Sam Light

The final round of the BKSA Kiteival at Redcar was the last event of the year. Over 100 competitors registered for the event on the stunning beach in the Tees Valley.

Thursday kicked off with light Westerly winds; however things soon picked up and the Pros hit the water for the Freestyle. The Wind hit 20 knots and competitors were on 10 metre kites.

The Pro Ladies managed to get all their heats done with tour leader Hannah Whiteley taking the win ahead of Helen Thompson and Nicky Rudd. However with a veering and dropping wind the three Pro Men were unable to complete their final – which was extremely disappointed for all concerned.

Friday the wind forecast from the SE remained light however the course racers managed to get out in-between the 12-foot waves!  The racing was hard and fast Denzil Williams showing how to do it most of the way however crashing yards from the finish line, letting Andy Gratwick take the win. However Denzil fought back and took the second race.

The Freestyle Kitesurfers were unable to compete due to the light winds however the Freestyle Kitelandboards and Kitebuggys took to the hard sand’s to strut their moves in a difficult wind.
The Juniors, Ladies Kitelandboard and Ladies Kitebuggy managed to complete full rounds until the comp was called off due to a dying wind.

Saturday saw no wind at all with a good swell – a few going surfing and tow in on the jest skis. Saturday night everyone glammed up for the end of season prize giving – which ended in a very late night!
Sunday the wind was back up to blow the cobwebs away .
The Kitesurfer freestylers went out to please the crowds with a “ please the crowd “ judging criteria. The moves were a mix of old school vs new school and everyone had fun, taking the win was Ali Barrett with some lovely can cans and board offs!
The Kitelandboard and Kitebuggy guys had two hours for a Best trick comp the winners being:

 - Buggy: Dave 'Stupid' Roberts, with a seriously powered 1080 kite-loop
 - Landboard: Kris 'Floyd' Beech, with a 25ft, fast and super smooth 1080 slapdown

Winner of the King of Watersports Sector nine was kitesurfer Oli Sweeney .
That rounded a big weekend and all the competitors headed back to the 4 corners of the UK. 

Pro Kitesurfing

Men’s 1= Ned Taylor, Sam Light and Ali Barrett


1 Hannah Whiteley
2 Helen Thompson
3 Nicky Rudd

Kitebuggy Freestyle Ladies

1 Karen Cartlidge
2 Nicola Hammond
3 Sukie Robertson

Kitelandboard Juniors

1 Greg Chilton
2 Ted Polkey
3 Sam Lawman

Kitelandboard Ladies

1 Sukie Robertson
2 Karen Cartlidge

BKSA end of year results in all classes:

All land events and course racing were best of 3 rounds
All Freestyle Kitesurfing were best 5 results of 6 rounds

Freestyle Kitelandboard

1 Lewis Wilby
2 AJ Philipson
3 Ash Garwood

1 Greg Chilton
2 Ted Polkey
3 James Langton

Freestyle Kitebuggy

1 Will McKean
2 Frazier Cohen
3 Dave Roberts

1 Karen Cartlidge
2 Nicola Hammond
3= Sukie Roberston
3= Marie Thorpe

Course Racing Kitesurfing

1 Denzil Williams
2 Andy Gratwick
3 Steve Stubbs

1 Steph Bridge
2 Nicky Rudd
3 Sheryl Confue

Freestyle Kitesurfing

Pro Mens
1 Sam Light
2 James Boulding
3 Ned Taylor

Pro Ladies
1 Hannah Whiteley
2 Helen Thompson
3 Nicky Rudd

1 Dan Sweeney
2 Daniel Maurice
3 Oli Bridge

1 Pete Whiteley
2 Marcus Hawkins
3 Dave Williams

Am Men
1 Sam Moore
2 Tom Butler
3 Simon Light

Am Ladies
1 Megan Griffiths
2 Polly Crathorn
3 Sukie Robertson

Eudazio Silva

Eudazio Silva from Cumbucco took first place at Jeri Free For Kite international event last week end.

Throwing powered and spectacular moves, the 15 years old athlete defeated Evandro Silva (RRD) in a crazy final, both riders showing incredible skills.

Eudazio was riding a Recoil 133 and a 7m Hi-fi in Jeri‘s strong winds, about 35 knots.

The young rider is getting better everyday and will definitely be one of the names to watch for on Brazilian steps of both KPWT and PKRA this season.

Kiteboard Tour Asia

October 29th is the first day of the first kiteboard competition tour to take place in Asia.

The tour is at a pro/am level and open to everyone as it moves around the region visiting not only China but also Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand between Oct 09 and Mar 2010.

The KTA tour is sanctioned by the IKA meaning that all riders will receive world-ranking points as they compete towards become the KTA Tour Champions or the first ever Asian Champions.

The support and encouragement for local born and bread riders from the Asian region is very much part of the KTA ethos and there is a great deal of talent throughout Asia but not as yet so much opportunity for the local guys, especially those from the less affluent countries.

You know the guys that spend their time running around pumping up your kites and landing and launching you, while snatching their riding time in the early hours on borrowed equipment.

It’s some of these guys the KTA is trying to help further and open a new door or two for and therefore has introduced a ‘riders grant scheme’ to help get this guys the chance to be part of the tour and who knows become future professional riders.

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