The massively popular UKWA National Windsurfing Championships is back and it will be coming to Bridlington on Saturday and Sunday i.e. 1st and 2nd July. For more than 20 years, Bridlington has been a host for this sporting event. The event is supported by East Yorkshire Events. It’s expected that spectators will turn up by the hundreds at the promenade of the North Beach to catch a glimpse of the races which, as always, are expected to be action packed.
There will be four different fleets racing during the two-day event. The techno-board will be for sailors aged between 12 and 17 years while those above the 17 will be racing on the RS:X board. The latter board is an Olympic class board, the same kind that Nick Dempsey used in 2012 when he won a silver medal.
UKWA chairman and events director, Bob Ingram, stated that in the UKWA calendar, coming to Bridlington has always been one of the highlights. This is because the council provides clean beaches and overnight parking but also because the windsurfing conditions on the water are some of the best and these factors make the event impossible to miss. He also added that they particularly look forward to the spectators who turn up each time there is an event to show their support to the surfers. He also added that the area also provides excellent eateries along with places to shop and drink for the competitor and their families when they come along. He finished by saying the fact that the event is so exciting and also free for spectators make it one you cannot afford to miss.
Also speaking about the event, Councillor Richard Burton who holds the portfolio for leisure tourism and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire stated that the council was quite excited that once again the UKWA National Windsurfing Championships will be in Bridlington. He noted the popularity of the sport among the area residents and also visitors who come from other places to see the event. He also mentioned that it provided quite a boost to the economy in the area. He finished by saying that the event was now one of the most popular in the UK windsurfing calendar and this was thanks to the amazing beaches and coastline which have proven to be ideal for a competition of such a stature.