BKSA Round 6 – Littlehampton
I remember Littlehampton BKSA last year, it was in May and we were only blessed with a tease of wind on the Friday. So mid September on the south coast seemed more promising. The forecast didn’t look amazing but I was promised a likely hood of sea breezes so was hopeful!
Friday registration was on a beautiful morning with a very light onshore breeze. So everyone caught up and waited with anticipation. It began to build early afternoon and there was soon enough to run a ‘Best Trick’ slope style competition with the Pros. It was a non prize or points competition as the wind was still very marginal but was fun and was a good show for the on lookers and the film crew for the south coast BBC TV channel. The wind then picked up to run the Pro’s heats mid afternoon. It was lovely blue sky, flat water and I was just nicely powered on my 8.5 Ion2. I won against Helen, really enjoyed the heats again, although we both agree it would be really nice to have some more ladies getting involved! All the heats except the semi final and final heat of the Pro men were completed before it was decided the tide had gone out too far out and it was too shallow to continue safely. A few of us then did a super fun 7 mile down winder as the sun went down from Littlehampton to Worthing. We made it to Worthing pier just as the sun went down and the wind dropped off – perfect! We all piled into Lewis Crathern’s van, wet kit and all and headed back to Littlehampton. Everyone then headed to the ‘Tangerine’ bar in Worthing where Lewis had organised the evening’s activities.
Saturday morning was registration for everyone else. There was not a breath of wind and it was blazing hot. The day was spent by all relaxing on the beach, shooting up and down the promenade on skateboards or roller blades, or checking out the VW show in the next field. The infamous Littlehampton Saturday night party then followed in café in the park. Supported by Cobra beer and fuelled with burgers the party flowed with usual style. It was enjoyed by all, resulting in flying beer, tomato ketchup and mustard and a few necessary late night solar showers to clean off!
Sunday the wind kicked in suddenly mid morning. Everyone was nicely powered in about 20knots cross onshore wind. The water was a little choppier but still very enjoyable conditions. The heats ran smoothly and were completed by mid afternoon. I was stoked as all my fellow team mates were in the top three in the Pro men. Lewis Crathern, Jimmy Lewis rider, Ali Barret, Turbulence rider and Martyn Hogg, Turbulence and Flexifoil rider! What an awesome weekend! Prize giving followed and the last words were said as the big dark clouds congregated and the rain started! So quick goodbyes were said and everyone dispersed until next time.
Big thanks as always to all who put time and effort into making it another very enjoyable event. I will see you all at the final round of the BKSA in Hayling Island on the 5th – 7th October.
Pro Men 1. Lewis Crathern – (Slingshot, Jimmy Lewis, Dakine, XCel & Relentless,) 2. Ali Barrett – (Turbulence & Lost Cause) 3. Martyn Hogg – (Turbulence & Flexifoil, Shin Boards) 4. Sam Light – (Naish & O’Neill) 5. Denzil Williams – (F-One, Balin, Snugg, Mystic, Airjam & West Pharmaceuticals)
Pro Women 1. Johara Sykes Davis - (Turbulence Angels & Flexifoil, Jimmy Lewis, Protest) 2. Helen Thompson – (North, Xcel & Sombrio)
Amateur Men 1. Luke Whiteside – (Kite It Right) 2. Ned Taylor – (Naish, Edge Watersports) 3. Dan Gallemore - (North, Loop, Robin Hood & Pat Love) Amateur Ladies 1. Hannah Whiteley – (Flexifoil & Hangtime) 2. Kiera Alwood – (RRD, Xcel & Ayrwaves) 3. Rebecca Morris – (Upahill & Bracklesham Boardriders) 4. Josie Robinson 5. Sheryl Confue – (Turbulence Angels & Flexifoil, Jimmy Lewis, Protest) Seniors 1. Ian Gray – (Naish & Onfire) 2. Kev Maguire – (Best, Jimmy Lewis & Waveriders) 3. Pete Whiteley 4. Marizu Okereki - (Turbulence) Juniors 1. Oli Sweeney – (Airhead) 2. Toby Raw - (Naish, Onfire & Airhead) 3. Dan James - (North, H2O Sports & Deadman)
Photo Credit: Turbulence