New British Kitesurfing Championships

New British Kitesurfing Championships

This has been brewing for a while now but we are glad it is finally out in the open! Those who receive our newsletter will already know the news but the good people behind IKSURFMAG and KITEWORLDMAG have got together to pool resources and organise the UK Tour the UK kite scene needs. This is an important part of our sport and will feed UK talent into the KTE (european tour) and eventually into the VKWC (world tour).

We feel this needs shouting about and supporting – so we urge everyone to get involved and come down to the events to spectate if nothing else! It is early days so there is not a lot of information out there but a facebook page is now live so be sure to follow that. Exciting times!

British Kitesports Freestyle Tour

BKSA Round 1 Essex 2013

BKSA Round 1 Essex 2013

Another year has past and a new BKSA event season has started. We travelled down to Essex for the BKSA round 1 land event. The event went down really well with wind on both days. All of the competition riding was held on the Saturday and Sunday was for relaxing and freeriding. We also managed to get a couple of kitesurfing sessions in at Southend on Sea with the new 2013 Ozone C4, Catalyst and Zephyr.

KLB Freestyle Pro Essex Round 1 results:

1st Emmanuel (Flysurfer)
2nd Ash (Ozone)
3rd lolo BSD (Flysurfer)

Congratulations goes out to all of the riders who travelled from across Europe to compete at this event. See you at Round 2.

Check out the event page on Facebook for more images!

https://www.facebook.com/events/188316561322013/

Pasty Cup 2011, BKSA Course Racing South West Cup

Pasty Cup 2011, BKSA Course Racing South West Cup

The Pasty Cup 2011 was sponsored by Skinners Brewery and organised by Pasty Adventures.

The weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June saw the country’s top kitesurf course racers descend on Penzance for the Pasty Cup, round 3 of the British KiteSurfing Association, South West Cup.

Setting up at Long Rock on Saturday with perfect winds, 20 kites were soon rigged and ready on the beach, however by the time of the briefing the wind had picked up to 30mph and racing started at 11.30 with a reduced field of 9 riders. Racing on a windward/leeward course of a mile in length with the start/finish line in the middle, the action was fast and exciting to say the least.

At the front of the pro fleet, a good battle commenced between Lee Harvey (Penzance) and Denzil Williams (Par) until Lee snapped a line during a big crash and had to be rescued leaving Gareth Morgan (Tenby) to come home in 2nd behind Denzil for races 1 and 2. Lee returned for races 3 and 4 taking out the wins in windy conditions now gusting over 40mph.
In the Ams fleet, Stubbie (Norfolk) sailed well in his first ever race event to take 4 bullets.
It was then all in for a Pasty lunch.

At 3pm the Penlee Lifeboat turned up along with a few Kernow Kitesurf Club members for the Long Distance race. A 4.7 mile course was set around Mounts Bay, starting at Long Rock and heading out towards Mousehole, across to the Promenade and back to finish at Long Rock. Lee Harvey came home first in an amazing time of 13.27 mins, with the rest coming in a steady stream behind, some even riding surfboards with no footstraps in super windy and testing conditions.

All the riders, helpers and supporters then tucked into a BBQ and Beer courtesy of Skinners, sharing stories of speed and near crashes.

Sunday came and what a difference a day makes. Now rigging their biggest kites the racers hit the water at 11am in nice sunny conditions. Suddenly a large black cloud came over and the wind died, leaving World champ Steph Bridge, as the only rider able to reach the start line.

After several more attempts to run races to no avail, race officer Mike Harvey, called it off at 3.30pm leaving Denzil to claim 4 out of 4 wins so far on this year’s race tour. Prizegiving was held on the beach shortly after where a few more beers were drunk and everyone refuelled on some tasty 9 Bars.

Photos by JNP Event Photography

Thanks to all the helpers without whom we couldn’t have run-
Mike Harvey, Adam Harvey, Dave Sobey on the committee boat, Rich Gowers and Quinty Bartlett on rescue, Jane Acton and Debbie Kennedy on the beach, Will Treener and the Penlee Lifeboat on the Long Distance Race and all the others who chipped in to put flags up etc.

And our Sponsors-
Skinners Brerwery, North Kiteboarding, West Country Watersports, Freeriders, Lodey, 9 Bar, Kiteworld magazine and Golowan Festival.
Photos by JNP Event Photography.

