Here are a few shots from a windy early morning session at point walter. Dave Morse was kind enough to take the shots and send them to me, so thanks Dave
Its been a while since i have updated here. I am currently spending the winter season out in Perth Australia. I've had the last 3 winters at home, and it was time to get away after UNI.
Im working at safety Bay, at wasurf and its great to be teaching kiting again, and riding again on the best flat water spots in the world. Ive had some great sessions so far at Woodies, Safety Bay, and Point walter.
Here are a few shots from the action taken by Alex Parker, Matt Stevens, and Rick Pryce
Follow me on and TWITTER for more up to date info.
Be sure to check out the next Grass Roots Wake comp at the Blackpool Wake Park. Gonna be sweet
With almost a year since my last video, i thought it was time to release something new. After finishing uni, i scraped together as much footage as i could, but a distinct lack of wind, meant this vid turned into more of a cable edit.
The first kiting session was filmed by Alex Parker at the Beach Break Live SKA comp, which i won, and then the second session was filmed by Tim Dufty at the first round of the BKSA championships in Barrow in Furness.
The majority of the cable footage is shot at the Blackpool Wake Park, with a small session at the end filmed at Siblyback in Cornwall.
Check it out
www.slinshotsports.com www.mysticboarding.com www.blackpoolwakepark.co.uk www.heliphoto.biz
Last weekend saw the arrival of the first round of the British Kite Sports Association freestyle tour in Barrow in Furness. This place has always delivered with wind, but this time it wasn't looking too hopeful, with 25degrees, and 5kts offshore forecast.
The friday saw the morning start of with light onshore winds, and glorious sunshine. It was good to catch up with all the old BKSA faces, and also some new guys on the tour, at riders briefing and breakfast. With the wind looking bleak, the riders were kept on standbye
But Barrow is a place where anything can happen, and a sea breeze started to kick in cross onshore. Suddenly everybody started to scramble around pump there kites. Unfortunately the wind didn't pick up enough for heats, so a slope style competition was run, with everyone having a run of 2 tricks through the competition run, and 3 runs altogether.
Saturday saw light offshore winds of 10-12kts, again not enough wind to run an event. Luckily Gary Powell from Northwestkitesurfing was on hand with his zapcat, and plenty of Standup paddle boards to keep all the riders active. Even though the wind picked up a little, it was not enough in the gusty offshore wind shadow. But as the wind picked up late, myself along with James Boulding, Rosanna Jury, Craig Smith, and George Dufty all decided to drive round the corner to Roa Island with Mark Ding from Supersaturated, to grab some sunset shots. This turned out to be an incredible session with awesom golden light unlike any of us expected. We all stayed out till well past sunset in what was a great session.
Pics Courtesy of Mark Ding (www.supersaturated.net)
Sunday again started of with light offshore winds in the morning, increasing in the afternoon. Around lunch time, the wind started to increase, so i went for a quick ride to "test" the condition before judging. The conditions were surprisingly nice but the wind was very holy. This made it almost impossible to run heats, so we opted for a best trick competition in all categories which worked really well. Surprisingly though in the tough conditions, Pete Jones grabbed some awesom shots of me, and Paul from CKB boards shot a little video.
All in all, this compeition was incredibly fun, and i got alot more riding than i had expected so im pretty stoked.
Thanks for the guys taking the shots, especially Mark. check out his shots at
After a manic week at Beach Break Live, we took some time out to get some lifestyle shots of the new Mystic gear. Shots came out pretty sweet
At Beach Break Live, the UK Student festival, the SKA (Student Kitesurfing Association) ran a kitesurfing comp down at watergate bay Cornwall. During the 4 day festival, we had 2 days of perfect wind, and the competition was run on Saturday with 30kts and 3m swell. It was epic. With over 40 competitors, riding in Intermediate, Advanced and Pro it was a fun event with loads of stoked people.
In the Pro class, seasoned kitesurfers such as Robin Snuggs (Flexi), Craig Smith(Flexi), and Jonathon Bleiker(Flexi) all made the effort to come support the event and ride!
Without going to into detail of all the heats, i WON :D. Pretty stoked, and it was so much fun riding with some old friends.
Alex Parker from AP Edits was down shooting the whole event, and is putting a vid together. Check out the screen shots below
Alot has been going on the last few months, as i have been finishing off my degree in Yacht and Powercraft Design. Stoked to be finished, and stoked to be able to get back riding again, instead of sitting in a library.
First news is that i now have a new sponsor
WOO. Mystic are gonna be sorting me with wetsuits harnesses and all accessories, along with my wake gear. Really stoked to be on the team, considering i have already been using their gear for the last few years. Much comfier than anything else ive used.
Since finishing uni, i've been getting to the cable much more which is awesom. I won the Uniwake winterjam in march, and next week is the UniWake Student nationals, up at Sheffield Cable. The weather forecast is looking awesom, so can wait to ride for the week.
Then the week after, we have the SKA competition at beach break live. This is a huge student festival which is happening in Newquay.
Anyway, that's all for now, and i will update much more regularly now i have the time, and ho
Heliphoto.biz came to JBwaterski with Sam Light and I yesterday and got some awesom heli shots. Pretty unique for wakeboarding.
Last weekend was the first Uniwake cable wakeboarding event of the year. I have been riding a fair bit recently because the wakeboard lakes are alot warmer than it is at the beach with the lack of windchill
The winterjam is the first event on the uni wakeboarding calendar of the year and it is COLD.. 2 wetsuits, neo socks, and a neo hood. ha.
The compeition was run as a jam format which meant that each catagory had 20minutes of riding, and in that time, you could crash as often as you like.
I was competing in the mens A catagory and i was pretty stoked to ride, after picking up my new Slingshot Newton board with Shredtown bindings just a week before. In my run, i managed to various tricks of the kickers and the sliders including the first toeside 720 of the competition of the right kickers, and a heelside front 360 on the transfer, which i was pretty happy with. Airtricks wise, i got a big railey to blind, and a back to blind. I didnt feel i had a particularly good run, but i think my consistency and continual hits, gave me the win....
STOKED. It was a really well run event, and i cant wait for the wake nationals in june :)
Also a bigups to the Southampton Solent crew, who stole 1st place in every men's catagory, and Rosanna Jury for killing it in the girls catagory taking 2nd place, just behind a rider who should have been in womens A catagory, and is sponsored haha.
Check out the pics from the event, and also the quick heliphoto vid i created.