Windsurfing searching for a fresh breath of air

WINDSURFING in Jersey has been in decline over the past ten years but, with the Island hosting the 2015 Island Games, the Jersey Windsurfing Club are hoping for an influx of young sailors to raise the profile of the sport.

Atko Memorial and Oyster Series winner Steve Melia takes off at Le Braye in a force 7-8 wind
Atko Memorial and Oyster Series winner Steve Melia takes off at Le Braye in a force 7-8 wind

WINDSURFING in Jersey has been in decline over the past ten years but, with the Island hosting the 2015 Island Games, the Jersey Windsurfing Club are hoping for an influx of young sailors to raise the profile of the sport.

In its hey-day in the 1980s, it was not unusual to see 30 windsurfers in St Ouen’s Bay, but that number has steadily dropped and the average age of participants is around 40 years.

Last year, however, there was a renewed sense of excitement among the Jersey windsurfing community, with more competitions being held, more juniors starting and more people dusting down their old gear and getting out on the sea again.

JWC president Rob Ayliffe believes that these competitions have had a positive effect on the quality of the sport locally.

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Comments for: "Windsurfing searching for a fresh breath of air"

Bradley

The average has declined because all have grown up, came to their sences and started kitesurfing!

C Le Verdic

Nothing like getting cold and wet!

I watched a Frenchman, a few years back, spending all day every day for two weeks windsurfing on the relatively tourist free south coast of St. Lucia, unencumbered by wet or dry suit. For all I know he could have been there all winter.

Now that's what I call the right sport for the right place.

Bradley's comment would be hard to better, other than that kite surfing in Jersey still provides ample opportunity for wearing protective clothing!

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