Having picked up a rib injury this week, meaning I am now off the water for a bit, I can look back on the past couple of months which have been going off!After a windless summer, the wind and waves turned up in Cornwall just as the new DUOTONE kites and boards were launched. Boy the new kit is so good, perfect for all kitesurfing disciplines. Check out the full range in our shop http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/duotone-kitesurfing-shop.html or at https://www.duotonesports.com/
The middle of September saw the British Kitesurfing Wave Championships held at Gwithian. With a great turn out and two days of wind and waves, I was super stoked to regain my title for the 6th year in a row, winning the Pro mens division riding the Duotone Neo 9m and Pro Wam 6’0. Read the full event report at https://www.britishkitesports.org/news/bksa-wavemasters-2018/
Next it was back on the Foil for the Edge Cup, British Kitefoiling Championships in Exmouth over the last weekend of September. The biggest turn out for the last few years had light wind on Saturday followed by 7 races run all on Sunday in tricky gusty nw wind. After limited time on the foil this year I was happy to take 2nd in the Masters, although my legs paid the price and I struggled to walk on the Tuesday after! Well done to Olly Bridge for making it 5 years in a row as British Champ.
Here come the storms-
October kicked in with storm after storm producing great Windsurfing and Kitesurfing all over the Country. With a crazy forecast we decided to head north for The Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event. Big winds and waves challenged everyone over the week with a lot of cancelled ferries but in the end we managed a full day of competition at the Maze. In 40 mph cross on, logo high closeouts, i was super pleased to take 2nd place in the masters. See the event video here - https://windsurfing.tv/video/tiree-wave-classic-2018-full-story/
We then headed back home to great surf, before the 2nd event of the British Windsurfing Wave Tour at Gwithian over the last weekend in October. Northerly winds made it super cold but fun conditions, allowing a double elimination in all fleets. Sadly I missed out on the final as the wind died towards the end of the day but 6th place was enough to take 3rd Overall for the year. Well done to Mark Dowson winning the masters title, Adam Lewis the Pro mens and Sara Kellet the womens.
With the comps over for the year the storms kicked up a notch and from the first weekend in November it blew over 30mph with 10ft plus waves for 3 weeks.
The kitesurfing and Windsurfing was world class at Gwithian, with some of the biggest days for a few years. Amongst this we had some classic surf days and some super fun south coast conditions. At times it was a toss up wether to kitesurf or windsurf, so on the really good days I did both, switching to the kite as the wind dropped below 30 mph.
The last couple of weeks has seen the swell drop down a bit but the wind has still been blowing hard. On the lighter onshore days I have been loving the new Fanatic surf foil and sky surf board, getting to grips with super long rides at Marazion.
Unfortunately on Sunday I landed on the mast windsurfing in 40 mph at Maza and have picked up a rib injury. Fingers crossed it will heal soon as we have more big waves and wind on the way.
Thanks to Steve Clarke and John Carter for the pics and my sponsors for making the best gear out there- Duotone Kiteboarding, ION, Duotone Windsurfing, Fanatic.
Cheers and see you on the water soon
Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey
Here is my latest video from Kitesurf Foiling at Gwithian and Marazion in West Cornwall during summer 2016.
Riding on North Kites and Ketos Foils with the Ketos Pocket board and Fastafoil custom race board.
Only 90 seconds long but I hope you like it and it gives you a buzz to give kitesurfing and kitefoiling a go this year.
For beginner kitesurf lessons and kitefoiling coaching in Cornwall give us a shout
Big thanks to my sponsors North Kiteboarding, ION, Ketos Foils, Blake Evans and Jan Bowden for filming.
See you on the water.
Really pleased to see Gwithian or more specifically St Ives Bay which includes our beginner kitesurf teaching spot of Sandy Acres as well as Gwithian and the Bluff where we run more advanced coaching, has been voted the No.1 place to Kitesurf in the UK by Red Bull.
Even better is the fact that our other spot of Marazion came out at No. 3, proving that there is no better place to learn or improve your kitesurf skills than here in West Cornwall. Read the full article here-
Joining forces with North Kiteboarding UK we attended the Junior National Watersports Festival held at Stithians Lake, Cornwall on the 3rd May 2014.
Along with demoing all the new North equipment, Pasty Adventures ran free Kitesurf Taster sessions to the future generation of British watersports entuaiasts. Over the course of the day, we had four groups of 8-16 year olds who all left grinning and smiling after experiencing the fun of flying a kite.
Hopefully some of these will take up kitesurfing in the future, or one of the other sports they got to try out over the weekend.
It was great to be a part of it and see so many brands and pros giving their time to encourage youngsters into our fabulous sports of Kayaking, Kitesurfing, SUP and Windsurfing.
Well done to all the organisers for a great event.
What a great Easter and start to the kitesurfing season here in Cornwall. Sunshine and wind made for great conditions for three days over the holiday period, all be it a little chilly at times.
We ran two full beginner kitesurf courses with all four people doing amazing well and getting up riding on the board.
On Easter Sunday BKSA Wave Coach, Lee 'Pasty' Harvey ran a Intro to Wave Clinic which saw novice surfboard riders learning lots to be getting on and practicing over the coming months in preperation for the autumn wave season. A big well done to everyone involved in fairly cold challenging conditons.