Results
Course racing
Pro-
1st Denzil Williams (Par)
2nd Lee Harvey (Penzance)
3rd Gareth Morgan (Tenby)

Long Distance
Overall –
1st Lee Harvey
2nd Denzil Williams
3rd Gareth Morgan

Twin Tip –
1st Mark Ward

Am-
1st Paul Stebbings (Lowestoft)
2nd Mark Ward (Scotland)
3rd Francesco Bolognosi (Italy)

Surfboard –
1st Richard Gowers (Weymouth)
2nd Sam Robins (St. Day)
3rd Rich Baker (St. Just)

Wipeout Award-
Lee Harvey

Words: Pasty Adventures

An Interview with Jack Daykin

An Interview with Jack Daykin

Jack Daykin - 2010 Under 19s BKSA ChampionHey Jack – hows it going?
Hey, it is going good at the moment, I’m still stoked to be 15 and have won the UK under 19s championship. Apart from that I am slightly stressed about my GCSE’s which are creeping in closer with every breath I take.

Who are your main sponsors at the moment?
North kiteboarding, Rhino Wetsuits, Prosurf Kenya, MBS, Zeal Optics and I am working on some clothing brands.

You started off as a landboarder – I remember when you were tiny and I would hold onto your harness when you launched your 5m frenzy and you would shoot up into the air, then I would pull you back down to the ground. Do you still spend much time on land?
I remember those times, I miss them alot. I dont really kite as much as I would like to. I kitesurf when im in intensive training for competitions and when im away on trips, and get the occasional session in at my local spot. But when it comes to landboarding I dont get out very much at all, but the last time I went out I really enjoyed it and seemed to impress the audiences at BKSA Ayre.
Jack Daykin - Bksa Ayre 2010 danglepass

A lot of the riders who learnt on land find the transition to water hard – did you?
Well I don’t really remember much except my first go which was on a 5m frenzy 2006 and I was using a custom 115cm brunotti board. It was quite easy to pick up, but when learning to jump and other tricks it was really wierd and I had alot of bad crashes. But now when I try go back to land, I have the same problems and when I edge and I expect my tires to go into the earth and somehow generate pop, which almost always ends in a faceplant.

Jack Daykin - Bksa Blackpool 2010 KGBYou have attended some of the BKSA organised youth camps – tell us more about them and how they have helped you.
The youth training camps are a really good place to get yourself out there and to learn some great new tricks. Some of the friends I hold closest today I met when I was just a little kid walking into the kiteshop at Fleetwood for the first time to see what these training camps were all about. The way they teach you is a really well thought out and clever process. You meet every morning and discuss the plans for that day and the spots you want to ride and the conditions you expect to encounter. Then you each have 3 tricks you aim to nail by the end of the weekend, one for light wind, one for moderate wind, and one for high wind, so no matter what you can learn something in the camp. Then you go to the spot and ride, and you are filmed doing all the tricks you are trying to learn. Once the session is over we go in for lunch, then re-convene and go back out for another quick filming session before we head back to the shop or whatever facilities they are using. All the riders watch through the day’s footage and can see what errors they made, and what they did right, and can just generally have a good time watching each other bail or nail some big tricks. After this we get homework, which is to make a table of all of your tricks you can do, and in what conditions and on what kites you can do them on, which really helps you for competitions and just to know what your capabilities are.

The next day we decide on around 12 tricks to put in a heat, and then each rider has a heat which is filmed and will be watched and evaluated later on that day, this helps alot for competitions, because normally the only practise of heats people get is when they are doing the real thing. After this day and all the heats, and throwing some new stunts using the knowledge gained from reviewing the mistakes from the day before, everyone says their goodbyes, and departs there seperate ways back to the far corners of the UK with the knowledge and new found skill to make a mark on the competition scene in this country.

A lot of the UK riders have been spending time abroad training over winter – what have you been up to?
Well i have to admit, i haven’t been kiting or wakeboarding or anything since the Rhossy Park Jam in late October, so i have just been winding down after my win in the under 19s last year and taking it easy. I have been riding my bike alot and just chilling out enjoying time with friends and family. And of course doing schoolwork for my GCSE’s this year, which I am taking very seriously after quickly realising the dream of being a Pro kitesurfer and making a living out of it was not very likeley and it was much better off to get some good results to fall back on in later life.

