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Thu May 05, 2011 1:29 pm

2 x British Kitesurfing Champion
Hannah Whiteley
Embarks On Challenge to Retain British Title
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Set New Record!


Professional kitesurf Hannah Whiteley from Stockport will begin her challenge to retain her British Championship title and to become the first woman to win the title in three consecutive years at the first round of the British Kitesurfing Championships to be held at Redcar this coming weekend, Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2011

Hannah’s success began when she entered the British Championships for the first time at the age of 15 in 2007. At the end of the series she walked away with the Amateur Women’s British Kitesurfing Champion title whilst also clinching the record for being the youngest person to have won the category.

Age just 16 she moved up to the ranks of professional kitesurfer and by the age of 17 had clinched another record and title when she became the youngest Pro Women’s British Kitesurfing Champion in 2009.

And success continued in 2010 when Hannah won the Pro Women’s British Kitesurfing Championships for a second time aged 18, took 1st Place in the Freestyle Kite Tour Asia, Turkey and 1st Place in the PKRA World Tour Germany in the Big Air/ Board off competition and became the holder of the 2010 Ladies British Kitesurfing Speed Record.

Now aged 19, Hannah, who is sponsored by ExPix, Wainman, Chiemsee, Prolimit and Kite It Right, is determined to retain her crown; “I’ve been training really hard for this over the winter months. Becoming British Champion for the third time in a row would be absolutely amazing. Not only would I keep the title but I would also be setting a new record as the only female kitesurfer to have ever done this,” said Hannah.



The Whiteley family are no strangers to setting records; back in 2007 they became the first family to win double titles at the British Championships when father, Pete Whiteley, took position alongside daughter Hannah on the podium as he was crowned Senior Men’s Champion. Pete then went on to win the Senior Championships for a further 3 years and is now embarking on another record attempt as he strives to become the only person ever to win the title in 5 consecutive years.



Pete has been kite surfing since the sport started 12 years ago and his love for the sport is infectious, “When I first taught Hannah to kitesurf I never thought that that we would be in this position now, it was just something that we could do together. Hannah wasn’t too keen when I first introduced her to the sport but soon became hooked. We only really entered the championships as a bit of fun and now look where we are! For us both to win the championships and to each set new records would be incredible,” said Pete.



Since winning her first British Championship, Hannah has gone on to enter international competitions around the world and hopes soon to have a world title under her belt. Fearless in her riding, if it came down to sheer guts and determination there would be no contest!



Hannah is available for interviews; for more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jo Edmondson.
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Tue May 10, 2011 1:12 pm

A must see, Nic has been given the wild card to the Real SSS

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Hannah Whiteley at the Redcar BKSA


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Tue May 10, 2011 9:47 pm

The back ground looks alot like the steel works at Port Talbot.

several rabbits have been spotted in the area.
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Fri May 13, 2011 12:22 pm

Beauty and the Beast
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Mon May 23, 2011 12:43 pm

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ExPix have been waiting to try and get some decent shots of me in the UK for press and articles. Yesterday I got a phone call of Ian saying he could be in Lytham in an hour and was I available. The sky was very grey, it was raining heavily and I didnt see the point!

Ian assured me the forecast was for it to clear and for it to be very windy. So I agreed and he came to the place I am working on with my dad at the moment. It was still wet and horrible but within 30 mins the clouds started to clear, within the hour it was clear blues skies with very strong winds – 7m weather and even then it was very difficult to unhook or do any good moves as the wind was so gusty.

I kept going backwards and forwards infront of the camera, not happy with my position or how close I was getting. The gusts kept appearing at the wrong times (dont you just love the British wind!!! ) and I nearly landed on Ian a few times as I tried to perfect the moves for the camera.

Ian seemed happy with the pics but I wasnt convinced until we came off the water. I can only show you one from the session at the moment but its hard to believe that this was Lytham – Blackpool to those of you who dont know the area. The blue skies really contrast with the red of the board and the orange and white of the Wainman kites, it could be somewhere tropical!

Anyway ExPix are going to set some time aside to sort out a plan on where we can get things published and how I want to move forward – I’m already really enjoying this year and with all the help from my sponsors, Wainman, Prolimit, Chiemsee, Kiteitright and ExPix it looks like its going to be a great 2011.

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Mon May 30, 2011 1:19 pm

HANNAH WINS BKSA ROUND II

AND HITS 36 KTS ON A STOCK 7 MTR GYPSY.

