Wight Air Extreme sports festival kicks off this weekend on the Isle of Wight

Britain’s hottest names in windsurfing and kitesurfing head to the Isle of Wight this weekend to take part in the nine-day extreme sports extravaganza that is White Air. Even more sports are represented this year than last with 15 in total. Some of the UK’s biggest names in windsurfing will be attending including UK world champion Nic Baker and world racing champion Ross Williams. Many pro kitesurfers will also be competing among them, double world champion Mark Shin.

The action begins on Saturday with the White Air Slalom Racing British Open Championships. Forecast strong winds this weekend combined with massive surf should make this a nail-biting event for competitors and spectators. White Air will also be hosting the PWA World Championships over five days from 25-30 October as well as the British Open Freewave Championships which will see the best of British and some internationals, looping, jumping and riding the surf. The festival ends with the White Air ‘Kiteboarding’ British Open Championships, this incorporates a freestyle competition, as well as the traditional attempts to break the world hang-time record – currently 14 seconds.

Sailpower will be updating you with results of the competitions, for more details go to www.whiteair.co.uk