The Student Windsurfing Association

Ladies and gentlemen, windsurfers of all ages, it is time for the greatest show on earth. Yes that’s right, the most anticipated, amazing and astounding adventure has arrived! From the 14th-16th October, the circus is in town, so abscond from academia and attend...

Aussie Kiss 15

In a spectacular, sure to scintillate the senses the SWA have scored a shoreside spot for the greatest grandstand for generations. 

This year, for the first time ever, there will be two dramatic days and notorious nights held in the big top tent at Roadford Lake. We will be camping, so remember your tents!

To find out more about this years AK take a look at the sections below!

Note the 'Key Changes' section for key changes from previous years.

If you have any questions then get in touch with your clubs president or the SWA committee!! 


General Info

Roadford is once again the spectacular location and the weekend of 14th-16th October

We have sooo much in store for this year’s festival. For the tidy sum of £42.69 you get:

  • Campsite accommodation for two nights (don't forget your tents!)
  • Two days of windsurfing at Roadford Lake with 100s of other windsurfers and instructors on the water creating a unique and super awesome vibe
  • Friday night party to get to meet some life changing people and unwind for the epicness of the weekend ahead
  • Industry sponsors demoing kit, selling winter essentials and generally looking cool
  • Lots of really insightful clinics for all abilities, ran by industry leading legends
  • Full RYA standard instructor lead beginner sessions
  • Inter-club competition kicking off the SWA 2016/17 series

AND OF COURSE…The epic, unrivalled, mind blowing, out of control Saturday night Fancy Dress Party that is on another scale!!!

Get your creative minds together and come with your very best, downright genius take on the theme of Circus

At this point wipe off the drool from your keyboard and head straight to the event ticket pages (if you’re computer hasn’t packed up from all the drool) and buy yourself one of the golden Aussie Kiss 15 tickets!!

(Party only tickets (doesn't include windsurfing) will be available during the week of the event. Instructor tickets available for £27.69)

Key changes


  • Registration will be at the Roadford lake site
  • (More info to come in the main info pack)


  • We are not staying at Bude holiday park this year.
  • We will be camping at the Roadfoard lake site. (Bring your own tent).
  • Camping is in a field, fields are made of mud.
  • This means no more 45 minutes drives between the lake & the accommodation, earlier party starts, less things to break.


  • Breakfast will be provided, but it will not be free (and thus is optional).
  • Lunch, as always, will be lunch available from Roadfoard.
  • Dinner is another optional £6 on the Saturday night.
  • Use of camping stoves, disposable BBQs & flames in general are not allowed.


  • We will be partying in a circus style tent (with DJ etc.).
  • This tent is in a field, fields are made of mud.

Windsurfing & Lake activities will be the same as previous years

Getting Tickets


Before you can get tickets to an SWA/PARTY/INSTRUCTOR event ticket you must become an SWA life member for just £5. Simply follow the link to the left in the side bar to get your membership now!

If you want to go, ask your Club President. He/She will then register you for Aussie Kiss. 
This does NOT reserve or confirm your ticket for Aussie Kiss. Your ticket is only yours when you pay for it.
If all of the tickets are sold before you get around to paying for yours then we are very sorry, but you should have been quicker off the mark.

What this means to you:

  • Ask your president to register you for a ticket.
  • Once registered GO GO GO. Buy it before your place is taken by someone else.
  • Log onto the SWA website, go to Events >> Tickets
  • On this page you should see all tickets you are able to purchase, click on the ticket that you want!
  • Pay for it.
  • Congratulations, your place at Aussie Kiss is now confirmed!
  • Glory in the news that you are going to the best festival on the planet!

SWA Windsurfing Tickets: 

Windsurf, Party, Compete! – Set sail in style and explore! - £42.69

For the full experience of an SWA event this is the ticket that you need. An SWA ticket gets you full access to the weekend’s activities. Included in the price: two nights camping (Bring your own tents), an event T-shirt, full access to the Roadford Reservoir, use of all demo gear, participation in tuition sessions/clinics, party ticket for Friday and Saturday night, enjoy all the bands, enjoy the festival.

