So far 2010 has been a pretty good year for the BKSA, with all the events getting their fair supply of wind and suitable weather. With the forecast changing day by day most people were wondering if the wind would play ball for this final round.
Unfortunately Thursday saw very low wind conditions in Blackpool, this delayed the Pro Men’s and Women’s kitesurfing event until the Friday making for a jam packed day to fit all the events into Friday for Saturday night presentation.
Friday morning and the wind finally kicked in with the wind building to around 25mph + in the day. Unfortunately for all the land events the sand was too soft making it impossible for the day’s land competitions to run. After a quick meeting it was decided to go in search of a new location for the BKSA land event finals. The ideal location most of the competitors had in mind was a grassy field next to the beach like at the last event in Ayr, but after visiting a few school fields, permission to fly had been denied. We eventually arrived at Fleetwood beach where it was decided to run the comp as the sand was hard and ridable for the competition. However with around 30-35m of downwind space before hitting the stones, all riders were a little more cautious.
The first event to run was the Mens Freestyle Buggy. Yet again a very close competition between Flexifoil riders Craig, Will and ‘stupid’ Dave. The stronger winds than at previous event allowed ‘Stupid’ Dave to pull off some of his crazy kiteloops in a Buggy! along with the usual technical rotations. Craig and Will were close to match Dave’s mad skills. Final event result 1st Dave, 2nd Craig and 3rd Will.
The Mens Landboarding was always going to be very close with this event being the decider for the podium between the top 3 riders Steve Smith, Jack Elston, and Ash Garwood. With the powered conditions one rider that really stood out was Dan Smith – pulling of some super smooth moves along with some new ones we haven’t seen before. This gave him a secure place in the Final with Steve, Ash and Jack fighting to keep out of the losers final. After a very close heat it was announced that Jack would join Dan in the final riding for 1st and 2nd position. This made the competition even closer for Ash and Steve as this result for the two riders was vital for a 2nd or 3rd overall finish from the years events.
Event Result: 1st Jack Elston, 2nd Dan Smith, 3rd Steve Smith
Final 2010 Result: 1st Jack Elston, 2nd Steve Smith, 3rd Ash Garwood
After the men’s buggy and landboard us junior riders were cut short on time as the tide was quickly gaining on us. The decision was made between me, Robbie and Tom to run the competition as a straight final due to the time remaining from the high tide. With the wind building on us we were all pretty powered. I was out flying my trusty 12m Speed 3 Deluxe and riding the Scrub GLD going for typical old school moves in some very powered conditions with Tom and Robbie both powered on 7m LEI’s. In the 10min straight final we were all pushed for space in the small arena but were able to work around each other trying to make the most of the space. With both Tom and Robbie pulling off some powered technical moves making it a close decision.
Event result- 1st Greg Chilton, 2nd Tom Ford, 3rd Robbie Shire-Maidment.
I was super stoked making this the 2nd year I have won the Junior British Championships!
This has been due to be my last year as riding as a junior. Its been an epic two years and the junior comps have really helped to keep me motivated all year round. I feel my progression has rocketed and I hope to further progress in my category next year – Men’s Freestyle Landboarding.
Cheers to BKSA for organising and running another awesome season of events and competition.
Content By Greg Chilton