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Posted On:  29/07/2003

AT ExCeL 8 - 18 JANUARY 2004

The UKWA will be working with the National Boat Shows* (NBS) team to launch this debut event in the UK. These National Championships will see men, women and youth contestants, from the UK’s windsurfing elite competing in Freestyle and Slalom disciplines. Top UK wave sailors Nik Baker, Robbie Swift, Chris Audsley and John Skye are expected to be among those competing in Freestyle. Slalom racers include Ross Williams, Dan Ellis and Lucy Horwood. There are also plans for a spectacular and exciting jump competition, details of which will be announced later.

The winners of the UK competition will go head-to-head against windsurfing champions from around the world, including competitors from the PWA World Tour such as Matt Pritchard (USA), the current world No. 1 in men’s freestyle and Ricardo Campello (Brazil). PWA women sailors expected to appear are the radical Moreno twins and Swiss star, Karen Jaggi.

The Schroders London International Boat Show will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in January as it moves to Europe’s largest exhibition centre – ExCeL – located in the heart of London’s Docklands. The championships will be held in a spectacular, purpose-built watersports pool (30 x 70 metres) with 25 fans generating 30 knots of wind and seating for 1,700 people. This show is going to be a ‘must see’ for all fans of windsurfing and will draw people from all over Europe and the World, there will also be the opportunity for coaching and have-a-go sessions for anyone to wants to join in.

With over 800 exhibitors offering everything from the latest kit, marine electronics, safety gear and clothes to sailing and windsurfing holidays, together with information on training courses, this promises to be a great day out for everyone from the keenest sailors to those just wanting a taster of what is on offer. The Windsurf and Kitesurf Village will cover 500 square metres and will have stands from all major brands such as F2, Mistral, BiC and Starboard as well as many other interesting products from a wide variety of distributors. If you are interested in getting involved in UKWA sponsorship for 2004 or any part of this unique event, please contact Trevor Funnell (UKWA Indoor Event Supervisor) on Mobile: 07764 578648 – email: or Arabella Andrup (Admin/Marketing) on Mobile: 07986 741716 or email:

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Notes to editors

For further information :
Trevor Funnell/UKWA Indoor Event Supervisor – Mobile: 07764 578648 – email:

BOAT SHOW CONTACTS: Gillian Stark or Sam Brickhill at Fishburn Hedges - Tel: 020 7839 4321
Photos and images available on request.

* The Schroders London International Boat Show is organised by National Boat Shows Ltd (NBS). NBS is a subsidiary of the British Marine Federation (BMF), the trade association for the UK boating industry.

ExCeL has great transport links, it is conveniently located close to London City Airport, there is a direct dual carriageway link to the M11 and M25 and ExCeL even has its own dedicated Docklands Light Railway station – Custom House for ExCeL – providing fast, convenient access to the City (30 mins) and the West End (45 mins). To find out more about the facilities the venue now offers visit

The show will be open daily from 8-18 January 2004 from 10am until 7pm, except for Friday 9th and Thursday 15th when the show will stay open until 9.30pm and on Sunday 18th when the show will close at 6pm. Reduced priced tickets are now on sale through the ticket hotline at £10.50 (£12 on the door). To book tickets, call the ticket hotline on 0115 912 9111.

Pic: East hall – indoor pool

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