The Kitesurfing Armada Skegness 2019

Kitesurfing Armada Skegness

The Armada hit Skeggy at the weekend

For the first time ever!


Kitesurfing Armada Skegness


The sun shone down on Skegness at the weekend for its first ever Armada event – a free kiteboarding festival that aims to raise money for the Armada Trust and the charities it champions. Although a smaller scale event than its bigger cousin that takes place every year on Hayling Island, the banter was in ready supply all weekend with a (well-stocked) onsite bar, live music from Friday to Sunday, loads of demo gear to test out and the second BKC Freestyle event of the season.


Lewis Crathern

Lewis ‘Master of Ceremonies’ Crathern


The new location in Skegness, Lincolnshire, also made it easier to reach for East Coast and northern kiters which brought down a whole new crowd to the event and.. crucially.. there was a steady northerly blowing from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening so there wasn’t a single moment when we couldn’t see a kite up!



The dependable conditions meant that the BKC crew were able to complete all of the categories in the competition (and there were quite a few) with pros, ams, youth, juniors, masters and even foil freestyle divisions all making it to the podium. 



In the pro mens, George Dufty won a challenging final against Grant Clayton and Sam Bull, and his front mobe in the choppy waters on the inside was the clear trick of the day. Grant Clayton took third with a truly balls-out display (how his ribs survived those kiteloop handlepass attempt we’ll never know) and it was great to see the very talented Sam Bull back competing again with a clean, consistent performance to take second.


Womens Pros

Holly tops the podium

Holly Keenan took the women’s division with a powered raley to wrapped, ahead of UK Olympic foiling hopefuls Maddy Evans and Rachel Hooper. 

Liam Ulla (who, incidentally, is also Mr Dorset 2019 and is aiming to become Mr England) won the men’s amateurs with some ballsy unhooked hucks ahead of Dan Hajnal and special mention should go to Lee Foster for making it to third place, even though he turned up late for his first heat!


BKC women's ams

Support crew in full effect for Jaz Wallis

Francesca Miami won the women’s amateurs division ahead of Jaz Wallis and Sharon Prior, and she also took third in the freestyle foil comp, showing a really well-rounded riding ability.


Pete and Trev

Legends on and off the water

The masters category saw a pitched, four heat battle between Pete Jones and Trev Merrick and it was one of the closest battles of the day. Pete was more consistent, and was landing some clean raley to blinds and other steady scoring moves, but Trev came close to beating him when he stuck a back mobe that was unfortunately outside the box so didn’t count to his score. 


BKC foil freestyle

Adam Farrington punts past the turbines

In the youth division, Adam Farrington underlined his reputation as a burgeoning talent in UK kiteboarding with a convincing win which he backed up with second place in the foil freestyle comp and Max Tullet won the juniors once again. 


Full Podiums


1: George Dufty
2: Sam Bull
3: Grant Clayton


1: Holly Keenan
2: Maddy Evans
3: Rachel Hooper


1: Liam Ulla
2: Dan Hajnal
3: Lee Foster


1: Francesca Miani
2: Jaz Wallis
3: Sharon Prior


1: Pete Jones
2: Trev Merrick


1: Adam Farmington
2: Alex Wallis
3: Ben Daffin


1: Max Tullet
2: Matti Miani
3: Fraser Eldred


1: Matti Miani
2: Adam Farrington
3: Francesca Miani


Find out more about the Armada event and the charities they raise money for

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