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Monday, 14 July 2014


Please note the date has been changed for our Annual Charity Paddle Race - the new date is:


The start time for the race will be 11.30am (registration from 10.30am).  From East to West Wittering (if its over 15 knots then we will run it at West Wittering).

We will be raising money for the Snowdrop Trust.

More details to follow.........

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Review of the RRD Cosmo - by Simon Bassett from 2XS


We have been testing the RRD Cosmo 8.5 for a few months now and in the irregular swell we have all begun to really like this board. As paddle surf surfboards go this is a wide body, surf and all-round model which I reckon suits the the south coast and cornwall pretty much all the time up to head high plus waves. I have used it at Saunton, Putsborough, Gwithians and at The 2XS/RRD Test Centre at West Wittering .

There are quite a few wide body style boards and I have used the Fanatic All wave 8.10,9,1,9.5 -JP 8.2 and Starboard versions all are pretty decent boards but all work in slightly different conditions and have slightly different bias. The RRD COSMO 8.5 surprised us all with how easy it is to pick up on small waves in Wittering and and in a recent trip to Gwithians.

The RRD Cosmo has a real ability to pick waves up quickly the rocker line and width gets you into waves fast without much paddle effort and there is not too much row effect. As soon as you are on the wave you have the stability to walk to the nose or get your back foot onto the tail pad. This board will turn super fast and for its width charges from rail to rail effortlessly.

When you take a look at the shape the board is not over thick the rails are foiled out with an old skool double winger –which help to promote early wave catching and still keep the tail width down when you need to start carving on the wave face. Underneath you have a rolled vee with double concave running through the the board.
If you are going to use it on flat water it paddles well and has a decent glide for a board of its size.

It comes as standard with a set of RRD quad future box quad fins which track well and give plenty of grip – I prefer setting it up as a tri fin leaving the front quad fins in adding a 5 or 7 inch centre fin (US style box) which changes the feel of the ride and sharpens the top turns. The RRD Cosmo also works really well as a twin fin in small surf if you want the tail to drift around. The RRD Cosmo is available in Classic construction £999 for the 8.5 x 32 x 4.5 inches (132 litres) 9.6 kg for a 80 kg rider this is an easy board to paddle in flat and chop. RRD produce a lighter and stiffer version in Ltd construction 8.2 kg for the 8.5 and 7.5 kg for 8.0 at £1399.

Plus if you want the smaller version there is 8.0 version RRD Cosmo (122 ltrs ) by 30 .5 inches and new 9.0 which is in production at the moment.

RRD haven't added a windsurf mast attachment to any of these boards but you do get a go pro mount built into the nose on each model...

Here is the link to the 2XS site for the RRD Cosmo

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Lewis Cratherne Clinic at X-Train, West Wittering - 21 June 2014

Lewis will be at X-Train, West Wittering on Saturday 21 June taking a Pro Clinic for us –

Lewis is a former British Kitesurfing Champion, the Brighton Pier Jumper and the face of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, the Guiness World Record event of 2013 (he also works with Simon Bassett as one of the Trustees of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Charity)

Lewis is an accomplished coach who has been running Clinics around the UK and abroad and he can help you take your kiting up to the next level.

The coaching is based around assessing your ability and providing you with the technique and method to progress your kiting.

The course will be based around Boosting Bigger/Transitions/Front Rolls/Back Rolls & more….

Spaces are limited to 6 – cost of Clinic is £90.00 for 3.5 hours of fun.

If you would like to guarantee yourself a space on Lewis’ clinic then call Rossco on 01243 513077 and book now – but hurry…...


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Summer Skills Course @ X-Train, West Wittering with Peter Hart - 18 July 2014

Coaching legend Peter Hart is returning to WWWC for a one day general skills course.

Limited to 7 sailors it's all about personal attention. Peter will cleanse your dirty habits and ease you up to the next level.

Says Peter: "The WW lagoon is the best place in the world to coach as it's so easy to give instant feedback.Lots of wind is always nice but often I find the non planing sessions are where we can make the biggest changes to overall technique."

* The required standard is just planing in the harness

* Price for the day £120

* To book call Roscoe or Jane on 01243 513077/512552.

Harty's courses tend to book up very quickly so don't delay..


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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

BWA Rhosneigr, Round One, 10 & 11 May 2014 - Report by Jack Pettit

The first round of the British Wavesailing Association took place at Rhosneigr, North Wales over the weekend of the 10/11 May.

Five sailors: Will Barrett, Emile Kott, Kyle McGinn, Grahame Pettit and Jack Pettit (me) from 2xs made the long journey up there.

The forecast for both waves and wind was looking great and it really delivered with some amazing jumping and riding.

