2015 National Freestyle Championships

Thanks to Antoine at NSWKBA this just came by my inbox! This will be a really good event for sure and it’s right on our Sydney doorstep!! Kurnell is going to be a great spot for the comp, great wind, lots of space to sit and watch from and the local hospitality will be legendary! This comp is open to anyone that can jump and it looks like there will be a comp specifically for people like you and me that aren’t doing knee defying 200ft megaloops! It’s going to be a blast and I hope I can make it down there to watch and maybe do a report. Check out the details below and shoot any questions you have in the comments below..

Kiteboarding Australia and Kiteboarding NSW presents:

2015 NATIONAL FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS

for all Intermediate to Advanced riders.

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It is on our doorstep at Kurnell Beach so we expect a large turnout of NSW kiters to enter this event and hopefully take home the TOP Awards and some UP & COMING Awards.

Entries from other States are on the rise, so come on SYDNEY – WE WANT YOU! – ENTER NOW! The event will be held over 4 days at Kurnell beach from MARCH 12 -15 with predicted winds around 15-20 knots but we recommend you bring kites of all sizes, as that time of year can bring some howling wind mixed with breezes.

Note- that the Juniors are broken up into Under 16 and Under 18, so here is a great chance for the New Comers to take home an Award and/or a great Prize!

Exult Kitewear are designing the Event Tee which is going to be a sort after item which each entrant will receive on arrival. Bravo Pumps are on board with some powered pumps and other items to give away and DEMO on the beach Mystic have given us some harnesses and the BIG KITE BRANDS are all there to lend support. Kitemag will be covering the event, so you may end up as an article in the NEXT MAG!

Last year we saw Newcomers pick up sponsorship deals – this could be YOU this year! ALL WELCOME – The “2015 NATIONAL KITEBOARDING CHAMPION” could be YOU!

All Divisions OPEN to: Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Entry Fee: $90 includes a quality TEE ! Entry Fee also Includes: Food BBQ Sizzle / Drinks / Water / No Wind Activities / Access all Areas etc Presentation Sunday 4pm – Awards and Prizes (Extra award/prizes for Encouragement and Expression riders.)
Divisions: Junior – 16 & Under as of 1st JulyYouth – 18 & Under as of 1st July Open Mens – Any age Open Womens – Any age Master – 35 & Over as of 1st July Allstar Event – Non Citizen Expression Session. (Fun Extra Event if Wind and Time permit!)

Yes this is a 4 man Double Elimination round robin, you don’t get knocked out in first round! Heat Time: TBA – depending on wind. Example: 20 min session – Continuous Start, wind dependant. We have some of the finest Judges to score you at this event – Intermediates are most welcome.

Thanks to our FANTASTIC SPONSORS: OZONE / CABRINHA / NORTH / BEST / EXULT Kitewear / Bravo Pumps / Mystic and our favourite Mag ; KITEMAG . Also a big thanks to KITEPOWER who are also sponsoring the event with lots of prizes and help!

Register and pay here: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=15376


Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kiteboardnationals LIKE IT !

IAN YOUNG 1,300+ KM WESTERN AUSTRALIA DOWNWINDER — MISSION UNDERWAY!

Kitesurfer Ian Young has left Perth Western Australia today on an epic downwinder of more than 1,300km — From Perth to Exmouth in Western Australia, across some of the most inhospitable and inaccessible coastline in the world.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25453081/epic-surf-aimed-at-brothers-in-arms/

Ian Young

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You can follow Ian’s progress in real time at  http://nano.sjy.id.au

Here’s  information from Ian and his team in Perth:

Ian Young is a veteran of more than 22 years service in the Australian Army and has set himself a personal goal of kitesurfing from Perth to the North-West Cape, more than 1300km.

There are many veterans who suffer a variety of health issues and we would like to use this adventure  to increase the awareness of these problems.

Many of us suffer from “donor fatigue” these days with so many “good” causes that need to be tackled, however can I please ask you to consider donating to help those veterans who put their lives on the line to serve their country and now need your help.  Once you have donated you will receive a tax receipt straight away to your email address. All donations made from this link will go straight to Soldier On.

So, please help me help Soldier On by giving what you can to this great cause. https://soldieron.giveeasy.org/campaigns/kitesurfing-perth-to-the-north-west-cape/

You can also “share” my page with your friends or leave a comment or “like it”. It all helps!

https://www.facebook.com/iay60?fref=ts

We plan to connect with Ian as he approaches Geraldton in the next few days and ride with him on at least part of the journey–hopefully on Saturday — Contact me if you’re interested in joining us!  

