Suffolk “Summer Sessions”
Location Sponsors – Suffolk Kite Park
Dates – June 8th and 9th
Location- Suffolk Kite Park
Disciplines – Freestyle Kitelandboard and Kitebuggy
The last week the winds had been blowing in for the East with a high pressure in charge of the UK weather scene with blazing days of sunshine, however the forecast was set to change – would it hold
Riders had been down the park since the Friday which was a glorious day, however Saturday dawned overcast
Riders briefing was held at 10 am after everyone had signed in – again we had a strong numbers from all over Europe which was nice to see.
The competition kicked off at 11.30 pm with Head judge Lewis Wilby heading up the judging team. The buggies were first out – the wind fluctuating with one heat having to be restarted – however the wind continued to build throughout the day – the sun unfortunately forgot to make an appearance
There were 6 buggies registered for the event which made for some great heats as the wind picked up so did the height of the jumps and there were some great lofty ones. Chris Palmer probably got the biggest airtime and with it best Wipe-out as he thundered down from about 20 ft to a complete standstill. Chris and Phil had a good fight over 3rd place with Phil’s technical tricks just getting him the 3rd. In the final a much improved Graham Read fought against Adam Toms who can pull 1080’s in his buggy which makes him almost unbeatable – however a great final was had and even Adams buggy survived unlike the last comp.
The Amateur Landboard was next up with some varying styles of riding old school and new school, the conditions made it tricky for most of the riders and kites sizes varied from 12 – 21 m on the day. Alex Stuart put in some good solid rounds to take 3rd against Carl Kirton. In the final it was German Marius Siebert against an injured Will Rose – Marius let it all go to take a great deserved win.
The juniors were next up and it lead to a full European final – all of the riders showing real promise and showing what could be done at such an early age. There was a 3 man final and Julian Hein in his first UK competition did well however it was Max Laux who had a real battle with some nice kiteloops on his inflatables against Pascal Smidt whose repertoire and variety could not be beaten to take 1st.
The Pro Men Landboard saw a few missing due to other commitments however stepping up to have a go was Adam Toms and he put on a great show of some slick tricks he threw down which impressed the judges to take 3rd. Ash Garwood struggled in the conditions to take 2nd as he prefers a bit more wind however it was Emmanuel Norman who took 1st again on his 21m Flysurfer putting in some great handpasses and a record breaking 8 ½ spins / rotations to seal the deal
A great weekend was had by all with prize giving held at 5.30 pm followed by the beer tent and Fireworks at the end of the Saturday night
1- Pascal Smidt
2- Max Laux
3- Julian Hein
1- Marcus Siebert
2- Will Rose
3- Alex Stuart
1- Adam Toms
2- Graham Read
3- Phil Revill
1- Emmanuel Norman
2- Ash Garwood
3- Adam Toms
Big thanks to all that came, filmed and special thanks to Mick and Hank from Suffolk Kitepark for hosting the event
See you next year