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
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We were in Ireland for the KSP World Tour Aer Lingus Pro at the end of October based at Achill Island on the West Coast and hosted by Pure Magic.
Unfortunately we got skunked with wind and waves meaning there was no final result. After 2 no results this year in Portugal and now Ireland and with no prize money on offer for the Maui event, this signals the end of Lee's World Tour campaign for 2012 with him currently lying in =13th on the IKA rankings.
Over the winter Lee has some exciting video projects planned. Like his athlete page on Facebook to keep up to date with whats going on in Pastys World by clicking here
Despite the lack of wind and waves for the comp, we still found a couple of gems and had a lot of fun!
Thanks to Joe Cockle www.jnpevents.co.uk for the pics
Super pleased to announce that Lee finished in 9th place at the recent One Eye Pro in Mauritius. Only losing to event winner Patri in Round 1 and 3rd place finisher Sebastian in Round 5 its a superb result in pumping waves.
For a report and pics check out his blog http://www.leepasty.co.uk/1/post/2012/09/9th-ksp-one-eye.html
Pasty Cup 2012
Saturday 26th August saw the country’s top kitesurf racers descend on Mounts Bay for the 2012 Pasty Cup organised by Pasty Adventures Kitesurfing School and run by Penzance Sailing Club.
With the buzz surrounding the announcement that Kitesurf racing is an Olympic sport for Rio 2016, the UKs top racers were joined by several newbie’s to the kitesurf race scene including 2 guys who were previously on the Olympic Windsurf development program and are now training for Kitesurfing in Rio, making a fleet of 10 kites flying around Mounts Bay.
Rigging up at Long Rock in 18-20 knts of breeze, organiser Lee Harvey went out first on a 12m kite along with Mogsy from Wales who was on a 13m. As soon as they made their way to the start line around 2 miles out to sea the wind notched up and most of the other riders noticed in time and chose more appropriate kite sizes from 7-10m as the wind meter on the committee boat read an average of 25knts with 31knt gusts.
With the amazing organisation of the race crew thanks to Mike and co. from Penzance sailing club, the 1st race started on time and was promptly won by UK Tour leader, Olly Bridge (15) from Exmouth followed by his mum, 4 time World Champ, Steph with 2010 UK Champ, Callum Edge fighting hard just behind. The next four races were much the same with Olly winning and some close fought battles along with the occasional big crash behind, as huge gusts blew down the race course. In the 6th and final race, Olly was winning yet again before deciding to head back to the beach on the 2nd lap of the 2 mile course as the wind notched up yet more, knowing that he had already won the prize pasty, due to being allowed to discard your worst result with 5 races to count. Callum seized the opportunity taking the win, which meant he finished just 0.3 points ahead of Steph while Lee struggled again as the breeze increased meaning he had to count a dnf.
It was then back to the beach for Prize Giving presented by Alex Hapgood.
The unstoppable Olly Bridge took the win and the Pasty Cup 2012 with Callum Edge nudging ahead of Steph for the 1st time ever. Other notable performances came from former windsurfer Tom Squires knocking Lee Pasty out of his normal 4th spot and local boys Ryan Crawford and Craig Smith with a great effort getting round after only recently buying race boards. It was then off to bed for a rest for some while others scored a wave and a few had to leave before heading to the sailing club for curry and a band.
All of the sailors loved seeing us kitesurfers out there and there was some great feedback such as-
amazing control, such speed, general praise and interest in how well we were going around the course and how good it looked. Mike even said he’d like to see and run an event with 100 kites, so maybe the Kitesurfing Europeans or Worlds will be in Cornwall one day soon?
Huge thanks to Penzance Sailing Club, especially Mike for providing the committee boat and being an excellent race officer, Barry and Robin on safety in the rib and for videoing, Joe of www.jnpevents.co.uk for the pics and scoring and big thanks to Mark Chadwick for enabling a kitesurfing event to be held at PZSC. We look forward to coming back for a bigger event next year.
Next up for the racers is an RYA Test event in Weymouth in end of September followed by the IKA Worlds in Sardinia 1st week of October. Meanwhile Lee is off to Mauritius for the 2nd stop of the 2012 KSP World Tour which runs from 7th -16th September.
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For kitesurfing lessons in Cornwall go to www.pastyadventures.co.uk Blake is manning the fort while Lee’s away on Tour so you will be in good hands!
1st Olly Bridge 3.5, 2nd Callum Edge 10.7, 3rd Steph Bridge 11, 4th Tom Squires 25, 5th Lee 'pasty' Harvey 28, 6th Gareth Mogsy Morgan 31, =7th Sam Chown & Denzil Williams 40, 9th Craig Smith 42, 10th Ryan Crawford 43 pts.
