With 2019 drawing to a close its time to look back at some of the highlights.
An awesome winter was topped off with Storm Gareth in march with the above shot of Lee at Porthleven, taken by Mike Newman featuring as a half page in THE TIMES newspaper.
The first comp of the year was The Edge Cup , British Kitefoil Championships in Exmouth. Lee won the Masters division and the Silver Fleet (Inflatable Kites) for full report click here https://www.edgewatersports.com/10th-annual-edge-race-cup-2019/
A great summer ensued where we decided to focus more on coaching rather than beginner lessons. This worked really well with a lot of people coming for Foil coaching on lighter days, improving jumps and tricks when it was windy and getting in the waves on surfboards when it was wavey. We also ran numerous Windsurf Intro to Wave Sailing private coaching sessions.
For 2020 we are going to continue to focus on Coaching as feel this is an area where many Kitesurfers and Windsurfers can greatly benefit from our knowledge and expertise to not only gain better skills but safety knowledge as well which could lead to saving lives. We will be updating the website over the coming months.
The next comp was the British Kitesports Wavemasters which was held in Brandon Bay, Ireland at the start of October.
Lee came away with the win in the Pro Mens fleet for the 7th year in a row.
For the full report click here https://www.britishkitesports.org/news/bksa-wavemasters-2019-brandon-bay-what-a-week/
After Ireland we went straight to Scotland for the British Windsurf Championships Round 1 - The Tiree Wave Classic.
After a great week Lee cam away with 2nd in the Masters Fleet.
It was then home to Cornwall and Round 2 - The Cornwall Wave Classic.
Crazy stormy weather with 70mph winds in the morning slowly died off towards the final of the Masters fleet, however Lee managed to sail to 3rd place, winning the 2019 British Wavesailing Masters Title to complete the hat trick of British Champion in 3 different windsport disciplines - Kitefoil, Kitewave, Windsurf!
For report from the British Wavesailing Accociation click here - https://britishwavesailingassociation.com/
Thanks to my sponsors for the continued support and making the best gear that allows me to do what I do-
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We wish you all a windy, wavey and safe 2020 :)
Results 2019- Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
British Kitesurf Pro Mens Champion
British Kitefoil Masters Champion
British Windsurfing Masters Champion
To celebrate the arrival of summer and Lee placing 3rd at the British Foil Championships, we are running a comp courtesy of Supersaturated Hard wearing Fashion.
1st prize - Softshell in blue, size large worth £55 (as pictured)
2 runners up prizes of a Supersaturated Tee shirt, various sizes available.
To be entered into the draw simply-
Draw will take place 1st July 2015 and winners will be notified via Facebook message. If you do not win, have no fear you can still look good by buying clothes from the Supersaturated website and using the code - SUMMER20 at checkout for 20% off! www.supersaturated.co.uk
Terms & conditions-
For the draw to take place a minimum number of 20 entries is required. In the event of insufficient entries by 1st July the draw will role over to 1st August. Supersaturated and Pasty Adventures decision is final. Any information regarding this prize draw will be displayed on the Pasty Adventures Facebook page.
The 2015 British Kitesurfing Racing Championships took place at the Edge Cup on 6th and 7th June in Exmouth hosted by Edge Watersports.
Split into three classes of Formula race board, Foil board and Open fleet there was a great turn out of over 50 riders from 8 countries including the Top 10 in the World for the Formula class.
On Saturday the wind was blowing Westerly 15-20 mph which meant for some great action packed racing with the Formula and Foil classes completing 8 races each and the Open class 4 races.
This year I competed in the Foil for the first time after working with Fastafoil over the last year, I was super keen to see how fast I was going and line up against 2014 British Champ Guy Bridge along with 4 visiting French guys. For the first race I used the 10m North Dyno and was super happy to take 3rd place with half the fleet using faster Foil kites. As I wanted more power I quickly headed in to change up to the 13m Dyno and took 2nd place in Race 2 behind Guy Bridge riding on a Spotz 2 hydrofoil and Ozone Chrono 9m Foil kite who was blisteringly fast and overtaking all of the Formula guys after 2 laps despite them starting 1 minute ahead.
For the remainder of the races I placed 3rd behind both Guy and Theo de Ramecourt (France) which I was super pleased with after having some great battles with Mateo from France in 4th who overtook me on most of the upwind legs with his ultra fast Elf kite but I managed to overtake him again on all the downwinds with good speed and fast foiling gybes which made the difference.
