The sun is shining and the wind is blowing which means its time to brush up your kite skills and make 2017 the year that you up your game whatever your kitesurfing level.
Join in on one of our spring kitesurf clinics in Cornwall, run by British Champion and BKSA Senior Coach, Lee Harvey. There is for everyone -
Refresher clinic at Marazion or Hayle on the 29th April which is the perfect way to get back into kiting after the winter and meet some new friends at the same level.
Intro to Wave at Marazion or Gwithian clinic on 6th May which is for anyone getting into riding a surfboard.
Intermediate TT clinic on 13th May which for people happy going upwind and looking to get into jumping and looping.
Kitefoil Clinic on 3rd June which is for everyone who is up riding on the foil and wants to start making foiling tacks, gybes and generally improving their upwind and downwind speed.
We will also be running our Wave Improver clinic again during the Autumn, date tbc.
To come on all clinics you need to be a member of the BKSA.
Space is strictly limited so book up quick to avoid disappointment.
For KKC members there are a limited amount of funded spots where the club pays £20 towards the cost of the clinic. You must mention on booking and be a member of the KKC showing your card to prove so on the clinic.
For more info or to book on email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking to buy new kite gear check out the great deals in our Kitesurfing Shop
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.
We have some great Kitesurf bargains from North Kiteboarding, both new and ex demo currently up for grabs including-
2016 Mono kites in sizes 7, 5 & 3.5m from £350
2017 Whip 5'2 at £475 and much more.
Check out all the deals here
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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-
The weekend of 11th and 12th June, Lee competed in the 2016 British Kitefoil Championships take place at the Edge Cup in Exmouth.
Run by 5 times World Champion, Steph Bridge the event attracted top international riders as well as the best racers in Britain, making a fleet of 42 kitesurfers, competing for the £5000 prize pot and various titles.
With light winds of 6-8 mph on Saturday the racing was tense at the front of the pro fleet with World No. 2 Olly Bridge taking out 4 wins out of 4. With a few rescues in the Am fleet as the wind dropped off towards evening, racing was called off for the day with promise of more wind and sunshine on Sunday.
Sunday came with sunshine and variable breeze of 10 - 12 mph that allowed 2 races before the wind switched offshore and due to the tide made it impossible to race anymore.
Lee finished in 7th place overall and 4th in the British Nationals.
1st Olly Bridge
2nd Guy Bridge
3rd Florian Gruber (GER)
I was very happy with my result amongst the top international riders and was getting faster with every race, even beating Gunner Binash who was using the new Ozone R1 V2 in the last race.
I would like to thank my sponors- Ketos Foil, North, Fastafoil and Ion for the support and look forward to working on new race wings and getting faster before my next event.
Thanks to Steph and all the Edge Watersports crew for running another amazing event.
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
For Kitefoiling lessons and coaching click here
Surfer's ear is a common condition affecting the hearing of those who go in the sea regularly. Whether this for surfing, swimming or kite surfing they are all at risk of surfer's ear if they don't take precautions. The body reacts to the cold by forming tiny bony nodules around the opening of the ear. These slowly grow over the next few years, narrowing the opening. This leads to conductive deafness and a higher rate of ear infection in sufferers. To avoid this they need to protect themselves.
Having not used protection, the only treatment for the condition is surgery. The extra bone is chiselled or drilled away by a surgeon under local anaesthetic. ZenPlugs wanted to find out how often surfers needed to have the operation. They carried out a survey of 203 avid surfers who were contacted using social media and a hospital staff newsletter. Surprisingly, in this group 6% of the surfers had the operation at some point in their lives. This comes to 1 and 17 surfers. Several of them had even had it more than once. Having the operation does not protect against the condition coming back if protection is not used.
The research also showed that wearing surfing earplugs and a surfer's neoprene cap more than 90% of the time prevented the condition.
Summary. One in 17 surfer's have had their ears chiselled or drilled. If you don't want to be one of them wear your surfer's cap and ear plugs more than 90% of the time.
