The KB4girls 2010 World Tour event in Lancing UK was a great inspiration to the thirty aspiring kite girls who joined the nine-time world champion Kristin Boese on the England stop in Lancing - organised with incredible support from the local kite communities.
Tailored to meet the needs of different levels of expertise, the KB4girls clinic aimed at helping the girls improve their riding skills. The clinic also gave the girls a chance to build their local kite boarding network and get to know more female kiters so they can hit the waters together in the future.
The clinic took place with help and support of the local kite communities of Shoreham and Lancing, coordinated by Frazer Stewart and Andrina Kelly and supported by the Adur Outdoor Activities Center, The Beach House Shoreham, Brighton Kitesurfing Accademy, and ourselves, Kiteworld Magazine.
The event programme started with a mandatory official IKO safety workshop. Followed by a BBQ, bon fire and recreational games in which the girls got a chance to get to know each other better during the first evening. With the kite spots around Lancing being very tide dependent the clinic then started at 6.30 am on Saturday morning with Kristin’s popular on the water demonstration.Wind conditions were difficult and not suitable for the participants so the group focused on technique coaching and simulator training on land after the demonstration of the tricks. In search of wind the group moved over to the Hayling Island Kitesurf Club in the afternoon but had no luck there either, and a similar forecast for Sunday meant a more or less windless ending to the clinic.
Annelies van de Velde was awarded a Best Kiteboarding t-shirt as most improved rider on the simulator bar while Jo Malyon was awarded the Silke-Gorldt-Spirit-Award and received a Kitesurfing DVD by Kristin Boese for her continuous effort and help during the event.
Thanks were due to all the helpers and volunteers. Andrina Kelly and Nina Voelker received a Best Kiteboarding Kristin Boese pro model kite board as thanks for their support. Other local volunteers who received special necklaces from Kristin included Tash and Kevin (who helped organise the event), Ellie (who helped with coaching), Jake (instructor), Laura (who travelled from Zanzibar to help out as an IKO instructor), Solveig Rudick (assistant), Mark Glendinning (videographer) and Christian (star photographer).