I’m not quite old enough to be going away to OZ or Brazil or the other places all the Pro’s go to escape our bitter winters, so I guess now as we get back into this season I will have to get back into shape and into training for the BKSA and hopefully another win this year.

Jack Daykin Sheffield cable frontroll to blind 201With the terrible wind last summer you spent a lot of time on the cable – how has that worked out?
The cable has really helped my riding actually, from the amount of power and speed in it and the sheer amount of balence needed compaired to kiting i have become much better with board controll and stomping hard landings. My wakestyle tricks have been helped grately by this and I pretty much owe my 2010 title to Sheffield cable, as i spent almost every weekend there last summer! I honestly believe i wouldn’t be half the kitesurfer I am today without the influences this sport has given me.

You are now part of the North Youngblood team – what does that mean?
Quite alot to me – North take their youth team very seriously, and they try to drive forward with us and get us into competitions and keep us on the latest and best gear all the time. With the team manager Dave Ibby just happeing to live on my street, i make regular visits to his house to send North emails and reviews on gear and also to get loads of free stuff. We regularly go on roadtrips around the UK in Ibby’s van, and this winter just gone we had some amazing snowkiting sessions on a golfcourse ontop of the huge cliffs in saltburn. So yeah, North do alot for me.
Jack Daykin Snowkiting 2010

What do you get up to when there is not enough wind to kite and no one to drive you to the cable?
I ride my Bmx and my scooter alot nowadays – its just something different from kiting and cable that can help me wind down in the winter, also i do alo of trampolineing with my kitebar attached to an oak tree in my garden, which really helps me keep all my handlepasses dialed through winter.

Who do you look up to in the kiteboarding scene?
Mostly Aaron Hadlow. I know he is the biggest name in this sport and you may think that is the reason I look up to him, like onlookers assume every skateboarder still looks up to Tony Hawk, but i look up to Aaron for the way that he has been the best in world, and now he is doing what he wants to do with the sport, not comforming to the latest competition standards. I think the way he is pushing the sport is a really good way to go, but even if I disagreed with him I would still respect him for having the balls to say ‘right, this is what i want to do with our sport so I’m going to do it’

A lot of the pro riders have been moving more towards the media side of the business – do you think you will do this or are you still more into competing?
I like the whole video and press side of the sport, but I still enjoy competeing alot. The Adrenaline rush from a heat is something that cannot be described, 7 minutes of pure mayhem, or 7 minutes of glory, depending on how your heat pans out. The exhilaration of competition will inevitably fade from me as I get older, but I think I will always have a place for it. Will Makinson and myself have done a small amount of filming last year, but not enough to make any decent sort of edits like the ones all of the Pro’s are churning out day by day now.

Thanks for your time Jack – do you have a website or a place people can follow your progress?

Thankyou for a chance to express my opinions, and yes www.jackdaykinkitesurf.weebly.com. See you on the comp scene!

An interview with Lewis Wilby

An interview with Lewis Wilby

Lewis Wilby Handle Pass at Petrano Wind ExperienceFew and far between, some of our readers may not have heard the Wilby name, please tell us a little bit about yourself!
Ok, so my names Lewis Wilby, I’m 22 years old and I’ve been kiting for well over 8 years, firstly on land and gained my reputation through that and now I have worked hard to become a respectable level on water and snow too!

You have just launched your new website www.lewiswilby.com, did you design it yourself?
I designed my own website in between work, kiting at weekends and trying to have a social life too. It took a while because I was never happy with any of my re-designs over the last year and when I finally started working on a design I liked, it then took a good few months to put all my ideas together. All the hard work pays off in the end as it helps to keep your sponsors a little happier, plus the site has become a hub for all my videos, pictures and event articles and I’d like to think that for those who see it, it might encourage them to either take part in the sport, or maybe try something new.

A lot of UK riders head to South Africa or Western Australia for winter – what have you been up to?
Working to pay the bills! Unfortunately when it came down to it this year, I couldn’t get the money together to live out there like the rest of the guys which is such a shame because when you’re riding so much, new tricks tend to come a lot more naturally. I kitesurfed all the way through the winter and still enjoyed it even though it was really cold and I didn’t learn a lot! Landboarding becomes tricky in the winter because I like to ride on local grass spots and they tend to get flooded and bogged down very quickly but I have managed to fit in a few sessions here and there!

