SUNDAY, July 20 - Windsurf Festival breezes into town
PUBLISHED: 13:24 20 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 June 2010
A new event will breeze into the calendar next week with the first Exmouth Windsurf Festival – an action-packed weekend making the most of the town s resources.
A new event will breeze into the calendar next week with the first Exmouth Windsurf Festival - an action-packed weekend making the most of the town's resources.
Long regarded as a prime spot for windsurfing, with superb wind conditions and the River Exe offering ideal waters, the town now has an event to match.
The programme next weekend, July 26 and 27, features top national and international competitors showing their skills, plus the festival showpiece - the UK's longest windsurf marathon, to Torquay and back.
More than a hundred of the sport's finest are expected to compete in the open marathon, with £25 entry available to any ready for the challenge.
A free fun race will keep windsurfers of all ability happy.
For the less active, the Pavilion will host more laid back festival fare, before a beach party on Saturday night.
The uninitiated can enjoy the spectacle, and even try their hand at the sport with free taster sessions on the duck pond opposite the seafront.
The festival has been organised by Pete Manfield, owner of Waterfront Sports. The windsurf tutor has helped introduce hundreds of new windsurfers to the sport through two decades of trading.
The event marks a bid to raise Exmouth's profile as a watersports mecca, the business also seeking to establish a new windsurf HQ in a specially-designed seafront store.
Fundraising at the festival will help support the National Coastwatch Institute and Exmouth Beach Rescue.
The Festival commences Saturday July 26, with registration for the marathon between 8.30am and 10am.
The main event will take place when weather conditions are suitable. Live music at the beach party starts at 8pm on Saturday, with a raffle closing proceedings on Sunday at 5pm.
For more information contact Waterfront Sports on (01395) 443464 or 07798780323.
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