Thirty aspiring kite girls joined 9-times world champion Kristin Boese on the England stop in Lancing – organized with incredible support from the local kite communities
Tailored to meet the needs of different levels of expertise, the KB4girls clinic aimed at helping the girls improve their riding skills. The clinic also gave the girls a chance to build their local kite boarding network and get to know more female kiters with whom to hit the water in the future.
The clinic took place with help and support of the local kite communities of Shoreham and Lancing, coordinated by Frazer Stewart and Andrina Kelly and supported by Kiteworld Magazine, the Adur Outdoor Activities Center, The Beach House Shoreham and the the Brighton Kitesurfing Accademy.
The event programme started with a mandatory official IKO safety workshop. Followed by a BBQ, bon fire and recreational games in which the girls got a chance to get to know each other better during the first evening.
With the kite spots around Lancing being very tide dependent the clinic then started at 6.30 am on Saturday morning with Kristin’s popular on the water demonstration.
The wind conditions were difficult and not suitable for the participants so the group focused on technique coaching and simulator training on land after the demonstration of the tricks.
In search of wind the group moved over to the Hayling Island Kitesurf Club in the afternoon but had no luck and a similar forecast for Sunday meant a more or less windless ending of the clinic.
Annelies van de Velde was awarded a Best Kiteboarding t-shirt as most improved rider on the simulator bar while Jo Malyon was awarded the Silke-Gorldt-Spirit-Award and received a Kitesurfing DVD by Kristin Boese for her continuous effort and help during the event.
Thanks were due to all the helpers and volunteers. Andrina Kelly and Nina Voelker received a Best Kiteboarding Kristin Boese pro model kite board and as thanks for their support.
Other local volunteers who received special necklaces from Kristin included Tash and Kevin (who helped organise the event), Ellie (who helped with coaching), Jake (instructor), Laura (who travelled from Zanzibar to help out as an IKO instructor), Solveig Rudick (assistant), Mark Glendinning (videographer) and Christian (star photographer).
Special thanks also went out to the crew from Kiteworld Magazine, the Adur Outdoor Activities Center and the crew from the Beach House Shoreham.