POSTED: Monday June 27th 2011

KB4girls 2011 World Tour and BKSA push female kiters to new levels at Lancing/England

First ever “girls only” fun competition proves to be a real success

The girls had great wind at Lansing this year / Howard Kearley
The girls had great wind at Lansing this year / Howard Kearley

The girls were briefed on what to expect  from the actual competition / Mark Glendinning
The girls were briefed on what to expect from the actual competition / Mark Glendinning

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TAMPA/LONDON, June 27th, 2011: Last year Lancing/England was a tour stop on the KB4girls 2010 World Tour and while the wind was disappointing, the girls were so passionately motivated and really impressed world champion Kristin Boese so much that the Southern England spot was kept on the KB4girls 2011 tour.

This year the event in Lancing was not only blessed with wind, sunshine and perfect conditions, but also had something very special to offer: the first ever "girls only" fun competition in cooperation with the British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA).

The first day and a half of the event started with the usual safety briefing, on-water-demonstration, simulator training as well a full day of kiting with instructions by pro-coaches Andrina Kelly, Steph Bridge and Kristin Boese.

On the evening of day 2 however the participating females found themselves in a competition briefing where Kristin explained the basics of competing, the main details of next day's fun competition, and many more hints and tips.

After an hour warm-up on day 3, the 30 KB4girls participants were all in for their first ever competition and were divided into 3 fleets depending on their level of riding.

Richard Gowers (BKSA chairman) and Pete Shaw (BKSA vice chairman) took over from here and run a perfect competition in true style. The fog horn, flags, notice board, safety boat and heat charts all did not seem so intimidating anymore to the participating females after the first skippers meeting was over and a few first heats were run and the excitement just escalated.

While many of the participants impressed themselves as well as their coaches by pulling off and even landing tricks they had never even tried before it became clear very quickly that the competition format, even though a fun one with little pressure, added quite a bit of extra motivation and kick for the girls.

The girls were judging each other and cheering each other on and the whole fun competition created an amazing vibe around the event and in the group and surely this will not be the last competition of its kind.

BKSA chairman Richard Gowers commented: "Doing a competition with KB4girls has been a real eye opener and inspiration. It reminded me of the early days when competing together was great fun and there were no attitudes or egos on the beach. Well done to all the girls who turned up. I hope we see another event like this soon."

Julie Davis, participant in the event says about her experience: "Like many other girls I was very apprehensive and did not know what to expect from the event at all, but it has been the most amazing experience and I have learned so much from it that I can now take away with me. The BKSA competition was absolutely fantastic and meeting all the girls of all different levels has just been great. Thanks so much to everyone!"

The BKSA and KB4girls team congratulate the winners competition winners:

Basic group:
1. Louise Squires
2. Hannah Stock
3. Anna Orchard

Intermediate group:
1. Becky Harris
2. Fliss Bertram
3. Anna Seager

Advanced group:
1. Pauline McLaughlin
2. Sarah Dorking
3. Andrina Kelly

The local support for the event proofed amazing once again and a very special thanks goes out to Andrina Kelly, Steph Bridge, Joanne Malyon, Natasha Stipp, Frazer and Jaz from the Brighton Kitesurfing Accademy, The Lancing Kitesurfing Club, The New Sussex Hotel in Lancing, Lancing Council, The Adrenaline Store, the BKSA, Mark Glendinning from, Howard Kearley, Jaz Mondo and Kiteworld magazine.

The KB4girls foundation and 2011 Worldwide Tour is supported by Best Kiteboarding and DaKine.

The KB4Girls tour schedule 2011 reads as follows:
Philippines, March 8 - 10, 2011
Australia/QLD, April 19 - 22, 2011
Turkey, May 10 - 12, 2011
USA/CA, May 28 - 29, 2011
Netherlands, June 17 - 18, 2011
United Kingdom, June 23 - 26, 2011
Germany, July 8 - 10, 2011
USA/OR, July 16 , 2011
USA/NY, September 16-18, 2011
Australia/WA, December 16 - 18, 2011

About KB4girls
KB4girls is a non-profit worldwide clinic tour for female kiteboarders that was launched in November 2009 by Kristin Boese. While the tour gives female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun time together it also motivates them to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level and possibly start to compete in kiteboarding.

Another goal of the KB4girls events is to support the Surfrider Foundation Europe and the protection of the oceans and beaches. While registration fees are being donated to the Foundation educational materials are being supplied in return and given out to all participating girls, teaching them about their precious playgrounds and how to possibly help to protect them.

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Name: Kristin Boese
Organization: KB4girls 2010 World Tour

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