Lewis Wilby KitesurfingLast year you competed in the BKSA Kitesurf events instead of the Landboarding – how did you find it? Did you enjoy the much tougher competition?
After winning the 2009 Landboard championships and thoroughly enjoying myself, taking part in the kitesurf competition instead seems the next natural step! I came 4th overall which is amazing and my best result was 3rd at my local spot in Hunstanton. I was pleased with my results because I had beaten my original aim. I guess I found it weird not to be winning events but that makes me really motivated to catch up and be at the same level as the guys on the top!

Do you have any advice for land kiters looking to hit the wet stuff?
Yeah, definitely… I would say even if you are a top level land kiter, you’re still going to need to learn the basics of deep water pack ups, relaunching your kite on the water and general rules of riding with others because once you have those nailed, you will find you are able try all your land tricks and then progress onto much harder tricks and styles in no time at all! The hardest thing for me to pick up was learning to pop in all water conditions and sometimes it still gets the better of me!

Despite focusing on the water side of things more you still managed to enter and win a land event – the KLB Masters in Germany. Was it fun to compete against riders you do not know as well?
I was still riding lots on land despite only attending the water competitions so I was excited to show my hard work and new tricks during the event! During the event I was eager to do well but also very nervous because when you ride against other riders from different countries, you never know what to expect! The UK competition scene had become very predictable which is why I didn’t compete last year- you would turn up, ride against the same riders and usually there is a similar result too! Hopefully it will grow because the events are amazing.

Lewis Wilby professional kiteboarderYou have really progressed land based kiting a lot by bringing in the handlepass moves seen on the water as well as the big kite loops. Do you think that all the tricks we see on the water today will be seen on land in the future? Where do you see the land scene progressing? Where do you get inspiration from?
There is no reason why someone couldn’t go out there and do every trick on water on land! But it takes a lot more strength and riding time than I have which is why I won’t be catching up just yet. One thing we will never see is the same power in our tricks on land but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make it more stylish! I don’t want to see land kiting go completely wake style but I do want it to be involved, just like I want to see board offs, skate style, huge kiteloops, rotation involved. We still need to experiment with ramps and rails more and hopefully get into gaps/ stunts as there are endless possibilities! That would make the sport amazing to watch and start to attract more people into the sport.

Are you flying C kites or Bow kites? What is your take on the difference between the two?
This year I am going to use the Flexifoil Hadlow Pro’s (C kite) for both land and water. This just means I don’t have to get used to two kites like I did last year! Also it should make my riding on both land and water feel a lot more similar because last year I rode Hadlows on water and Ions on land, which started to make things difficult when you don’t do one side of the sport for a few weeks and suddenly change kites.

You filmed a Progression instructional DVD with Fat Sand – are there any plans for more advanced DVD?
Not that I know about right now, maybe if lots of people got in contact with Fat Sand about it then they might be more keen to start something sooner rather than later! They did well with the DVD but they have lots of other projects happening right now!

Lewis Wilby kiteboarding at duskA lot of the big name kitesurfers and snowboarders are now more focused on the media side of things as opposed to the competitions. How do you feel about this? Does land based kiting need more media?
Definitely, this is something I need to get more involved with because the public and other riders don’t always get to go to events and competitions and by uploading decent videos to the internet they can still be influenced on a much greater scale! It also gives us a better chance of showing other board sports enthusiasts what Landboarding is all about! I am in the middle of getting some new video equipment so I should be producing my own videos come summer!

Being in the spotlight with your fans and sponsors all year round must be quite demanding, do you feel any pressure from this?
No not at all, I do the media side of things because I enjoy it lots and if anything at events, I feel a bit of pressure from my friends and family to win competitions more than anything.

It’s important to kite for yourself as well as always for other people and collecting media, how do you divide your time?
Pretty much all my kite sessions are for myself unless I go to events nowadays! If I need some photos or videos then I will organise them for that occasion only which makes things harder because you might not get the best conditions for the shoot. When I get my own equipment I will try to do a bit of filming each session just to get the best out of each day!

You got a taste of snowkiting last year and really took to it, is this something you would like to spend more time on and take more seriously? As much as I would like to, it’s impossible to get the funds to do land, water and snow all year round, so there will always be one which doesn’t get done as much and it would be snowkiting purely because I struggle to choose between a snowkite and general snowboard trip when I get the chance to go out there!