In the Formula class 2013 World Champion Florian Grubber from Germany held a narrow lead from Florian Trittel (Spain) and Olly Bridge (Exmouth).
While we took a break for lunch the Open fleet hit the water for 4 races. With a mix of riders using different boards it was Matt Taylor from Praa Sands that was leading the fleet riding a Sector board and North Dyno 13m. A great result from Matt after lots of hard work and awesome to see my coaching paying off with a win in his first event.
After a great days racing it was off to Pebblebed vineyard for some top nosh and fine wine, courtesy of Jeff. Thanks again for the amazing food.
Sunday dawned and as the forecast predicted it was light although at 9am there was just about enough wind blowing down the estuary at about 6 knts. The course was set and we headed out with me as the only tube kite able to get off the beach on my 18m Dyno. As quite often happens in Exmouth as the sun came up the sea breeze started to work and cancelled out the Northerly wind meaning everyone got rescued before we could start. We then waited to see if the sea breeze would fill in enough and around 12pm the course was reset in 6knts of southerly wind.
Yet again I was the only inflatable able to make it to the start line but felt powered and was making my tacks and gybes. At the start I was bang on the money, but was simply blown away by the speed and pointing ability of these big foil kites in such light wind. Half way up the beat the wind dropped a bit and my kite simply fell backwards into the water after a tack. I was then sat there watching all the formula guys get slower and slower as the made there way to the windward mark and by the time they started coming downwind, the wind had dropped so that even the foil kites would not stay in the air and everyone was rescued again.
That marked the end of racing apart from a paddleboard race which is always a good workout against the 8knts of tide in the channel.
Thanks to Steph and all the Edge Watersports team for another great event, the rescue cover and beach marshalls were the best I've ever seen! Big thanks to all the sponsors for making it happen and everyone for turning up. It was great to see so many foils and have such a buzz around this new discipline. I can't wait for next year, lets make it over 30 Foil boards!
Thanks to my sponsors-
North Kiteboarding, FastaFoil, O'Neill, Ketos, Supersaturated
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
Formula- 1st Florian Grubber (Germany), 2nd Florian Trittel (Spain), 3rd Olly Bridge (Exmouth)
Foil- 1st Guy Bridge (Exmouth), 2nd Theo de Ramecourt (France), 3rd Lee Harvey (Hayle)
Open- 1st Directional Matt Taylor (Praa Sands), 1st Twin Tip Lance Oliver, 1st Women Bel Stanley
Rou Chater - Iksurfmag
To learn to Kitefoil or for kitesurf foil coaching click here
This weekend saw the Legend of the Bay event being run for the 2nd time at Watergate Bay near Newquay. In this unique event athletes compete in Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddle boarding to find the best overall waterman who claims the titleof Legend of the Bay.
As in 2013 Lee dominated the kitesurfing side of the event with the qualifiers held on saturday 18th april in tricky offshore conditions. Despite the small waves Pasty perfomed some powerful and stylish turns to advance to the final without losing a heat.
The final of the kite was held on sunday 19th april in much different conditions, a light sideshore wind with double overhead waves, Lee again dominated with some high scoring rides to take the win infront of Josh Coombes in 2nd and Neal Gent 3rd.
In the SUP side of the event, held on Sunday, things were a little different with the conditions showing everyone who was boss with 8ft closeout sets making the paddle out somehwhat tricky at times.
Lee managed to make it to the quarter finals and 9th place to give him 3rd Overall while Newquay locals Dom Moore and Josh Coombes made it all the way to the final. With Dave Ewer nailing so awesome rides he took the win while Dom battled into 2nd place with Josh unable to get a 2nd scoring ride and ending up 4th. This left Dom and Josh tied for the overall title and making it a 1,2,3 for Cornwall.
Well done to all the winners and everyone for surviving in some very challenging surf on Sunday!
pics by Keira Ridel
West Cornwall played host to the IksurfMag Wave Classic Kitesurf Wave competition from 20th – 25th October. The UKs top kitesurfers battled it out on the beaches of West Cornwall in a varied range of conditions with 22 competitors across the 3 fleets of- Pro Men, Seniors and Ladies.
Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey won the Pro Mens division with Marc Rowley (Porthcawl) winning the seniors and Sukie Robertson (Perranporth) the ladies.
For more info, pics and write up check out http://www.iksurfmag.com/kitesurfing-news/2014/10/iksurfmag-wave-classic/
Check out this amazing competition from Explora Morocco. They are offering a place on their Kite Progression Camp at their base in Essaouira running from 17th October for one lucky winner.
