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
The British Kitesurfing Wave Championships were held at Gwithian on Saturday 23rd September.
28 competitors from across the country were greeted to blazing Cornish sunshine, cross offshore wind and 2-3 feet of surf.
In the Pro Men category Lee showed a dominant performance to retain the British Champion title he has held since 2013.
Riding the 2018 North Neo 9m paired with the new Clickbar and Pro Wam, Pasty blitzed the field scoring 19 out of a possible 20 in the final with one judge awarding a 10 point ride!
For a full event report chceck out www.britishkitesports.org
If you want to learn to wave ride with a kite or improve your kitesurfing skills, Pasty is running Wave clinics in Cornwall this autumn with the Intro to Wave on the 7th October and Wave Improver on 4th November.
Limited space so sign up quick.
All the info here - http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/kitesurf-clinics.html
pics by Joe Cockle photography
Join us in Cape Town on a Wave coaching week with a friend and save £50 each off the price!
Our wave coaching weeks running on 25th - 29th January and 8th - 12th February are for kitesurfers looking to get into waves and also for anyone who enjoys wave riding and wants to improve their skills while having a lot of fun in one of the best kitesurf locations in the world.
With over 10 different spots located in close proximity to each other and consistent wind, Cape Town really is a kiters dream. The weeks are full of coaching but also offer lots of benefits for anyone who wants to kitesurf in the southern ocean waves, such as-
Aside from the kiting there is so much to do, winetours, Table Mountain, wildlife, culture and this year you can join in the Virgin Armada which is the last weekend in January or watch the Red Bull King of the Air which will run at some point over the end of Jan start of Feb.
This will be my seventh winter in Cape Town with January and February always being the best months as its not so busy and the wind settles down into a more predictable pattern.
With the forecast looking amazing with SE every day next week and good head high waves, I am super excited to get back to the Cape of Good Fun!
Come onto one of our Wave Coaching weeks with a friend and save £50 each which makes it only £200 per person.
Limited space available so be quick to avoid disappointment.
If you cannot make the dates for the coaching weeks we offer private coaching and guiding throughout the whole of Feb and half of March.
More details on the website include accommodation, car hire and flight info - http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/cape-town.html
I hope to see you there. Please email with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
For me Kitesurfing has always been an extension of my surfing and a means to ride waves when it's windy using the same board but just adding a kite. The amount of waves you ride and the speed you can get from the kite really helps improve your surfing due to increased time riding waves. In a single two hour kite session at Gwithian, I will probably ride 50+ waves where as when I surf I normally ride around 20. Do the maths it makes sense and the amount of extra days you get especially in Cornwall is just crazy. As well as waves kitesurfing is so much more. You can do massive jumps, throw down tricks, race or even fly above the waves on a Hydrofoil.
At Pasty Adventures we offer lessons for all levels from beginner to advanced in all disciplines. Don't delay book your Kitesurfing Lesson in Cornwall with us and open up a whole new world of pleasure.
The school is open from Easter. Detail on all our lesson are here- http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/beginner-kitesurfing-lessons.html
If you still need convincing check out this awesome video from Patagonia-
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any enquiries.
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