Lew’s news – October Update…
“Wow what a month! – October was full on. The Kitesurfing Armada was a success and my talk at TEDx Brighton couldn’t have gone better. I look forward to sharing my news from last month…”
Thanks to everyone who came down to the 2015 Kitesurfing Armada. The weather was not on our side so the record attempt was not possible, however it was great to see so many people descend on Hayling Island for an incredible weekend. From the popular key note talks, to the trade show, parties and of course the first ever UK Kitesurfing Industry awards there was something for everyone. Exposure at the event was very good with the likes of BBC Radio and other reporters coming down. You can find a great write up here from Kiteworld Magazine and the official video can now be viewed here.
Next year is going to be bigger and better whilst still focusing on what we always set out to do with this, raise some much needed money for great causes. Over £150,000 has been raised in the last 3 years and I’m very proud of that.
UK Kitesurfing Industry Awards
The first ever U.K Kitesurfing Industry Awards took place over the Armada weekend hosted by KITEWORLD’s Jim Gaunt and IKSURFMAG’s Rou Chater. Votes for each of the categories were decided by a specially selected panel of 25 industry experts from the UK and abroad including World Champion kitesurfers. Then they were combined with public votes. I was nominated for the ‘Overseas Ambassador’ and was over the moon to have won it. I would say it’s one of the best awards I have received to date!
It feels great to be acknowledged for the work I am doing when I am overseas. As always I love to connect with kitesurfing communities around the world through my coaching clinics and other events. Engaging young people is also important to me too. The awards ceremony was superb and for certain will be an important event on the calendar for years to come.
Speaking at TEDx Brighton
Speaking at TEDx Brighton was something I never imagined doing when I started Kitesurfing. But on Friday 30th of October in front of a packed 1200 audience at the Brighton Dome I delivered a keynote on the topic ‘Losing Control’. I spoke in the final slot and tailored my talk around my career and my views of life. I argued that losing control can be a good thing in our lives. How can we ever learn if we do not make mistakes? To close my discussion I spoke about how I think our generation is so dependent on technology, are we maybe missing the real special moments of life? The whole experience of being part of TEDx was amazing and something I crave more of now.
Look out for the video soon which I will post as soon as TEDx release it.
Kitesurfing Industry Meeting
Over the last few years the British Kitesurfing Industry has really come together. Every now and then we meet to focus on events that can create positive growth for the sport. The British Championships and the Kitesurfing Armada are of course some of our subjects but there are a number of other things in the pipeline. It’s not just the brands that turn up, we have the Armada team and also great support from the magazines and British Kite Sports Association.
These meetings are great, especially when you consider some people are driving 6 hour round trips in order to make an appearance. I’m confident that we are doing all we can in the U.K to promote Kitesurfing as much as possible.
Above – A nice piece went on the Guardian Website promoting the TEDx event in Brighton.
One more month in the UK then it’s off to South Africa for the Winter. So that’s one more month to try and break the WOO height record where I believe it’s most possible – In Worthing! Bye for now…..
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