West Midlands, UK
did you get started in power kiting:
Around 6 years ago i bought a mountainboard
for downhilling. 2 years after that got my first kite and have
not looked back since.
equipment do you use:
For boarding, mainly big-sized Flexifoil
Blades, but it looks like there may be some interesting and innovative
new designs coming out this year from all the manufacturers.
board do you use:
I use a range
of boards from a No-sno Freeride or Flexifoil Kava for speed and
distance boarding and for free style i use either a Flexifoil
Airdeck or own custom hybrid board.
I last owned a buggy around June 2003, but I have recently decided
to buy one to use when the wind is unsuitable for boarding. I
now have a Parastorm Typhoon Buggy which is really light and comfortable!
have you been doing the past year:
from a non kite kite related knee injury. Ive still been out having
kiting fun most weekends, learning new tricks and helping to promote
this addictive sport.
plans do you have for this year:
To get 100%
fit again so i can concentrate on wiring some new aerial tricks,
improve my flatland manoeuvres and help even more newcomers to
learn or improve their skils.
Kite Landboarding Spot:
For kite landboarding its got to be Black
Rock Sands (porthmadog) for buggying it still has to be Lytham
St. Annes and cant wait to get back on it when it reopens.
What would you recommend as a first
time kite boarder who wanted to enter into the sport, what kite
and board would you recommend and why:
a powerkite lesson from a trained insructor. You'll learn to powerkite
well and most importantly safely so much quicker than left to
your own devices. A lesson also gives you the opportunity to try
different equipment. Another bonus is the fact that an instructor
can assess your flying ability and point you in the right direction
for getting the right kites etc for you.
kind of tricks do you like to do?
I like doing big air tricks but i am getting
a taste for more flatland light wind manoeuvres.
surface do you prefer for landboarding?
A good hard
beach. The sand at black rock is harder than a diamond with a
do you think the sport will grow?
I think big
things are going to happen this year in the world of powerkiting.
More recognition from the authorities and the opening of more
designated powerkiting areas.
is your best session to date?
I've had so
many good times its tough to single one out but any session is
great when Ii've got good winds, good weather and good buddies
to share it with. Even after all my time in powerkiting, I still
drive home with a big grin on my face, buzzing from the fact I've
learned something new and enjoyed learning it.
you received any injuries from power kiting?
else you want to say?
I've left to say is, if you havent tried powerkiting yet, give
it a go, it fun for all and spans the age groups which makes it
great for families. If you are already into powerkiting then all
I've got to say is - good isn't it!. Finally and the most important
of all is for everybody to have FUN.