

Paddleboarding National Windsurfing Festival, which is being re-invented this year under a new name - the National Watersports Festival - still on Hayling seafront.

WATERSPORTS fanatics are gearing up for a huge festival on Hayling Island at the end of the summer.

The ticket line is now open for the National Watersports Festival, which takes place over the weekend of September 5 to 7.

The gala will see 550 windsurfers, kite surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders take to the water, with up to 8,000 spectators expected to be cheering them on.

Event organiser Allan Cross said: ‘We’re delighted with how well tickets are selling, especially as there are still three months left until the event.

‘We decided to go big on the merchandise this year, especially with the hoodies, as we want to ensure that everyone gets the size they want, as many of the popular sizes sold out early on in last year’s event.

‘As well as getting mega organised, it’s great seeing everyone wearing the kit and adds to the whole community atmosphere of the National Watersports Festival.’

The festival is unique as the average intermediate ‘weekend warrior’ can meet the sports elite and compete side by side.

The event is a collaborative effort between Kayaking – Canoe England, Portsmouth Watersports Centre, British Stand Up Paddle Association, the Royal Yachting Association and the UK Windsurfing Association.

Highlights of the festival will include taster sessions, free tuition from top coaches, two beach parties with bands on the Friday and Saturday nights and the Night Watersports event, where professionals race or perform incredible stunts under the floodlights.

For more information visit nationalwatersportsfestival.com.

 

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