- 01 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
The tone of the 2009 Poole-based Animal Windfest event is approachability and encouragement. Keen to draw young, established, new and revisiting kitesurfers to the water, Animal introduces subsidised entry fees for competitors to ensure anyone feels welcome and encouraged to participate.
Gary Willingham, Windfest organiser says “Animal has funded reduced entry fees this year which is perfect when this event is all about attracting every type of watersports fan to have a go.”
This year sees the return of the BKSA course racing to Windfest. The UK’s second season of this concept of racing, it is enjoying huge growth.
Riders simply manoeuvre around a course of buoys with the first buoys usually set upwind of the start line. Competitors undertake between 4 and 6 races and each race lasts up to 20 minutes. Gary continues; “Riders are now using specific equipment - boards with 4 big fins and longer lines. Racing can occur in any wind strength from 8 - 40 knots; it is fast and furious with the first past the finish line being the winner!”
All entrants to the racing save £10 (was £45 now £35) on entry to the racing this year which even includes a free event t-shirt, free pasta lunch on two days, and a half price Saturday night party ticket.
For those not wanting to compete but who want to fine tune their skills, internationally recognised BKSA trainers Christian Harris and Karin Nativel will be providing challenging tuition with some light hearted racing and jumps. For a fee of £30, all participants will enjoy the same benefits of all competitors with free t-shirt, pasta lunches and half price Saturday night party ticket.
To encourage young and beginner kiters, the event is also hosting free kite flying taster sessions on the beach with qualified instructors from both The Watersports Academy and Easy Rider Kiteboarding.