Tickets are grouped by your ability! If you need your ability changed please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (sorry as you can not currently change this yourself)

Party Only Tickets: 

Relax, Party, Enjoy The Festival – Every ship needs a crew! - £32.69

A Party ticket gets you: two nights’ camping (Bring your own tents), an event T-shirt, access to the Roadford Reservoir (Party ticket holders are not permitted to windsurf at Roadford Reservoir), party ticket for Friday and Saturday night, enjoy all the bands, enjoy the festival.

Once you have bought a Party ticket, we cannot upgrade you to a full SWA (windsurfing) ticket, so please keep an eye on how many windsurf tickets are still available before buying a Party ticket. Remember, we release the windsurfing tickets in batches.


Come to Aussie Kiss as an Instructor/Powerboat Driver - Explorers need guidance! - £27.69

The SWA expects to see a greater number of beginners on the water than any other UK event. To ensure they are given the best introduction possible to windsurfing, we need instructors.

In exchange for teaching you will receive a ticket at the heavily discounted price of £27.69!! allowing you all the same benefits as a full SWA ticket: two nights’ camping (Bring your own tents), an amazing exclusive instructor event T-shirt, full access to the Roadford Reservoir, use of all demo gear, participation in clinics, party ticket for Friday and Saturday night, enjoy all the bands, enjoy the festival, rule over all of the beginners.

In order you purchase your Instructor ticket you need to first register your qualifications with the SWA. To do this click on the Account menu and then 'My Qualifications'. Here you can upload images of your certificates which will then be approved by the SWA committee. Once approved you will see Instructor tickets if they are still available!

Getting There


Here are the details of the venu for your sat nav:

Roadford Lake: Venue
Lower Goodacre
PL16 0JL

We will be both windsurfing & camping on the Roadford site.

What will the wind be like at Aussie Kiss?windguru logo-small

Is this your first Aussie Kiss ? ? ?


First things first…make the right choice!
When your club's committee tell you how "AK is the best event of the year, you are going to freaking LOVE it and you really don't want to miss it"…they are telling the TRUTH! This event will set you up socially for the rest of your university life. So make the right choice and respond with "Hell yes…I. Am. In!".

So you've decided to go….what's next?
You are about to become a lifetime member of the Student Windsurfing Association. "And how much will this lifetime membership of awesomeness cost?" we hear you ask…Well you aren't going to believe this, but a lifetime membership of the SWA and access to tickets for every event (FOREVER!) will set you back the almost unnoticeably small sum of just £5! (We know how you feel, pretty damn kick-ass right?!). 

OK, so you're a fully-fledged SWA member…looks like it's time to get that all-important ticket!
The diverse range of universities that attend SWA events is undoubtedly the reason why they are so much fun, and we do our best to make sure every one of their members gets the opportunity to purchase this life-changing ticket. To make this happen, tickets are released gradually during the course of the run up to the event. To get your hands on one, simply let your President know you want to go, he/she will sign you up, and then go to the Events link at the top of your screen.

Hang on a second, there's more than one ticket to choose from?!
You're exactly right, there are a few different ticket options; but to keep it simple…if you want to windsurf at the event get a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced ticket. If you won't be windsurfing (or miss out on the windsurfing tickets) don't panic…you can still do what hundreds of others do every year and come along for the party and the banter by buying a Party ticket (formerly known as the XSWA ticket).

Now, to put your minds at rest here are a few frequently asked questions answered in typically awesome SWA-style:

How on earth am I supposed to get to Bude?
Don't panic, your club's committee will help you organise this. Ask your President for more information.

I haven't had a chance to windsurf with my club yet, can I windsurf at Aussie Kiss?
ABSO-FRICKEN-LUTELY!! AK brings together hundreds of windsurfers from all over the country, but even more importantly it single-handedly introduces more beginners to the sport than any other event of it's kind. There will be instructors everywhere and professionally-run tuition for all abilities. Trust us when we say there is no better place to give it a go than at Aussie Kiss!

