Aaron continues to make waves

Whitley Bay schoolboy Aaron Hobbs on his way to winning the top award at an under 15 windsurfing event at Kielder Water.

Whitley Bay schoolboy Aaron Hobbs on his way to winning the top award at an under 15 windsurfing event at Kielder Water.

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A Whitley Bay schoolboy is making waves in the local windsurfing scene.

Aaron Hobbs took home the top award at an Under 15 windsurfing event held at Kielder Water on Sunday.

Coquet Shorebase Trust windsurfers, Aaron, 15, and Pip Heywood, 13, took part in the first Team 15 event of the season at Kielder Water Sailing Club.

The winds were wild, and the youngsters found themselves racing in winds of 33 knots, with gusts well beyond.

Both boys were sailing Bic Techno boards, with 6.8 rigs (sail area 6.8 metre square).

Coquet Crushers were out numbered by the Kielder Kestrels and Derwent Devils, who had ten young members per team.

Nonetheless Aaron and Pip made their presence felt over the five races; and came away with a first, Hobbs, and second, Heywood, awards in the 6.8 fleet.

They were followed closely by Nick Pike (15) of Kielder.

Aaron Hobbs also did exceedingly well in a national competition on Rutland Water, near Peterborough.

Entering the Eric Twiname Championship and competing against other young people, all of whom had been training around Britain with the RYA Zone Squads, Aaron finished an impressive sixth out of his fleet of 28.