The Red Sock

Turbulence in North Wales are always pro active when it comes to kitesurfing whether it their involvement with encouraging more girls to kitesurf, the organisation of a huge Kite Jam event for all kite sports or fun packed trips for local kitesurfers to get out in other countries whether it be snow kiting, kitesurfing or land boarding.  This time Turbulence made it their goal to accomplish the Sports Relief Mile using…   guess what?  Yep, of course.  It had to be kitesurfed!!!

Adam Jones: –  We were asked to do a demo for sport relief this year, and as the event was running on the promenade we were hoping the wind gods would let us play.

Northshore, Llandudno is not a usual spot for us to kite, but with clearance from the harbour master we were set to rip.

The sport relief set up was a ½ mile down the promenade and a ½ mile straight back up again. The morning was sunny and warm and with a crowd massing the wind started to blow a little. Within 5 minutes the 2 fusions on the prom were starting to move and a terrible cross off gusty wind started up.

The opportunity was too good to miss and I figured that the cross off conditions were only going to push me downwind into the shallower area of the bay, so I donned my red sock and set up my 12m fusion. Launching the kite was a little sketchy but once in the air the wind wasn’t too bad.

I hopped onto my skimboard and had a few runs out and back. The wind shadow was immense, with the first 20m out being holey and light and then being totally lit after that.

The 500 runners were warming up on the prom and I was level with them on the water, just managing to stay upwind on the skimboard. Suddenly the start was on and the runners were off. I set off on a mad downwind tack, the water was lovely and flat and the wind cleaned up a little as I got further downwind. I managed a couple of little ollies and shove its on the down and ended up at the bottom of the bay where the runners were turning round. The first runner had already finished the course as I self landed my kite and quickly packed my lines. I then picked up my kite and ran back up the stones on to the prom. I ran the ½ mile back up the promenade with kite still inflated and bar and board in the other had. I had lost my number and pretty much trashed my red sock but as I came over the finish line the MC shouted “here’s our first kiter home”.

I got my goody bag and deflated the kite.

It was great to do something a little different for sport relief and the BBC Wales cameras lapped it up.

Many thanks to Britney and Anto for launching me and taking the pics, Paula Roberts from Conwy Council (an Angel in training), The Conwy Harbour master for letting us kite in the middle of the sailing club zone, and a huge thank you to all those who took part in sport relief and did their bit.

Photo Credit: Turbulence, North Wales


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