BKSA Wavemasters: flying high over the waves

George Noble and Keira Alwood have taken the top spots at the BKSA Wavemasters Westward Ho! 2012, in North Devon, UK, and have secured the 2012 wave kitesurfing titles.


Unstable wind conditions marked the last stop of the British kitesurfing season. The first day of competition had 35 knots of wind blowing to all riders.

There was a mixture of strapped and unstrapped riding and in the onshore conditions it was interesting to see the level that these guys were at.

A full round of Men was completed and standouts were local lads Alex Bird, who after only kiting for 18 months, made it to forth, narrowly beaten by Sean Facey who took third. In the final it was favourite Scotsman George Noble who took the win with his fantastic strapless style ahead of one of the oldest guys from Norfolk Paul Stebbings.
 
The Ladies did battle in the extreme conditions and they all did amazing well in the hard conditions. Keira Alwood took the wind ahead of Sarah Rowley and 13-year-old Sammy Wiseman in third.

Competition resumed early on the Wednesday with a better cross off shore wind and a forecast of increasing winds and swell. With increasing winds and swell, Men and Ladies had another round to go – it was the biggest swell for two years.

Jack Ridel did well to get a top three and it was a showdown once again in the Men's final of Paul Stebbings and George Noble. George was in a great form to take the win again riding really well strapless in the lumpy conditions.

The Ladies had another round and Sarah Rowley took the win, which meant a tie for the ladies overall. It had been decided to award the win to whoever had the highest wave sore and so Keira took the overall win.

2012 BKSA Wavemasters

Men
1. George Noble
2. Paul Stebbings
3. Sean Facey
 
Ladies
1. Keira Alwood
2. Sarah Rowley
3. Sammy Wiseman