So Its the first BKSA event of the year coming up this weekend in Barrow, South lake district! The wind does not look promising at the minute due to all this damn nice weather… but lets see what happens, maybe a sea breeze!
Looking forward to catching up with people from last season as well as all the crew that I was with at Beach Break Live student festival & kite comp a couple of weeks ago. Pretty awesome long weekend all round, props to BBL Benoit, the ska crew for organising another good kite event and Mr Barrett on the win!
I hadn’t kited in a while so was great to session Watergate bay and Perranporth with mates from all around the country and have some huuwgge nights out.
It sounds like there should be a good assortment of riders this weekend (in the pro mens at least), with Juniors moving up (George Dufty & Jordan Hurst), old masters returning aka Robin Snuggs & Mark Connoly, fresh from a season Morgan Tinsley and the usual suspects Dan Sweeney, Richy Flindal, Sam Bull, maybe Jack Daykin & Olly Bridge and any other wildcards. Ali and James Boulding on the case with judging apparently. So I guess I should get some boots on and grab some downwind underpowered backrolls…
Hopefully Ive kept hold of my tricks after ‘experiencing’ my first full winter in the UK for a good few years… Had a few cable wakeboard sessions recently so that’s been good for board skills, have to transfer some more kite tricks soon!!
Still some more footage to sort through so expect a quick paced freestyle video out soon
I would like to thank a new sponsor, PATAGONIA outdoor clothing and technical apparel for helping me out and getting on board!!!
I have been wearing their technical clothing for years now while climbing and mountaineering and pretty stoked that they want to branch into kitesurfing and have me represent them for 2013!
The current line of wetsuits is pretty phenomenal; The full marino wool lining in a grid pattern traps a layer of warm air throughout and also means that after the session the suit dries super quick. Patagonia are also an environmentally conscious and ethical company in terms of having fair labor practices and using recycled and organic materials wherever possible.
Look out for demo wetsuits on the beaches at the upcoming events!
Not strictly kite related.. but here’s a video anyway of a sport I have been getting into recently: Speedflying! Had a pretty epic day speedriding (same but with skis instead of running off) on an awesome snowboarding trip to Tignes in Jan 2013 with a bunch of uni mates. Mixed in with a fun 7m jump and looping session at one of my favourite beaches; Pembrey the day I got back. boom!!
The best non- kite, kite trip? Its up there! Last minute planning as always, so straight on a train to the middle of the country to meet up with luke and Si, heading for Dover!
The plan was Brugge then holland; we had kite gear, tunes and some pasta. sorted
Brugge turned out to be a good first night, parked the van under a tree by the canal and that is where we crashed despite other offers Then on up the road, dissapointingly checking out a good looking kite spot with just not quite enough wind. Onto the KTE event in Brouwersdam (I can still hear Simon saying this over and over- some sort of retarded tune;)
An Amsterdam tour was called for after a day or two of sitting around. Tour guides Jessica (Who Si knew from Perth) and Siemme (Who I had met in Brasil) showed us the sights and Jessica’s parents kindly put us up for 2 nights (and were very funny and open). On walking through the door: So you know my daughter, I produce her in 2 minutes… what an intro!
Spent the other days chilling at the event site and went wakeboarding at a cable park run by one of the other Dutchies I met in Brasil.
On the way back we scored a kicker session at Christophe Tack and Ian Sleuter’s local (Stayed in Ians house that evening) and then back on the ferry the next day. Top class!
Nice one luko for the edit.
So winter training and teaching is over. Pretty happy with the tricks I learnt kiting at woodies, safety bay, point walter and lancelin. Shared an awesome house mainly with the Scotch eggs- Tommy and Jake, Scowsas Luke and Josh W, German Stephan and Finn, Italian Ably, Alex p, and Aus bogen Rowdy. Girlfriends, German house, Swedish house, crashers, lenten and many others, its been a pleasure.
Big thanks to Gwen Velge for a wicked trip into the desert along with Luke and Josh, sunrise photo shoots and flyby shoots on his paramotor at Woodies and point Walter. Pretty sure he grew extra limbs to use the control handles, throttle trigger, and camera at the same time. Oh and a go pro on one foot…
After a few no wind days of zapping around on scooters, chilling at the waterpark and cable wake-boarding near the event site of Pran buri, the comp began!
