Cross offshore and gusting anywhere between a 2 and a 6, the freestyle standard went through the roof as the Club Vass boys, Colin Dixon, Simon Hurrey and Andy “Bubble” Chambers tore through the fleet.
Even the might of UK top wavesailors Andy King and John Skye could not stop their advances, despite an array of Flakas, Grubbys and Clew first stuff. Also sailing a blinder was Ben Proffit and Phil Horrocks, who were making their way with complicated switch stance moves. Switch seemed to be the order of the day to make way to the final.
Chris Audsley sailed some consistent and tactically flawless heats to get him self to the last four, but the artillery was not to match the super powers of Boardseeker Team Riders Ben Proffit, Phil Horrocks, and also Andy Chambers. The final was really a lesson in fine windsurfing, some of the moves on par with the Bonairians, only it was wetter and more miserable. On several runs in, either Ben or Andy would pull a move off that i struggled to remember the name of. By the time I had they went into another that I also did not know. It was great to see Punetas, Funnells, Chachos on home soil. Had there been a bit of swell, the result might have been different, but the day was really Andy Chambers own. His final was close with Ben, Ben might have won, if he had pulled off a perfect swtich chacho just seconds earlier, but a second is all it takes to miss the final buzzer. The long distance race between mountain bikers, kiters and windsurfers was won by a country mile by Nick Dempsey. Tristan Boxford not known for his racing skills came in next, although somewhat later. Tomorrow is the Super X, which should be amusing, I\’m even going to try it myself. Keep an eye out for a video report in Boardseeker magazine………
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite