Stoked to finally get out on the new Neo SLS 9m & Clickbar all be it with a dodgy leg.
Quick edit using GoPro App to share my thoughts and show it in action in the waves of Cornwall.
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For those of you that know me, you know how much I love fins and always tell people how much fins can change the performance of boards, so much so that I own over 20 sets of Futures for my various kite and surf boards along with a crazy amount of windsurf fins.
After hearing from my mates on the Duotone team about the Quobbas I was stoked to get sent a set of med and large Quobba Glass Series fins to try.
So far I have used them kitesurfing in various conditions and boards, sadly we haven't had any good waves yet to test them surfing.
I am 6'2 86kgs, 7 x British Kitesurf Champ and surfing for 35 years, sponsored by Duotone and ION.
Read below for my honest thoughts-
First thing you notice when they arrive is the quality and attention to details in the packaging. Great box, fin pouches, screws and spacers, instructions plus great looking fins. Size wise the Med Quobbas are similar size to Futures AM1 and the Large Quobbas similar to AM2 but with all 3 fins same size and slightly more upright with a wider tip making the template more similar to Futures JJF but size wise in area more like the AMs.
First test was in the Duotone Pro Whip 5'5 in small 2ft windswell, sideshore light wind using the Duotone Juice 11m.
Normally in the Whip I use Futures P6 (formally WCT) which feel great. I fitted the Large Quobba fronts and med rear.
First thing I noticed was the board felt slow. On the wave I had a lot of grip but was lacking the speed I normally have from the Whip in small conditions.
Changed back to the P6s and was instantly faster. Not sure if lack of power and weak waves mean not suited to the Quobbas?
Next day was bit windier but still small so tried again in the Whip this time with 9m Neo and Large Quobba fronts with P6 rear. Still felt draggy and slow so changed back to P6s and instantly more speed.
I think the deep channels and bottom curves in the Whip somehow effect what the fins are doing so my recommendation for the Duotone Pro Whip remains to use Futures P6 fins if you are around 85kg, P8 if bigger and P4 if smaller.
Next test is Pro Wam-
After the Whip I was excited to test out the Quobbas in the Pro Wam 5'11 which I normally ride with med JJF Futures. Conditions were cross on 3ft full power on 9m Neo.
Starting off with Large Quobba fronts med Quobba rear, the board felt super good with loads of grip and speed. However in the small waves I did feel it to be hard to release the tail in the top turn so changed the rear fin to the med JJF.
Now it felt super good, I could come off the bottom super tight with speed and have the release off the top.
After a while I changed to all 3 med JJF Futures and instantly the board felt worse, having less grip and less speed in the bottom turn on the choppy cross on waves.
Changed back to Large Quobba Fronts with Med JJF rear and was back feeling super good again, offering loads of grip both on the wave and for frontrolls.
In the afternoon the wind switched to cross off and the small waves cleaned up to give small down the line conditions.
The Quobbas still felt really good in the Pro Wam, holding well with great speed.
Next test was proper down the line condtions with overhead waves and good wind.
I tested the Pro Wam again and found the best set up to still be large Quobba fronts with med JJF Futures rear.
As the wind increased I changed to the 5'11 Pro Session with Med Quobbas and Neo 7m.
On the steeper faster waves the Quobbas felt great, allowing me to come hard off the bottom and holding but releasing well at the same time off the top.
On my traditional no channel boards the Quobbas felt great but didn't seem to work on the 2020 Duotone Pro Whip.
Where I found them to excel was in choppy onshore windy conditions as well as cross off fast breaking waves where the extra grip, translates into more speed while still being able to crank a tight bottom turn to come vertical up the face.
If you kite in these type of conditions then definately try some Quobbas and experiment with changing the rear fin to find the best set up for you and your board.
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Thanks for the pics - Jo Malyon and Ian Butt
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-
and the goodies from my supporters that make my life more comfortable on and off the water-
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
Wow what a winter we had for kitesurfing in Cornwall.
Before Christmas we had an amazing run of conditions and Lee managed to get pictures published in the big three kitesurf magazines in February-
After a great 6 week trip to Cape Town, we then returned to a run of storm after storm with Lee getting a great picture in The TIMES kitesurfing during Storm Gareth-
See all the shots below
The TIMES - 14th March
IKSurfmag - Feb
Kiteworld Magazine - Feb
The Kitemag - Feb
We are now taking booking for Kite Wave Coaching in Cape Town during February 2018.
Lee is able to offer private 1:1, 2:1 or group coaching sessions using BBTalkin headsets to give you the best coaching experience.
All levels catered for from your 1st turns to starpless airs and guiding.
For more info click here
Pasty Adventures Autumn Clinics 2016
If you are looking to improve your kitesurfing, Pasty Adventures Kitesurf School have some great clinics coming up in Cornwall.
Run by BKSA Coach and British Champion, Lee Harvey each clinic is aimed at improving your level using real time demos via a speaker system and 2 way headsets.
28th August - KITEFOIL Clinic at Marazion
This clinic is for people that can ride on the foil and want to nail turns and transitions, as well as start ripping upwind and downwind at speed.
Ketos Foils and North Kites will be available to test.
17th September – Intro to Wave, Gwithian or Marazion
If you are just starting to ride a surfboard, this is the clinic for you.
North kites and boards available to test.
1st October – Wave Clinic, Gwithian
This clinic is for people who are comfortable riding the surfboard in the waves and want to improve their turns and overall wave ability.
For more info including back up dates, please see the website-
This winter we are super excited to be going back to Cape Town again for our 7th time.
Cape Town is a mecca for kitesurfing with the regular south easter known as the Cape Doctor howling most days. Table View and Big Bay are the main areas for kiting with lots of space and some great waves making it the perfect area to improve your riding.
We are running some KiteWave coaching weeks in January and February where you get 5 days of coaching with BKSA coach and British champion Lee Harvey. At only £250 spaces are filling fast, find all the details here.
Everyone on our Wave Coaching Weeks will receive a voucher for one free section of the new Progression Kitesurfing Instructional Series. Find more info on the Progression website.
If you can't make the full coaching weeks or simply want a days private coaching then I am available from mid Jan until early March. Prices from £100 for half a day including use of the latest BBTalkin 2 way headsets. Get in touch to make a plan to suit your needs-
Want to get away from Table View for a day and ride some different waves with no one else around? We offer Guiding days for up to 4 people and can take you to some amazing spots with great waves. With experience gained from Kiting, Surfing and Windsurfing all over the Cape since 1999 we know what conditions turn on these special places wether up the West Coast or down the Point, get in touch and ride waves like the one above :)
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our recent coaching holidays in Dakhla, Morocco were without doubt our best yet.
First up we had the Lagoon camp from 21st Feb - 1st March on which we had 6 fun guys. After the morning brief and preparation of action plans, it turned out we had 3 groups of 2 to work on similar goals which was perfect. The wind blew everyday from dawn to dusk and with the Dakhla Spirit camp providing the best possible setting, it enabled the coaching to run at the best times according to the activity.
At low tide we worked on freestyle tricks in our on private flat water area or carves and turns both on twin tips and surfboards out in the lagoon, including the use of video coaching. When the tide came up we ran group sessions on jumping or follow my leaders in perfect waist high water. Kites used were everything from 12m on the first morning down to 6/7m kites the rest of the time. Being based at the camp, also meant that the guys could take a break whenever they wanted and still learn at the same time by watching the others.
During downtime I also managed to sneak in a few Kite Foil sessions and hit a top speed of 34.1 mph riding a Sector and Rebel 9m one windy lunch time.
The vibe at the camp in the evenings was great with some good Moroccan food and a few beers during evening theory sessions and daily debriefs.
Well done to all for a great week and learning lots. Also thanks for the great feedback :)
Check out some of the pics from the Lagoon Camp-
The Wave Camp ran the following week 28th Feb - 7th March and again had six people. Two from the previous week camp on the lagoon with the other four flying in. For this camp we stayed in town at the Dakhla Spirit Surf House which is the perfect base for the amazing wave spot of Oum Laboiur.
Starting off on Sunday morning with a brief and action plans we then had an perfect little wave session for everyone to warm up and get used to the spot. Following on from this we were blessed with perfect 2-4 ft waves and wind everyday, so much so that the guys even needed a morning off half way through.
On two mornings we went back to the lagoon to run some footwork and flat water exercises while we waited for the tide to push up and make the wave even better. The spot is just so good and with no one there (the most we had were 2 windsurfers and 3 other kiters on one occasion), it really is the best place to improve your Kite Wave riding. In the evenings we had great food at the house and watched back the video from the day. Mornings were early surfs followed by theory or general feedback from the previous day.
"Lees enthusiasm for wind and water is relentless, his skill and experience exceptional. Hes been a great mentor for chasing the best waves from sun-rise to sun-set, giving unlimited attention and pushing you further. Its been great to be a part of his trip, and 'its on' for the next one." Jason, Dakhla Wave Camp.
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/
Dates are now out for this autumns Kitesurf Wave Clinics at Gwithian or Marazion.
Starting off we have the Intro to Wave on Saturday 11th October. This clinic is for kiters who are new to surfboard riding and want to learn the techniques to get out there and start riding waves.