Do I need any special footwear?
WELLIES! WELLIES! WELLIES! is a festival after all! We aren't talking Glastonbury levels of mud, but it never hurts to bring a pair of good old reliable wellingtons!

So what's this I hear about a fancy dress party?
AK is famous throughout the windsurfing world for throwing the best, most hilarious fancy dress party out there. This is your opportunity to show the world how you and your club roll. Most clubs go with a unified theme which will help you find each other in the club during the party.

The Tuition and Clinics



The main aim of the SWA is to get people windsurfing. As ever at Aussie Kiss there will be a small army of instructors on hand to help those new to windsurfing onto a board for the very first time. The majority have probably spent the summer teaching in better climates so will be full of energy, extremely knowledgeable, on top windsurf form and outrageously tanned. If you are a beginner these are the people you need. The event really couldn't happen without these guys so make sure you show your appreciation to them with drinks on Saturday night. On top of that we have recruited the best coaches in the business to come along to Aussie Kiss to help you take your first steps on a windsurf board or push your windsurfing to the next level.

If you are interested in instructing at Aussie Kiss please see more information on the getting tickets page.


The Party


The globally infamous Aussie Kiss party returns! This year's theme:

AK15 - Circus

The themes are rolling in...check out the Facebook event to see the 'shotguns' so far!

If you've not heard about the Aussie Kiss party before:

Think hundreds of students packed into one venue. Think a mixture of sing along classics and filthy dub step. Think amazing drinks deals. Think of the best fancy dress you’ve ever seen. Think about a life changing night that will keep you coming back to Aussie Kiss year after year. And don’t think about the next morning!


Aussie Kiss is the biggest event of its kind in the world. No other windsurf event attracts anywhere near the same number of young people. A claim like that attracts all the industry’s biggest brands. With more being confirmed by the day you can expect to see all of the following at Aussie Kiss showing off their newest shiny toys and providing demo gear for all to use......

The Competitions


– Push your limits, take to the water and claim your glory and riches! 

Racing – Are you feeling lucky?!

At Aussie Kiss racing is for all abilities. For the advanced a flat out slalom style race. Competitors will have to battle their way through a series of heats to earn their place in a final. This is a one design event – i.e. all competitors use the same kit. The boards will be RRD Fireraces (kindly provided by Boardwise and RRD) and Tushingham express 7.5m sails, pooled by all universities at the event. Guaranteed to be a high speed event! (Please note – competitors will be disqualified if the kit is mistreated)

Racing is not solely for the advanced sailors. Racing will also be available to those who consider themselves intermediate level and beginners who are completely new to the sport. Short courses, race clinics and simple races, with the emphasis much more on fun than competition. Make sure you get involved! 

Racing at AK

Team Racing – Boost your chances and beat the luck of the draw by working as a team!!

Each university puts forward a team of three sailors (more than one team per university is permitted) for an out, gybe and back relay race. This will be another one design race using 7.5m Tushy Express sails and RRD Firerace boards. Teams will compete in a series of heats in order to go through to a final round. Always a good event to watch. (Please note – teams will be disqualified if the kit is mistreated)

Coming into the finish at Aussie Kiss X


Freestyle – Apparently the best way to use windsurfing to improve your luck with the opposite sex!!

The jewel in the crown of the Student Windsurf Festivals competitions! Expect big moves, big cheers and big crashes. If the wind is not deemed strong enough for planing freestyle (the decision on which will be made by the SWA events team) the event will switch to light wind freestyle. Tow-in freestyle will also happen, it's tricky to do and great to watch. Competitors are pulled at 40 knots behind a rib before releasing themselves and launching into their most crowd pleasing trick. Tow in will be awarded prizes at the event but will not count towards the series. The planing/light wind Freestyle competition will count towards the SWA series, with large prizes going to the slickest windsurfer at the final event, BUCS Nationals in April.

Freestyle by Pip Pardoe


Signing up for competitions

Opportunities to sign up will be detailed in the morning briefing at Roadford Reservoir on Saturday. All those wishing to compete must sign up in advance of the competition. 

Do not just turn up at the time of the first heat, you will not be able to compete.



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