Day 1 of kitejam saw the first 40 competitors arrive and collect their registration packs. With very little wind a morning was spent in the sunshine at Westshore. For the afternoon all the kitejam crew piled into the vehicles and headed over to Newborough, Anglesey for an afternoon of Frisbee and trying to launch huge kites.
Some kiting was done on day one and the water and land guys all had a play.
Monday evening was the Welcome BBQ at the farm parc. The food was excellent as always and the crowd were happy and still recovering from a day in the sunshine.
Day 2 of kitejam saw us at Newborough in the morning for a water session. With big kites working fine the wind picked up a little and enabled everyone to have a great session on 12m’s. With the wind filled in and the tide receeding we headed over to Rhosneigr for a land session. The beach was huge and flat, some excellent riding was seen with some superb conditions. The wind died as the sun did, but with happy faces and dirty kit the kiters packed up and made the journey back to the campsite.
Windy. With 20-25knots southerly we all headed to Rhosneigr for a full on 9m session. The boat was in the water and the land guys sat patiently waiting for the tide to drop. It didn’t!!! The tide stayed in all afternoon and the land guys all got themselves ready for the first kitejam treasure hunt.
The treasure hunt was a spirited affair with a long walk down the promonade ending in a walk up a very steep hill (I thought the fact that it was at a ski centre may have given away the fact that it wasn’t on the flat bit). With the treasure hunters all finally arriving at the ski centre a weary bunch scoffed all the BBQ and were then given the opportunity to go on the snow tubes. Once all health and safety had gone out of the window the kitejammers then proceeded to hammer down the slope with 3 and 4 up on a rubber ring. Many crashes into the fence at the bottom and a few scrapes and scratches but most were still in good condition.
Rain was the main feature of the day today. Lots of rain and no wind. However at about 4pm the rain stopped and the wind arrived. A quick little water session took place at westshore, with a few of the hardy kitejammers who had waited around all day finally getting out onto the butter flat water.
Not to be outdone 3 of the land flyers kited what was there was of the beach until dark and getting some of the best shots of kitejam.
With a stunning blue sky and hot sunshine the day was set to be a beauty. However the wind gods once again decided not to play ball. Many of the crew went visiting other attractions, such as the bobsleigh at the ski slope, and a few decided to visit some of the local purveyors of alcohol .
After a pretty lazy day the crew made the journey to Caernarfon to the kitejam film night.
7.30pm start time and the movie night kicked off (in our own private cinema) with a land movie from Monkey Vision crew. This was quickly followed by a movie filmed and edited during the week of the action from Kitejam06. Filmed and produced by local cinematographer Big Matt it was a superb movie, especially as it was done during the week.
After a couple of kitesurf movies we had the big screen premiere of two excellent kiteboarding films. Big Saturday and Feckin Cold. Big Saturday is the huge air video from the Turbulence boys, filmed at Rhosneigr at the beginning of September 2006. The premiere was of the full resolution version and really does show how high Ali and Martyn can jump.
Feckin cold is the AE productions movie filmed at all the surf, windsurf and kitesurf spots around Wales. It is an excellent movie and has a superb soundtrack.
After the film night the kitejam crew disbanded to different areas to take up a little Welsh culture (getting drunk that is)
The promonade was heaving with people and the Kitejam car park was rammed with competitors cars. With no wind the kitejam crew made the most of the stunning weather and the non wind toys. With a surfboard simulator on the prom, there was still lots for all to have fun with.
The odd flurry of wind pushed through the beach and a few optimistic flyers tried to get their kites out, but alas the wind was not destined to play. So it was off to enjoy the infamous Kitejam party.
The party was as it always is and if you weren’t there, well you missed out.
The UK Indo board championships took place at the party with an astounding level of tricks and balance feats. Tall Paul Thompson once again proved his skills by completing all his tricks in the 50/50 position, including 360 roller spins and a full variety of one footers.
Sheryl Confue took the ladies prize with some shuv its and then proceeded to use a skipping rope backwards and forwards.
Blake Evison headed up the juniors event with a range of one foot and skate tricks. With the judging done it was time for the competitors to compare bruises and tricks, and excellent event sponsored by Indo Board as ever.
A slow start to the morning with a breakfast at Fat Cat’s Café bar. There were many of the crew who managed to arrive. With breakfast down our necks we were off down to the beach. We arrived to very little wind.
Once the first guys had decided to leave “cause of the long drive home" we were fine as the switch was flicked and the wind turned on and stayed for the rest of the day. It was slightly marginal for the water but the buggiers had a superb session and some of the landboard boys were really killing it.
The last kiters left the beach at 6.30pm and Kitejam was finally over for another year.
After 7 days of event, 128 riders, 250 party goers, 200 campers and a shed load of red bull and coffee the jam is over and done.
Thanks to our sponsors for the event prizes:
Flexifoil, Wind-designs, Indo Board, Air-Xtreme, Dirty Dog, Ex Pics, Conwy County Council, European Events Commission, Kiteworld & KeyPod.
And a huge thank you to all the riders, families and friends. Without you guys there would be no event.
Now let me hear you make a noise like a Lamaeeee…………………………….
Date Name Awarded for 11/09/06 Rob Hills & Craig Sparkes (land) First land flyer 11/09/06 Carl Pennington (water) Longest boady drag 11/09/06 Ellie Colven (Frisbe) best catcher and least cheating 12/09/06 Roy Mills (Water) stood up on a board Robin Snuggs (water) massive handle pass in front of the judge Richy Stones (water) most walking back upwind Craig Sparkes (land) Losing his kite into the dunes Candice Middleton (land) Aerial 180 Duncan Clegg (land) constant jumping on a 6m Phantom Erwan Gruel (land) Smooth as a gillete Fusion all day Appo (land) Best body popping Matt Ryan (land) Most Reckless landboarder 13/09/06 Sheryl Confue (water) going upwind like a train Robin Snuggs (water) best kite release Carl Reynolds (water) holding down a 16m all day Carl Pennington (water) most indecision 14/09/06 Cowboy Steve (water) smiling all day Ian ‘Eze’ Probert (water) crazy back loop kite loops Craig Sparkes (water) ollie on skimboard Craig Hickman (water) tiny kid on a 9m phantom Katie Roberts (water) Persistance Lee (Britterz) (water) suicide runs Lee (Icarus) (water) Standing up on board and riding Roy, Aide & Mike (land) for riding till dark for the camera 15/09/06 Team ICE Sandcastle building competition 16/09/06 Aide (land) First kite out Doc Green (land) First buggier out Sheik Bernie Best outfit at the beach Tall Paul Stickering the parking warden John Ellis (land) Asda Bag kite (Bagjam) 17/09/06 Nat Reeves (land) Smiling all day Lee (Icarus) (land) Biggest camera Whore Lewis Wilby (land) Smoothest riding of the day Kev Gizmo (Water) First out on water
Photo Credit: Turbulence and Ian Edmondson