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BKSA Blackpool Kitival

PRO MEN:
1. Sam Light
2. James Boulding
3. Ali Barret
PRO WOMEN:
1. Hannah Whitely
2. Nicky Rudd
3. Steph Bridge

Sam Light and Hannah Whitely reined supreme at this years BKSA Kitival in Blackpool, making the most of the perfect conditions that presented themselves. The points are now so close at the top of the leader board as we draw to the end of the year that tensions are guaranteed to be off the charts, and that every place is as valuable as gold dust.
Local boy Ali Barret found himself in the final along with the all-star crew of Sam Light and James Boulding with Sam getting the better of them both and securing some valuable points. In the women's heats we saw an awesome show being put on as they ventured out into the water with the smallest kites they could lay their hands on. The women put on such a strong show that prices were paid and visits to the medical tent were more than one would have liked. Helen Thompson received treatment after damaging her foot while Nicky Rubb saw stars after banging her head. After a mega wipe out Mama Bridge was taken to hospital where she was rushed to A&E. Heroically though she was out within a couple of hours and back to the beach to celebrate middle son Guy's tenth birthday.
Nicky Rudd and Holly Kennedy did their best to put a spanner in the works for Hannah Whitely in the finals but it was Whitely who took the bull by the horns and left everyone eating her board spray. Rudd took home second while Kennedy took fourth making up the numbers for the injured Steph Bridge.
The Juniors were also in action and continued to impress coping with massive winds and choppy water on four and five metre kites. The Bridge clan was out in force with the youngest, Tommy, making it all the way to the semi finals at just seven years old! With riders this young riding at this ability it is exciting to imagine what the future holds for the every-growing sport. Oli Bridge grabbed first in the Freestyle event against another high potential young gun, Dan Sweeney. Scott Sloane took a respective third.
Finally Mark Berry deserves a mention for pulling off a 720 kiteloop transition to give him the coveted King of Watersports Best Trick title...even though he was on a landboard. Oh well.

www.BKSA.co.uk



Added: 2009-09-03

Category: News

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