Another planned demo event and another sunny but windless forecast. After checking out Windguru on Wednesday it was decided we would head down to The Bluff, Cornwall for the scheduled Ozone, Flysurfer, Brunotti, Flyboards, Airush and Shinn demo weekend. The wind looked light but none of the crew had previously kited at the spot and the “wind” was blowing the right direction.
The Bluff is situated on the north coast of Cornwall, only a 10 minute drive from the sleepy town of Hayle. There are many options for accommodation very close to the spot – campsites, b&bs and hotels. It is important to note that to kitesurf at The Bluff you must first obtain a permit from either the harbour master or the guys over at Lodey Kite Loft. This pass only costs Â£10 and gives you free car parking at the spot for a whole year. This is a great way the locals have managed to arrange a simple way of regulating that only insured kiters can use the area. At high tide you do get the odd boat sneaking up on you so it is important to keep your wits about you and always give them right of way.
If it was 20 degrees warmer The Bluff would pass for a beach in the south of France or Portugal. A bay of white sand and turquoise clear waters lap the shore here – A contrast to last weekends kite sessions at Southend-On-Sea. We arrived as the tide was starting to turn, due to the light winds the water was very flat in the estuary with small swell and white water further back. As the tied ebbed small crystal clear lagoons formed around a maze of sandbars leaving some great conditions for playing around with some new boards.
The wind was light so the morning was dominated by the larger models from Flysurfer, Ozone and Airush with a mix of larger twin tips and directional race and light wind boards. The wind picked up towards the afternoon but peaked at around 15knts. With the current range of boards and kites available on the market there is a lot to be said about light wind kiting. This weekends show stoppers were;
- Airush – VXR V2 18, Lithium 14m and Lithium One 16m kites. Slayer 60 / 54 and Sector 6o boards.
- Shin Speedball, Red and Dundee
- Ozone Zephyr and Edge
- Flysurfer Speed 3 15m CE and 21m DLX
- Flyboards Door L
This was the first session of the year for me in a shorty wetsuit and The Bluff really made me feel like I was outside of the UK. The locals arrived just after midday and enjoyed demoing the latest equipment. Mark Shinn was on hand to recommend boards for people from his latest range of creations as well as chilling on the beach and taking some photos.
Despite the light winds initially I had a really fun session using the Ozone Zephyr and Shinn Speedball. A super fun combo for messing around in the shallow lagoons, unhooking and spinning around. The Speedball was incredibly fun to ride, its short length made the board really nimble and easy to spin, whilst the larger than normal width gave a good platform for going upwind and landing tricks. As always the new Zephyr performed superbly with its increased efficiency on the previous model.
After a long day on the beach in the sun we all headed to a local restaurant the Sandsifter. There was a wedding party present when we arrived but we still managed to push some tables to together to grab a refreshing pint and some food. Cake to start, followed by a further starter and a main. The food was good but there would definitely be cheaper options in the area if required. In all we had a great day in the sun on Saturday and everyone seemed to be enjoying the kit available. Unfortunately because of complete lack of wind and long drives ahead on the Sunday we all decided to head home after a great breakfast at Delicious in Marazion.
We hope to see you at the next demo! – Marcus