New Year’s Eve windsurfing at West Wittering

Adrian West from Birdham takes flight wind surfing at West Wittering on New Year's Eve 2012. Picture by Ed Texier
Adrian West from Birdham takes flight wind surfing at West Wittering on New Year's Eve 2012. Picture by Ed Texier

AS the country braced itself for a damp finish to 2012, not everyone was disappointed with the weather.

Windsurfers took to the sea at West Wittering on New Year’s Eve, and they were revelling in the strong winds.

“It was great weather,” said Ed Texier, 43, one of the windsurfers. “It was horrendous for the general public but for us windsurfers it could not have been a better Christmas.”

Around a dozen people donned their wetsuits on Monday, looking to make the most of the weather conditions.

“Because of the mild conditions I was out with a friend for approximately two hours,” he added.

The warmer temperatures than previous Christmases meant the windsurfers could last longer without chilly temperatures numbing their hands.

Ed has windsurfed for the last 30 years and has been in seas all over the world.

“Conditions on the south coast in the UK are very good,” he added, although he did note it can be a lot chillier than most parts of the world.

“It’s not all bad for everybody,” Ed said. “We were loving it.”

Wind surfing throughout the festive season has not been feasible for the last few years because of the icy temperatures, but Ed said the warmer conditions this Christmas had reminded him of winter weather at the start of the millennium.

The West Wittering Wind Surf Club is closed over the winter, but because of the high tide it was decided to open the stretch of water to the public.

New Year’s Eve’s windsurfers were all old friends who had surfed in the area on many occasions.

“It was a nice way to end the year,” Ed added.