Eight boards, seven kites, two children and a dog were loaded into the Bongo and our journey over to Hunstanton for the third round of the BKSA events began. Only getting lost the once, we arrived at the Hub Sailing Club late Thursday night, where we were greeted by one of the event organisers, the legendary Johnny Mathews.
Friday was a beautiful sunny day and despite the lack of wind there was plenty to do, thanks to the range of other activities organised at this event. The crowds were enjoying watching team Flexifoil riders Aarron Hadlow and Robyn Snuggs practicing their handle passes on the trampoline.
The wind took everyone by surprise when it suddenly kicked in late afternoon. Within minutes there was a convoy of kite vans heading to another beach ten minutes down the road, so the competition could get on its way. The new competition area was quickly set out and some heats completed before the wind died, resulting in Turbulence Angel and Flexifoil team rider Johara qualifying for the finals to be run the following day.
The prom was very busy on the Saturday with a skate park set up where there were demos and workshops being held, a climbing wall, a number of kite surf equipment and clothing stalls, a sports massage area and the increasingly popular trampoline. There was something for everyone to get involved with. The weather was unsettled, bringing short bursts of wind, giving just enough time for the Pro heats to be completed. Angel Johara took first place in the Ladies’ Pros and secured the lead for the championships using an 8.5 Ion2, whilst her competitors were using 12m kites produced by other manufacturers.
The riders were treated to a fantastic BBQ and free beers where some over indulged, giving the rest of us a great evening’s entertainment. There was a large marquee which hosted an excellent line-up of live music, along with some added surprises for a few - 2005 British champion and North Team Manager Dave Ibby in particular - showing off his crowd surfing skills! There was a buzzing atmosphere with many dancing the night away.
Sunday didn’t bring enough wind to run the Ams and junior events; however there was an award presentation held in the marquee with prizes being given to the competitors for all sorts of categories. Turbulence Angel Johara won the ladies pro’s and now leads the BKSA 2007 tour. Local retailer Kite-Kit, organised a raffle, where several items could be won ranging from a brand new Flexifoil kiteboard to land kite and T-Shirts. The raffle was drawn by the mayor, who also presented large cheques to the winning Pro riders.
The Angels had a superb weekend with Turbulence grom Marcus learning to pass the bar on the trampoline and Angel Zoe running around in all her Protest boardwear gear launching and landing the team. We would like to send our thanks to all those who put so much effort into the organisation of this event, making it a most enjoyable weekend for all.
1st Denzil Williams (F One)
2nd Lewis Crathern (Slingshot)
3rd Taro Niehaus (Best)
4th Robin Snuggs (Flexifoil)
1st Johara Sykes Davis (flexifoil)
2nd Annalisa Dovey (Naish)
3rd Shouke Bredenkemp (Naish)
4th Helen Thompson (North)
Photo Credit: Turbulence