The British Kitesurfing Association came to Brighton for the final event of the season and round 7 of the national tour as part of the Beachblast event.
The forecast for the whole week coming up to the week looked excellent ? would it hold? Well the answer was yes. The competition unusually started with the Pro's on the Thursday so that the whole competition could draw to a close on the Saturday with a night's sit down prize giving.
Sam Light. PHOTO - Kiteboarder.co.uk
All eyes were on the top 3 in the Pro Men's as depending on the end results of this competition would effect the final standings of the year. Ali Barrett crashed out in the quarterfinals when he had a nightmare heat in the challenging conditions. Heat 9 was pretty close however Sam Light won through to go in the final. Heat 10 saw a great battle between Martyn Hogg against Ned Taylor ? however Martyn's competition experience won through to get a place in the final.
Lewis Crathern. PHOTO - Kiteboarder.co.uk
The Final was held in nearly 8-10 ft shorebreak and almost a dead on shore wind gusting upto 30 knots. In the box were 5 judges (usually we have 3). Lewis Crathern from Worthing - more used to the bumpy conditions rode exceptionally well to take the win with a unanimous vote from the judges. Sam Light lost a kite in the final however recovered after a quick change to take 2nd with Martyn in 3rd.
In the Ladies again the overall championship was up for grabs! Hannah Whiteley started badly when she chose to small a kite and could not get off the beach for most of the first heat, giving Helen Thompson from Tiree the win and Nicky Rudd in 2nd. Hannah did recover with each heat - however Helen took another win in the best of 3 to seal the deal. Helen from Tiree was ecstatic with her win.
Helen Thompson. PHOTO - Kiteboarder.co.uk
Friday dawned to wind and rain however by 10 am the wind had gone and competitors were left to chill out and had some fun on Stand Up Paddle boards. Friday evening a BBQ was held at Yellowave with a dodge ball comp on the volleyball courts to much amusement to everyone concerned.
Saturday the wind was back building slowly from the South. A briefing was held in the Trade Marquee - Competitions started at 10.30 am with the juniors.
A shock departure was from regular tour winner Jack Shoulder who failed to get in the final beaten by Craig Smith.
Sam Moore and Craig Smith rode hard ? however they were unable to catch local Dan Sweeney from Littlehampton who rode exceptionally well to take the win in the increasing winds.
In the amateur ladies there were a few new faces Megan Griffiths in her first competition managed to get into the final. Holly Kennedy took 2nd with Josie Robinson took her 3rd win of the season.
The Amateur men had saw some more new faces which upset things taking out the usual riders ? however no one could stop Mike Marsh to the final and another win. New face Ed Jarman took 2nd ahead of Mark Pengrum in 3rd.
The Seniors saw the regular faces and the same results with Peter Whiteley still hard to catch taking another win ahead of Gary Powell in 2nd, Paul Maidment in 3rd and Jason McCafferey in 4th.
Prizegiving was held on the Saturday night at 9pm in front of a crowd of 175 going wild as they all came up to the podium.
After the dinner and Prize-giving riders went off to the Funky Fish to the early hours.
Sunday dawned to rain and wind unfortunately it was a repeat of Friday as the wind disappeared ? so we could not run the Old School comp or Hang time.
Competitors said there farewells and most disappeared to practice next hard for next seasons competitions in far warmer places.
Special Thanks to all the Race Crew, Sponsors, Trade and Organisers
1- Lewis Crathern
2- Sam Light
3- Martyn Hogg
1- Helen Thompson
2- Hannah Whiteley
3- Nicky Rudd
1- Mike Marsh
2- Ed Jarman
3- Mark Pengrum
1- Josie Robinson
2- Holly Kennedy
3- Megan Griffiths
1- Dan Sweeney
2- Sam Moore
3- Craig Smith
1- Peter Whiteley
2- Gary Powell
3- Paul Maidment
BKSA END OF YEAR RESULTS AND PRIZEGIVING
The end of year prizegiving in all categories throughout the season was held at the Palm Court on the Brighton Pier on Saturday night. The venue was packed with 175 competiors, trade , family , friends and some World class stars ! The atmosphere was electric !
Aaron Hadlow 5 times PKRA World Champion was on hand to hand out the trophies to all concerned .
Mens - Dave Williams
Ladies - Jemma Grobalaar
Mens - Will Bennett
Ladies - Jacinta Perry
Juniors - Daniel Maurice
Seniors - 1= Gareth Morgan / Paul Stebbings
Mens - Denzil Williams
Ladies - Steph Bridge
Juniors - Jack Shoulder
Seniors - Peter Whiteley
1 - Lewis Crathern
2 - Sam Light
3 - Ali Barrett
1 - Helen Thompson
2 - Hannah Whiteley
3 - Nicky Rudd
1 - Mike Marsh
2 - Tom Butler
3 - Lewis Deaves
1 - Josie Robinson
2 - Holly Kennedy
3 - Sheryl Confue
1 - Jack Shoulder
2 - Sam Moore
3 - Jack Daykin
1 - Peter Whiteley
2 - Gary Powell
3 - Paul Maidment
For news, updates and images from the year, head to the BKSA website by clicking here .
Event - Beach Blast http://www.beachblast.co.uk
Location- Yellow Wave, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex
Prizefund - £1500
Tour Sponsors - Red Bull, Buff, Deadman Kitesurfing
Product Prizes ? Naish, Slackline, Plain Lazy, Progression DVD, Kiteboarder.co.uk, Drift Boardbags
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