What are your plans for 2011? Competing in the water? More travelling?
I’m not 100% certain yet but I am keen to be competing on the water again and I would love to compete in the European Landboard Championship again in Germany because it was one of the weirdest, best experiences I’ve had since I started kiting! I definitely want to concentrate on filming some new land films be it in the UK or abroad! I have a few trips plan but there all a bit secret right now.

Lewis Wilby board off at Ayr BKSA eventWho are your current sponsors for the coming 11 season? How do you find sponsorship has come about for you over the last couple of years?
My sponsors are still Flexifoil, MBS and PowerKiteShop! I’m lucky that I have always had a good relationship with the guys who run these companies and they are always show amazing support year on year!

I have always associated Flexifoil and Lewis Wilby together, how long have you been sponsored by Flexifoil and why did you first choose Flexifoil kites?
Well from day one, my brother got a stacker kite which initially got my interested in power kiting and because they had a range of kites naturally taking you from a beginner powerkiter to an advanced kitesurfer it seemed a natural step to follow the Flexifoil route! First I got a Blade, then a Sabre, then an Atom, then Ion and now I am finally on the Hadlows 8 years later!

I remember when the first MBS pro kite board came out, are we likely to ever see a “Lewis Wilby Pro” board?
Hmm, personally I’m more interested in working with MBS to get a better board out than getting my name on it! Who knows in the future but as long as we keep producing better boards, I’m happy!

What’s your current favourite kiting setup. kite/harness/board/surface?
I like to ride different things as much as I can, in the last year I’ve been riding the Hadlows and Ions, or using the MBS Pro 95 instead of the Pro 90, just to try something different and have recently swapped from a Pro Limit Hadlow Harness to the New Mystic Warrior 3 Harness! My preferred set up is definitely the Hadlows with the Pro 90 board right now!! But who knows, I may go back to the Ions later in the year!

Anything you would like to add or shout out to our readers?
Just good luck with your new website and if anyone has appreciated this interview then check out www.lewiswilby.com for more details

Lewis Wilby at the KLB Masters 2010 in Germany

Lewis Wilby winter kitesurf training in Norfolk

An Interview with James Boulding

An Interview with James Boulding

James Boulding - professional kitesurferHey James – Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Sure, my names James Boulding and i’m a professional kitesurfer as well as running my own little video production company Steez Productions

How long have you been kiting and how did you get into it?
I’ve been riding for 8 years now and got into it after receiving a little land powerkite for my birthday off my parents. As soon as I started I wanted more and more power and wanted to jump bigger and bigger. As soon as I saw the guys on the water riding I was completely hooked and knew it was the sport I wanted to learn so got stuck into it.

You are in Western Australia right now – it seems more and more UK kiteboarders are going down under for winter as opposed to spending it in Cape Town, any idea why?
It’s all swings and roundabouts, 2 years ago I spent the winter in CT with what seemed like the whole UK kiting population, now all the same people are out here. It’s nice to vary things up and see different places, not get too hung up on the same. I loved CT and will probably head back next year as this is my 2nd winter down under. On another level I think Oz offers conditions that are a bit easier and better for honing new tricks. CT gets pretty wild and most days you’ll be holding onto a 7m, whereas out here it’s more like 10m weather most days and there’s 2 insane flat water locations that are close and easy to get too. I think it’s advantageous to do both, CT taught me a lot about dong tricks in hard conditions, I almost had to re-learn a lot of things so that I had them down on small kites in testing water conditions but when you have done that, come to a place like here and it’s a doddle. Take Aaron for instance, it’s where he learnt it all over the years, do it out there and the rest of the world is kids play.

James Boulding - Liquid Force Internation Team RiderWhat are your favourite spots in WA?
I live in Freemantle so I tend to ride Woodies most days as it’s easy to get to and you know what you’re going to get there. Safety Bay is a good spot and way better for shooting at but since a few years ago it’s got packed with riders so I tend to stay away now, I like my space! My favourite spot unquestionably is Augusta about 4 hours south of Perth. I’ve just arrived back from a trip there this weekend and when the conditions are right there’s no place more picturesque to kite.

When will you be heading back to Europe?
Still not sure of my plans, they’re a bit up in the air, but I should be back in March sometime, hopefully spring will be gripping the nation and the water warming a little!

