BKSA Hunstanton: a new way to get hairstyles

Five times world kitesurfing champion Aaron Hadlow was a welcome guest at the BKSA Hunstanton National Freestyle event, which took place at the weekend.

Even Hadlow could not influence Friday's weather on the north coast of Norfolk though, as the strong sunshine and still conditions meant no wind, but the day wasn't a total write-off, as the competitors watched the BMX and skateboarders going off.

Many of the athletes have a skateboarding or BMX background, so an enjoyable day was had by all, despite the unsuitable climatic conditions.

Saturday dawned with more competitors registering for the event, taking the total to 50. The wind was light form the South West however slowly built which enabled the juniors and Amateur Ladies to be run.

Blue Peter were on hand with a 5 strong film crew for there second day of filming the Bridge boys compete with presenter Andy on hand. All the moves were being thrown down to impress the cameras – Tom coming in first ahead of brother guy and Callum Asquith in 3rd.

We just got the Amateur Ladies heat re-run after the wind died once all ready – the standard here has soared as did the temperatures to almost 35 degrees as the wind totally switched off ! The evening was finished off with a setting sun and some great bands playing on the Hunstanton seafront.

Sunday began very windy much to everyone’s surprise and it was a 9.30 start for the Pro Men’s which was fierce – early standouts were Luke Whiteside and Ned Taylor – however it was a consistent Lewis Wilby who made it into the final with Ned and Oli Sweeney.

The conditions were choppy and Oli stomped home most of his tricks to take the lead over the other two in the final to take the win.

Next up were the ladies - British #1 Hannah Whiteley showed her dominance of the field again taking the win ahead of the much improved Nicky Rudd and Holly Kennedy – think it will be a close season this year.

The Amateur men were next up with a mixture of ages from 20 – 35. and local riders Simon Light and Jordan Smith were showing good form on their local patch however it was new boy Xan Woods who took the win.

Last up was a mixture of heats in the Seniors and Youths however the wind was starting to die off as it switched to the West and kept coming and going – this left the final results in both fleets as 1st equals for the top 4 riders.

Prize giving was held at 6pm and then everyone said there goodbyes and headed home except for a few who stayed to watch the World Cup Finals!

Results

Pro Men-
1- Oli Sweeney
2- Ned Taylor
3- Lewis Wilby

Pro Ladies
1- Hannah Whiteley
2- Nicky Rudd
3- Holly Kennedy

Am Men
1- Xan Woods
2- Jordan Smith
3- Simon Light

Am Ladies
1- Chloe Durrant
2- Polly Crathorn
3- Danielle Durrant

Seniors
1= Richard Jones, Daniel Vaughn, Peter Whiteley, Joe Hockley

Youth
1= Sam Bull, Will Makinson, Jack Daykin, Ollie Bridge

Juniors
1-Tom Bridge
2- Guy Bridge
3- Callum Asquith

King of the Air

Hannah Whiteley with a Railey to Blind both regular and switch

KB4girls: hey, Scandinavia is just like this...

While Scandinavia is known for its rugged beauty and its great snow in the wintertime it is also known for producing great female competitors in the kiteboarding world – just one of many reasons for KB4girls to target female kiters in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from August 27-29.

With local rippers Anki Knutsson and Anna Sparre, the KB4girls team around world champion Kristin Boese will have the best possible support to reach out to the girls in Scandinavia and to teach them new skills. While both Anki and Anna have a lot of experience traveling around on the kiteboarding world circuit they have both been organizing local girls groups over the past few years and are supporting females in the sport with a passion.

Anki Knutsson says: “I have known Kristin for almost seven years. We have travelled on the PKRA tour together and spent many off-seasons in the same places. To get together with her to organize the KB4girls event in my home country is very special for me. It's really an inspiration to be able to ride with other girls who push themselves and who understand each other. I really want to share this with the girls back home even if it is just for one weekend. “

The Oeresund Sound will be the perfect location for the KB4girls event since it offers a huge bay with many different spots for different wind directions but also shallow water for easy learning. Based at a camp ground the girls will drive to wherever the conditions in the bay are best and practise new moves under the instructions of Anki, Anna and Kristin all weekend.

“While I have not actually been to Sweden yet and am not familiar with the spot and the area itself I have heard so many great things about the Oeresund Sound, the kite conditions there, the amazing girls in Sweden and Scandinavia and the countryside. I think this is going to be a very special event since the local support that we are getting is just great and the spot sounds amazing. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone!” says Kristin Boese.

While Anki Knutson and Anna Sparre will help to rally the girls and teach them many new moves the Surfstore.se will support the event with everything else needed. Scandinavia should watch out for a female invasion of kiteboarders and for a great KB4girls event!

Upcoming KB4girls events:

Fischland, Germany / August 20-22, 2010
Malmo, Sweden / August 28-29, 2010
Hood River, USA / September 4, 2010
Montauk/NY, USA / September 24-26, 2010
Lancing, UK / October 8-10, 2010

PKRA Germany: do you remember the old yellow Sony Walkman?

The men’s freestyle single eliminations kicked off this morning under beautiful blue skies and moderate winds. The wind speed was a bit unpredictable at times, making it difficult for the competitors to perform.

During the 5th heat of the day the AP flag rose and the horn sounded announcing that the heat would be abandoned due to the lack of wind and shallow water caused by the outgoing tide.

The weather conditions were a little challenging, however that did not stop the riders. These competitors are ready to perform in any kiting condition. Most performed without any major set backs other than Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) whose kite deflated in the middle of his heat causing him to be eliminated by Stefan Permien (Kitefactory, GER).

The first round of men’s freestyle single eliminations have been completed for today. The freestylers have been released for the remainder of the day due to the deteriorating wind conditions, however these conditions are favorable for the racers.

Racers hit the water at 2:00pm to prepare for a 2:30pm start. During the first race of the day, there was a bit of confusion at the finish line. Some riders were not clear as to where they were suppose to finish however, the course diagram is always posted on the information board for riders to review.

French rider Julien Kerner (Takoon, FRA) finished first in the races today, overtaking all of his opponents. It is the first time this PKRA tour season that any rider has overtaken the world-racing leader, Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) who finished 4th. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (Airush, NED) finishes in second place followed by Olivier Dansin (North, FRA) in third. Armin Harich (Flysurfer, GER) was the first German racer to finish the first race of the day landing him in 6th place.

In the women’s racing division, Katja Roose (Airush, NED) speeds her way across the finish line first followed by French rider Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) in second while Steph Bridge (North, GBR) finishes closely in third place.

The second race of the day started but was abandoned minutes into the race due to the deteriorating wind conditions.

Tomorrow’s mandatory skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 11:00am.

RACING RESULTS

MEN:

1. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)
2. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (Airush, NED)
3. Olivier Dansin (North, FRA)

WOMEN:

1. Katja Roose (Airush, NED)
2. Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA)
3. Steph Bridge (North, GBR)