More information about Ian and the project:

Thanks for the opportunity to help raise awareness of the good work http://Soldieron.org.au do to help service men and women that are suffering as a result of their duty for their country.

Some of the background links you might find useful:

Wish Ian well for a safe and successful journey!

Ian Young

 

UPDATE:

Ian leaving Perth on Friday morning (below)

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http://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Kitesurfing/General/kitesurfing-from-Perth-to-the-North-West-Cape/

Summer video competition #1 – Kite on ANYTHING.

Hey all,

If you hadn’t noticed summer is nearly here and the sea breezes are already starting apparently (no-one has looked up what a sea breeze actually is I think) but there is wind none the less. This opens the floor to the first kitesurfing.com.au video competition!!

For this video comp you must submit a video (via youtube or something) of you or a mate kitesurfing on the most obscure board imaginable! I once used a plastic toy guitar with some degree of success. To qualify the video must contain a kiter, actually riding on the object for some distance lets say 20m or more and hopefully end in a large stack (will gain you points!)

Get creative, planks of wood are simply shit and isn’t going to win you anything, attaching a hydrofoil to something also doesn’t really count but I like it so enter it anyway!

There will be a prizes when I can find a willing sponsor / donor but worst case you’ll get the kudos of the kitesurfing community.

A VIDEO OF YOU KITE SURFING ON SOMETHING STRANGE, BIZARE, STUPID, INCONCEIVABLE.

 Below are the entry details.

  • Kiter must ride for at least 20m to qualify 50m is best, a turn n return is awesome! – the further the more points however if its that easy to ride try find a harder object!!
  • The kiter is the entrant not the person that shot the video! – There just ain’t no skill in shooting a video with a phone! more points for more creative film making tho!
  • There must be an explanation of what it is that you are riding in the entry comment below this post.
  • The object must be a non-pollutant! – I can’t stress this enough, dirty the sea I’ll come crap in your shoes!
  • You MUST retrieve the item! – You can’t go nuts on something thats going to sink and leave it out in the bay, the winner and their steed will be presented the award, no steed no prize!
  • The judges will be myself (Pete) and whoever I can get at the pub to watch them over beers.

How to submit your entry.

  • Upload your video somewhere, if its facebook you need to post it to the Northern Beaches Kiters page AND then add a comment to the comments below to say you’ve entered on facebook with a link if poss, if needed get me the video and I’ll upload / host it.
  • Youtube/vimeo entries are quickest, upload it and share the link in the comments on this post (not Facebook!) try and put a link this post in the comments on youtube.
  • Use your REAL email address to post in the comments HERE!. They are hidden from the world and if you don’t use it I won’t know how to get hold of you for your prize!!

Competition dates.

  • This comp runs from NOW until November 16th 2014! – That is plenty of time to get your stuff together.

Tips..

  • Try and keep it safe.
  • Points awarded for adding difficulty – waves, old kites, unsuitable attire etc etc
  • Big crashes are awesome
  • Small interviews in the video are good, describe what your going to ride, give it a name and then ride it!
  • If you can get the whole beach in hysterics I’m going to like that.

OK, Any other questions drop us an email pete@kitesurfing.com.au

Have fun.. Wish I could enter…

REMEMBER – TO ENTER YOU MUST COMMENT TO THIS POST BELOW…..

kitesurfing.com.au on ABC702 Saturday @ ~6am

Hey all,

Just a quick heads up that kitesurfing.com.au’s Pete will be on ABC702 (that’s AM radio for the 20-30 yr olds – for the <20 year olds, it’s called a RADIO, your parents had one and your gramps had a really cool one!)

If you don’t have a radio you can stream it on your phone using Tunein app or probably via the ABC702 website. We’ll be recording it and posting it up here for those that are still sleepy at that time.

We’ll be talking about kitesurfing and just how awesome it is (I hope). It could go either way depending on Friday nights antics :)

Listen in..

Pete

2014 Kite surfing National Championships

Hey all.

A quick shout out for the new AK National Championships being held down at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club and sponsored by Cabrinha!

Below is the flier, but for more info I’d suggest checking out www.aksa.com.au

It’s also a good time to get your AK membership back up to date and get the all important 3rd party insurance!

Road trip to Mambo Part 2

wpid-DSC_0140.jpgAfter a great mornings surf at the Golf course reef I’ve hit the road again and worked my way down through Batemans Bay and gone looking for some wind down at Moroya Heads. I’ve heard about this great surf break on the sea wall and wanted to check it out. In the end I’ve ended up at the a nice beach just south of the harbour entrance and there is about 12 knots. The sun is out and I’ve got nothing better to do so I’ve pumped up the 12m and gone for a play.

wpid-DSC_0136.jpgSuper light conditions and its hard to stay upwind but its nice and sunny and quiet so I’m super happy. Found a good empty camp site for the night and was happy to pay the $20 for a quiet night and a hot shower.

 

 

 


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Slow morning chilling and doing some reading and it’s back on the road again. Before I left I ran into these little fellas just chilling and wanting to say hi. It’s pretty hard going you know.

Heading south I’m taking the coast road and pulling off the freeway to check out some few spots. The road that goes via Bermagui along the coast is magic. Probably one of the best motorcycle roads I’ve found in the country if you are into that kind of thing. There is national park all along it so camping isn’t a problem and it crosses some really good flat water spots like (for the life of me I can’t find it again on the map. I’ll fill this in later but it looked great!!)

The original plan was to stop another day half way to Merimbula but then my phone starts bleeping with sms’s that the event starts on Thursday. Hmmmm, quick change of plans and I head all the way to Merimbula. There is a real lack of surf and wind so it wasn’t a real problem. I stopped at so many places and all I say was golden sand, clear blue sea and no waves..

wpid-DSC_0144.jpgAnyway. Not the best update in the world, I’m a day behind now. This really is a magic stretch of coast that I’ve never had the time to explore. I’ll be back I think to do more exploring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road trip to Mambo Part 1

It was a pretty laid back start to the trip if I have to be honest. The rain that has been belting down the coast wasn’t really motivating for a week long road trip. But I’ve got the week off work and I’m sure there is some wind, sun and surf SOMEWHERE!

A few hours south of Sydney and I decided to pull into Kiama to check out the wind. It’s almost always windy at the first beach you past coming into Kiama with the train tracks right up next to it. It’s still raining at this point and looking at the charts and map it doesn’t look too flash for the southerly thats coming in. Also giving it the once over inspection, I’ll be honest it isn’t the safest place for a solo kite in limited visibility. A quick check of the map shows the next really viable beach to kite is Werri beach, hey I’ve surfed there before.

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This is the site that welcomed me to Werri beach! It’s not the nicest view to welcome you to a days kiting. Anyway, it seems windy lets hit it!

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The south end of the beach simply doesn’t work in a southerly, its proper protected. with a bit of east it could actually work and there is a nice wave at the point that would work will on a good day. This chap was getting stuck into it.

I went out from about the middle of the beach. It’s really gusty and the surf is pretty wild. I wasn’t game enough to stick the go-pro on to be honest. Self launching with the go-pro on the front lines will go one of two ways, one of those sucks. There is a huge rip in the middle of the beach here and the current up the shore is pushing me upwind like crazy, this is really odd and I couldn’t tell how windy it really was. If I got out the back I was a bit underpowered on the 9 but close in I was powered up. There are some big sucky slabs hitting a sandbar half way out so I decided just to stick in the powered up section and play about a bit. It was quite fun but the current is really strong, at one point I’m going down the line on a wave with loads of power, I look at the shore and I’m not even moving! Really weird..

The rain eventually killed play after about an hour with the wind getting all fluffy and weird. Wish visibility down to about 100m I call it and head in.

One good safety tip I can give for days like these when it really is suspect is flick a message to someone that knows what your doing, tell them where you are and when you think you’ll be back. Thinking back to a few accidents anything can happen and no-one here is likely to notice.

Anyway, Onwards down to Mollymook for the night. The storms are still going so no real action in the arvo. It’s nice to get a snooze in.

Tuesday morning brings SUN and WAVES. Woohoo! for 1 hour this morning I had a 2-3ft glassy break all to myself! Now thats how it should be!

Here are some pics from today.

Alliance & Liquid Force Demo/Clinic Day

Hey Crew, I just found out about an Alliance Kite Demo day at Kurnell THIS WEEKEND (5-6th October)

Join the team from Alliance Gear when they host the Liquid Force Kite Australia Pro Team when they roll into Sydney to showcase the 2014 LF product range and you get to ride with the Team and be guided along the way, a great way to score some cheeky little tips ahead of the intensive professional coaching day Sunday!!
Project Kaizen is the brain child of world famous Chris Wardell known for kiting and cable park skills, him and the National LF team riders will guide you through techniques to improve and help you unlock the key to understanding the art of self improvement.
There are limited spots left for the Kaizen Clinic so please contact us immediately if you are interested.
Sounds like it could be a good day and I really hope they get some wind. Please contact James at Alliance for more details on exact timings etc.
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