Fraserburgh turned on the charm on Sunday morning for kitesurfers returning to the beach for the final day of the Scottish Windfest on Tour and Kite Boarder Cross Tour event. After a first day spent waiting for the wind to kick in and having to deal with intermittent rain showers on Saturday; kitesurfers were treated to sunshine and blue skies on Sunday morning. More importantly there was wind and whilst it had changed direction, it meant that event organisers were able to get the second race of the kiteboarder cross competition started by mid-morning.
Having enjoyed watching the kitesurfers, if not the weather on Saturday, spectators returned for a second day of action and along The Esplanade and at the water’s edge, photographers stood poised waiting for the ‘money shot’.
The format for the Kiteboarder Cross Tour is to have at least three races over the duration of the event, with points being allocated to riders according to their finishing position after each race. Once the final race is completed, riders are allowed to discount their lowest score, meaning that only the best two out of three scores count. To create a more level playing field for the kitesurfers, who’s stance can be either ‘goofy’ or’ regular’; the kiteboarder course is mapped out differently with the obstacles being repositioned for each race.
The cross-offshore wind created challenging conditions on the water for the final day. Whilst some local kitesurfers had the advantage of being familiar with kitesurfing at Fraserburgh beach; spotting and navigating obstacles in waves gave a different perspective. But for Senior British Kitesurf Freestyle Champion, Peter Jones, who was in pole position at the end of the first day, experience and skill paid off. Taking first place in all three of his races; Peter who is from Newcastle and is sponsored by Airush and Shinn, won first place in the competition. Joining him on the podium were JP Butterworth in 2nd place and Ross Knox in 3rd place, both from Aberdeen, with Damien Carre, also from Aberdeen finishing in 4th place. Maggie Davies from Synergy Kitesports won the ladies competition.
Mark Davies, owner of Synergy Kitesports and event organiser said “We’ve never had a kiteboarder cross event at Fraserburgh and I don’t think any of the kitesurfers had tried it before, but they gave it a go and they enjoyed themselves. It’s been a fantastic event; the atmosphere has been great, the sun came out and we had wind; what more can we ask for! The event was funded by Aberdeenshire Council and I would like to thank them and all our event organisers and supporters; Scottish Windfest On Tour, Kiteboarder Cross Tour and Cheers Bar & Tavern Fraserburgh for making this happen. I only hope now that we can build on this to further promote action sports in Fraserburgh. We have the facilities and we have talented and experienced action sports athletes’ local to the area. We just need to tie the two together to really put Fraserburgh back on the map!”
1st Place - Pete Jones 200 Points
2nd Place - JP Butterworth 160 Points
3rd Place - Ross Knox 160 Points
4th Place - Damien Carre 140 Points