Will you be focusing on competing or the media side of the business?
I’m hoping to do a few of the invitational events like I did last year, such as the Triple S and Wind or No Wind Jam with a few new ones thrown in but no PKRA/freestyle type events, I’m not really into that side of things, seems a bit pointless getting only 8 minutes to show a bunch of judges a handful of freestyle tricks knowing it could be your only riding of the competition. I’d rather put my energies into the media side of things and work hard on publishing content via videos and magazines etc…

James Boulding in AustraliaYou rose to fame very quickly over the last couple of years both as a talented kitesurfer – earning yourself a place on the Liquid Force International Team, but also as a film maker. Have you been editing much recently?
Yes, it seems at the moment i’m doing more and more editing. I’m pretty stoked people seem to like my videos and style of editing. It’s amazing get paid to shoot and is something I don’t take for granted so i’ve been working hard on that part of my game lately to keep ahead in my little niche.

What would you say has been your best video production so far?
It’s a tricky one, some vids I like the shots and others more the edits. Last year my Australia video Directions cruised past 20,000 hits so I was really happy with that, people always bring that one up when they talk stock with me. I’ve just shot some pretty cool stuff out here with the Naish International team which is going to be dropping this spring on Naish TV which for sure is my favourite so far. I shot it in 4 days at a variety of spots and used some pretty cool film techniques so I think it’s definately going to be one that stands out for people as a benchmark for videos to come. No crazy effects but just a crisp and clean edit using cranes, dollies, heli etc to film. I think that will be my strongest piece of filming and editing to date

Do you think being a great rider is enough nowadays or do the riders need to offer more – for example photo/video skills?
They definately need to offer something not just solely as a good rider, unless you’re going up against the top boys and beating them consistently. Producing decent content like videos and magazine articles makes you easier to sponsor and takes more pressure off the sponsor.

What is your favourite photo or photos you have taken?
Tricky one, I don’t really have a favourite photo, I tend to appreciate photos that tell more of a story than just what’s in front of the lens. For me top shots are a joint venture between rider and photographer. For example, surf photography. Some of the craziest barrel shots are produced whilst the photographer is putting his life at risk getting it, often going over the falls with a high probability of being cut to shreds on reef and drowning. Swimming out with camera setup and getting in tight to get a shot that’s both high risk for rider and photographer is something I admire greatly. Photos need to tell stories like videos do for me so anything with a bit more to it than the obvious ticks a few boxes for me.

Who are the people you look up to and admire?
Few guys I used to look up to in the sport when I began are now good mates so I don’t like blowing their trumpets, but they probably know who they are! Production wise I have many, and admire lots of professional videographers out there. I try and bring the things I like out there into shooting kitesurfing if at all possible. The guys at Poorboyz productions in the ski filming world are the guys I look up to in the sports filming world and I love it each November when their yearly DVD drops.

James Boulding riding a boxThere has been a massive move from top UK riders towards riding in boots and hitting features. Loads of slider based informal comps have started up too – how do you feel about this?
I’m 100% behind it. For me boots is just what i’m comfortable in, I love how you can ride juiced up and edge and land harder with less kite positioning. I’d be so paranoid of falling out of 1 of my straps and doing an ankle if I went back now. I also think everything looks way more stylish if done right in boots compared to straps. Plus I love not ever losing my board and having to bodydrag to it, looking back now I can’t believe I didn’t convert sooner! I’m riding lots of cable nowadays and hitting rails there, so it goes hand in hand and helps whilst hitting them on a kite. I love the challenge and often risk factor involved in hitting obstacles and the time it takes to be able to hit them well and with some style.

Are the British competitions still important to you?
I see them as a great social event and if i’m around in the UK I definately try and get to the events to judge and catch up with mates and other kitesurfers but riding wise I’m not that bothered. I don’t see the reward in it and it’s a huge undertaking to do the whole tour, missing one event puts you in a position that you can’t really win overall and now I’m travelling a lot more in the summer it doesn’t really work to do it. It definately helped me in joining LF’s international team when I placed 2nd overall in the Pro section 2 years ago so I’m very grateful of the opportunity and see it as a good way for new young riders to get their name out.

James Boulding riding in bootsWhat are your plans for 2011?
I’m looking forward to heading back home for some time back in the UK amidst some trips abroad for a few of the slider events. The schedule is already filling up with trips to Morocco, Fuerteventura, USA, Philippines so should be a busy year.

