Windsurfer Phil Horrocks Becomes British Wave Sailing Champion!
The Mailing Room’s sponsored windsurfer Phil Horrocks became British Wave Sailing champion on Saturday, after the exciting final event of the BWA season.
The British Wave Sailing Association tour ended in Cornwall, and was just as dramatic as other legs in the tour. Phil Horrocks had just one point separating the top 3 riders going into the race, and so spectators watched on eagerly as the race kicked off.
Phil Horrocks said, “It was my 2nd Victory in a row at the Cornwall Wave Classic and 3rd in 4 years, so it’s definitely got a good feel to it coming here, Cornwall always seems to deliver the goods with good wind and waves too.”
Phil was part of 70 of the UK’s top wave sailors who descended on Peters Point for this final round of the tour. This event has become one of the best organised and most popular wave events on the BWA tour.
The first day of the event was a Pros day, but the waves proved disappointing. Head Judge Ian Ross made the decision to delay the race until Saturday. The second day promised and delivered much bigger waves and a South westerly wind, so the competition kicked off at 10.45am with the Youths hitting the water first. That day, 70 competitors had competed in the Pro, Women and Youth fleets. By the final and third day of the competition, there were lighter winds but more swell. At 2.30pm, both Ams and Masters were able to start their finals in a much anticipated fashion!
Phil Horrocks, who recently became a dad to baby Keira, has found this season a battle between wind surfing and being at home, “I wasn’t sure how things would pan out for the year and couldn’t commit to doing the PWA tour on my level of support…”
However, he continues to say, “It’s awesome to be 2 x champ, it proves that I wasn’t just lucky last time! If I look at it, things have gone pretty well over the last couple of years, 3 wins in a row in Rhosneigr…3 wins out of the last 4 events in Cornwall… it is great satisfaction when you put a lot of effort into things and it comes off.”
A great weekend for all who attended, this event is likely to continue for many years to come. Good luck Phil for the future in this competition!