The weekend of 11th and 12th June, Lee competed in the 2016 British Kitefoil Championships take place at the Edge Cup in Exmouth.
Run by 5 times World Champion, Steph Bridge the event attracted top international riders as well as the best racers in Britain, making a fleet of 42 kitesurfers, competing for the £5000 prize pot and various titles.
With light winds of 6-8 mph on Saturday the racing was tense at the front of the pro fleet with World No. 2 Olly Bridge taking out 4 wins out of 4. With a few rescues in the Am fleet as the wind dropped off towards evening, racing was called off for the day with promise of more wind and sunshine on Sunday.
Sunday came with sunshine and variable breeze of 10 - 12 mph that allowed 2 races before the wind switched offshore and due to the tide made it impossible to race anymore.
Lee finished in 7th place overall and 4th in the British Nationals.
1st Olly Bridge
2nd Guy Bridge
3rd Florian Gruber (GER)
I was very happy with my result amongst the top international riders and was getting faster with every race, even beating Gunner Binash who was using the new Ozone R1 V2 in the last race.
I would like to thank my sponors- Ketos Foil, North, Fastafoil and Ion for the support and look forward to working on new race wings and getting faster before my next event.
Thanks to Steph and all the Edge Watersports crew for running another amazing event.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
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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
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Lee 'Pasty' Harvey was recently out in Qatar coaching their National Kiterace Team in preparation for the Asian Championships which they are hosting in November. Check out the report and pics on Lee's blog- http://www.leepasty.co.uk/blog.html
I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed as Kitesurf Coach to the Qatar Olympic Federation as of end of march to start their youngsters on track for Olympic glory in 2020.
Flying out to Qatar for an initial 2 week coaching session straight after I return from competing in the PKRA World Tour Wave event in Dakhla, we will then have a further 6 weeks of coaching in various locations in 2014.
I am really excited about this and am really looking forward to future possibilities.
Check out this article on British Kitesports - http://www.britishkitesports.org/news/news-training/1013-pasty-appointed-qatar-olympic-coach.html
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.
Pasty Cup winners
The whitsun bank holiday weekend saw the country's top kitesurfers come to Marazion, Cornwall to compete for the 2013 Pasty Cup sponsored by the National Marine Aquarium.
9 races were held over the 2 days in glorious weather with points going towards the 2013 British Kitesurf Racing Titles.
Race Fleet- 1st Olly Bridge, 2nd Steph Bridge, 3rd Lee Harvey
Open Fleet- 1st Ollie Lawrence, 2nd Matt Causon.
Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers. I couldn't have done it without you!
Full report, pics & vid coming soon, once I get time to breath.
The forecast is looking great for The Pasty Cup, Kitesurf Racing British Championships round 1, on 25th - 26th May at Marazion, Cornwall.
Alongside this amazing kitesurfing event, we also now have space available for a learn to kitesurf course over the weekend with our instructor Blake. Kitesurfing lessons will most likely run at Gwithian due to nw winds forecast which will also make for high speed tactical racing in cross offshore winds at Marazion.
For more info on the event and all the latest news join our Facebook group- The Pasty Cup
For more info on kitesurfing lessons in Cornwall click here
News just in that Kiteracing is to be included in the 2018 Youth Olympics and highly likely to be in the Olympics for 2020 with inclusion in all Olympic Sailing regattas from next year 2014.
Great times to be involved and bring kiteracing to youngsters who will hopefully see how great it is and take up the fastest form of sailing as a sport ;)
Interested in learning to kitesurf in Cornwall but not sure if you want to spend the money?
Then come along to the Pasty Cup, British Kitesurfing Racing Championships over the bank holiday weekend 25th - 26th may 2013 at Marazion near Penzance.
Over the course of the weekend you can check out the country's top kitesurfers and have a go at powerkite flying with our free kite taster sessions. Alongside the free lessons from qualified BKSA kitesurfing instructors we will also have plenty going on from our sponsors, including marine conservation info from the National Marine Aquarium, clothing on display from Hager-Vor and competitions to win great prizes as well as plenty of giveaways from Cornwall Tourism. We will also have Philps pasties available.
See you on Marazion beach in front of the Station House pub from 10am - 6pm both days.