BKSA Hunstanton Round 2 10th - 12th July 2009

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The "BKSA Hunstanton 2009 Round 2 10th - 12th July 2009" thread!
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Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:38 pm

some good stuff going on this year - keep and eye on the website as it will be updated a lot as the event draws closer...

http://www.lifestylesfestival.co.uk

there's a few short vids from last year here

http://www.lifestylesfestival.co.uk/aca ... VIDEO.html


plus can I make a request? does anyone have any old kitesurf bars lying around they could donate for use on the trampoline trainers????

thanks :-D
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Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:22 am

I've got an old bar john, no line or anything attached to it, I'll chuck it in the car next time I'm heading your way.
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Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:11 am

thanks jack - nice one :-D

any more old bars floating around out there? if we get 4 we could have 2 vertical and 2 out to the side :wink:

I promise we probably won't break any this year - I think last year we made the mistake of having bungy rope all the way to the frame and when people let go - the bar 'twanged' up and twatted onto the crossbeam - mainly rope from the frame and a short bit of bungy at the bar end should hopefully avoid that...
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Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:34 am

Ohh, i thought it was just cus they were Best bars.... :twisted:
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Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:55 pm

some good music at this event last year!

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Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:49 am

Can't wait til this :-D even taken the friday off work!!
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Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:04 am

John, I droped the bar off with some peeps at the club house last night, really wanted to go riding last night as it looked so good, everyone powered on 9's n 10's, I am starting to get very depressed, I really hope to be fit for this comp.
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Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:06 pm

getting close now! :mrgreen:

For those who've been the past couple of years - it's the same style setup with competitors temporary members of Hunstanton sailing club for the duration of the event with use of showers, wireless internet, kitchen, tv etc.... food will be provided for competitors on both the friday and saturday nights.

If you were impressed with the skatepark last year - you're going to be blown away this year as it's being replaced with a brand new one which you'll be the first to try out! King Ramps will also be bringing the big half-pipe that was there last year.

As before there's a free climbing wall, huuuuge marquee with free live bands:

Friday night - Kubko, The Offlight, Jimmy Rockit

Saturday night - Rebelation, The First, Unknown

and again a VW rally on the green (air-cooled only), trade stalls, demo kit, trampoline trainers etc.

New this year will be street-dancing performances and workshops and whatever you do - don't miss the saturday night fire display when "Walk the Plank" will put on a pyrotechnical show specially commissioned for Lifestyles

Anyone who was at Swansea will know the BKSA are giving out bronze, silver and gold medals this year instead of the clothing / equipment prizes etc. of previous years - but we know you like your goodies too - so we've done our best to come up with some prizes for the ams, ladies ams, seniors, juniors. So far we've had prizes offered by

Turbulence http://www.ukkiting.com

and

Kite-Kit http://www.kite-kit.co.uk

more sponsors and donations welcome!!!!

You'll find most info on how to get there / where to stay etc. on the website http://www.lifestylesfestival.co.uk

here's hoping the wind gods smile on us again.... :-D
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Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:41 am

Come on the wind!!

Hopefully I'll make it this year with the family if we can find somewhere to stay...

Looks like a great event...
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Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:22 pm

quick update - we now have prizes donated by:


Turbulence http://www.ukkiting.com

Kite-Kit http://www.kite-kit.co.uk

Wind Designs http://www.wind-designs.co.uk

Surface (the shop under the pier/bowling alley)


also the Vdub guys tell me that T4's, T5's etc are welcome to join in the VW rally on the main green

plus I forgot to mention there's displays and free workshops in Tai Chi and Yoga :mrgreen:
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Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:47 am

It's sunny and windy this morning in Hunstanton, lets hope it lasts!
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Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:24 pm

Waiting to see what happens with the wind, lots going on, sun is shining!

A few images from the pro riders breifing earlier today

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It's hard being race director!

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Ali & Murray

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Liquid Force Team rider :!:

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Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:27 pm

Hunstanton Lifestyles 09

Round 2 of the BKSA Kitesurfing Tour

10th - 12th July 2009

Tour Sponsors- Red Bull, Deadman, Buff, King of Watersports

Friday - Day 1 - Pro Day
11 Pro Men
7 Pro Women

All the Pro riders attended the riders meeting on the first morning of the event after registration. It was a sunny morning but the forecast for wind was pretty bleak. We used the opportunity to spend some time with the riders discussing ways in with the BKSA could continue to make advances in the way we run the events. Other issues such as judging criteria, safety and heat structure were talked about. It was a useful meeting although it would have been more enjoyable to have the riders out on the water competing. Unfortunately this was not to be as the wind never really kicked in all day. Fortunately there was a lot going on with the rest of the Hunstanton Lifestyle event in the form of BMX riding, ramps for in line skaters and boarders, street dancing, and a multitude of trade stands including our own tour sponsors Deadman Clothing. As the evening kicked in live music in the huge marquee kept everyone entertained, followed by a mellow night cap session and the Red Bull BBQ in the sailing club .

