ADRENALINE-FUELLED action and spectacular freestyle windsurfing stunts took place in Weymouth and Portland this week.
The Centaur King of the Wind Festival, the final of the European Freestyle Pro Tour event 2012, came to a close on Tuesday Dutch windsurfer Davy Scheffers claimed the event crown when he was named overall Centaur King of the Wind winner and the new European champion.
Austrian windsurfer Max Mattisek was named winner of the night Tow-In super session, which took place in Weymouth Bay in front of 15,000 spectators ahead of the resort’s Bonfire night fireworks.
Andy Chambers claimed the title of top UK windsurfer from Centaur King of the Wind, after the four-day event hosted by the Official Test Centre (OTC) at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy concluded on Tuesday.
While Adam Sims was the best UK windsurfer in the overall European Freestyle Pro Tour results, after claiming eighth place overall.
Adam Sims, of Xtreme Playground who was also the event organiser, said: “Davy not only won the first round but also the second round of the competition.
“He really secured the event win with his usual combination of not just single moves but several showing power and style.
“Particularly when he performed in the choppy conditions on the last day when he really showed he was the best.”
All the King of the Wind competitions were held on the sheltered flat water of Portland Harbour, apart from the Tow-In by a Red Bull jet-ski, which is hoped to become an annual event.
Olympian Nick Dempsey made a special guest appearance to watch the spectacle.
Sims added: “It was great to do the Tow-In on the beach in front of the town and residents from the regional area to show people what freestyle windsurfing is about and get the public involved.
“The competitors loved it. One guy Adam Gavriel from Israel came off the water and said ‘I can’t believe I’ve just done a Tow-In in England in front of 15,000 people, it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my live’.”
While a lack of wind on Tuesday cancelled the scheduled women’s event, Jo Wright was named winner of the light wind expression session, sponsored by Femi Pleasure clothing company.
In addition to the freestyle events, competitors enjoyed evening parties at the Lazy Lizard, organised by Jay Haysey from Globalshots, plus music on Sunday evening by Tim Cowen.
Trist Best, OTC managing director, said Wey Valley teacher Pam Govier told him the Tow-In super session stunts was all her tutor group were talking about the next day.