Surf’s-up for Howard, the junior freestyle champion

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Eastbourne’s Jamie Howard has been crowned UKWA (UK Windsurfing Association) 2012 Junior Freestyle Champion.

The sixth and final leg of the Tour took place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend.

With a promising forecast for the weekend, Saturday built all day allowing an exhausting series of heats to be run right until the sun went down.

The standard of sailing from all of the competitors was very high and there were some closely fought heats.

Jamie managed to claim victory in this final leg of the tour after a series of blistering performances throughout the tournament to seal his first overall title for the year.

The 2012 Tour kicked off in April in West Kirby, a world class windsurfing mecca, and continued on to Worthing, Herne Bay, Eastbourne,

West Wittering and culminating in Weymouth at the end of Speed Week on its 40th Anniversary.

The competition is broken down into seven categories: Pro Men, Amateur Men, Masters, Ladies, Youths, Juniors and Minims, with all competitors being judged by overall impression or best move.

Jamie led from the front for most of the Championship and fought off stiff competition from Ollie Bradley Baker, who was hot on Jamie’s heels before the Eastbourne teenager stepped it up a gear to claim the title.

Jamie, aged 16, attends Lewes College and although he only started competing last year, started to learn how to windsurf from a very young age, largely because his dad is also an avid participator in the sport.

He followed the successful Royal Yachting Associations Team 15 path with Spray Watersport’s Sprites Club, which is based right here in Eastbourne and as of July this year, has been sponsored by RRD, Surfladle and Fuss3 Solutions.

Keep up with Jamie’s progress at www.ukwindsurfing.com.