The weekend 27th – 29th May I headed up to Barrow-In-Furness for the 2nd stop of the BKSA National Kitesurf Tour. Having just got my new golf estate, the drive up was surprisingly OK! We arrived Thursday evening, to gale force winds! I was glad I had the car to sleep in rather than a tent.
This year I have decided to enter the pro ladies fleet, which I feel will push me further and I was feeling way more confident after 11 days in Morocco.
Unfortunately I was at a real disadvantage at the event due to Royal Air Maroc leaving my kite kit behind in Casablanca, and I had to drive to Barrow 24 hrs after landing! So I was on borrowed kit which was annoying to say the least. Fortunately I had my Hooligan at home due to me taking the Hadlow Pro Board out to Dakhla, and I borrowed a friend’s Hadlow kites along with a harness slightly too big! The Hadlow on 5 line felt very different, and I had not ridden my Hooligan in a long time as I loved the Hadlow board so much. Continue reading
So I returned from an amazing 10 days in Dakhla, Morocco a couple of weeks back now.
I headed out with a couple of Girl Friends from back home for a week’s training with Kari Schibevaag at the Dakhla Attitude camp. We left London to spend a night with my family in Casablanca, before catching a flight the next day to Dakhla. It was easy to spot which girls were here for the camp at the airport, and it turns out they were from all over the world – Sweden, Norway, Iraq, France, Spain, Poland, Holland .. to name a few countries.
Gemma and the guys picked us all up about 10pm the eve before the camp was to start, and everybody jumped into 4×4 cars. The moment we veered off the road to a sand track heading into the middle of nowhere, I got excited.We were shown to our accomodation which was a giant shed packed with 16 beds for all of the girls to crash in. Excited for the prospect of a session the next morning, we headed to bed sharp-ish. Continue reading
I am very excited as I have now got my first set-up for wakeboarding!!
I am now using the 2010 Ronix Bill board ( 138cm ) with 2011 Ronix Relik Bindings. Having been out wakeboarding alot at uni and at the cable back home I decided it was time to get my own set-up without borrowing everyone else’s kit where the bindings would normally be miles too big! Thanks to Bracklesham Boardriders for sorting me out with this after getting involved with Ronix. Continue reading
So I have booked myself to go to Dakhla for 10 days in May so I can run away to some warmth straight after my exams! I will be attending an all girl kite camp hosted by Kari Schibevaag:
Dakhla has always been on the list of places to visit. My family live out there and as I love Morocco so much I am sure it will not fall short of my expectations! Here is a little pic of the spot if you have never heard about it:
Miles and miles of flat clear warm waters with consistend winds year round – YES PLEASE! Dakhla seems very underrated and undiscovered from my research, probably due to the fact you have to get more than one flight to get there! However I am sure it will be totally worth it and the 10 days should be heaps of fun.
Woopeee! Holidays! Bring on no-wetsuit kiting!
The weekend of the 4th – 6th February saw over 75 Students descended onto Rest Bay, Porthcawl for the much-anticipated 2nd event of the SKA National Series – the Wave Jam. After the success of the Slider Jam back in November, there was much talk and excitement of this event after a rather long and dark couple of months gap!
After dropping by Bristol Airport to pick up Scotsman Ally Beaven, we set off over the bridge into Wales.
Friday night was arrival night at Porthcawl, everyone got there just in time to grab a beer and watch England V Wales rugby at the local pub. Already outnumbered by our mob of English students, the Welsh were not too impressed with our cheers and shouts! Looking at the mega windy forecast for the next day, the students piled into the ‘doghouse’ for some much needed sleep after some had done a seriously long journey. Continue reading
So here I am on new years eve reflecting on 2010 – what a BRILLIANT year it has been.
* Managed to bag myself a full quiver of kites – something I never thought I’d be able to do!
* Travelled all over Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Europe over the summer kiting in amazing spots and meeting some great people who I’ll keep in contact with for life.
* Did my first season of competitions and had such a good time travelling all over the country to each event spot. I actually can’t wait for next season to start – not sure what to do with myself when I have weekends at home!
* Did the first ever SKA Student Slider Jam and managed to get first place!
* Moved away to Plymouth for uni, done some brilliant trips away with Plymouth Windriders up to Westward Ho! and further afield North Wales! Continue reading