Youth Training at Edge Watersports


Teaching watersports for over 20 years on the River Exe, Edge watersports have always been raising the bar to facilitate youth watersports training. Home to Team Bridge with a handful of world & european Tittles, the Edge Team certainly know how to ensure good progression from a young age.

Following on from other years, the Sunday British Kitesports Youth kite surf course is proving a winner with many youngsters signed up & a waiting list for the next course starting in July. Run over 6 weeks, the youngsters learn how to setup a kite, launch and land safely with an assistant, how to activate their safety systems to get out of trouble, tidal & wind knowledge as well as several different body drags and all leading up to finally getting them up and riding on the board. The course is run a bit differently to how we would normally run an adult  lesson with a greater emphasis on team work, whether that be helping each other pump up the kite or giving each other a “whoop” when they get up on the board for the first time. The idea is to become independent and working as a tight buddy system with qualified British Kitesports Instructors ensures structured learning in a safe and fun way. The youngsters take control of their own equipment from day 1, ensuring all the necessary clothing & equipment is worn. The rescue boat gets loaded with all the kit and the  British Kitesports youth course takes to the river to one of the many sandbanks which provide shallow flat water for ideal learning. The equipment used includes 2014 North Neo’s, Ozone Uno’s, smaller boards and a range of trainer kites/ Buggy’s for lighter wind days.

Headed by 2010 British Champion and Senior British Kitesports Instructor, Ned Taylor, the spirits are high with emphasis on practical skills, solid kite flying skills and and experienced group management. On many occasions, the youngsters will be learning in the same area as their role models, Olly, Guy and Tom Bridge, who will be free -styling near by. This is a massive inspiration for them, seeing them out riding at the top of their sport provides a fantastic drive for them to practice hard and master this amazing sport of kitesurfing.

Many youngsters will be helping out at the British Kitesurf Race National championships, held at the Edge Race Cup over 13-15th June. Like all of us which learnt later in life, once the seed has been sewn then there is no stopping it.

For more information on the British KItesports Youth courses contact:

[email protected]  / tel: 01395 222551