The first prize includes
- Return transfers from Marrakech Airprot
- 7 nights’ B&B Riad Al Zahia hotel
- Lunch and dinner throughout the camp
- 5 day of progression coaching
- 1-1 Private session and continuous coaching throughout
- Daily yoga sessions to kick off the day
- Surfing and SUP all week
- Photos to take home with you
“Second prize is a hamper full of kitesurfing essentials; a rash vest, sunglasses, Havianas and suncream and, on top of that, a six hour kite course for the winner and a friend! The winner of the third prize will get £50 to spend at Hurley.
All you need to do is click here to get to the competition page and answer the really easy question to enter.
Explora Morocco have two centres based in Essaouria and Dakhla where they offer instruction for a range of water sports including kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing. To read more about Explora Morocco visit their website here”
Here we are coming to the end of my 3rd week in Cape Town and we have only had 2 days without any action on the water which meant we could be cheesy tourists for a day;)
Although its not been as windy as normal with the Cape Doctor (se wind) mostly turning up late in the day, we have had some great conditions for kite wave riding and also a few days of epic surf down the point. I'm staying at the super nice Cape Town Kite Club and recommend anyone coming to South Africa to stay here as it is right in Big Bay within a 2 minute walk of the beach, restaurants, pubs and shops with all the facilities on hand including an indoor Braii (bbq) and lovely swimming pool which is perfect for cooling off in whilst waiting for the wind.
Last week we had the South African Kite Tour event at Big Bay where I placed 4th in the waves, losing in the semis to event winner and 3 time SA Champ, Luke McGillewie who was the only other competitior riding strapless in the challenging close out waves. Still a great event with some awesome riding in the Freestyle final by Jonno and Ozzie wowing the crowds.
While out here I am super pleased to be involved with a new Kitesurf Wave Coaching series from Progression which is due for release towards the end of the year. Be sure to Like their page on facebook to stay up to date with how its going and to see some teaser clips. Below is our first test with the amazing FS700 super slow mo camera on a NW day down the point at pumping Witsands.
Be sure to follow Pasty Adventures on Facebook to see all the news and pics from our time out here in the Cape of Good Fun!
Have you checked out our upcoming Kitesurf Holiday in Dakhla 1st - 12th March. Currently still have space, click here for more details.
Thanks for reading, stay safe and Happy Kiting :)
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
Sorry for the delay but was hard as we sadly lost Jake who filmed and was going to produce the video.
Live life to the full. Love you bro
Kitesurf racing 25-26 May 2013 at Marazion, Cornwall for the Pasty Cup. Round 1 of the British Kitesurfing race championships.
Organised by Pasty Adventures kitesurf school.
Sponsored by- National Marine Aquarium, Seiners Arms, Philps Pasties.
Supported by- Cornwall Tourism, Kiteworld, Hager-Vor, Lodeys, North, Freeriders
Music by Kernow Vibration- Ansum Day
Camera by Jacob Cockle
2nd Pasty, 1st Olly, 3rd Denzil
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey traveled to Exmouth last weekend 15th - 16th June for round 2 of the British Kiteracing championships.
As usual another great event from Steph and the Edge crew.
Lee came away with 5 2nds & 4 3rds from the 9 races completed with Olly Bridge winning all 9 to take his 2nd win of 2013 on the kiterace circuit.
For Lee this now means a 1st(waves), 3rd & 2nd (racing) from the 3 UK Kitesurfing events so far this year, proving that when you have a kitesurfing lesson with Pasty Adventures, you really are being taught by one of the best riders in the country :)
Check out the report online now http://www.edgewatersports.com/2013/news/edge-race-cup-report-2.htm
BKSA Coach, Lee is running two kitesurfing clinics in Cornwall this weekend and the forecast is looking perfect.
Saturday 22nd June sees a Intermediate Twin Tip clinic at Marazion where we will look at how to do some exciting moves such as backloops, frontrolls and kiteloops. Perfect to boost your kitesurfing level this summer.
Sunday 23rd June we have an Intro to Waves clinic (probably at Gwithian) where we will get you up and kitesurfing on a surfboard, making turns and hacking your first waves.
Space limited to ensure personal coaching so book quick. Only £50pp.
All the details in our Kitesurfing Clinics page
Race fleet winners
The 2013 Pasty Cup write up is now up on the Event Report page
Check it out. More pics and video out soon.