“Summer is in full swing at last and I’ve been travelling around to all sorts of events. I met some amazing people in Ireland and went back to Egypt for the 7th time to commentate at the PKRA World Tour. Here is my latest news from May….”
Whilst over in Ireland I performed a clinic with Pure Magic Kitesurfing. There was a great turn out from the local people. We started the day on the water where the wind was light to say the least. Everyone stayed in good spirits though and off we went back to the shop where I delivered a theory / interactive presentation on Boosting Bigger/ Edging and Dealing with Stronger Wind. Sometimes these sessions can be just as informative as being out on the water
I’d like to thank everybody that took part for being so motivated and everyone at Pure Magic for putting this on.
I had gone over to Ireland to compete at Battle For The Bay which is an amazing event in Dublin set up for Kite Surfers / SUP Riders / Extreme Sports Lovers and Spectators. It was one of the most exciting events I’ve been too and the division I competed in was the Kite Boarder Cross Tour. This new style of Kiteboarding is getting massive. Riders wait on the start line and when the green flag goes up off you go full speed over the obstacles and round a marker, then back to the beach. So much adrenaline goes through you as you try to stay out in front! You can watch my final here which looks amazing from my line mount.
I believe this this discipline is one of the most exciting ones in Kiteboarding and I can see this making it into the olympics one day. If it does then I would want to be in it. What I really love about boarder cross is that it combines many skills, Speed, Jumping and Wind Knowledge all play a big part. I can’t wait for the next event….
The 2014 Red Sea Kitesurf World Cup took place in Some Bay Egypt. This was my 7th time out to Egypt. With its consistent winds and warm temperatures it’s a really top spot for kiteboarding. My role here was to commentate the Live Stream for the event so everybody at home on the internet can see the action. I love tocommentate and this style of commentating is really special. I can control all the shots that the viewer sees, pull in some statistics and also bring in the riders for some in depth interviews. Some years ago I mentioned this was one of my ultimate goals to do this and I’m so happy to have got the chance to do it. I look forwards to providing more Live Stream Commentary at the PKRA events in the future.
Whilst out in Egypt a new oppertunity came along – ‘Providing Voice Overs’ for the event videos. I think nobody ever feels that there voice is interesting, but everybody else you hear with a different accent always sounds interesting! Well my plain Southern English Accent helped with some of the event videos. Figuring out the style and tone of the voice they require is the real interesting part here. I remember the producer asking me to sound more ‘Scary’ or more ‘Manly’ for instance. Here are 2 examples of some Voice Overs I’ve been involved in recently.Red Sea
Wrapping things up for May I include some recent coverage starting with a nice image and story in Kitesurf Magazine. I’ve alsoincluded a shot from my live interview with Spin FM one of Dublins largest radio stations (201,000 Adults tune in each week) Also a small piece that went in my local paper – the Worthing Herald about my result in Ireland.
Here’s my other video for you that I’ll leave you with featuring a big boosting session with my good friend Jez. See you next month….