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I’m well stoked to tell everyone that I won the event at Barrow. This was a big challenge after the no wind event at Redcar and I needed to get a good result to give me a head start. The wind was directly onshore and a little gusty and with an outgoing tide the water kept changing depth as it emptied the shallow lagoons. This made it very difficult to know when to ‘take off’ as on each tack the shore lined moved considerably.

My first heat against Sukie started badly as the wind was light but as it filled in towards the end I managed to land some of my more technical tricks which gave me the points to go through to the next round. My other two main rivals had good starts to their competition with Holly winning her heat and Nicky was doing well until she injured her self in the shallow water rupturing her bicep. I hope she gets better soon as the competitions are better with more good riders there.

So in the final it was just Holly and me, on my seven again with the wind up and down it made it very close. Holly was pushing me all the way, she was trying some really technical moves but the wind was so gusty she wasn’t able to land all of them. I tried to play it a little safer with slightly less technical trick but in a greater quantity until I thought I had enough points to be able to try some of the better moves. It paid off and I have my first win of the tour. Saturday was the competition for the rest of the categories and it was good to rest and watch the new and younger riders coming through, I think I am going to have to watch one or two of them as there are some really good women / girls coming through.
on Sunday it was a much later start but with all the freestyle competition being finished there was an expression session for anyone who wanted to ‘have a go’ this is more about fun rather than skill, its about impressing people and making them laugh it doesnt matter how you do this big airs, amazing tricks or fun riding its all good for kitesurfing. I went out and buzzed my dad a few times, he wasn’t happy but someone filmed it. I was a little under powered on my seven after ripping my nine but i still had fun doing lots of old school moves. my ExPix team mate Ali Barrett was going huge early on he really can do some of the highest tricks out tehre and it was a shame that an exam made him miss the competition, even so he still came up to ride and was rewarded with a third place for his efforts.
Its now straight back to training and a trip to Holland and the KBO very soon with ExPix to meet up with some of the Wainman team before the next round in Wales.
Thanks to Wainman, Chiemsee, Prolimit, Kiteitright and ExPix for all the kit and support for this year and also thanks to Red Bull who are helping me out with physio on my ankle.
Check out this different shot of me from Ian Edmondson chief photographer at ExPix, whilst in Barrow I went to the speed spot there to try out speed kiting. I love to try new things and this was fun. Going as fast as you can over a set distance in shallow water is quite scary but I think I managed to set a fastest UK GPS speed for the women, we’ll have to confirm that but I may just start training for the speed too, it would be cool to hold the record for the fastest speed.
Anyway I’m off to the beach to start training again so see you all soon !
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Tue May 31, 2011 7:23 am

The Kiteboarder Mag Test the 5 ft 10: Gambler from Wainman

FROM THE MANUFACTURER:
The Gambler is a progression of our Wide model from last year, but it is significantly improved. The Gambler was made for everyday fun in all conditions. Ridden 4-5 inches shorter than your average board and with less area in the outline, it is made for a more progressive riding style than the Magnum. These insane surf features and totally new rocker line allow for radical performance even in light winds. The bottom shape goes from a double concave under your front foot to single off the tail. Strong construction makes this board stable and provides the rider exceptional control and response.

THE KITEBOARDER REPORT:
Out of the Box: Like all Wainman Hawaii boards, the Gambler comes with everything you need to get it ready for the water, including a screwdriver to put it all together. The Gambler features a very wide outline (20” wide for the 5’10”, 19.5” for the 5’7”), double to single concave bottom with molded channels, and a single bump swallow tail. For a wide 5’10”, it’s a lightweight board. The tail has five Future fin boxes which allow you to ride this board as either a thruster or a quad. All Wainman boards come with a board bag to help keep your board in top shape.

On the Water: Even though it’s a really wide board, the Gambler rides very smooth through the chop. It also rides like a larger board. We tried both the thruster and quad setups and our testers were unanimous in liking the quad set up better as it seems to get upwind better and tail slides felt more controllable with four fins when compared to three. In the waves, The Gambler holds speed really well and has a really tight turning radius. This board does surf similar to a fish-style board and we found that a wide stance and more upright posture get the most performance out of this board.



THE VERDICT:
The Gambler is a great board for people who want a larger board in a shorter package. It rides smooth and performs great in the waves. Because it rides as a larger board, the 5’7” is probably too big of a board for small riders on most days. We highly suggest using this board without straps especially in clean surf smaller than head-high.

