WINDY Walney lived up to its reputation yesterday as round two of the British Kite Surfing Association Championships got under way.
Organiser and owner of Furness-based North West Kite Surfing, Gary Powell, said fun was high on the agenda for the weekend. Caravans, buses and cars packed with equipment began to line the beach yesterday morning. The sea was soon awash with colour as riders took their kites out and started to enjoy the conditions.
Mr Powell said this year’s event has brought many riders and their families back to Walney for the weekend. For the riders themselves they don’t often get this much beach to kite surf on. They are just going to have bags and bags of fun. People just follow the events and come along to enjoy themselves, network and have barbecues. It is just a big party atmosphere and fun all the way.”
Yesterday saw 11 professional male riders take to the water and four females. Today and tomorrow will see landboarding and landbuggy-ing from around 10.30am, expected to attract between 50 and 100 riders. Mr Powell said Thundercat race boats will also be on the beach all weekend and if the wind drops they may take part in a few races.
Kite Surfing at Walney Island as the British Kite Surfing Association’s Championship got under way this weekend.