West Wittering warmed up today for the finale of the UK wavesailing series, the 4 Nations Cup.
Sponsored by 2XS, RRD, Ezzy, Jemhall Empire, the event saw a busy start with a 50 strong fleet and the return of Trevor Funnell as event manager. Despite the main forecast being for Sunday, all fleets had a good run through their heats in a freewave, anything goes expression format.
The wind wasn\'t the strongest, so it was the case of taking the biggest kit possible and make the most of the small onshore waves. With plenty of people having a good catch up and enjoying the relentless comentary from Mr Jem Hall.com the day built promise for tomorrow\'s big forecast as most put on a good show for the spectators. RRD and Ezzy were present with plenty of kit to try out on the water for those not wishing to compete.
As usual Andy King was out on the water the longest, pulling off the most moves in the marginal conditions as he prepares for the title fight with John Hibbard, which he is leading by just one point. Both sailors are in line for their first UK wave title, and in many ways it is long overdue for both of them. Tomorrow\'s forecast could see a prominance for jumping, which could just favour Andy King, although Hibbard\'s wave riding in such conditions could be stronger.
The pro fleet is looking strong with John Skye, James Cox, Tristan Boxford, Chris Audsley, Paul Hunt, Jamie Hancock and Timo Mullen on the entry list. Despite Andy King just being one point ahead of John Hibbard, both are significantly ahead of Ben Proffit in third, and the rest of the fleet not to be worried about their overall result. To win Andy must finish ahead of Hibbard. For John Hibbard to win overall, he must finish 2 points ahead of Andy King. It will be very close stuff.
With so many entrants it will take 3.5 hours to get through all the fleets, so with the tides in mind it will be an early start and an exciting finale to the UK season. Check back here for the final report tomorrow evening!
Report by Clyde Waite.
Photo Credit: C. Waite