British Kitesurfing Championships
24 – 26th August 2007
BKSA GRAND PRIX ROUND 5
Date – 24 – 26th August 2007
Location – Balmedie Beach
8 Miles North of Aberdeen Centre
Hosted by – Synergy Kite Sports & Extremexposure in conjunction with The BKSA
Sponsors – Fosters & Barcardi, Granite Reef Surf Shop, The Whitehorse Inn, Naish, F-one, TKC Sales, Flexifoil, Dakine, Slingshot, Zero Gravity & Aberdeenshire Council.
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Round 5 of the British Kitesurfing Championships, will be held at Balmedie Beach, 8 miles north of Aberdeen City Centre. Known as the Dallas of the North, due to its rich oil companies, Aberdeen was chosen to host the BKSA event, as a way of adding to the ongoing development work in bringing Kitesurfing to as many regions of Scotland as possible. With 11 miles of uninterrupted sand, good surf with flat areas, and varying wind conditions, Balmedie Beach is a perfect location.
Local organiser Mark Ward said, “We are looking to further develop kitesurfing & other kites sports in the area in conjunction with local councils, hopefully making the sport more accessible. We will be seeking funding for holding more regular events, not just in the North East of Scotland, but nationally. The long-term aim has always been to have a Scottish series with one round counting towards the BKSA overall title.”
Richard Gowers, Chairman of the BKSA said, “We are grateful to Mark Davies & Maggie Cleeve of Synergy Kite Sports, Mark Ward of Extremexposure and Glen Foley, main coordinator and energy behind the organising, for all their hard work in making this event happen. In December 2006 Synergy became the first BKSA certified kite school in the region, and at present is the only BKSA certified kite school in Scotland, Maggie Cleeve of Synergy also competed in the 2005 BKSA Pro ladies series, so there are strong connections with the BKSA.
With only 3 rounds left in this year’s championships, spectators can expect to see a weekend display of awesome riding with epic and spectacular moves as the fight for the titles remains strong.”
The competition has 6 categories with riders competing for titles in each one:
With very few points separating the top riders in each competition and 1,000 points for1st place, all titles remain open.
A number of riders will be attending the event fresh from competing in PKRA events in Europe.
Pro Men\’s British Champion Lewis Crathern (22), Sam Light (17), Robin Snuggs (17), Ali Barrett (17), Dave Williams (34), Johara Sykes Davis (24), Helen Thompson (20) & Steph Bridges (34) will all be hoping that the experience of riding with the world’s best kitesurfers will prove advantageous as they compete in Round 5 in Aberdeen.
Denzil Williams, form Cornwall, currently in 2nd place and Sam Light from Hayling Island & Robin Snuggs from Weymouth currently joint 3rd and Ali Barrett from Blackpool in 4th place, will no doubt be aiming to give Lewis Crathern, currently leading the Pro Men’s and looking to secure a 2nd British title a run for his money.
Johara Sykes Davis will be hoping to hold onto her lead in the Pro Women’s competition but will no doubt be pushed by Scottish rider Helen Thompson who is only 400 points behind in 2nd place.
Dan Galemore leads the Amateur Men’s but is hotly pursued by Rhys Lloyd, Ned Taylor, Murray Aldrich & Dave Williams with 592 points separating 1st – 5th place.
Father and daughter, Pete & Hannah Whitely from Stockport will be hoping to capitalise on their success in their respective categories where they both hold 2nd place.
Pete is 480 points behind Marizu Okereke from Manchester in the Seniors, although both riders will have to watch out for current senior champion Kevin Maguire who is in 3rd place.
Hannah is only 140 points behind Rebecca Morris in the Amateur Women’s.
In the Junior competition, Dan James is currently 280 points ahead of 2nd place Tom Butler and 540 points ahead of 3rd place Toby Raw.
Photo Credit: Debbie Scotson\’s poster