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BKSA Round One

THURSDAY 29 MARCH

A good turn out from the pro fleet provided the press and film crews with plenty of action and interviews- of course there was great wind waves and sun.

There was footage shown over the three days on ITV Westcountry , BBC SouthWest, radio interviews on Atlantic FM and BBC Cornwall, as well as lots of coverage in the regional papers.

FRIDAY 30 MARCH

13 pro men and 6 pro ladies registered for the competition.

Riders have been training hard this winter in foreign climes, including South Africa , Australia and the Philippines. Competitors came from South Africa , Ireland and the UK to make up the field of competitors.

Unfortunately the wind did not play ball on the Friday - it was up and down so no competition was held.

SATURDAY 31 MARCH

13 amateurs, 7 juniors and 6 seniors registered for the amateur comp - the standard having risen as well as some of the heights of some of the junior competitors!

Saturday started with clear skies and building surf but the wind was still not the best.

N to NE winds meant the direction was cross offshore and the cliffs created turbulence. The wind was very gusty and difficult for the pro fleet who were were first to sail.

After a riders' meeting the fleet decided to carry on with the competition even though conditions were very difficult. The gusty winds provided one or two upsets and proved a big hindrance to the more technical riders, whilst the old school moves became the staple for consistent scoring.

Both the men's and women's pro fleets were completed with one or two shocks on the podium.

PRO MEN'S RESULTS:

1 - Lewis Crathern
2 - Ali Barrett
3 - Mark Conolly

PRO WOMEN'S RESULTS:

1 - Andreya Wharry
2 - Steph Bridge
3 - Helen Thompson

The first four heats of the amateur men were run, but unfortunately due to the incoming tide, competition was suspended for the day .

Saturday night saw a great party at the Beach Hut - competitors rocked till the early hours!

SUNDAY 01 APRIL

Sunday morning started promisingly as riders woke to plenty of pranks and jokes on this April Fools Day, however the biggest joke was that the wind disappeared during the riders briefing.

Several attempts to run the competition in various formats from full heats to a slope style best trick failed in the disappointing wind.

The presentation was held below the beach cafe at the Extreme Academy where the pro winners were presented officially with their results.

Due to the bad conditions, two more prizes were given to people who caught the judges eye. Rebecca Morris, the only female riding in the ams got the best wipe out ... after being dazed she still managed to get back up and try to carry on with her heat. Junior Dan Sweeny was awarded a prize for a fantastic attempt at a slim chance which he just missed landing in the poor wind.

FINAL RESULTS IN FULL:

PRO MEN

1 - Lewis Crathern
2 - Ali Barrett
3 - Mark Connolly
4 - Sam Light
5 - Robin Snuggs
6 - Lance Nunn
7= - Francois Colussi
7= - Chris Burke
9= - Matt Coleby
9= - Sean Murphy
9= - Eamon Armstrong
9= - Taro Neihaus


PRO LADIES

1 - Andeya Wharry
2 - Steph Bridge
3 - Helen Thompson
4 - Johara Sykes Davies
5 - Annalisa Dovey
6 - Jo Wilson

For full Gallery of images check the website gallery www.kitesurfing.org

SPONSORS - Extreme Academy

SUB SPONSORS - Kiteworld magazine, Kitesurf magazine, Naish , Da Kine, KSA Clothing , F- One.



Added: 2007-04-03

Category: News

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