- 19 March 2012 | Kiteboarding
The Big Air Open kitesurfing competition has been confirmed to take place in Worthing, West Sussex, on the 14th July 2012. The event will take part of the Olympic Torch Relay Weekend that is going to pump Worthing.
Event rules are based on a "how high can you jump format" with points being awarded for the maximum height reached. If wind conditions on the day do not allow for a big air format to be run alternative arrangements will be made.
Entry to the event is limited to a total of 36 places, 12 of which are local wildcards. Local wildcards will be selected by The Big Air Open Committee and announced at a later date. The event is open to male and female competitors, and the format is based on a total of 28 heats, each of them lasting 8 minutes.
There will be 3 riders on the water in each heat, with the 1st and 2nd place finishers advancing to the next round. The overall champion and winner of The Big Air Open 2012 will be determined by a final heat of 3 riders.
"I am extremely excited about The Big Air Open, especially as it takes place in my home town of Worthing. This will be an amazing format for Kitesurfers of all levels to take on the wind and waves, show off their skills and compete for The Big Air Open Title", explains Lewis Crathern, a kitesurfer known internationally for his big air skills and jumping over the Worthing and Brighton piers.
"We have all worked hard on making this one of the best Kitesurfing competitions of the year!", he adds. Lewis Crathern has confirmed that he will not be taking part but will be judging and commentating on the day.