National Watersports Festival returns for 10th anniversary year

The National Watersports Festival will be returning to Hayling Island for the 10th anniversary edition over the weekend of the September 2-4, 2016 and this week celebrates six months to the start!

Going back to its roots and focusing on windsurfing, alongside one of the world’s fastest growing sports of stand up paddle boarding, this is one event to lock off on your calendar. Three days of spectacular action on the water, ‘have a go’ sessions, demo testing, live music, night time flood lit displays, parties, food and drink stalls and, new for this year, family focused activities, will all be on offer at Hampshire’s favourite watersports festival.

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Supported by Havant Borough Council the NWF has grown to accommodate 500 competitors and 10,000 spectators, all eager to see the world renowned field take to the water. Allan Cross, event director explains: ‘When we started this event a decade ago we really didn’t know how many people would attend and what the reaction would be like but from the very first festival the NWF has exceeded all our expectations.

 ‘To attract the record number of competitors we do and the crowds, in their thousands, that the event pulls in is testament to the special event that this NWF has become. This year we want to deliver a weekend that raises the bar on previous years and we’ve got a number of things up our sleeve that will make this a must-attend event for both competitors and spectators alike.

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 ‘Our thanks, as always, go to Havant Borough Council for their unwavering support and the residents of Hayling Island who are always incredibly welcoming and support the event in so many ways.’

In the pipeline for the 10th anniversary edition is live music throughout the weekend – day and night – that spectators can enjoy and a host of attractions that will keep everyone occupied from the minute they enter the event grounds. More will be announced over the coming months but keep checking NWF’s social media and website ( for more details.

windsurf NWF 2016

The NWF has become known as the people’s festival so all ‘weekend warriors’ who take their windsurfers or SUPs out across the weekend are being encouraged to sign up and challenge themselves in the huge number of races which take place over the festival.

 ‘There are events for all ages and experience and even a number of fancy dress heats, where competitors can simply disguise themselves if they’re not very confident on their board!’

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