Date – 15-17th June 2007

LocationNorth Promenade, Hunstanton

Hosted by  – 
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, The Hub Kite Surfing Club & Hunstanton Sailing Club in conjunction with The BKSA

Sponsors – Veolia Environmental Services               

Richard Gowers, Chairman of the BKSA said; “We are delighted to be holding Round 3 of the BKSA Grand Prix at North Promenade, Hunstanton. The Lifestyles 2007 Festival is looking to be an excellent event for all the family and an ideal opportunity for the BKSA to hold Round 3 of the Grand Prix Tour.

Round 1, held in Watergate Bay & Round 2 held in Barrow, saw the world\’s top kitesurfers in action including;

3 x & Current World Champion 18 year old British Rider Aaron Hadlow
2 x & Current Pro Men\’s British Champion 21 year old British Rider Lewis Crathern

Guinness World Record Holder for longest distance travelled on a kite 34 year old Andreya Bennett

Current Pro Ladies British Champion & Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest person to be towed on water behind a car 34 year old Steph Bridge

Current Pro Ladies British Champion & Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest person to be towed on water behind a car 34 year old Steph Bridge

Women\’s World Speed Record Holder 18 year old South African Rider Sjoukje Bredenkamp

The BKSA competitions attract some of the world’s finest riders and with over 50 competitors expected, spectators at The Lifestyles 2007 Festival will be in for an awesome display of riding when kiters of this calibre take to the waters this weekend at Hunstanton.

 We are grateful to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk for staging the event, Sports Development Officer Tony Devenish, John Matthews, The Hub Kite Surfing Club, Hunstanton Sailing Club and Klas-A, all of whom have been very much involved with the planning and running of the Lifestyles 2007 festival and to the event sponsors Veolia Environmental Services”.

Currently leading the Pro Men’s competition, 2 x & Current Pro Men\’s British Champion 21 year old British Rider Lewis Crathern will be looking to increase his lead at Hunstanton.  

With only 444 points separating the top 5 riders and with 1,000 points awarded for 1st place, 17 year olds Ali Barrett from Blackpool, currently in 2nd place, Sam Light from Hayling Island, in 3rd place  & Robin Snuggs from Weymouth in 4th place will no doubt be aiming to give Lewis a run for his money. Chris Burke, from Isle of Wight, in 5th place could also be in the running for a podium spot.

Helen Thompson from Tiree currently leads in the Pro Women’s Competition and is being hotly pursued by Johara Sykes Davis, from Llandudo, North Wales, currently in 2nd place. Both these girls moved up from the amateur competitions to the pros this year and are showing outstanding ability.  

In the Junior competition, standard is good with Dan James leading the points head of Tom Butler, Toby Raw & Rhys Langton. 

Timetable of Events

Thursday 14th June – 2 – 4pm Press Call at North Promenade, Hunstanton
Journalists will have the opportunity to photograph/film competitors taking advantage of a special practice session.
A number of the competitors & BKSA Officials will also be available for interviews with media.

Please note interviews with competitors/officials can be arranged in advance if required. Some riders may not be able to attend the Press Call on Thursday, however, it may be possible to rearrange interviews with riders to take place from Friday onwards – please contact Jo Edmondson at ExPix on 01706 861372 or 0777 333 58 61 or to confirm rider’s availability and to arrange interviews.  

Friday 11th May – Pro Competition

The riders will register and weather permitting take to the water to compete at 10 am. The competition will normally end around 4 pm.

Kite workshops will take place for local schools with pupils being given the opportunity to learn how to harness the power of the wind whilst under the careful guidance of qualified and experienced BKSA instructors.

Saturday 12th May – Amateur and Junior Competition

The competition will continue with the day planned as above.

There are also BMX, skateboard and Inline skating workshops taking place on the Saturday morning at the skate park by King’s Lynn Adrenalin Sports Association (Klas-A) instructors. These workshops will start at 10am and anyone can register for these at the festival on the Saturday morning.

Sunday 13th May  

The competition will continue with the day planned as above. 

Prize giving is planned for 4 pm but re-scheduled if riders finish sooner or later than expected. 

As well as the Kite Surfing there is much more happening at Lifestyles 2007. There are beach activities for all the family on the Saturday and Sunday. These will include Beach Soccer, Beach Circuits, Softball and Volleyball. Whilst on The Green, VW Beetle will be hosting a spectacular show on the Saturday and Sunday. On Friday and Saturday evening, live music will take place in a marquee outside the Hunstanton Sailing Club.

For further information about what kitesurfing is download the following pdf

Photo Credit: BKSA


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