The 4th in the series of the British Kitesurfing Championships (BKSA) was held this weekend in Rhosneigr, North Wales. This little gem can be found on Anglesey and is an awesome horse shoe shape bay ideal for kitesurfing in most wind directions. Waves form regularly in the bottom half of the bay while more often then not the top half of the bay stays relatively protected making Rhosneigr great for beginners right the way through to the pro\’s. The other great thing about Anglesey is that it normally has its own weather system and when windless and pelting with rain just 10 or so miles away Rhosneigr will be sitting pretty in a ray of sunshine with easy enough wind to get out kitesurfing. Passed kitesurfing events in Rhosneigr have been no exception to this rule and epic conditions have been delivered, but for this year Rhosneigr decided to have a rest.
Great sunshine and mirror flat water treated frustrated kiteboarders for the majority of the weekend although early on saturday morning Sam Light (Naish) and Ali Barrett (RRD) were out of bed early enough to be greeted by enough wind to enjoy a powered session on their 16m\’s. Following this a fun super cross event was held for the juniors where they had to race on a downwind course jumping over inflatable sausages on the way. The wind was light and it was really just for fun and by late morning the wind had disappeared again.
Organiser of the event Dave Buckland from the local windsurf and kitesurf shop Funsport was ready to cover all actualities. Instead of kitesurfing – wakeboarding with kiteboards was on the cards and for those wanting to practise tricks on land there was a trampoline as well.
The final of the British Kitesurfing Championships will be held on the last weekend in September over at Brandon Bay in Ireland. With just 2 events so far with wind the title of British Champion is still unclear!
Many thanks to Ian Edmondson for his words and pictures on the event and thanks to Ali Barrett for some words as well.
Photo Credit: Ian Edmondson