The BKSA came back to Barrow for the 4th year in the row. The week leading up to the event was pretty windy and the forecast was not fantastic – however Walney for some reason always delivers!
Friday dawned with a strong cross off South Easterly with a lovely drizzle. The pros got on the water at 12pm with 9 meter kites, there were small kickers and some big moves going down with some spectacular wipe-outs. The rain slowly cleared however the wind then veered and dropped somewhat to a South Westerly direction – making the riding almost bang onshore. Riders were having to use larger kites most on 12 and 14 m – the most experienced riders showing there skills in the lighter winds.
It was a battle in the men’s with Ned Taylor crashing out to a more consistent North West local Luke Whiteside while Ali Barrett showed everyone the skill he has with an amazing execution of landed tricks to take a well deserved 1st place.
Friday night and Gary from North West Kitesurfing did a fantastic BBQ for 150 people.
Saturday and all other classes registered with most getting to compete by 11am for the racing 12pm for the freestyle and 12.30pm for the Landsports.
Saturday afternoon saw kites of every colour pop up against the Lake District background in the steady increasing winds of up to 25 knots – what a sight.
The racers on the water saw 21 riders compete head to head completing two laps over 8 races in one day – most riders could hardly walk at the end – it equates to almost 3 and half hours racing!! North Rep Callum Edge came out on top ahead of the Cornish duo of Denzil Williams and Lee Harvey.
The Land comp was a great site and drew a large crowd to watch at riders spun and looped there way over the hard pack sands of Earnse Bay.
The ladies showed great skills and bravery in the increasing winds – Karen Cartlidge took the win in the Buggy section while Pro Kitesurfer lady Sukie Robertson took the honours in the Landboarding.
The Men’s buggy saw some huge moves go down and it was an all Flexifoil sponsored riders in the final. Craig Sparkes took the win ahead of Dave Roberts and last years champ Will Mckean in 3rd.
The Men’s landboard saw some great kiteloops and board-offs. Ash Garwood was pulling all the stops out with some smooth stylish riding and so he look the win Steve Smith was going huge to take 2nd while Daniel Smith was managing to 1080 spins!
The Juniors saw three riders compete Greg Chilton competing in both water and land on the same kite taking the win ahead of Tom Ford and Robbie Shire Maidement.
The Freestyle comp kicked off in a strengthen wind – with Lewis in the commentary box with some banging tunes from the Red Bull wagon – and some cheeky comments.
There were some great riding in all fleets – however standouts had to be Marcus Hawkins who killed it in the Final of the amateur men – at 35 no mean feat – winning King of Watersports for biggest move of the weekend!
Sam Bull new to competition put on a consistent run of heats to win the Youths and Danielle Durrant with some gutsy riding winning the Amateur ladies.
Richard Jones showed great skill and won ahead of Dave Williams on a 13m and an unlucky Daniel Vaughn who lost his kite in the final of the seniors.
Last up were the juniors – some riders missing due to international competitions lead to a small fleet however Robbie and Callum fought it out – Callum taking 1st and Robbie 2nd.
Saturday night saw the Red bull bbq and a fairly late night!
Sunday dawned with light winds – lucky for some.
Owen Stringer race director was keen to run more races however there was insufficient winds to get going even on the race boards.
Prize giving was done at 1pm in front of a huge crowd.
1- Callum Edge
2- Denzil Williams
3- Lee Harvey
1- Craig Sparkes
2- Dave Roberts
3- Will McKean
1- Ash Garwood
2- Steve Smith
3- Daniel Smith
1- Greg Chilton
2- Tom Ford
3- Robbie Shire Maidement
1- Sukie Robertson
2- Karen Cartlidge
3- Pippa Grundy
1- Karen Cartlidge
2- Nicola Hammond
1- Ali Barrett
2- Luke Whiteside
3- Ned Taylor
1- Hannah Whiteley
2- Nicky Rudd
3- Sukie Robertson
1- Marcus Hawkins
2- Andrew James
3- Martin Thatchell
1- Danielle Durrant
2- Poppy Hawkins
3- Chloe Durrant
1- Richard Jones
2- David Williams
3- Daniel Vaughan
1- Sam Bull
2- Jack Daykin
3- Joe Matthews
1- Callum Asquith
2- Robbie Shire Maidement