Although the forecast had promised sunshine and a Westerly wind, they defiantly had the luck of the Angels with perfect conditions for our first event of 2007. By 9am West Shore was a hive of activity, everyone was overwhelmed by the number of our fellow kiters showing their support helping to get the event site ready and ensuring it ran smoothly. Over 60 Wanna-Be-Angels from all over the North West traveled to take part in what was for many their first taste in power kiting. Some arrived early, eager to talk about this adrenaline sport and others stayed around to be part of the buzzing atmosphere surrounding the event.
Flexifoil had very kindly provided the kites for the weekend ranging from their 2-line Buzz to the 4-line Sting and more powerful Rage. The Angels were lucky enough to have some great names in kiting offering to instruct for us this year so these budding new athletes had only the best introduction into the sport. They worked alongside the Angels using the Punk Buzzes for the kids who were so excited about doing 'loopthe loop' to a large number of girls who got the hang of flying the 4-line Stings and moved on to try various other traction kites such as the 4-line Rage for those who wanted to feel some more power. There was also the opportunity to try flying them on handles or on a bar depending on what direction the girls were interested in progressing.
There were female and junior, land and water kiters on hand to chat to the participants after their lessons with photos and videos to watch the action that could await them if they come back for more! The initial motivation for the Angel's Tour was to spread the word that kiting is such a fun sport for women and the event gives increased confidence to participants learning with a group of other women. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere at this first Angel's event of the year was a real encouragement to so many varying people. There were even girls returning from last year's event that had carried on kiting and wanted to chat about their next steps to get on the water or progress onto a landboard or into a buggy. There were lots of children at the event with colorful faces thanks to Pat Pierce doing face paints and we had received a £50 voucher from the local Protest Boardwear clothing shop 'Hussel'. We raised £56.00 for the North Wales Air Ambulance through the sale of raffle tickets and face painting.
We have had so much support and want to say BIG thanks to our fantastic sponsors Turbulence, Flexifoil and Protest, Flexifoil team rider Natz, Flexifoil and Turbulence team riders Rob Hills and Martyn Hogg and Turbulence team riders Tall Paul and Ali Barret and our fellow kiters Dave, Justin, Jamster, Britters, Steve, Ian, Degsy, Richard, Brummie Matt. Especially Carl for all your hard work also thankyou to Seb, Sandra and of course Dave for coming along.