Thanks for your time – is there any shout outs or advice you would like to give to our readers?
My sponsors: Liquid Force, Sutsu, Silte, Bawbags for their help and support. Keep an eye out on www.steezproductions.com for some forthcoming videos from my time in Oz, we’ve been filming pretty intensively and collecting some pretty amazing footage so when the vids drop they’re going to be pretty special.
Also keep an eye out on www.jamesboulding.com for news, videos and photos documenting what I’m up to at the moment.

BKSA Announce their 2011 Events Calendar

BKSA Announce their 2011 Events Calendar

The BKSA run the UK’s competitive kite scene. The events are always well organised and well worth going to. The race crew are very professional and the riders are always looked after – we highly recommend this event series.

Kiteival
Freestyle Kitelandboard, Kitebuggy, Kitesurf , Race/Slalom Kitesurf , GPS Speed Kitesurf

Redcar- May 6th-8th
Ayr- Sept 23rd-25th
Blackpool – October 6th-8th FINALS starting on Thursday !!!!!! Prizegiving on Saurday 8th

Freestyle– Kitesurf
Worthing- TBC – Date and Venue TBC
Barrow- May 27th-29th
Llandudno – June 24th-26th
Hunstanton- July 15th-17th

Freestyle- Land
Middle Wallop – Wallop Reloaded ( TBC) May 28th-30th (Also National Tour )

Wavemasters-
Cornwall- October 17th-22nd

Regional Race –
South West Cup ( Course/Slalom Racing ) Best 3 results

Watergate April 9th-10th (Also National Tour )
Exmouth June 11th– 12th
Marazion June 18th-19th
Poole Sept Sept 10th-11th(Also National Tour)

Speed Week- Weymouth October 15th-21st

KiteB4girls – Hayling Island Clinic June 23rd-24th Fun Ladies Comp 25th-26th

2011 Fleets

Landboard / Buggy
Pro Men Landboard / Buggy – Fri –Sunday
Amateur Men,Ladies,Senior and Junior Landboard / Buggy – Saturday-Sunday
(NB- Wallop Sat-Mon)

Freestyle Kitesurf
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BKSA 2010 Round 3 – Ayr, Scotland

BKSA 2010 Round 3 – Ayr, Scotland

This time Ayr played host to the 3rd landboarding round of BKSA 2010 – AND WHAT A LOCATION! With a huge grass park situated right next to the beach, it was perfect for all landboarders and buggyers. Super smooth winds and the grippy grass made for a sweet few sessions had by all.

Saturday saw some smooth18-20mph winds which was perfect for the days competition ahead. First up was the Mens Landboarding. This again was a super close competition between the 3 top riders; Steve Smith, Ash Garwood and Jack Elston who were pulling off some super smooth riding. With Ash claiming 3rd in the losers final Steve and Jack were left to battle it out. With them both pulling off some sweet moves eventually Jack was placed 1st followed very closely by Steve in 2nd. This leaves Ash and Steve in close competition for the final title at BKSA Blackpool in just under a months time.

BKSA Round 3 Landboarding

The Mens Freestyle Buggy was again a very close call between the 3 riders Craig, Will and ‘stupid’ Dave. With the 3 riders having to share between two kites it certainly made the judging a little interesting. After the heats eventually Craig Sparks came 1st, Dave 2nd and Will in at 3rd.

BKSA Buggy Round 3

The junior landboarding for me was a big surprise! At past events this category has always been a little down on numbers however this time a few of the Junior and Youth kitesurfers decided to give the landboarding a bash, and for a few of them it was their very first time on a landboard! With a win in my first heat I was placed directly into the semi final with Will Makinson. This gave me the chance to watch what the water guys could do. Man I was impressed! with a few of them riding out passes and other wakestyle moves I knew it would make for an interesting comp! After my heat with Will I managed to make it through to the final with Jack Daykin. Unfortunately the wind really did drop off for both of us forcing us to really work our kites. After the 7 minute final there was hardly anything separating me and jack, we would have to wait until the presentation to hear the results.

Greg During A Heat

Final results from junior landboarding:

1-Greg Chilton
2-Jack Daykin
3-Robbie Shire-Maidement

On The Podium

Videos from the event can be found here thanks to Paul: http://vimeo.com/album/1499640

Content By Greg Chilton