Hosted by kiteboarding shop, Airhead www.air-head.com, in Littlehampton the second round of the BKSA British Championships went ahead this weekend.
The forecast was pretty dire but that didn\’t deter an enthusiastic crowd turning up to either watch or enter.
Friday saw light winds of around 10knots. It wasn\’t enough wind to hold a counting round so instead the BKSA championships organisers decided to run a slider contest.
Plenty of riders entered including Martyn Hogg (Flexifoil), Robyn Snuggs (Flexifoil), Mark Hill (Naish), Sam Light (Naish), Chris Burke (Liquid Force), Carrie Begg (F One), Victoria Heather (Slightshot), Denzil Williams (F One), Tom Court (North), Ali Barratt (RRD), Steph Bridge (North), Jo Wilson and more.
There was a mixture of wedging boards between the inflatable structure and the slider pipes and there was sliding on bums, sliding on legs, face plants and the more traditional method of sliding on the boards with the odd back side riding (sliding while facing the wrong way down the slider – backwards) and frontside riding. The girls were giving it a good crack as well! Looking the more competant rider was Naish Rider Sam Light closely followed by Tom Court. Ali Barrett was riding well. Mark Hill was not the only rider to be seen clambering back over the slider after a failed attempt to make the full length. He provided quality entertainment as he tried to lever the board out from the cusions. Good job Naish Thorns are strong boards.
Results – men
1st – Sam Light (Naish)
2nd – Tom Court (North)
3rd – Denzil Williams
Results – women
1st – Carrie Begg (F One)
2nd – Jo Wilson (Naish)
3rd – Victoria Heather (Slingshot)
Saturday the wind backed off completely and the rain came in. Unfortunately there was no kitesurfing to be seen, but there was a hussle around the beach with music blaring from the sound speakers, rider on skateboards and mountain boards. Neil Hilder (Airush) put on a display on his mountain bike doing wheelies the whole length of the car park and other tricks.
The last day looked more promising. The forecast for wind wasn\’t great, but there were plenty of 16m\’s in the sky from early morning right the way through to the end of the day. At one point some riders were powered up and the junior contest got underway, but the wind shortly backed off and the competition was stopped. The beach was busy with spectators enjoying the warm and sunny english weather and generally enjoying the mountain boarding and kiteboarding that was going on. Kites were everywhere and the bright colours and sheer size attracted people passing by in the cars etc. Lewis Crathern (RRD) and Ali Barrett (RRD) gave a running commentry on the days action allowing spectators to really understand what the sport was about.
Unfortunately there was not enough wind to run a scoring round this year, but there was plenty of action and fun anyway.
Thanks to the sponsors of the event including Cobra Beer, Brunnotti, Airhead and Littlehampton Council.
Photo Credit: Ian Edmondson