The National Watersports Festival
The festival grew out of the National Windsurfing Festival – the sport’s largest, national, mass participation event for the last eight years – and is designed to ensure all novice and intermediate, recreational water enthusiasts can take part, regardless of their ability.
The result, in 2013, was a hugely fun event and, importantly, not at all intimidating – with a great atmosphere. And the all-inclusive nature of the NWF continues to attract interest and participation from other watersports, including kitesurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Colloquially known as the ‘People’s Festival’, one of its main aims is to convert interested spectators into enthusiastic participants, with taster sessions and a simple ‘out-and-back’ race set-up. That’s why the format is 20 per cent taster, 70 per cent intermediate and 10 per cent professional, across the four disciplines.
As many as 10,000 people are expected and they will be able to enjoy sport, parties, the trade show, food and drink, and camping.