To view and purchase all the pics from the day go to http://jnpevents.co.uk/photocart/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=10090
Video coming soon ;)
Lee is now back in Cornwall running kitesurfing lessons at Gwithian and Marazion after his 3 week adventure in Portugal for round 1 of the 2012 KSP World Tour.
Unfortunately the wind did'nt play ball after Lee dominated his Round 1 heat advancing straight to a round 3 match up with 2008 World Champ, Mitu Monteiro from Cape Verde. After hanging around all week, with the wind teasing and numerous heats starting and stopping, the event finally ended without a result as there were still 2 heats left to run in round 2.
Some great waves were had both surfing and kiting at some of Portugals numerous World class spots, with Lee making the most of being away from Cornwall in the sun and having the van to get around, taking with him some of the best kitesurfers and surfers in the World, such as Ozzie wiz kid, Keahi de Aboitiz and former ASP Top 44 surfer Pedro Henrique from Brasil.
Check out the small vid from the trip below.
Next up for the tour is Mauritius in September and you can be there amongst it while enjoying a week of top class coaching from Lee and 2011 womens One Eye Pro winner, Ninja the week before the event. More details in the Holiday pages
Lee is currently in Portugal competing on the Kite Surf Pro World Tour and dominated his 1st round heat on sunday moving into round 3 and matching up with former World Champ, Mitu Monteiro. Check out all of the action from round 1 and be sure to tune in live for the rest of the comp at www.kspworldtour.com
So far its been a great adventure with some cracking waves at numerous spots and a great night out in Lisbon at the Volvo Ocean Race. chack out some of the pics and the highlight video. More to come soon. Make sure you like my fan page on facebook Lee Harvey to stay up to date with everything thats going on in my world.
Meanwhile Blake is running kitesurfing lessons at Marazion and Gwithian, Cornwall and with the weather now warmed up and the wind blowing its the perfect time to learn to kitesurf in cornwall. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book in.
So I'm here in Mauritius for the 1st stop of the KSP World Tour and what an amzing place it is here in Le Mourne on the south west tip of the island paradise in the indian ocean. Unfortunately I went out the comp in round 2 as wasn't able to find a decent 2nd wave and kept getting closed down on as i pulled into the barrel but the forecast is looking amazing and it looks like they will run a super session or best tube ride on the weekend so still plenty to come and stay tuned for the finals today with myself in the commentary booth at www.kspworldtour.com
I am so impressed with the set up here of flat water inside the lagoon and 2 waves outside on the reef that I am looking at running a trip here next year in conjunction with my sponsors for this event www.sportif.travel
check my round 2 heat here http://www.livestream.com/extremience/video?clipId=pla_6a24ecc3-34bd-4183-b302-1a83f3b32dd9&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb
Kitesurfer, Lee joins the Worlds elite
Lee Harvey aka Pasty from Penzance, Cornwall has been selected to compete on the Kite Surf Pro world tour. An extensive voting process was initiated by the International Kiteboarding Association, involving National Kite Associations, the panel of judges and wave riders committee, the IKA industry partners and the world’s kitesurfing media who were asked to submit their Top 15 male and Top 8 Female kitesurf wave riders. These are then added to the 7 pre qualified male riders bringing together the World’s Top 22 male and 8 females to battle out for the 2011 World Kite Surfing crown in the best waves on the planet. The only other UK rider to be selected was 3 x Women’s World Wave champion, Kirsty Jones from Wales.
Lee says; ‘I am so stoked to be recognised as one of the best wave riders in the world with a kite and can’t wait to fly the Cornish flag at the best spots in the World. To be listed alongside the sports superstars, is amazing and gives me extra motivation to train hard and represent my country as best as I possibly can. Hopefully I’ll be bringing the World title home to Penzance for Christmas.’
The first stop of the tour is in Mauritius in September, then goes to Peru in October and finally Cape Verde in December where the World Champion will be crowned in the famous right hand point break of Ponta Preta.
Lee is now in need of sponsors to help with the travel costs. If you are interested or can help, please contact lee by email- email@example.com to discuss which level of sponsorship is best suited to you or your business.
More info can be found at www.leepasty.co.uk and www.kspworldtour.com
Lee is sponsored by North Kiteboarding, Newave, 9 bar, Wiley X eyewear and Freeriders surf shop.
Check out this vid from the 2nd stop of the 2011 PKRA Kitesurf Wave World Tour featuring Lee Harvey.
Didin't win the event but got the best wave surfing 1:34 on the vid.