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Redcar Kiteival 2010 Event Report

4 June 2010 | 12:30 am

The BKSA race team made the long drive north on the Thursday to what would be a sunny and hot Redcar in the Tees Valley.

redcar kiteival event 2010The forecast could not look any worse for a windsports event – however we were confident that due to the temperature difference between land and sea that a sea breeze would come in and the event would go ahead.

The riders that made the effort to come were indeed rewarded with wind on every day!
Friday it was the turn of the Pro Ladies who managed to get a heat run – however it was too light to run the Pro Men’s.
It was a fired up Scot, Holly Kennedy, who took the win against last year’s winner Hannah Whiteley and new Pro Lady Sukie Robinson.
The Red Bull BBQ started at 7pm with everyone coming off the water to freshly cooked burgers, a setting sun and sounds ringing out of the Red Bull DJ Truck.

Saturday, all the other fleets of Kitesurfing and Landkiting arrived and registered.
The day kicked off with the wind doing a complete 180 shift and sea breezing.

The Racers took to the water and awed the crowds with this relatively new discipline, completing 4 races on 14 and 16m kites – Jason McCaffery won race 1, World Champion Steph Bridge won race 2 however it was North / Ion Rep Callum Edge who bagged the last two races to put him in the lead at the end of the first day of racing.

On the land side the Freestyle Kitelandboard and Buggies were making the best of the sea breezes and pulling out all the stops – at one time a bank of 15 photographers were clicking away. Race Director Pete Shaw had this to say – “It was the busiest event with the largest crowds and photographers we have ever seen – a fantastic showcase for the sport”.

The Landboarders showed their skills to the max. Greg Chilton won the juniors ahead of kitesurfer Robbie Shire Maidment. The Mens saw 6ft tall Jack Elston kite his way to an impressive win ahead of Steve Smith and Ash Garwood.

The Buggiers saw last years winner Will McKean pushed into 2nd behind an on form and fully recovered Craig Sparks. In 3rd place and also winning the best Big Trick “King of Watersports” was newcomer Adam Toms.

The Sea breeze slowly dropped off and everyone went over to O’Gradys Irish bar for a buffet meal and a fun evening of entertainment.

Sunday dawned hot with a Northerly wind however it was not long before the wind did a complete 180 degree shift to the South and the sea breeze kicked in enough for the course racers to do another race. This lead to Steph Bridge taking the win with Jason McCaffery and Callum Edge having a near tangle at the start of the race. The World Champ could not be caught!

The Freestyle Kitesurfing event almost got underway with the Juniors taking to the water. However, as soon as the first heat started the wind backed down and died away.

Prizegiving was at 3.30pm with Prizes being handed out by Lynne from EDF.

Thanks to our sponsors: EDF, One North East, Visit Tees Valley and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for supporting the event.

News – Events

Kite Surf Irish Sea PDF Print E-mail

The challenge is still on: July / August 2010

During Autumn 2009 we had to postpone many times and eventually cancel the 90mile kite surf crossing from Northern Ireland to Cumbria. A disappointing run of weather continued until daylight hours became yet another issue to contend with.

Whilst the excessive winds and waves were to thwart the crossing attempts, the team used the conditions extensively to train and test themselves and equipment regularly completing coastal trips of 40 plus miles in very mixed conditions.

The fantastic winter conditions have kept the riders busy and fit snow kiting around the Lake District and Pennines in what is normally a quiet time of year from a kite surfer’s perspective.

Now the team are gearing up to complete the crossing this year. We have set aside the inclusive dates of 14th-28th of July as our first window and then 7th-22nd of August in case the weather isn’t favourable during the July dates. As well as completing the adventure participants are also looking forward to honouring their commitments to all their sponsors and supporters.

Many thanks to you all.

Any publicity on the crossing would be much appreciated and or more details on any aspect of the crossing call Fraser Dooley, on 016973 71087 or 07803 264942 or

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More details of the crossing including training photos, sponsors links, ‘just giving’ links and the new promotional video by WrightWalker Productions can be found at

http://kitesurfirishsea.co.uk

Edge Race Event PDF Print E-mail

THE EDGE RACE CUP

Exmouth is the place to be over 19th & 20th June 2010.edgeeventpostera4

Organised by Edge Watersports THE EDGE RACE CUP includes Twin tip, Directional & Race Board category’s plus a long distance race on Sunday. Exmouth has a thriving kitesurfing community and lots of success full local racers including multiple world champion Steph Bridge. Kitesurfing racing is an expanding part of our sport. Its ability to run in really light conditions (from 6 knots wind speed) and its high speed exciting and colourful nature are making it a serious contender for a slot in the 2016 Olympics.

