Minnis Bay: freestyle action

Andy Chambers was the grand winner of the Round 2 of the 2011 UKWA Freestyle Tour, in Minnis Bay. The sunny and windy conditions also opened hostilities for the first round of the European Freestyle Pro Kids Tour (EFPKT).

North Kent delivered 15-20 knots, on Saturday, followed by 20-25 knots, on Sunday, allowing a stunning display of freestyle trickery by all competitors, including top World Tour Riders Andy "Bubble" Chambers and Adam "Ginge" Sims.

Side/offshore winds, produced relatively flat conditions on the inside, but some very challenging and confused "whitstable chop" on the outside – some big moves going down close to the promenade created a great atmosphere on the beach for spectators and competitors alike.

Two complete rounds were completed on both Saturday and Sunday for all fleets, allowing 1 discard and 3 rounds to count towards the final positions.

In the Pros, Bubble put on an impressive display of consistent power moves to take a convincing first place. Adam Sims and John Palmer both put on an impressive show, with Sims narrowly beating Palmer to second due to his more consistent sailing in the lighter day 1 conditions. Will Rogers went into day 2 in third place in front of Palmer, but couldn’t match John’s performance on day 2 finishing in fourth overall.

The Amateurs sailed in the Pros competition rounds to give them the best experience. Nick Bentley showed the best consistency of spocks, flakas and forwards to take the top spot, new faces to the tour Richard Van Aken and Steve Thorne both fought hard for second place, but eventually Van Aken took the lead.

In the EFPKT fleets, Tim Russanaars and Oscar Carmicheal had a close battle for the top of the podium in the under 17’s, Both throwing some big Culos in an impressive show. In the end, Russanaars took first, with Carmicheal in second. Chasing hard in third was Josh Sparks. The Under 20’s saw UKWA regulars Sam Conroy and Alex Mitchell having a close battle with Conroy taking the glory. The under 15 fleet showed incredible windsurfing talent, with 11 year old West Kirby local Ike Bradley Baker taking the win over Harry Davis.

Sunday closed up with an Expression Session, with best and biggest moves winning. An incredible display of some of the latest moves including Culos, Burners, Konos, and double spocks. This was won by Sims for a really high Matador in the Pros, Tim Russenaars for a great shaka in the Youths and Josh Sparks for an awesome forward in the Juniors.

Results:

Pros
1st Andy Bubble Chambers
2nd Adam Sims
3rd John Palmer

Amateurs
1st Nick Bentley
2nd Richard Van Aken
3rd Steve Thorne

EFPKT
Under 20′s
1st Sam Conroy
2nd Alex Mitchell

Under 17′s
1st Tim Russenaars
2nd Oscar Carmicheal
3rd John Sparks

Under 15′s
1st Ike Bradley Baker
2nd Harry Davis

Pro Expression Session Winner: Adam Sims
Youths Expression Session Winner: Tim Russenaars
Junior Expression Session Winner: Josh Sparks