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
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 :)
While I have had a couple of new 2014 kites to test for a few weeks today saw all my new North kites arrive in Cornwall. We are pleased to have a full quiver of Dice to use within the school and will have them available to demo at the BKSA Wavemasters in Tiree 16-21st september.
For my thoughts on the differences between the Rebel & Dice check out my blog-
I made a vid using the GoPro 3 & chest mount at Godrevy on Saturday. Check it out.
Looking good again for wind this weekend. Get in touch for kitesurfing lessons at Gwithian, Cornwall
Easter Sunday saw 4 kitesurfers come to Marazion for the Spring Wave Clinic with BKSA Coach Lee Pasty Harvey. Despite the severely cold ese wind and smallish waves, everyone had a great time riding strapless and learnt lots to be getting on with during the coming months. We started off with some wave theroy in the warmth of Jordans Cafe, before moving onto the water and looked at footwork, gybes, getting over waves and wave riding.
The next clinic we have coming up is the Intro to Waves clinic at Gwithian or Marazion, weather depending. All the info on the clinic page. Next Wave clinic is tbc, please contact to register your interest.
Thanks to Mel from Splashography for taking the pics, you can see more on his facebook page here
"Hey Dude. Thanks for today I got a lot from it" Sam Lees - Bournemouth
We are pleased to announce our first two coaching holidays of 2013.
Both holidays are being run by Sportif, the UK's kitesurfing and windsurfing holiday specialists with kitesurf coaching from BKSA Coach and World Tour rider Lee Harvey.
Zanzibar 7th - 16th Feb. Join us for a freeride and intro to waves coaching holiday in this up and coming Island paradise off the east coast of Africa.
Boa Vista 8th - 15th March. We are really pleased to be going back to Cape Verde to explore the amazing island of Boa Vista.
For all the details go to our Holidays page
Lee has just released a new Kitesurfing Technique blog to give Tips on all aspects of kitesurfing. Starting of with race tech in the build up to the IKA Course Racing Worlds in Sardinia, he will be covering wave technique over the winter as well as many other valuable tips to help with your Kitesurfing.
Subscribe to the blog here http://www.leepasty.co.uk/technique-blog.html
Great conditions today for Kite Surfing at Marazion. The sun came out and it was actually warm, windy and quiet on the beach apart from around 15 kiteers and 10 windsurfers enjoying the fablulous weather conditions in front of St. Michales Mount.
Wind looks good all week and sunny for most of it so get out there and enjoy it.
If you want a kitesurf lesson at marazion or Gwithian this week, we still have space at Pasty Adventures, West Cornwalls only BKSA recognised school.