Sun, sea, and surf on Hayling Island

SURF'S UP Gemma Garrett, left, of the RYA and competitor Danielle Lucas can't wait to get onto the water. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122953-4)

SURF'S UP Gemma Garrett, left, of the RYA and competitor Danielle Lucas can't wait to get onto the water. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122953-4)

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THE sun was out, the sea was blue and hundreds descended on Hayling Island for a slice of the action.

The National Windsurfing Festival kicked off yesterday to begin a three-day extravaganza celebrating the sport.

SURF'S UP Competitor on the water. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122953-4)

SURF'S UP Competitor on the water. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122953-4)

Windsurfers from across the country are taking part in races, demonstrations, windsurfing clinics, parties, and fancy dress displays.

The events kicked off with demonstrations of SUP boards – where surfers stand up and paddle.

The hub for all the action is the Inn on the Beach pub, off Seafront.

The event is supported by Havant Borough Council and comes to Hayling every year as it was the birthplace of the sport.

The council is hoping to attract investment to build more facilities for windsurfers.

Hayling Councillor Andy Lenaghan said: ‘It’s been heaving. It’s going to be a terrific weekend. It’s a really good atmosphere.’

A highlight will be the Night Windsurf under floodlights from about 8.30pm tonight.

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