Cornish kitesurfer selected for KSP World Tour

Cornish kitesurfer selected for KSP World Tour

Lee Harvey PortraitLee Harvey aka Pasty from Penzance, Cornwall has been selected to compete on the Kite Surf Pro world tour. An extensive voting process was initiated by the International Kiteboarding Association, involving National Kite Associations, the panel of judges and wave riders committee, the IKA industry partners and the world’s kitesurfing media who were asked to submit their Top 15 male and Top 8 Female kitesurf wave riders. These are then added to the 7 pre qualified male riders bringing together the World’s Top 22 male and 8 females to battle out for the 2011 World Kite Surfing crown in the best waves on the planet. The only other UK rider to be selected was 3 x Women’s World Wave champion, Kirsty Jones from Wales.

Lee says; ‘I am so stoked to be recognised as one of the best wave riders in the world with a kite and can’t wait to fly the Cornish flag at the best spots in the World. To be listed alongside the sports superstars, is amazing and gives me extra motivation to train hard and represent my country as best as I possibly can. Hopefully I’ll be bringing the World title home to Penzance for Christmas.’

The first stop of the tour is in Mauritius in September, then goes to Peru in October and finally Cape Verde in December where the World Champion will be crowned in the famous right hand point break of Ponta Preta. Lee is now in need of sponsors to help with the travel costs. If you are interested or can help, please contact lee by email- to discuss which level of sponsorship is best suited to you or your business.

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Lee is sponsored by North Kiteboarding, Newave, Wiley X eyewear and Freeriders surf shop.

An Interview with Tom Court

An Interview with Tom Court

Tom Court Profile ShotHey Tom, are you back in the UK now?
Hey, yes i have just got back to the UK after doing some great trips to start off the year!

Who are your sponsors right now?
I am currently sponsored by, North Kites, Animal Clothing, ION, TryMax, GYBE and Wightlink

How did you get into kitesurfing?
I first started in about 2000 when I was about 11 or 12, so i have been doing it for a while. I guess it was probably by dad that got me into it as I windsurfed a little bit before i turned to kiting. I first saw the sport when I was in Maui, seeing Robby Naish and Lou Waiman throwing down at kite beach in the early days was enough to make anyone want to learn!

North are your main sponsor – what is your role within the North team? Do you get involved with R&D much?
Yea North are my main sponsor and I am on their Global team. I guess my role on the team is to push the more ‘core’ side of the sport, I only ride in boots now and do alot of events that involve wake style riding and hitting rails etc. Like the Triple-S or the WONW jam in the Philippines.

I have been involved with a bit of R&D in the past and I help to test the Vegas kites and also any equipment that that are targeting towards the more core market. However my real passion lies with making videos and filming wherever i go.

What kit are you riding at the moment?
I am currently riding the 2011 Vegas (7,10,12) and the 135 Team Series finless with Ronix One’s. Loving the setup.

Besides your kiting equipment, what other gadgets and cameras do you travel with?
Normally on most trips I travel with a Canon 7D, MacBook Pro, Tripod, Dolly, 5 lenses and a few other little bits and pieces. However it depends on the trip alot of the time. If i am going to a competition, i tent not to take too much otherwise i cant concentrate on the event :)

How do you feel about the KPWT and PKRA world tours? Are you still interested in competing?
I will be doing a few PKRA’s this year for sure, I like competing alot but I find other events alot more rewarding most of the time. The world tour is fun when you can just do a few of the stops. Competing in all eleven events is a big commitment.

Tom Court in AustraliaLike a few of the other UK riders such as Sam Light and James Boulding you have been riding in boots a lot and pushing that side of riding. Do you feel this is the way kiteboarding should move?
I dont think it is for everyone, but there is definitely a great aspect of kiteboarding that lies in boots and the more wakestyle side of riding. In every sport there is a place for people to be ‘core’ and progressive and I think that boots changes the way you think about throwing tricks on a kite. I dont ride anything else at the moment and im pretty sure that Sam and James are the same after just spending two months with them out in Oz this winter.

What is your opinion on other disciplines such as wave riding, course racing, speed racing and even old school?
I am a pretty old-school kiter myself, i have been doing it since the beginning and I have learned all sides of the sport. That is what I like so much about kiting is there is almost endless freedom to do what you feel like wether that is riding waves, jumping high or going fast, it is down to the riders enjoyment. I just get most of my enjoyment out of pushing myself to progress the tricks that I am doing at the time.

Which events do you look forward to every year?
It changes most years as some events dont happen and new ones start. However the last few years it has been events like the Triple-S, Core Jam (no longer happening), the BVI jam and some of the cooler PKRA stops like the DR and Fuerte.

Like many riders you have taken up the media side of things and started your own media company Ripslix. This kicked off with the very funny mockumentary “The Kite Launcher” for which you have recently released a sequel “The Kite Launcher 2: Relaunch”. Tell us more about that.
haha yes, I started a production//media and management company at the start of this year. The Kitelauncher was the first video idea I had really with one of my friends and Susi out in the DR, I wanted to make something funny out of a kiting video as most videos now are a bit serious. It was received pretty well by the kiting comunity and the second video was a big hit too, now I intend to take the ‘Kitelauncher’ idea further and progress it into something more in the future. Wait and see for the release of the Kitelauncher 3 in the summer, big things are coming!

You have spent the winter in Western Australia sharing a house with fellow UK kiters Sam Light and James Boulding. On top of riding loads and having lots of fun you also teamed up with James’ Steez Productions to create an action movie about the three of you. How was it filming and then editing with someone else?
Yea it was a great summer in Perth. Working and riding with those boys was definitely the highlight of my year so far. We are all pretty like minded guys, so sharing ideas and making things happen wasn’t a problem when it came to filming or something for our video or article.

It is the first video project that I have done with a collaboration with Steez Productions and cutting with James, but it definitely wont be the last either. It was a great way to learn for me, although i edited most of the video, james polished it off and fine tuned it. It helps alot to have a second opinion when doing a project like this! Check the video out!

Tom Court Professional KitesurferDo you see yourself moving more and more into the media production side of things?
I think that alot of riders underestimate that the ‘media side of things’ is actually and intrinsic part of being a ‘pro’ rider in amost any sport nowadays. Making these videos and producing media is all part and parcel of that, however i do feel like i want to edit more videos in the future and take that side of kiteboarding to the next level!

How many countries did you visit last year? Have you any plans for 2011?
I think i must have visited about twelve different countries last year and I have a full schedule again this year. After Oz i came back and went to Norway for the RedBull Ragnarok and then I hit Tarifa in Spain to test the 2012 Vegas. Later in May I will be going to france for a rail jam and then it is a big US tour that includes the Triple-S and the Rosham Trowdown in Hood River.

Thanks for your time Tom!

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 See you on the comp scene!