Northumberland Wave Slam

Northumberland Wave Slam


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2012 Northumberland Wave Slam is sheduled to take place first windy & wavy weekend after the Easter holidays.

Location - best place on the day

Cost - £35/person

Insurance - Proof of 3rd Party insurance required to take part

Prize Fund - K4 fins / merch, Animal Wetsuits, Neil Pryde harnesses....more to follow

Pros Judging / Offering Tips - Steve Thorpe, others tbc

Non Wind Activities - SUPs available to hire / demo, Bamburgh Castle Tour, lots of lovely walks, beach combing....

Accommodation - we'll try to secure the farmers field at Budle for a camp over. Travellers might also want to consider accommodation in Seahouses, Bamburgh and Beadnell.

Social - beers in pub planned for Friday night. Saturday BBQ or pub if it rains.

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Locals Rule the Northumberland Wave Slam 28/29th May 2011.

Wave Slam

The Bank Holiday weekend saw windsurfers from as far as Aberdeen and Yorkshire descend on Northumberlandfor a new amateur wave sailing event organised by Northumbrian Windsurf Club committee member and owner ofNewcastle’s favourite Paddleboard and Windsurfing School Boardskillz, Joe Thwaites.

The event was originally planned to take place in April but with marginal wind forecasts and very little swell theorganisers decided to postpone it until windsurfing nirvana presented itself.
Joe said “The whole concept of the Slam was to establish a credible local wave sailing competition run around a near perfect forecast which last weekend certainly delivered.”

Wave Slam

Saturday brought 4-6ft waves and a steady F5-6 cross offshore wind at Mouth of Budle Bay which was ideal forjumping on the way out and near perfect down the line riding on the way in. The judges decided that an expressionsession was the best format for the day which worked really well from a spectator perspective, as all competitors’risked injury and kit damage to impress the judges with huge back loop attempts and last minute top turns on somefairly unforgiving waves.
Day 1 ended with John Critchley from Harrogate and Toby Edmunds from Aberdeen taking the silverware closelyfollowed by Steve Carragher and Richie Cessford, both Northumbrian Windsurfing Club members.

The wind stayed for Sunday so the faithful ignored their aching limbs and regrouped at Mouth of Budle for round 2 ofthe Slam. Steve Carragher was taking no prisoners and was first up wind and making the most of the dropping swellclosely followed by Richie. The waves were getting a bit messy and the wind went nuclear just after lunchtime so itwas decided we should seek shelter in Budle Bay for some flat water drag racing and some freestyle. Ultimate speedprize for the day went to Steve Boyd but the judges felt local vet Steve Carragher’s wave exploits and general stylemade him the overall winner with Navy boy Richie Cessford from Newcastle getting overall runner up, courtesy of some impressive freestyle and some large aerial moves on Day 1.

Wave Slam

The organisers would like to thank Pryde Group and Zero Gravity Distribution for their generous donations to theprize fund, local photographer Gavin Duthie for taking some first rate photos on the Saturday and all those who camealong to support the event.
Joe went on to say, ‘Looking forward to next year we hope that more people will travel to what is probably some ofthe prettiest coastline in the UK to compete in a competition that aims to stand for  guaranteed wind and waves, greatprizes (not just for winners), good banter and a party to rival any.
For more information on the 2012 Wave Slam find us on Facebook and ‘like’ our page. Initial rumblings suggest first windy weekend after Easter.

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JOE : 0191 4206921 / 07779 127230


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