Although it has been a very cold spring we have still had some amazing conditions for Learning to Kitesurf at Marazion.
Our private lessons have been very successful with the use of the new BBTalkin 2 way headsets. This has greatly improved the speed of learning and all the students that have used them have been extremely happy with some great feedback.
We are using them on all private beginner lessons and coaching sessions. Check out our full range of courses here.
This year we are also using the new North Mono 1 strut kite which has really impressed us with its ease of use and water relaunch. The light weight also means it has lots of power for its size and well as being super friendly in the small sizes. For 2016 we have the full range of North Neos, Evos and Mono kites ensuring we have the right tools for the job.
We are also pleased to now be using ION products in the school and Lee has signed on to the UK Team. Check out the full range at www.ion-products.com
With summer approaching now is the time to start getting to grips with Foiling and maximise your water time while experiencing one of the greatest thrills you can get on the water.
We are please to be one of the only fully qualified and insured kite schools in the UK to teach Kite Foiling and with Marazion and Mounts Bay we have one of the greatest locations for Hydrofoiling in the World. Check out our Foil lesson packages here
Have a great summer and we hope to see you on the water in sunny Cornwall at some point. Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the latests news and happenings from our World.
If you are in need of some new Kitesurf equipment check out our Kitesurfing shop, where you will find unbeatable packages from North Kiteboarding, KiteFoiling setups, Kite Surf boards and New & Used Bargains!
Have Fun and Stay Safe
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
We are looking for a Freelance BKSA Kitesurf instructor to work for the 2016 season and possibly beyond.
We take pride in offering the highest quality lessons and coaching.
If you want to improve your teaching skills along with your personal kiting on the best kitesurf beaches in the UK.
Email your c.v with covering letter to - firstname.lastname@example.org
You may of heard of surfers ear?
However it is not just surfers that the condition effects and is something that all water users need to be aware of.
In the UK it is a major concern for Kitesurfers and Windsurfers as it is not just cold water, but the cold wind which can cause 'Surfers Ear'.
I personally always wear ear plugs when I'm on the water as I know a lot of people who have had to have the operation which is not only painfull but puts you off the water for 3 months!
Check out some more info from Zenplugs below-
Warning: Surfers Are 17 Times More Likely To Go Deaf If They Don't Protect Themselves Against Surfer's Ear
If you are a keen surfer you may well have heard of surfer's ear. It is a common disorder among people who have been surfing for several years. Nobody really knows why but the bone of the outer ear canal creates small lumps which gradually get bigger and close the camal over. This results in deafness and more ear infections.
Research by ZenPlugs shows that most surfers are aware of the need to wear ear plugs. Unfortunately the majority do not know that they also need to wear a surfing cap as well. This is because wind or cold water on the bone behind the ear can have the same effect as on the ear itself.
ZenPlugs wanted to find out just how effective wearing both surfing ear plugs and cap are at preventing the problem. They carried out research using a questionnaire and received 203 responses. This showed that people who wear both more than 90% of the time were 17 times less likely to develop the condition. In fact, all those in the survey who had been wearing them more than 90% of the time were free of surfers ear. In comparison, people who only wore them 40% of the time were developing the condition after 11 years of surfing on average.
It is a common misconception among surfers that they do not need to wear protection against surfer's ear during the summer or in warm climates. It is still possible to develop surfers ear under these conditions.
The reason for this is due to the cooling effect of sea water evaporating from the skin of the ear and the mastoid bone behind it. Even if the sea and air temperature are warm the temperature of the skin may drop below the temperature as a result of evaporation. Even the wind on it's own can be enough to chill the skin and the underlying bone. This means that protection should be worn all year round and in all climates.
Summary. If you want to protect yourself against surfer's ear make sure you wear your surfing earplugs and cap more than 90% of the time. Keep them on all year round and whatever the climate and you will be free of the condition for many years to come.
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 email@example.com
Lee 'Pasty' Harvey