Registration is £20 if done before or £25 on the day.

To enter you must be a BKSA Member

http://www.edgewatersports.com/kitesurfing/edge-race-cup.html

Goodie bag for everyone and loads of decent prizes to be won in the categories. The aim is to make it accessible for all kiters & encourage racing regionally. Saturday Night beach Party at the Boat Shed with BBQ , Band & drinks- £10

Race director- ‘Spud Rowsell’ (steph’s dad) will create some awesome courses while rescue cover & beach support will be provided by Edgewatersports & Colin

Super saturated are covering the event & a helicopter is also planned for some footage.

For more info on accommodation, entry forms and coverage please contact;

Steph /Eric (01395) 222551 or 07887882866

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:04

Redcar Kiteival 2010 Event Report PDF Print E-mail

May 21st-23rdredcar event 2010

The BKSA race team made the long drive north on the Thursday to what would be a sunny and hot Redcar in the Tees Valley.

The forecast could not look any worse for a windsports event – however we were confident that due to the temperature difference between land and sea that a sea breeze would come in and the event would go ahead.

The riders that made the effort to come were indeed rewarded with wind on every day!

Friday it was the turn of the Pro Ladies who managed to get a heat run – however it was too light to run the Pro Men’s.

It was a fired up Scot, Holly Kennedy, who took the win against last year’s winner Hannah Whiteley and new Pro Lady Sukie Robinson.

The Red Bull BBQ started at 7pm with everyone coming off the water to freshly cooked burgers, a setting sun and sounds ringing out of the Red Bull DJ Truck.

Saturday, all the other fleets of Kitesurfing and Landkiting arrived and registered.

The day kicked off with the wind doing a complete 180 shift and sea breezing.

The Racers took to the water and awed the crowds with this relatively new discipline, completing 4 races on 14 and 16m kites – Jason McCaffery won race 1, World Champion Steph Bridge won race 2 however it was North / Ion Rep Callum Edge who bagged the last two races to put him in the lead at the end of the first day of racing.

On the land side the Freestyle Kitelandboard and Buggies were making the best of the sea breezes and pulling out all the stops – at one time a bank of 15 photographers were clicking away. Race Director Pete Shaw had this to say – “It was the busiest event with the largest crowds and photographers we have ever seen – a fantastic showcase for the sport”.

The Landboarders showed their skills to the max. Greg Chilton won the juniors ahead of kitesurfer Robbie Shire Maidment. The Mens saw 6ft tall Jack Elston kite his way to an impressive win ahead of Steve Smith and Ash Garwood.

The Buggiers saw last years winner Will McKean pushed into 2nd behind an on form and fully recovered Craig Sparks. In 3rd place and also winning the best Big Trick “King of Watersports” was newcomer Adam Toms.

The Sea breeze slowly dropped off and everyone went over to O’Gradys Irish bar for a buffet meal and a fun evening of entertainment.

Sunday dawned hot with a Northerly wind however it was not long before the wind did a complete 180 degree shift to the South and the sea breeze kicked in enough for the course racers to do another race. This lead to Steph Bridge taking the win with Jason McCaffery and Callum Edge having a near tangle at the start of the race. The World Champ could not be caught!

The Freestyle Kitesurfing event almost got underway with the Juniors taking to the water. However, as soon as the first heat started the wind backed down and died away.

Prizegiving was at 3.30pm with Prizes being handed out by Lynne from EDF.

Final Standings

Junior Kitelandboard
1- Greg Chilton
2- Robbie Shire-Maidment

Men’s KiteBuggy
1- Craig Sparkes
2- Will McKean
3- Adam Toms

Men’s Kitelandboard
1- Jack Elston
2- Steve Smith
3- Ash Garwood

Open Course Racing
1- Steph Bridge
2- Callum Edge
3- Jason McCaffery

Pro Ladies Freestyle
1- Holly Kennedy
2- Hannah Whiteley
3- Sukie Robertson

Junior Kitelandboard
1) Greg Chilton
2) Robbie Shire-Maidment

Men’s KiteBuggy
1) Craig Sparks
2) Will McKean
3) Adam Toms

Men’s Kitelandboard
1) Jack Elston
2) Steve Smith
3) Ash Garwood

Open Course Racing
1) Steph Bridge
2) Callum Edge
3) Jason McCaffery

Pro–Ladies Freestyle
1) Holly Kennedy
2) Hannah Whiteley
3) Sukie Robertson

Thanks to our sponsors: EDF, One North East, Visit Tees Valley and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for supporting the event.

Tour Sponsors: Ion, King of Watersports, Deadman, Flexifoil, Red Bull.

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