BKSA Freestyle Round 5 - Balmedie, Scotland

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BKSA Freestyle Round 5 - Balmedie, Scotland

Following on from the follow the wind tour, see thread here....

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BKSA Round 5 Aberdeen Scotland 2008

Date – 22nd – 24th August 2008

Location - Balmedie Beach
8 Miles North of Aberdeen Centre

LOCATION HERE
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Prizefund - £1000

Hosted by - Extremexposure in conjunction with The BKSA

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Co Sponsors – Victoria Builders

Tour Sponsors – Buff , Deadman Kitesurfing , RedBull


Registration

Friday - Pro Men and Pro Ladies
At Camp site 8.30am -9.00am

Saturday - Am Men , Am Ladies , Juniors , Seniors
At Camp site 8.30am - 9.30pm- Free Bacon Baps

Entertainment

Friday - Pub
Saturday - Free Riders BBQ - everyone else welcome small charge applies

Camping and Accomadation-

There is a Hotel in Balmedie and also we have arranged the following-

At this point there will be a gate which should be manned and as a competitor/supporter you will be allowed in. The council this year have told us that a tent fee of £6/night will be charged

Toilets on site

Showers in sports centre

Competition Zone-

Weather permitting we will be holding the event in the same spot as last year however contestants should be prepared to travel to any of the beaches between Balmedie or Fraserburgh (about 35 miles up the road) in anything northerly to south westerly

Directions

Basically when coming from the south to Aberdeen head north on the A90 towards Peterhead/Fraserburgh. About 5 miles north of the Bridge of Don (last roundabout out of the area) you will see a signpost to Balmedie on your right. The sea will be on the right all the way. Take the first turning into the village and keep following the road through till you hit a T junction. At the junction turn right and keep following the road towards the beach car park. At the entrance to the car park take the road to the right (do not go straight into the car park) and keep heading along that road until you cannot go any further.

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Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:39 am

Where would you go in a SW?
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Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:35 am

Where would you go in a SW?
You could always try Burghead, although this is further to drive than Fraserburgh, or even Ardersier which is even further. Alternatively you could go to St Combs near Fraserburgh where there is a gap in the dunes that often lets clean wind through in a cross offshore direction providing flat water with a nice kicker. With rescue support this is no problem and we did this 4 years ago with the first BKSA comp up here. The comp zone at that time was set up in the wrong place giving the ams a tough time when competing, but the pro’s found it and gave the photographers a great display and a great photo opportunity with a number of shots appearing in the magazines.

Unfortunately there are few locations in the UK that are cheap to get to that can provide 360 degree kiting with perfect direction. But being competitors, if the wind is blowing offshore and is not too gusty (which is was in Watergate this year), then the games will go ahead.

Sometimes even Balmedie is doable in a SW but that depends on other local conditions not visible on xcweather. We had a great session in one about 6 weeks ago and no one got blown away.

This year we start the Follow the Wind Tour in the Dornoch area which can take most wind directions without too much of a hike to a favourable competition zone. Maybe we should go there next year? Link to the map of where we are starting http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=dornoc ... 20IV25%203

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Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:36 am

I don't know the area too well apart from being there last year but I reckon the wind effect from the dunes would not be too bad especially compared to Watergate. Also with back up from Colin on the jet ski offshores are not really a problem from a safety point of view. Looking forward to it, both last years locations were great. Could do with camels to get your kit over the dunes but once on the beach it's one of the better event locations. Nearly as good as Walney :wink: .
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Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:58 am

Could do with camels to get your kit over the dunes
Soft git! Its called a warm up! :lol:

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Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:00 pm

the walk to the beach was nothing,especially when you came out onto the spectacular beach at the end of it. Donna,s words as i remember from last year, when she had a walk to the beach when we first arrived were,"i thought i'd died and gone to heaven." You,re so lucky living with that on your doorstep, Mark. You too Gary, why do you think we use Walney as one of our local beaches now, only 2 hours drive away. Looking forward to seeing you both soon. Steve.
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Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:20 am

balmedie is so sick, hope the wind comes! c u there people :-)
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Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:10 am

looking forward to this, should arrive Thursday afternoon

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Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:34 am

Regarding a SW wind - the far corner of the beach at Philorth near F/Burgh (where the river meets the sea) is well do-able and reasonably safe in a SW. Really easy access too.
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Great event, very tired this morning, pics later (unless I go kiting)

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BKSA Press Release

BKSA Round 5 Aberdeen Scotland 2008

Date – 22nd – 24th August 2008

Location - Balmedie Beach, Balmedie, Aberdeen

Prizefund - £1000

Hosted by - Extremexposure in conjunction with The BKSA

Event Sponsors – Simprentis Ltd

Co Sponsors – Victoria Builders, Granite Reef

Tour Sponsors – Buff, Deadman Kitesurfing, RedBull


The British Kitesurfing Association returned to Balmedie Beach 8 miles north of Aberdeen for the second year in a row as round 5 of the National Championships came to Scotland.

