Windsurfing searching for a fresh breath of air
Wednesday 16th January 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
WINDSURFING in Jersey has been in decline over the past ten years but, with the Island hosting the 2015 Island Games, the Jersey Windsurfing Club are hoping for an influx of young sailors to raise the profile of the sport.
In its hey-day in the 1980s, it was not unusual to see 30 windsurfers in St Ouen’s Bay, but that number has steadily dropped and the average age of participants is around 40 years.
Last year, however, there was a renewed sense of excitement among the Jersey windsurfing community, with more competitions being held, more juniors starting and more people dusting down their old gear and getting out on the sea again.
JWC president Rob Ayliffe believes that these competitions have had a positive effect on the quality of the sport locally.