The premier windsurfing location on the Norfolk Broads, East Anglia, UK, and believed to be the largest windsurfing Club in the UK. A beautiful relatively safe location, close to the North Sea coast, great winds, beginner loan equipment, excellent facilities, and a warm welcome. We are also an RYA training Centre, and currently have 15 qualified instructors. *** Training services, and events currently suspended, with special measures in place due to Covid-19.

The sport of Windsurfing is great for personal fitness, and sailing along under your own power is the ultimate thrill. We can arrange buddying, and training courses new members to help get the most from the club. Our training courses tend to follow our ‘come and try’ day in May. ***

If you are interested in joining then e-mail memberships@hicklingbroad.co.uk. There’s also further information on joining here. New memberships are only currently open to those who can already windsurf, as we it’s not currently safe to offer training due to Cover-19.

The Come and Try Day is the most important event of the year as it gives us the opportunity to promote our club by introducing others to windsurfing and ultimately to increasing our membership. The cost is five pounds which includes simulator instruction, half an hour one to one tuition, hot drinks and refreshments.

Volunteers are needed to help on the day especially with instruction on the water. If you can spare a couple of hours or more during the day please inform a committee member asap.

We also urgently need use of your old wetsuits for the day. Clearly mark any suits with your name if you wish them to be returned and if you cannot attend on the day leave them in the old hut before the 19th.

We are sorry but due to the difficulty in overseeing this event and overall concerns for safety, windsurfing from the beach will be prohibited for the duration of the event.
Duration: All-day event!

In 2009 members were sent a questionnaire and a high proportion responded (60%). The results highlighted a number of areas where members thought improvements could be made. Particular reference was made to updating/redesigning the website, more training being available to members, and the poor quality of the club loan equipment. Considerable progress has been made on all of these.

WEBSITE

This new website , which is still being developed, should be finished by June/July.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

The club with the help of ‘Active Norfolk’ has secured funds from the European Social Fund to train six RYA Start Level Windsurfing instructors. Six members of the committee volunteered and their training has started and is due to be completed on 13 June 2010. It is proposed to set up a ‘buddy system’ whereby any members will be able to contact one of these instructors and arrange to go sailing with them on a 1:1 basis. This will be particularly helpful to new and relatively inexperienced members.

CLUB EQUIPMENT

The club have recently submitted a bid to Sport England under their small grants scheme to enable the purchase of six modern beginner/early intermediate boards/rigs and a new boat/engine. Sport England normally take about 6 weeks to reach their decision. Watch this space !!