Friday dawned with 11 Pro Men and 4 Pro Ladies registering for the event – unfortunately the wind was light and no competition took place, competitors had a mellow day looking at 09 equipment and generally getting ready for Saturday.

Saturday the wind got up as the Amateur Men Amateur Ladies Junior and Senior fleets registered making the numbers up to 44 competitors in total.
Riders briefing was held at 9.30 with a start time of 11am.
There were some 45 heats to run through which equated to 6 hours of competition – it was going to be a long day for all competitors and race crew alike.

The wind built and we shortly got underway by 11am, the juniors were first out with some new faces joining the ranks – all the way from Spain was Liam Whaley! It was also good to see some new juniors over from Troon.

There were a few upsets with a high boosting Thomas Gaunt making it to the final with regulars Sam Moore and Jack Shoulder. The wind was up and the juniors were riding with 7m kites – the lagoon had filled in and it made for a nail biting final – Jack Shoulder took the win with some impressive handle passes ahead of Thomas Gaunt and Sam Moore in 3rd. The Pro riders who were judging were very impressed.

The Amateur Men’s comp saw some great riding with a focused Mike Marsh nailing all his heats with ease. There were a few riders, who did not get though heats due to equipment failure in the first minutes allowing other riders to cruise through,

The final saw a great performance with Lewis Deaves taking 3rd with some stylish riding, a well surprised James Thorne with some big Kite loops and solid landing taking 2nd while Mike Marsh took 1st with some consistent riding

The Amateur Ladies had 4 riders two of which being Scottish; they put on a great show with some high jumps and some painful looking crashes! Leader on the board Josie Robinson took 1st ahead of Holly Kennedy and Kierra Allwood

The Seniors saw the old men (over 35) take to the waters to compete in three heats – the deadman (a move where the rider lets go of the bar and get upside down) was performed by all 3 riders much to the amusement of the crowd – Gary Powell event organiser from Barrow came in 3rd, 2nd was British Speed sailing record holder Dave Williams and 1st with another win was Pete Whitley from Manchester landing a clapped hands deadman and a surface handle pass.

The Pro Ladies saw a solid performance by Helen Thompson to take the win with hardly any crashes, Hannah Whitley was boosting high and had some crazy kite loops to take 2nd ahead of Nicky Rudd in 3rd who again survived the most horrendous crash in an earlier heat!

Last up was the Pro Men – there were no easy heats and with Sam Light and Lewis Crathern on even points coming into the event there was everything to ride for.

Standout heats had to be heat 9 where Sam Light nailed every combination of handle passes to make it into the final.
Martyn Hogg (35) also put in a top performance to win the Losers final showing the youngsters many half his age what he can do.

However the final was a different story now at 7pm and getting colder all 3 riders crashed in the difficult conditions to produce a split judging result by all 5 judges – Ali Barrett however took the win with some stylish landing ahead of Lewis Crathern and Sam Light

The Saturday nights evening entertainment was a huge BBQ and beach party under the Red Bull tent which went on to late in the night. Sunday dawned wet and windy however by 10.30 the wind was gone and the sun was out. Prize giving was at 11 am allowing riders to have a days rest or drive home after the previous days marathon competition.

Thanks to event sponsors Simprentis , Victoria Builders, Granite Reef
Tour Sponsors – Red Bull , Dead man , Buff

Pro Mens
1st Ali Barrett – Turbulence, Lost Cause
2nd Lewis Crathern – Slingshot , Jimmy Lewis
3rd Sam Light – Naish

Pro Ladies
1st Helen Thompson – North
2nd Hannah Whitley – JN , Crazyfly
3rd Nicky Rudd – Naish , Edge

Am Men
1st Mike Marsh – S2A
2nd James Thorne
3rd Lewis Deaves

Am Ladies
1st Josie Robinson – F- One
2nd Holly Kennedy
3rd Kierra Allwood

Juniors
1st Jack Shoulder – Flexifoil
2nd Thomas Gaunt
3rd Sam Moore – Edge

Seniors
1st Pete Whitley – JN , Crazy Fly
2nd Dave Williams – Best
3rd Gary Powell – Star
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