Last weekend I joined 318 participants to form a World Record of the largest parade of kitesurfers to complete a one-mile course! Loads of people came which was amazing, even Richard Branson! The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada took a lot of planning and with Dan at SnowCamp and many other people including the RNLI, Chris Bull, Simon Basset and more.
What was even more amazing for me is that BEST Kiteboarding’s CEO Sebastian came and was also part of the World Record. What a day for kitesurfers everywhere. We worked so hard to promote how as Kitesurfers we can be independent and safe. Everybody checked in ok and had a great time, here’s to the next five years of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada!
It’s amazing the doors that Kitesurfing has opened for me. Last weekend Worthing hosted the International Worthing Birdman which is an amazing event where all sorts of people try and break flying records off of Worthing Pier. Together with my local childhood idol Dave Hunt I commentated the event which saw some amazing flights, massive slams (off of the 35 feet platform) and all sorts of records smashed on the Sunday. I got a fair bit of stick for my Pier Antics so it’s very fitting that I get to commentate others all flying off the pier often in ridiculous suits. Oh and I must say ‘flying’ not ‘jumping’ as its a £50 fine to jump off Worthing Pier.
Watch my flight off on Sundays video at 3:05. After the flying I went kitesurfing to entertain the crowds, it always goes down great!
Here’s footage of the Saturday….
and Sunday here
My second trip to Egypt this year took me to the ‘Founders Kite Club’ which has been set up by BEST to bring entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes together through there passion for kiteboarding. It’s a great vision of using the power of the sport to push each other in life and work.
The days consisted of kiting through out the day and some really informative Keynotes in the evenings. It was amazing and very inspiring to listen to all sorts of people with different backgrounds. Throughout the week I took clinics on Boosting, the conditions were perfect 20 knots and on some days 30!
Last week I travelled to Hurghada to coach for a week. We had some great days on the water working on topics like:- The art of boosting- Back Rolls - Front Rolls - Transitions and more….. I have been to Egypt 5 times now and find its a great place to help riders progress. The wind is steady, usually around 20knots and it’s very warm. During the evenings we looked back at the footage where I could provide further tips for the next session. You can find dates of my next coaching trip later in the year below…..
Packing my bags for Egypt again as tomorrow I’m going to El Gouna to the Kite Founders Club with BEST. It looks like a great event and the forecast is epic!
Next Coaching Trip: 15th August 2013 - with Fly Kitesurfing more info here
The last three and half weeks I spent on the road travelling around Europe. There is nothing more I like to do then spend time in my van which has gone with me everywhere over the years. The goal was to finish up at Leucate for the 2nd PKRA stop- The Mondial Du Vent! To start with I took the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, this is a 4 hour crossing but as Newhaven is just over 30 minutes away it gets things started quickly….2 days on the French North Coast, then inland – a stop off at Paris and on to Serre De Chevalier to meet good friend Gavin who invited me out for some Snowboarding & Snowkiting. The snow was insane and nobody was around, for 4 days I snowboarded and snow-kited it was epic! Next stop was off to Leucate to kite before the competition where on the offdays of wind I got some Wakeboarding in @Kum Wake Park. When the event came the wind was amazing, strong, gusty, offshore. Leucate is Hell for kitesurfing but you grow to like the madness the more you go there…..
I finished 17th from 50, not to bad for my first PKRA in 4 years but with the new format I really think I can be finishing top ten, Other Brits Sam L finished well in 9th and Aaron on his first comeback for ages got on the podium. Last stop of the trip was a visit to shop CHINOOK KITE SCHOOL to add my message to the roof!