To the one kitesurfer out in Lancing when I got to Shoreham this morning at 7.30, I salute you! A few other kitersurfers could be seen as the morning rolled on, although it was hard to see up the coast through the grey. Although grey it was, how great to be out! 20 knots on arrival, highest gusts today were at 8.30 and reached 28 knots. Wind flicked around from SW to straight W and the waves were reasonable. Good times.

Above’s a photo taken by Craig Sawyer of Dan Sweeney, neither being put off by the cold, who’s more mental? The guys doing the kitesurfing or Craig standing in the water taking photos?!

Missed today’s session? All is not lost…

The wind forecast for the weekend has improved: Saturday the forecast is 15 to 20 knots SW/S/SW, so could be bang on shore or our fav, south-west. Aim for low tide if its early days for you or you might not get out. Sunday forecast is now 19 to 20 knots SW – yeah baby! Low tide at 11.40, come on south coast kitesurfers, let’s represent!

Kitesurfkings are running lessons on both days, get your name down if you want to be on the hit list.

Wakeskate Kitesurfing Session

Here’s a cheeky photo by Craig Sawyer of Dan Sweeney stylin’ out during Friday’s kitesurfing session in Lancing. Gotta give a lotta respect for all south coast riders who are representing kitesurfing at every given opportunity. Gotta say Little Hapton, Goring, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham and Hove kitesurfers always seem to be grabbing it whilst it’s there. Keep it up and we could all be sylin’ it out on the water like Dan!

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Kitesurfing in the snow!

January 19, 2010

Check out these kitesurfing photos from last week’s kiting in Lancing…I said I’d get hold of them and here they are:

Here you’ve got Olly Sweeney (Liquid Force Rider) setting his kite up on the ‘green’, although not very green!

Here’s Dan Sweeney (Cabrinha Kitesurfing Rider) with a rather blinging new 2010 Cabrinha Switchblade 8m kite and Cabrinha Custom 2010 kite board.

Kitesurfing runs in their blood it seems, and maybe that helped keep um warm?!

There’s a healthy rivalry between these boys, both living and breathing kitesurfing and representing two very different kitesurfing brands. These boy can both kite!!

Dan Sweeney, from Worthing, is the UK Junior kitesurfing Champion you can follow him at: www.dansweeneyuk.co.uk

Craig Swayer took these photos but you can check out some more of his pics via his site which is: www.craigsawyerphotography.co.uk

Below are some other photos from our kitesurfing session in Lancing last Tuesday:

Finally back in the water!

January 12, 2010

Had some wind today, woop, woop!

Chris and I went to Lancing and met up with John Woods (all his idea), Dan Sweeney, Olly and Craig for a kitesurf session in the snow! O.k, so it wasn’t actually snowing whilst we were kiting but there was still loads of it everywhere and there’s the walk from the car park to the beach – so needless to say we were rather cold before we got into the water.

SE wind at 19 knots, so rather sweet, water was a bit lumpy and the wind chill brought the temp to -4! Personally it wasn’t the temp that was the issue, I’ve just turned into a wimp from not kiting enough before the New Year, as spent all windy days teaching kitesurfing in Shoreham and not actually doing any kitesurfing. Had no power, so it’s time to get fit again for the season ahead. Any ideas how to get quick fast?

Chris said he’d never felt such pain after kiting today without any gloves, he did try to buy mine for £50 just before we got into the water but then I’d have been in the same state as he was when he came off the water. Dan Sweeney was busting some stylin’ moves but didn’t get as much footage as planned; just read on Dan’s website  that he felt like he was ‘going to die’ – well dude, you’re gonna feel like that when you get to kitesurf all these sweet spots in your boardies. There’s no place like, or as cold, as home!

Olly did the phattest 2nd tack kitesurfing move I’ve seen anyone pull off in Lancing for quite some time, well done you! Phat railey, slick handle pass and super smooth landing in front of a wave and just meters from the beach. Gotta be happy with that, but not stacking his new LF kite into the groynes moments after causing serious damage. John didn’t care he was under powered on his kite and shot off down the beach in full bindings, unhooking and playing around before walking back up the beach with a random find by way of a 2lt bottle of milk?! Half way towards that, post kite session, cuppa tea.

Try n get some picture from the session up here tomorrow.

Friday could be good – who’s up for it then?