I was a bit nervous going into my first heat (against a Japanese dude by the name of Hero) as the single elimination was the best way to get a good position especially if there were to be no wind for the rest of the comp. Had a good warm up session to get used to the conditions and then started the heat ok landing 3 or 4 tricks but then crashed a few. Hero meanwhile busted combos (trick after trick) each tack to take the win.
That evening was the mid event party, a reggae bbq. I really wanted to do well in the doubles the next day so sacked it off pretty early.
Day 5 was my chance to climb up the rankings, after the previous day I was really keen to land some decent tricks and took a safer approach to my heats. So first i was against Sriwichai, then Ken from the philippines, glad to get through this heat as i remembered watching Videos of Ken ripping in the previous years comps. A good friend Nicholas Feraud had a bad heat and so I met his opponent Doque in the third round. Pretty knackered after this but i had some mates carry gear up the beach for me before the last heat against Long. Happy to be landing my switch and toeside tricks and also to introduce day 5 in Jim’s really smart ‘lines productions’ videos .
Day 5- 0.36 pete rose http://vimeo.com/38711597
Day 4- first trick, backmobe. http://vimeo.com/38674423
Day 6- 1.22 crowmobe, stage shot. http://vimeo.com/38893115
Coming into the event I was a bit disappointed by my progress in the last couple of comps but keen to see people again and get in some more competition experience. Especially up for it when I saw the forecast!
The first day, (Thursday this time) was proper windy and a slopestyle session was run where each competitor had 7mins on their own to throw their best megaloop, big air trick and freestyle move. I was up first and had my kit ready on the beach in time but wasn’t fully aware of when the heat was starting as the flags were still up on the sea wall and I kite without contact lenses! I went out for a warm up and once I realised my heat was on, did some nice kiteloops, barspins, darksides and things but didn’t go for a frontloopmegaloop as I was sussing out the spot and getting back into strong wind after a while without. Was a bit surprised to see a couple of the other guys after me being able to unhook- luke threw a mobe and front blind, ned a shifty3 and should have tried a few moves so as to count towards the score. That said Ned and Ali threw mahoosive late backrollmegaloops and Luke, Dan and Tommy were all riding well.
Second day was the freestyle day, started off in a heat against this years champ luke whiteside, still pretty solid 7m weather and did a few nice passes but Luke took it. The next heat was against Ned and Tommy, was pretty happy with this one as I got the usual mobes in and a 313, smobe, bjudge etc and saw Ned crashing a few loops. Near the end after being happy with the unhooking in strong wind I did a nice froll megaloop and landed in a bit of flat water to boot. Won that heat putting me in the top 4 and was then up against Luke again. Doh! Good heat with the mobes, flat spins and passes but then my 1 pump hose connection on the kite split 4 mins in. Waded in and ran around asking for one of the pro girls, Pip as her 7m was on the beach but the spectators were pretty gormless. Pete Jones saw my crash and kindly put his 9m in the sky for me so I got back out and tried to do a few more tricks. Was however pretty powered already on my 7 so didn’t manage much on the 9 with a different setup. Happy to hear at the end that it was a realy close heat regardless and it’s nice to know I might have done realy well. Last heat was against Ali b and unfortunately the same thing happened, about halfway through the 7m I borrowed deflated (hadn’t had my kites deflate once in the last month in Egypt before this event!) So a frustrating end to the season but 4th place in the freestyle for this event, 5th overall not toooo bad.
and http://www.britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk/news/news-events.html for the full write up and pics
So how did this come about?
I think It was last minute as per usual so booked flights a week before, shared an appartment with holly ‘how do you cook pasta’ kennedy which was fun. I remember being pretty underprepared, without a laptop as it died before the trip, so lots of reading (this was hell for me). I also had a particularly poor selection of kite gear which almost ruined the trip if Yavuz from kiteboard turkey hadn’t been kind enough to let me borrow an 11m Hifi.
We were early in the season so had quite a few light wind days but there were a couple on the 9m where we could realy bust some moves. The main achievement this trip was learning backmobes both ways in one day. This had been my nemesis for years, I thought they would be my first handlepass when I started getting close to landing them in an early season but little did i know how many thousands of attempts it would take (Thanks Rory for ‘BJ verses the backmobe’ on Vimeo).
All in all a really decent trip: chilled evenings with nice food and most nights in the one bar, smart appartments and a good kite spot/ setup.