After watching some spectacular sailing from the pro's including: Ben Proffitt, Phil Horrocks, Andy 'Bubble' Chambers, Adam Lewis and John Skye. One of the stand outs was watching Adam Lewis sail cleanly out from a double forward. After some intense heats and great wave riding the result was: 1st Phil Horrocks 2nd Adam Lewis 3rd Ben Proffitt

At first it seemed really daunting with understanding how the heats would be run,Newhart you were being judged on and how all the flags worked. But I soon got the hang of this, collecting your streamer and being ready for your heat. On Saturday we were being judged on 2 jumps and 2 wave rides.

In my first heat I was on a 3.7 and my RRD hardcore wave. I headed out when the yellow flag went up (signalling 1 minute to the start of my 14 minute heat) as the yellow came down and the green went up I spotted my first ramp. Even though it was on Port tack (not what I'm used to) I managed a pretty high tail grab. In the next couple of runs I got in a good couple of wave rides with decent top turns but a lot of backside riding aswell. For my second jump I di a donkey kick each time trying to kick further. With about 6 minutes left I spotted a massive wave and went into a bottom turn, as I went for the top turn it broke on top of me, snapping my mast!! Leaving me with a long, frustrating and cold swim ashore :( However I still managed to get in some good enough jumps and rides to win.

My second heat went much better as I was more relaxed meaning that I could sail more naturally. I even stayed in the judging area more and hit the lip a couple of times. This time I was confident that I'd done enough to win the heat.

Grahame was pleased to get through his first heat into the next round and with the added adrenaline of competing (despite having never tried on port before) got close to landing two backloop attempts and ended up finishing equal 9th. Also in the Masters fleet Kyle sailed really well on his new Patrick boards getting into the third heat and finishing an equal 5th.

In the Amateur fleet Emile and Will got drawn against each other in the first heat with Will narrowly beat Emile. However in the double elimination on Sunday it was great to watch Emile land 3 backloops on starboard tack in a 12 minute heat.

On the Saturday night the fun continued as Funsport hosted a meal and a Cowboy and Indian themed party at the local Sandy Mount Club.

Overall it was a great experience and I learnt a lot. At the end of the event I am currently leading the BWA youth category. A big thanks to the BWA and Dave 'Bucky' at Funsport for hosting the event and not forgetting my dad for driving us all the way there and back.

I am looking forward to Gwithian later in the year and hopefully Tiree (If school will allow me!!)

Well done to Jack, thanks for the report - keep it coming.......

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ISA Stand Up Paddlesurf Worlds - Nicaragua May 2014

ISA Stand Up Paddlesurf Worlds - Nicaragua May 2014

Holly Bassett 16 years old returns from The ISA Stand Up Paddlesurf Worlds in Nicaragua ranked No 11 in the world , in the women's surf SUP division.

The International Surfing Association hold each year the World SUP surf and flat water Worlds with over 31 different countries competing in Surf SUP, Distance and Technical SUP flat water racing and prone surfboard events. Teams are selected from each countries national qualifying events in Holly's case she was British Women's SUP champion in 2013. It is a mini Olympics for Stand Up Paddlesurfing.

The whole event was paraded in country order through the city of Grenada with thousands of spectators – Holly was the UK teams official sand pourer where sand from each country (West Wittering Beach ) was poured to represent surfers uniting from around the world, in front of the ISA panel, Mayor of Granada and the Nicaraguan Minister of Tourism.

Holly was part of a 7 person team from all over the UK -the Surf side of the event was held in La Boquita on the pacific coast of Nicaragua. Each countries Teams were seeded then split into heats of 20 or 15 minutes to compete in riding the waves –Holly's first heat was against the 2013 World champion from Brazil and top world ranked Costa Rican Surfer. Holly made it through 3 days of heats going through the reportage to get over all = 11 in blistering heat and humidity. Team GB was ranked 12 overall out of 31 countries.

The Team consisted of Aaron Rowe, Matt Barker Smith, Ollie Shilston, Marie Buchanan, riding SUP and prone surfers Andre Le Geyt and Robbo Conner ,plus myself Abi Barker-Smith and Catherine Andre's girlfriend. The Team crew stayed in Grenada in a small very decent hotel Casa San francisco have to say we had a great time out there even though the comp time was intense.

The competition was super tough most of the women competing are full time professionals –world champions in other sports and full time paddle surfers –for Holly at 16 years old and just starting her GSCEs at Seaford College it was challenging the 10,500 mile trip the time change and 80 degree temperatures!

This ISA World competition has certainly fired Holly up, she competed in the prone surfing relay and was one place out of qualification – so she will compete in more events and aiming for the 2014 National Championships in October this year .

Have to thank also the TEAM Holly Bassett support crew –Jane, Daisy, Rich & Sandy Dale –The Humberstones and Mark Perry for their donations to team Holly Bassett.

The Team was sponsored by Aquapak -Brightstar–Penguin-Lifeproof-ION-2XS-Prosport-Waterbourn-Palmeria Local

Holly has been sponsored by Fanatic, Kialoa, Ion, 2XS, X-train West Witttering and Prosport sunscreen.

Photo credits Simon Bassett –team opening ceremony Rommel Gonzales & Michael Tweddle..

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