Al Cross has once again shown the industry his true enthusiasm for all things water-sporty and come up with great new concept, the inaugural event of which will be held at Stithians in early May this year. Here’s the official press release:
“The National Watersports Festival (NWF), incorporating windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP (stand-up paddling) and kayaking, is a fun event designed to allow anyone at any level in their sport, to take part. NWF started 8years ago in Hayling Island, Hampshire and has grown into the largest festival of its kind in the UK.
“The idea of “NWF JUNIOR” has been under development for some time. The concept is to encourage youngsters of all abilities, between the ages of 8 – 16, to attend a national event. Although there are established national youth pathways for racing, NWF JUNIOR is designed to cater for both as the vast majority of youngsters who are not part of this pathway or don’t necessarily wish to develop their racing skills. The mix is designed to be 20% Novice 70% Intermediate and 10% Professional and as with the NWF, the mentality is very much ‘roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!
“Using the established NWF model, NWF JUNIOR will be a youth coaching camp for all NWF disciplines, delivered by an ‘industry collective. The coaching and mentoring will be conducted by the stars, professionals and idols of each of the NWF sports, who have kindly volunteered their time to assist with the development of our stars of the future!
“The inaugural event will take place at Stithians Lake (Cornwall) on 4-5th May 2014. The venue means that NWF JUNIOR can deliver all disciplines of Kayaking, Kitesurfing, SUP and Windsurfing in the safety of inland waters, but also gives the option of moving to the coast for certain disciplines if required. The site has camping, showers, refreshments and offers great hospitality, plus there are plenty of other attractions on site to keep non-watersports family members occupied! More information on what is available can be found at www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/stithians-lake
“The Trade will also come equipped with their latest toys and professional team riders, all in support of this initiative. More information will be distributed in due course. Watch this space!”
For more information, keep an eye on the NWF website.