Thanks for the texts about our bit on the BBC, it’ll be on Kitesurfkings TV on the main site by next week.

Bummer they didn’t use as much footage as we’d have liked, so interviews with Dan, Elliot and Karen were not used but we’ll get hold of footage.

Missing the wind? Us too! Today was the one day it might have happened but it’s not looking promising for anyone wishing to go kitesurfing.

A few guys are planning kite landboarding sessions for the w’end to catch the light northerly’s. If you’re up for it you can post here and we’ll hook you up.

What a fun day, long but fun! We met the BBC South East team at Devil’s Dyke early doors to do some filming of our kite landboarding site but the weather was nasty! The producer arrived bang on time, closely followed by the camera man and then, not so closely but in great spirits, came the PR rep and Kaddy the presenter and weather lady. The view up at Devil’s Dyke is stunning but it was hard to see more than a couple of hundred meters in any direction. Gray, wet and windy was the day ahead…yeah baby, windy! So, all good really!! After a bit of filming at Devil’s Dyke it was straight to Shoreham Beach.

We headed down to Shoreham Beach, had a coffee and met up with the rest of the guys who were getting involved for the day: John (donning a wetsuit rather than a dry suit for the first time this year, using him as a human thermometer I’d say that’s a good sign), Dan (Cabrinha and NPX’d to the max), Olly (representing for Liquid Force), Craig (doing a behind the scenes shoot with all his phat high-tech camera goodness), Elliot (star of the show, pinging around a powerkite whilst being interviewed) and Karen (Elliot’s step mum, a master at looking good whilst being wind swept and interviewed).

Elliot and Karen were interviewed first, flying a powerkite on Shoreham Beach, the wind was already up to 18 knots and quite gusty so Elliot was doing really well (obviously had great instruction!) to keep such great control and be interviewed at the same time. John, Dan and Olly were then in the water, mid tide and bang on shore with a bit of shore dump – fortunately still styling it out with some exceptionally risky kitesurfing tricks, especially from Dan who seemed to enjoy landing kite loops in six inches of water (big up – but remember you’re off to Maui next week fella!).

Between Craig and the BBC lots of great kiting was caught on camera. I (I’m Luke, ‘hi’) taught Kaddy to powerkite and answered some questions and generally had fun, hope it comes out O.K. Dan had an interview too and went out to show some more kitesurfing tricks in the shore dump at high tide. The new HD Go-Pro cameras (which Kitesurfkings sell – pimp, pimp, pimp) caught some super slick footage from Dan’s board and we’ll get that on Kitesurfkings TV, along with the BBC stuff, when it’s ready. Show is on BBC Inside Out South East on 1st March – or check it on BBC iplayer any time after that.

So, the snow didn’t fall as heavily as had been forecast so snowkiting is off the cards. Back to kite landboarding and waiting to hit the water. For anyone that hasn’t seen the water for a while here’s Shoreham Beach. Not enough wind still but we might have some cross shore action Thursday next week in Shoreham, no promises as the forecast is still looking flakey but we might be able to do s’thing?!

Back to playing the waiting game before we can get out kitesurfing; likely to be more northerly winds over the next week or so but we’ll be waiting and watching like seagulls at a picnic!

Dude!

Right now is it -1’c and it is snowing! Not the heavy kinda snow that makes you think of grabbing your kite and hitting the slopes but then this is how it always starts. There’s more snow up north and it could be back for the whole country! Check out the blog entry from 16th Jan to see what can be done if the snow comes back with force. Can’t drive in it? That’s what I thought but Kev drove his T4 all the way up to Devil’s Dyke for four days during the heavy snow in Jan, not saying you should just that it can be done!

Wind?! Yeah, you know the score. It’s all off shore here on the south coast and the various wind forecasts are al harmonious. There is wind due and so if there is a decent snow fall then let’s take a lead from everyone that was making the most of it in January and who’s tales we’ve been subject to. How high did you say?

Good times were had kite landboarding on the w’end and it was nice to have four kiters on 10m inflatable’s styling it on Saturday, kinda worth damaging my knee for! Hello to the guys from London that had come down for the day and were loving the ‘super clean wind and amaizing views’, yeah the wind was good and for sure it’s nice by the coast, gotta say your local spot of Richmond, London sounds dire! Drink rather than kiting was the subject of interest on Sat night, leaving drinks for Jamie Mills who won’t be kiting or teaching here on the south coast for a while after scouring a job teaching in the Cook Islands! Good luck Jamie, do get a haircut though fella!