Overall a great weekend and we are really happy with all our new kit for the 2014 season especially the new North Evo which we are using for beginner lessons and winter wetsuits from O'Neill which kept all our students nice and warm.
With good winds forecast all week and the water much warmer than last year it looks like we are going to have a great summer for Kitesurfing in Cornwall and with Pasty Adventures being the only British Kitesports recognised school in West Cornwall there's no better place to learn.
Get in touch to book your kitesurfing lessons now.
Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for all of our upcoming Kitesurf Clinics and news.
Happy kiting and we wish you a great summer :)
From the 11th April 2014 Pasty Adventures will be open for Kitesurf lessons at Gwithian and Marazion. As West Cornwall's only British Kitesports recognised school we pride ourselves on giving the best quality instruction and have just taken delivery of brand new North Kiteboarding kites and boards as well as wetsuits from O'Neill to ensure all students have the best possible equipment to start their kitesurfing career.
For all the info on our Beginner Kitesurf Courses click here.
For those that can already Kite we are running a couple of Kitesurf Clinics, Saturday 19th April- Intro to Wave and Sunday 20th April is the Wave Clinic, price is just £60 per clinic all the details here.
For any Intermediate Kitesurfers who would like coaching or a refresher before getting back in the water this spring we are able to make a package suitable to your needs or if you get a group of friends at similar abitities we can organise a great value Kitesurf Clinic.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Pasty Adventures are pleased to announce that along with North Kiteboarding UK we will be supporting the Junior National Watersports Festival being held at Stithians Lake, Cornwall on the 3rd - 4th May 2014.
Following the success of the National Watersports Festival held at Hayling Island in 2013, this is the first event of its kind aimed solely at 8-16 year olds giving them chance to not only meet the Country's top pros but also have a go at Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Sailing, Stand up Paddle Boarding and Windsurfing.
Over the course of the weekend we will be running Kitesurfing Taster sessions as well as having all the new 2014 equipment on show from North Kiteboarding and encouraging young watersports enthusiasts to start Kitesurfing.
Weather permitting British Champion, Lee Harvey and North Team mate Morgan Tinsley will be doing a demo show on the lake, showing the next generation of kitesurfers what is possible for us to do!
For more info on Junior NWF with details of how to get involved with any of the sports on offer go to their website here
We hope to see you at Stithians in May :)
While the last month has been mostly too windy to Kitesurf in Cornwall, out here in Cape Town it has been unusually quiet on the wind front meaning we have had to hunt for other wind or wait for the SE Cape Doctor to come in late in Table View.
Still we have had some amazing sessions, check out this write up by myself and Danny Morrice along with some awesome pics from a NW day at Witsands on Kiteworld -http://www.kiteworldmag.com/features/sessions-cape-of-good-fun/
Please also watch Part 1 of my 3 part Cape Town video series below-
Just over a week left in South Africa now then I am off to Morocco to prepare for our upcoming Coaching Holiday in Dakhla. Still have space so don't miss out on this amazing deal contact me by email today. All details on the trip here.
We are back in Cornwall end of March after the PKRA World Tour Wave comp in Dakhla and will be open for Kitesurf Lessons as soon as conditions are good. We will also be running a Refresher and Wave Clinic at Marazion/Gwithian in April. Details will be out soon!
Take care and stay safe.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
We are currently offering a Christmas discount on any vouchers ordered before 18th December.
£50 off any Kitesurf course voucher - £45 save £5
BKSA Level 1 course voucher - £100 normally £120
BKSA Level 1 & 2 course voucher - £200 saving £20
3 hour private coaching voucher - £100 saving £20
Vouchers will be printed on card with recipients name and sent 1st class post. All vouchers are valid for 1 year with beginner lessons running from April - December.
See the website for all our Kitesurf courses http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/courses--lessons.html
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Finally mid October has produced some amazing Kitesurf conditions here in Cornwall. South swell and mostly south winds has seen some epic jumping sessions and teaching days at Marazion while Gwithian has been perfect for getting into waveriding with cross shore winds and waist to head high waves. This weekend we had 3 guys on a private wave coaching weekend and they all learnt lots, going from struggling to get out on sat morning to riding down the line by sunday afternoon. Great to see and even better that they all had the North Whip after my recommendations as it really is the best kitesurf production board out there ;)
Coming into the winter months we are still running beginner kitesurfing lessons in Cornwall right up until Christmas. We can also run private coaching or clinics in Waves or Twin Tip Freeride, check out whats available here and get in touch to discuss the best options for you.
In January and Feb we will be out in Cape Town and are available for Private coaching. Lee has been to the Cape for 4 winters so if you want to have a days guiding to get to know the spots or some coaching to improve while on your hols? Then we can help you out. Please email to discuss possible options.
In March we are running two Kitesurf Coaching weeks to Dakhla, Morocco.
Week 1 is Freeriding on the Lagoon with Week 2, Waves at the perfect right hand pointbreak of Oum Laboiur.
Price from £560 staying in the Ocean Spirit house, all meals, transfers etc. Excl. flights which are currently around £350. Limited space so be quick. Details here
Happy Kitesurfing and remember to stay safe, check your equipment and know your limits.
I hope to see you kitesurfing on a beach in Cornwall or on one of our Pasty Adventures kitesurf coaching holidays.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey