The Student Windsurfing Association

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The SWA runs the greatest student windsurfing series in the UK. In previous years we have teamed up with some of the biggest names in the industry to bring our competitors a line of truly epic prizes for each event. The best student riders from around the country will be battling it out to win the top prizes.

This year's sponsors are.......

Platinum Sponsors  Platinum  -------
Boardwise The Boardwise demo van is a huge contributor to the life and soul of the SWA events. They work tirelessly to give students the chance to try out the latest kit available, packing a whopping £30,000 worth of demo kit for our (careful) exploitation! Boardwise are one of the UK's largest windsurfing retailers, stocking many of the major brands with 4 shops in England and Scotland. They also have a particularly large selection of second hand stock for the hard up students among you.They are very generously providing the prize for the winners of the team race at Nationals this year!
Puravida Headlining the wave series this season, Puravida are known throughout the South West of the UK for being a premier supporter of university clubs, sponsoring Cardiff, Bristol and Bath to name a few. Jim is not only a skilled veteran wave sailor, but also one of the most experienced wave event officials around. He is also known for organising and running the infamous BWA events. He is a massive part of  the SWA wave series AND helps to filter the next generation of ripping wavesailors into the BWA! 
Gold Sponsors Gold   -------
Club Vass To those of us who enjoy windsurfing somewhere sunny where we can actually feel our fingers, Club Vass needs no introduction. But for those of you who don’t know, it is a regular haunt for those of us who fancy getting away over the summer months for windsurfing holidays or seasons, where we can learn and teach in the sumptuously warm and windy waters of the Greek islands. This year, Club Vass has been an inspirational support of UK windsurfing, not only sending instructors to our festivals but also kindly offering a prize of a half-price holiday to Vasiliki! Thanks for being awesome.

Shaka Student Travel do it all. Not just watersports like windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding and so on, but also climbing and other extreme activities in their all-in-one student holiday packages. So who better to partner with for the 2018 SWA holiday? We’ll be heading to the wonderful warm waters of Greece with Shaka this summer thanks to the fantastic deal they’ve offered to our members! Rock on Shaka!

Horizon Watersports  

Horizon are an experienced watersports holiday company, who provide not just windsurfing experiences but sailing, kayaking and paddle-boarding as well. They also run RYA instructor courses for those of you looking to start a career in watersports. They are kindly contributing a variety of awesome prizes for our core series, as well as a special sponsored holiday with them!

Colwyn Bay Watersports Colwyn Bay Watersports is a new and exciting watersports centre in North Wales headed up by the SWA's very own Taffy Osborne. Every year it puts more windsurfing instructors into the industry than any other UK centre and is keen to grant as many SWA members as possible the god-like power of windsurf instructor. It sponsors the best instructor prize at our Aussie Kiss festival as well as providing tuition and support throughout the series. This year, it is also playing host to the windsurfing BUCS event of the year — Nationals! 
Silver Sponsors  Silver   -------
Beverley Hills Fuerte Beverley Hills is a large villa on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura which often plays host to windsurfers from the SWA. Conveniently close to the ION club offering windsurf instruction and to this year’s World Windsurfing Championships, there’s a pool, sun loungers, BBQ, pagoda and room for 20 people. Not only is Beverley Hills contributing prizes for our series events this year, they are offering a fantastic rate of £125pp with a free place for the Group Organiser! 
Red Paddle S'up, Red Paddle! (... get it?) We all cross our fingers for perfect wind conditions on festival weekends but when Light Wind Olympics must be organised, Red Paddle will often step in to kindly donate use of their Stand Up Paddleboards! Even in windy or wavy conditions they are popular when we just want to chill out or mess around on the water!
Mark Warner   Mark Warner has 40 years experience of offering watersports and skiing package holidays at a variety of destinations across Europe. They have been a key sponsor of our core events this year, particularly the Mark Warner Beginner Beach at Aussie Kiss which provided freshers from across the country with their first taste of windsurfing. They also kindly donated £250 to the winning club of the Aussie Kiss team race, to help train up a new cohort of instructors! And, they’re hiring, so if you want to get into windsurfing hit them up!
Bronze Sponsors  Bronze   -------
GetWindsurfing The enthusiastic duo of Phil Richards and Danielle Lucas form GetWindsurfing. We are delighted to have them onboard and one lucky winner will walk away with a free spot on a UK coaching weekend at Nationals! GetWindsurfing also offer a unique holiday service that all Universities can use, and their clinics offer one of the best ways to improve your windsurfing. They also produce fantastic windsurfing tutorials on Youtube!
Lagoon Watersports Lagoon Watersports can be found running awesome coaching sessions in East Sussex and abroad, check out their website for locations! They have kindly donated a variety of prizes for our series winners, including money-off vouchers and merchandise!
Protography Protography — the clue is in the name! This year Protography helped with the promotion of our Aussie Kiss festival by providing and editing some snippets for our trailers. They are specialists in sports photography not only in the summer on the water but also in the winter on the mountains!
Pryde Group Fancy a student discount on sports gear and stash? Pryde Group are the place to go. Just let them know you're with the SWA and they’ll sort it! Able to fix a variety of your sporting needs, not just windsurfing!


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, they are committed to saving lives. The SWA knows, as windsurfers, how important the RNLI is to our safety and encourages all members to support them along with our other associated charities.

Industry Associate:

The RYA is windsurfing’s governing body. They have lots of advice and offer loads of support to the SWA. If you get a Windsurfing membership with the RYA, it includes 3rd party insurance cover and many other benefits. Check out their windsurfing pages here...

This year we're welcoming back Beverley Hills, who have been sponsoring us for a few years. Over that time, several of our clubs have had amazing holidays staying with them in Fuerteventura, with the villa situated super close to the Ion Club bases at Costa Calma and Risco del Paso.

The hostel is ideal for student groups, with three self-contained apartments, which house twenty people in total, and can be rented separately or altogether for larger groups. There is a heated swimming pool, an outdoor shower, a barbecue, a range of furniture for sunbathing on and a private bar, making it the ideal student villa. Of course, brilliant as the private bar sounds, the real reason you'll be heading there is for the windsurfing... right?

What words can we use to explain the awesomeness of Boardwise? ... Well I suppose awesome is a good place to start!!

Their trusty van is ever present at SWA events throughout the calendar, lending out £1000s worth of kit to windsurfers of all abilities. We are delighted to have them as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2017-18 season!

Boardwise are a UK-based boardsports company who have been in operation for over 30 years. Their enthusiastic team of watersports boffins are always on hand to lend friendly advice, making sure you find the equipment you need. There is no item big or small that Boardwise don't offer, UJs, Extensions, Rope, Footstraps, Fins, Harnesses and Lines, Screws, the lot! It's a one stop shop of super stock!  On top of this Boardwise are able to provide a speedy, professional repairs service for all dings and punctures, this can be easily arranged and collected at any SWA core event, well handy!

Warner is one of the most highly regarded tour operators in the UK, offering a mix of ski and beach activity holidays all over Europe. They'll be running our Beginner Beach and keeping an eye out for potential staff for their Summer 2018 season, as well as offering funding towards further instructor training as a prize for a lucky winner!


With beach resorts in Greece, Sardinia and Corsica, they offer countless opportunities for employment abroad. If you're already a qualified RYA Windsurfing and/or Sailing Instructor, you should definitely keep Mark Warner in mind for summer and post uni jobs! Likewise, if you've enjoyed your windsurfing holiday with your uni club this year and feel like one week in the sun just isn't enough, think about doing your instructor course ̶ because two months of windsurfing is a whole lot better than just a week! And it's better than free, they actually pay you to do it.

 We've teamed up and got a fantastic opportunity for a media savvy student to work with Kefalos windsurfing!

***About Kefalos Windsurfing***

Kefalos windsurfing, on the island of Kos, Greece, has been attracting windsurfers for more than 20 years. The geologic formation generates a thermal accelerated wind making it the windiest spot on the island!

The centre are keen to promote their set up to the windsurf community - and this is where you come in - they are looking for a student with a keen interest in video and media to act as an intern and produce a full web clip to promote the centre!!!

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