Saturday Day 2 - Am Invasion
8 Seniors
11 Am Men
5 Am Ladies
16 Juniors

After a pretty hectic registration with a record breaking total for competitors in all categories including Pro’s we began proceedings as usual with a riders meeting. Plenty of sunshine but no wind expected once again we used the opportunity to discuss competition format and safety issues with all the competitors. A lot of good ideas and feedback from riders and their supporters for future consideration. Unfortunately though it was the inevitable long wait for wind that was the nature of the day. It became clear as time went on that we were not going to have any water time on the Saturday although winds were looking promising for the 3rd and final day, but with a record 58 competitors in attendance getting through the enormous amounts of heats was going to be a huge challenge. We worked very closely with the local riders on conditions and alternative venues to kick things of the next morning, as on Hunstanton beach the tide was not expected to be far enough out until after 1pm for safety reasons, so moving south a few miles was put forward as a way to get some heats out of the way. A riders meeting was called on the beach under the Red Bull tent where we explained our goals, the primary one being to attempt to get a full result in all classes by the end of play. This was going to involve kicking off first thing with the Pro Riders at Heacham beach a few mil es south. Once completed the goal was to set up two race crews with two sets of judges using the Pro Riders and to run all the Am heats at Hunstanton beach. It was a plan, but will the weather play. The evening was a relatively quiet one with everyone knowing that tomorrow they had to perform. However the bands rocked on and the Fireworks were a great success . By 11pm the wind had kicked in and the rain started coming down! We went to bed hoping the wind would stay but the rain would take a back seat!


Day 3
Riders meeting kicked of promptly at 8.30am and it was kept brief and to the point. The plan discussed yesterday was going into action. All pro riders to Heacham south, and spectators could go to Heacham North to park up and watch the action. On arrival at the beach we quickly set up a competition area. We kicked off the first heat but the wind was not playing and after some more discussion with the local riders we decided to move the competition area up the beach where there was supposed to be less of a rip. This worked and the pro event got under way. There were many interesting moments and some top class riding, interrupted from time to time by a black flag as the wind would drop. Several riders demonstrated how to land a trick and ride up the shingle, whilst Jo Wilson, 2 times British Pro Woman’s champion 4 years ago let everyone know that she is as strong now than she was back then. A couple of new riders to the Pro Men’s scene discovered that the standard of the regular riders was going to be a challenge for them to overcome, and after several hours of competition we were pretty close to a result, with just the last four heats for each group to complete. Unfortunately the sea was retreating fast and for safety reasons it was decided to move back to Hunstanton main beach to finish things off.

Everyone back in the cars and head for Hunstanton beach! Who decided to put that traffic jam in the way.

Inevitably some time was lost with the move (probably over an hour) but after some setup and re organisation the pro event was soon on its way again, whilst some of us concentrated on setting up a 2nd competition zone with another set of judges and some newly trained beach support. The 2nd comp zone kicked off with the Juniors who as the largest class in the fleet was going to take a bit of time to get through. The wind was there for most of the comp but towards 4pm it started to get sketchy and heats were frequently getting black flagged. It was a frustrating time for many, including the larger guys in the fleet. As juniors we have 8 year olds weighing in at a cou ple of Kilos more than a bag of sugar, through to 16 year olds . This makes it very difficult to call in marginal conditions. We did eventually work through to a final result which was better than abandoning the competition all together. I am sure there will be some discussion on this. It was definitely a case of being difficult to please all of the people all of the time.

Over in the other comp zone Glen was doing everything he could to keep things moving. After a successful Pro comp he moved onto the Am ladies and managed to complete this, followed by the senior men. Unfortunately this was at the time the wind was starting to drop so everyone agreed to have a slope style best trick comp with each competitor having 3 goes. Spectators and competitors were enjoying the format and they managed to get through everyone. The same was attempted with the Am men but unfortunately the wind just gave up and it was not possible. Despite all this it was good to see the spirit with which everyone entered the alternative formats and all were keen to get to a formal result at the end of the day. Most folk had left the waterline but most of the ams were still down there just hoping that the wind might kick in for just one more blast!

As race director I’d like to thank everyone for rising to the occasion with regard to the compromises we had to make to try and get a full set of results. With the largest fleet the BKSA has ever had achieving this in a single day was a tall order, but we did achieve a first of running two comps at the same time and had the wind stayed there, and had we had favourable tides in one location, I believe we would have managed to get everything done. If the BKSA competitions continue to grow as they are then the lessons learnt at this event have shown us what we are going to have to do to be able to maintain this tour as probably the most ambitious in the world. Its a tour that will inevitably produce more world champions of the future in all disciplines. In almost all classes to get to the top you are going to have to deal with a variety of conditions and compete against opponents who want it just as much as you do. That aside, it was good to see a large number of competitors who were also there to compete just for a bit of fun. Yeah, they like to win, but more than that they enjoy the crack, and come back again and again. These folk do so much to promote the sport in general and encourage those that want to go all the way to the top.

The Hunstanton event is well organised with a lot going on and so a big thanks to Tony Devenish, the main man behind the local organising and John for all his help. The local council, the orange team, the security, the ladies serving behind the bar, local riders, sponsors and helpers during the event. All too many to mention.

Results

Juniors
1st Dan Sweeney
2nd Oli Bridge
3rd Tom Bridge

Seniors “ Slope style Best Trick”
1st Pete Whiteley
2nd Mathew Davies
3rd Marcus Hawkins


Am Ladies
1st Amy Burger
2nd Sukie Robertson
3rd Megan Griffiths

Pro Ladies
1st Jo Wilson
2nd Helen Tompson
3rd Hannah Whiteley

Pro Men
1st Sam Light
2nd Luke Whiteside
3rd James Boulding

No result in Am Men as the wind had died !

King Of Watersports Prize went to Sam Light for Front Mobe to Blind
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Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:56 pm

Nice write up Mark, it was a very good event and well done to everyone involved. Looking forwards to Barrow.
Jack
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