TIPS:
Ride this board strapless. It’s really forgiving and we found this board to be a blast without straps.
Consider a smaller size than you would normally ride. Wainman HI says you should ride this board 4-5” shorter than normal and we agree.
TESTER COMMENT:
“The wide outline of the Gambler makes it ride like a larger board. It takes very little power to get going and is a really forgiving board to ride.” –Paul Lang, 200 lbs., Surf Kiter


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Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:05 pm

Wainman Hawaii 9 mtr Smoke just came out top of the class in Kitesurf Magazines Test, check out the June edition.
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Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:03 am

Monday 13th June Netherland KBO, Hannah Whiteley wins Best Trick Comp.

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Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:05 pm

Here's a sneak preview of Lou at the helm a few weeks back during a final testing session.

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Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:15 pm

C kite with pulley bar??.. intriguing!
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:34 am

WH Press Release

From Wainman Hawaii for 2012 is the "refreshed rabbits" collection, Mark III is a natural progression and enhancement from the popular and award winning 2009 - 2011 rabbit kite range. From speaking to team riders and hearing about how much development time has gone into each kite, we are very excited about this years kites!

Little is know for sure about the 2012 "Refreshed Rabbits" but we can tell you this:

- Improved efficiency and weight reductions across the board
- Improvements to the already legendary turning speed - Perfect balance between power and stability, great all-rounder from wave riding to wakestyle.
- Updated graphics in a new Rabbit Gang style to include newer sizes
- Updated construction to make them true all-terrain kites.
- New Sizes for 2012: 5m, 6.25m, 7.5m, 9m,10.5m, 12m and a 14.5m
- Brand new bar system, simple and very efficient with all of the fan-feedback from last year added!
- Prices very similar to last year despite the improvements in construction!
- Prices are for kite Complete
- COMPLETE IS: kite, bar and lines, leash, bag, pump, repair kit, set of stickers.
- Available August 2011

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Pre order now !!!!! talk to your dealer but be quick these Bunnies will not hang about long.

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Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:07 am

Whiteley
Wins
Again!




Fresh from the Kite Tour Europe where she took first place in the Kite Loop Contest at the first round in Sylt, Germany, professional kitesurfer Hannah Whiteley was back on form as she competed in Round 4 of the British Championships at Hunstanton this last weekend.



Competing for her third British title, 19 year old Hannah, from Stockport, Cheshire breezed through the heats and semi finals to face new girl, Beth Lygoe, from St Lucia, in the finals. Although Beth is a good rider the challenge proved too much for her and Hannah took her third win in the series, placing her 520 points ahead of fellow competitor, Holly Kennedy.



Hannah said, “I had a fantastic time at the European Championships in Germany and Italy and gained a lot of experience riding against some incredibly skilful riders. I didn’t do as well as I wanted in the freestyle championships, taking a 4th in Germany and a 3rd in Italy, as I know that I can do better but winning the Kite Loop Competition was amazing and got me really fired up for the British Championships.



I always look forward to competing at the Hunstanton event; it’s organised and run by the local council and volunteers from Hunstanton Sailing Club and has loads to do and is well supported with literally thousands of spectators. But I didn’t have too much time to prepare as I only arrived back in the UK a couple of days before the British Championships and to be honest, after losing my passport in Germany before traveling onto Italy, I was beginning to wonder if I would get back at all!



I’ve now got a solid lead for the overall British title which is brilliant but there’s no time to be complacent. There’s always room for improvement and I’m going to be training hard to raise my game even further. There are two more rounds remaining for the British Championships which will be held in Ayr in September and Blackpool in October and one for the European Championships, which will be held in France in October. But before that I’m going to be competing in the PKRA World Tour in Germany at the end of August and I want to make sure that I pull out all the stops and give it my best shot at all four competitions.



I’ve had tremendous support throughout the year from my sponsors, ExPix, Wainman, Chiemsee, Prolimt, and Kititright and it would mean so much to be able to thank them by retaining the British title and possibly gaining a European one.”



And as if one champion in the family isn’t enough, Hannah’s Dad, Pete Whiteley is now on course to win his fifth British Kitesurfing Championship title with a lead of 345 points!



Hannah is available for interviews; for more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jo Edmondson via the contact details below.



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Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:55 am

Only weeks to Go !!!!!! 8)


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