The Four Nations Cup Final Round was held at West Wittering Windsurfing Club courtesy of 2XS, Ezzy Sails, RRD and Da Kine. It was a tense weekend as sailors waited for the wind to arrive on Sunday lunchtime.
So the competition finally started - six minute heats is not a lot of time to prove yourself in bolt onshore 5 metre weather and dumping waves, but despite the southerly wind there was plenty of action on the water. All fleets got plenty of heats in, but in the end it was John Skye who proved himself the best, impressing the judging team of Trevor Funnell, Nayra Alonso and Julian Du Vall with moves such as push loops with a tweak.
Despite everyone being out on the water by 9 am, the competition didn’t get underway till almost 11am. This gave everyone a lot of time to tune into the conditions. The incoming tide caused the waves to pile up and the wind to lift over the bank, making sail choice tricky. It was light on the inside and windy on the outside. The tactic was to stay out and nail some jumps and then try and link some waves together as best possible.
The real heat of the day was the men’s final, or more importantly who got to the Men\'s Final. The shock defeat was that contender for the title Andy King, just missed out on a place despite finishing his heat with a flaka on a onshore face and forward coming in, then ninja kick and stalled forward going out. Paul Hunt probably scored the best wave of the day and nailed a high backloop to see him through. The other finalists were Chris Audsley and John Skye and John Hibbard
During the Pro mens final, the waves really backed off. John Hibbard upped his score with a really high table top, whilst John Skye edged the victory with a pushie tweak jobbie. Very impressive considering how onshore it was. (To make a point and quietly vent his frustration, Andy King was out the back pulling off doubles. Best place to do them was surely in his heat!)
So after a mixed day of emotions it is still undecided who is the UK champion. As John Hibbard and Andy King are both in joint 1st. The organisers were desperately looking through the sailing instructions trying to find if someone somewhere had written a rule about it.
Overall, it was a great event with a spectacular turnout, run by the 2XS crew.
Pro Men results are as follows, we will publish the rest with some better photo’s soon:
1. John Skye 2. John Hibbard 3. Chris Audsley 4. Paul Hunt 5. Andy King, Clyde Waite, Mark Bell, Jamie Hancock
The great winds over the weekend also saw some spectacular action at the UKWA Slalom competition at Hayling Island, more on that later! (As well as pictures from both events)