Powerkites and Bow Kites at Devils Dyke

More light northerly winds are forecast for the week ahead so it’s good news for kite landboarding and not such great news for kitesurfers that don’t have private rescue. When’s Fatboy going to start kitesurfing, sure he’d buy a cheeky speed boat to kitesurf the south coast on northerly winds.

Anyway, there is good news for any hardcore kitesurfers who want to get a pre work kite session in on Tuesday. The forecast, which we all know changes a lot, now states that we will have a WSW bouncing between 20 and 30 knots. We are due heavy rain and gusty conditions but that sounds good to me! Low tide is around 7.30am and the wind is due to go back off shore later in the day so don’t miss it!!

I’m thinking about having a kite in Hove but there haven’t been many kitesurfers out in Hove recently and the self launching and landing there is not ideal with the posts, poles and groynes. If anyone’s up for a kite first thing Tuesday morning in Hove then let’s meet up.

If there are no takers for Hove then it’ll be Shoreham Beach. The traffic has been a bit of a nightmare between Brighton and Shoreham recently and at busy o’clock it won’t be the best. The upside of kitesurfing in Shoreham is that The Beach Cafe does a bloody great cooked breakfast. Knowing there’s a nice cuppa and a cooked breakfast waiting could justify squeezing an extra hour out on the water. Shoreham or Hove, anyone up for a kit Tuesday? ‘I’ve gotta work’, we’ve all gotta work so let’s get on it early doors!!

Kite landboarding at our site on Devils Dyke has been excellent this week; the site is a dedicated Kitesurfkings landboarding site and is privately owned so if you’re after a lesson that’s great. If you’re already kite landboarding then that’s cool and you’ll have your own locations you use. Sorry but we can’t invite none students to use Devils Dyke for kite landboarding. I’m sure we’ll arrange sessions later in the year when we’ll have a ‘come and play’ landboarding session but for now it’s Kitesurfkings lessons only I’m afraid.

The week ahead…

January 24, 2010

Umm.

Starting on a positive note, the kitesurfing Friday morning was bloody great! I rocked up at Shoreham Beach at 8am and there were already two guys in Shoreham having a pre work session. It was pissing down with rain but the wind and water conditions were good, and personally I was loving it, so much warmer than the kitesurfing session on the 12th which was on the water but also in the snow.

Looking up the coast to Lancing I could see John Woods, and the Sweeney brothers also out and loving it. Later I spoke to Jamie Mills who was also out for the morning session, now that is commitment to the cause when you’ve just landed a kitesurfing job in the Cook Islands!! As jealous as we are, full respect and have a blinder, see you for a fair well meal and mash up on the 6th.

Oh, yeah, this week’s wind…

Doesn’t look like a good week for south coast kitesurfing; there are no pumping days forecast that would warrant a trip to catch the northery winds we have forecast. Doh!

Kite landboarding was good yesterday and might give that a go again this week. Will Blog with excitement if the wind forecast changes.

KSK’s office will be closed on Monday whilst respects are paid to a past friend. Live life to the full, no one knows how long we have.

Peace Out

July 23, 2009


So, what’s new? Loads!!!

The launch of our new kite landboarding school has gone with a blast and we had a great time with the group of 10 that joined us last weekend. In no time the guys went from flying powerkites for the first time to using landboards and buggies with the kites – a couple of the guys even managed upwind! Check out our site for more info and pricing.

Wind…

Well, we’ve had some! Sadly we’ve been having to rearrange lots of lessons due to either no wind or too much wind! Some kite schools would teach you even if the conditions were not right for learning – we’re not some kite schools. Hang in there guys, as you know we’ve full time instructors to jumkp on that wind when it’s there.

Trips a plenty!

You must have heard about our fantastic Kite Clinics by now but if not do check out the info via our ‘Home’ or ‘Sessions’ page from the Kitesurfkings website.

Anything else? Yeah Baby!

New Cabrinha Nomad might not be the kite for everyone but for the more advanced rider it’s a dream bit of kit. Coming into the country now so if you’re keen then you better give me a shout 07878 399 419.

Thanks to all of our students who have been doing really well and are only being let down by the wind. We are looking at putting a trip together for you guys at the start of November to say a big thank you – come n kite!