Kite and Yoga experience in Egypt with world champion kitesurfer Kirsty Jones
World wave kite champion Kirsty Jones, from the UK, and Red Sea Kiteboarding Centre Colona Watersports in Hurghada, Egypt, have teamed up to run a kitesurf and Yoga experience.
For two weeks from 24th March to 6th April 2009, Kirsty Jones will be running a bespoke course teaching kitesurf improvers an introduction to their first tricks and the opportunity to improve existing freestyle moves. Using a combination of personal training techniques, on the water feedback and video footage analysis, Kirsty will run through it step by step, move by move, giving hints, tips and advice.
The course focuses on a menu of freestyle moves which will build in difficulty throughout the week, starting with boosting a stylish and controlled jump, covering kiteloops and also an introduction to unhooked tricks.
Daily Yoga sessions have been formulated by Kirsty who is an internationally qualified Yoga instructor, to increase strength, agility and focus and are designed to prepare the body and mind for kitesurfing.
World champion in the waves, Kirsty has also been 3 times British freestyle champion and also competes on the KPWT world tour in the freestyle. Kirsty believes her Yoga practice has helped her conquer various maneuvers and improve her style and focus on the water. She says; ‘Yoga has helped me to keep calm and strong in the most challenging of conditions and circumstances on and off the water. I believe you can push your body and mind far harder than you think and Yoga has helped achieve this.’
‘It’s sometimes hard to develop your own stretching or Yoga routine alone so during this week I will be sharing my own Yoga/stretching routines to help you feel totally energized before, during and after your kiting sessions while also helping you develop your own unique kiting style that flows for you.’
‘You can expect to take away from this intensive five day course a new confidence in your kitesurfing, body and mind, with a portfolio of freestyle moves which could take your kitesurfing skills to another level.’
Jessi Shell, manager at the centre says; ‘We’re so excited to welcome Kirsty Jones to the centre. It’s a real pleasure for us to have one of the world’s most exciting prospects in female kitesurfing visiting and especially to be able to utilise her skills to educate students and experts alike with her kite clinic and Yoga classes. Hurghada and the sand bar is the perfect place for learning to kitesurf and to try new tricks, and with Easyjet providing cheap seats we are more accessible than ever before. We have limited availability on this course so we recommend booking early to save disappointment.’
Check out the Colona watersports website at http://www.colonawatersports.com/, or email for further information to: [email protected]. Guests will stay half board in the Magawish 3 star Hotel which has single, double and triple rooms.
Notes to editors Kirsty Jones Background
Kirsty is a full time professional kitesurfer sponsored by Animal, North Kiteboarding and Ion.
Kirsty won the KPWT World Wave Championship in 2008. She holds three British champion titles and in 2005 won the Red Bull Master of the Ocean Competition in Dominican Republic where she competed against the men in surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. She also became KPWT World Wave Champion in 2004.
In September 2002 Kirsty pushed the limits of kitesurfing to a new level and became the first person ever to kitesurf from Ireland to Wales, a journey of 85 miles. She did this solo, non stop, and rose over £4000 for charity.
Her next big crossing took place in May 2006 where she created a world first by kitesurfing a massive 140 miles, non stop and unassisted, land to land from Lanzarote to Morocco, while raising money for a disabled charity in the Western Sahara. www.kirstyjones.com Colona Watersports background
Colona Watersports Kitesurfing Centres in Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik. Colona Watersports opened in June 2002 in the Magawish Hotel in Hurghada as Egypt’s first dedicated kitesurf centre offering kitesurfing courses and equipment rentals at the best kitesurfing spot in the area.
So much more than just kitesurfing… Colona Watersports Kitesurfing Centre in Hurghada is located close to the centre of Hurghada where you can find so much more than just kitesurfing… Wakeboarding, Desert Safaris, Snorkeling, Diving and much more… For the evenings Hurghada boasts excellent restaurants and a great night life with bars and nightclubs
Colona Watersports Kitesurfing Centre in Sharm El Sheikh is located in the newly developed Nabq area just north of the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and about 20 minutes away from Neama Bay, famous for it’s restaurants and night life.