Friday morning brought the promised tease of wind all day. A couple of the juniors occasionally managed a run but ended straight back on the beach.
It was ideal, however, for teaching beginners. A group of school girls had arranged with the local Flexifoil dealer to come and have some taster lessons. The kite school got out their training kites but when I emerged with the Punk Stings the girls were fighting over who was going to use them! We took them in groups of two and spread out along the spacious beach. All the girls did really well and were getting very confident, swapping between the 1.2, 1.7 and 3.3 Stings. They had a great day out and all went swimming in bikinis after their kite flying – brr – and also tried the skate park and climbing wall on site.
Lewis, Sjouke and I then took the representatives of the event sponsor to have a go on the Punk Big Buzz. The company is Centrica, involved in wind power, so loved the whole concept and had a great time!
Saturday was even less wind, so there was a mass exodus to the cable tow ten minutes down the road. There were definitely some sore limbs after that session! The evenings brought local live bands at the pub, Whisky a Go Go, which was enjoyed by all!
Sunday morning was promising. Everything was set up and the wind picked up just enough. The order of running the heats was changed a little as the Pros have a few results already from the year and the Amateurs have not. Fellow Team Turbulence rider Marizu did really well in the Seniors, finishing third. The Pro Ladies’ heat followed about seven heats in. There was Helen, Sjouke and myself, so it was going to be best of three heats. The first heat went well and I won with Sjouke second and Helen third. The vibe between us now is great and we just have fun, pushing each other to do better.
After our first heat we enjoyed watching the Pro guys’ heat as they annihilated each other! We cheered as Flexifoil Team rider, Robyn Snuggs, showed what he was made of! Unfortunately, the wind didn’t allow the Pro men to get a result.
Within the 1st minute of the Pro Ladies second heat the wind totally switched and dropped and didn’t come back! We stood shivering, huddled on the beach just in case the wind came back for a few hours, until Richard Gowers called it off and said the first heat of the Pro Ladies would count, so I had won! Wow!! We then packed up and watched the horse surfing!! Prize giving took place on a podium of hay bails then we all said our goodbyes for the summer and were on our way in a torrential downpour!
Photo Credit: Dee Norton