BKSA Freestyle Round 2 - Barrow in Furness

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BKSA National Freestyle Tour - June 13th-15th Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
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Just a starter with a few details of planned activities for Walney Island 13th - 15th June.
Great event last year, hoping to make it better this year.

Trainer kite taster lessons.
Short safety and skill sessions on a small foil trainer kite for members of the public.

Display kites, including a flying 80’ gecko.
Large single line kites in the shape of animals and very visually pleasing, these kites will be flying in winds from 5mph up to about 18mph only.

Landboarding and kite buggying, (light wind contingency).
We are hoping to get a small display team to put in an appearance in case of lighter wind.

kite powered boat, (light wind contingency).
We will have a 16’ Hobie Cat on standby to provide some light wind fun for the riders. To add a twist it will not have the mast on and will be propelling the cat by kite. This is more so to provide an activity in the event of light wind.

Thundercat race boat demos, (light wind contingency)
These boats are the water equivalent of F1 car racing and pull 2.5G on the turn. They have a better power to weight ratio than An F1 car and great fun for jumping waves and on flat water. This will be on the water at various times during the weekend especially in light wind as a contingency. This again will be to provide something visual during lighter winds and not open for public to ride.


There will be on site catering throughout as last year.

We hope to repeat the success of last years Saturday night bash at Vickerstown Institute that featured local band Sevens and was a talking point until the end of 2007 among the riders and crew.
This year will again feature Sevens who have now signed a recording deal, Expix slideshow and hot food.
Be sure to get raffle tickets to win an O Brien wakeboard. Last year Glenn won An Ozone LD stunt for a few quids worth of tickets.
Entry to the Saturday night bash will be pay on the door and wristbands.
Entry will be slightly dearer than last years £4.50 but I am sure you will admit it is worth it after last year. Price will be announced ASAP.

Staying over and accommodation.
Camping on site for tents on the car park grass area and on the shore front for the riders vans and campers.
Big thanks for keeping the late night noise down last year, the site is full of old folks and this was much appreciated.
I am trying to arrange hot showers at the nearby playing field for riders and crew, details ASAP.

Please find accom list below.


Low Fell Farm House 16c Character Bed and Breakfast In the village of Bardsea South Lakeland Two minutes away from the sea and Golf course, . From £28 per person including breakfast, £30 single occupancy in a double room Tel 01229869304

Castle House Hotel
Biggar Bank Road
01229 471362

More details as the weeks pass.
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Thu May 08, 2008 2:04 pm


the MAssive will be there to represent!!

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Sat May 10, 2008 9:08 pm

Nice one, let's hope for more wind and we can have the first successful freestyle round of the year.

Entry price to the Saturday night bash will be £6.00
Top class signed Indie rock band Sevens "you won't see a better band all year" and pie and peas with a veggie option.
Apologies for the ticket increase from last year but the band have doubled their price.
Please if possible let me know if you are going, to indicate how much food to get.

Video of last year featuring 2 songs from the band....don't miss them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86nagPut1qs
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Wed May 21, 2008 10:57 pm

Local restrictions for Earnse Bay, please abide by these during the event dates. Signs are on site.
Restriction breakers will be taken to the airfield, tied to an aircraft landing gear naked and flown over the event site :shock:

A potential high tide risk has been identified - please follow the guidelines below


There is a perceived risk to this activity and the conflict exists between aircraft flying to and from runway 05/23 at the aerodrome and the person(s) flying the kite(s).

The specific risk is entanglement or distraction to the aircraft flightcrew whilst approaching to land on runway 05.

The risk has been assessed in accordance with BAE SYSTEMS Marine Submarine Solutions Risk Assessment protocols and this Agreement will describe the safe operating procedures to be adopted by both parties.

Both parties recognise the necessity of a mutual safety protocol and the requirement to observe these operating procedures to reduce the risk to all parties..

• If the runway-in-use is 05/23 the Kitesurfers and Power Kiters shall not fly their kites at high tide on the extended centreline to the runway. If they do wish to operate within 40o of the extended centreline (20o either side) this shall only be at the low water mark. Northwest Kitesurfing shall provide and maintain visual markers to indicate this area to avoid and shall brief the attendant kitesurfers.

• It is believed that only the approach for landing on runway 05/23 poses a real hazard and proportionately the number of approaches to this runway are probably less than 10% of all landings at Walney Aerodrome.

• There is always the possibility that the kite and surfer may be lifted into the air. If aircraft are seen to be on the approach to runway 05/23 the surfer must lower their kite.


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Thu May 29, 2008 8:21 pm

Good news, We are now running a land based jam session as a mini comp. A good friend Alex from Hangtime Kites is helping to co-ordinate this part of the event. All welcome find more details below. Also there is a good chance of a small prize fund appearing although not a promise.

The Spot,

The event will take place at Walney Island (Earnsea Bay) High Tide is at 09:00 and will be out for almost the entire day, it’s a fantastic beach for buggy’s & boards offering hard packed sand which is fairly smooth, interrupted by the odd gully or rock that the tide has brought from the sea defences!

How it will run (ish!)

We’re organising this as a Jam Session and there will be some silly prizes for silly things / clothes / attitude / wipe out etc….

Rider Briefing will be at 09:30, There is no entrance fee for the jam session BUT you do need to bring along you’re BPKA / BKSA / FED Membership card. Uninsured riders will not be admitted to the Jam Session Zone! Help with Marshalling would be greatly appreciated email Alex on info@hangtimekites.com if you’re willing to Marshall.
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Fri May 30, 2008 11:31 am

lookin' forward to this

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:09 am

hi gary nice to see you yesterday. what day will the jam event run? might put the buggy in ,just in case of not enough wind to get out on the water. looking forward to the comp. weekend, was a good one last year. see you soon Steve. :-D
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:25 am

Steve, would have stayed to have a crack but had to get back to Gill. Needed to help her recover to send her out to work today :wink:
The land jam will probably be flexible between sat and sun, I see it taking center stage in lighter wind especially if the water freestylers don't quite have enough wind to run the comp. Alex at hangtime is kindly running the land event so he may have an actual day in mind. I would like to encourage any potential landboarders and buggiers to come for the two days and work closely with Alex to decide when to run the land comp. We will have a beach plan to indicate all free ride areas to avoid the whole length of the beach being a drag race strip. See you at the comp.
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:36 pm

how much?
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:28 pm

In the region of a couple of hundred, don't know how it will be divided.
Don't you be entering and upsetting the experts like at the cable park :wink:
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Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:36 am

It has just been confirmed

Event Sponsor VESTAS


Regional Sponsor West Lakes Renaisance

Prizefund Barrow

Kitesurfing- £2000 Total for Pro Fleets ( usually £1500)

Race Director - Mark Ward

Kitelandboarding / Buggy Freestyle Jam - £400 Total

£200 per discipline

1st , 2nd and 3rd

Race Director - Alex Fishpool of Hangtime Sports

Registration at North West Kitesurfing School


Kitesurfing 8.30-9.30 Pro Men / Ladies


Kitesurfing 8.30 - 9.30 Am Men/ Ladies / Juniors / Seniors
Kielandboard / Kitebuggy 9.30 am - 10.30am

Big Party Saturday night !

more info events@kitesurfing.org
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Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:22 pm

Good work on the Vestas, perfect sponsor if you ask me!
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Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:14 am

All sounds great Gaz, Should be a bunch of us coming from up on the west coast and I'll have loads of new gear for folk to try out.

See you there
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