Hey, I’m Hayley a complete wannabe kite surfer! I absolutely love learning to kite, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do and it has taken me hours. Hours on the water, and hours waiting for the wind. I have travelled to Cape Town, Morocco, and Spain recently, and guess what?! NO WIND!!
I started kiting in July 2016 and still have a long way to go. There have been highs and lows and I’ve finally accepted that it’s going to take time, patience and another year or so to get to where I want to be.
Kiting in the UK in the freezing cold, in the waves, rain and hail is not quite the same as my kiting experiences in Mauritius! But there is something quite special about learning to kite in such harsh conditions at home and I’ve met the most wonderful group of people.
And as much as I LOVE all of the guys I kite with (I really do!), I can’t wait for more women to join me…I recently signed up to an awesome Facebook group The Women’s Kiteboarding Community which is run by Laurel Eastman. ‘The universe is testing you to see if you really want to become a kiter’, she said. I’ve had a few set backs recently and I couldn’t agree more.
From my husband getting lost out to sea in Fuerteventura and being rescued 3.5 hours later in the dark, to me completely losing all confidence flying the kite and having a fear of deep water, to my recent set back with pneumonia and being told no kiting for two months just after my best ever session – can you believe it?!
My kiting journey has been a rollercoaster for sure but I will keep going until I’ve cracked it.
It’s the best sport ever and there isn’t anything better than being free and escaping reality.
See you on the water!
Like most women I have struggled to find a wetsuit that fits well and looks flattering…until now! My lovely network of amazing ladies from The Women’s Kiteboarding Community recommend a few including a brand called Truli
I honestly can’t tell you how wonderful the wetsuit is – the quality, style, design and fit are a millions time better than any others I have tried. It’s actually perfect. The sleeveless arms and zip up the front makes it super comfortable and easy to get on.
As soon as I saw the Truli-Capri I knew I just had to have one.
I emailed Mia who is the designer and CEO and she shipped one straight away to me! The customer service was brilliant and I am so so happy!
I’m sure it’s going to give me the power to kite better too…Mia just needs to design a winter wetsuit for us folk who have to kite in minus conditions in the UK.
To buy your Truli sexy wetsuit visit https://www.truliwetsuits.com/collections
My kiting club, The North Somerset Wind, Wheels and Waves club bagged a double whammy for the BKSA Woo Kite Awards.
We’ve all clearly got too much time to kitesurf and we managed to win both the club mileage and individual mileage awards, meaning we were the most proactive kitesurfers in the UK during 2016 – result.
I can’t claim to have contributed to the miles, but I have supported this great bunch on and off the water. Christos, my good pal, spent more time in the air than any other kitesurfer bagging the individual miles award…When there is wind, Christos will always be found in the water!
BKSA Director Andy Gratwick came down to Brizzle to present the awards.
Today I went out with my coach Will who is an amazing instructor, mentor, coach and friend. He has been sooooo patient with me and after all the saga in Spain feeling like I would never crack this sport, I have. Whoop!
The key and difference to recent events was to make sure I am riding the right size kite, generally if the bigger guys are on 12s then a 9 or 10 is enough for me.
I was chilled as anything and the rest is history, it was officially by best session ever, yay!
The moto of the story is, don’t give up! And Pembrey is the perfect spot to learn to kite.
For Kitesurfing lessons in Wales contact Will K @wkkitesurfproject.com
We’ve arrived in Fuerteventura and it’s 50 knots!
I’ve been in Cape Town for a week for work and there has been no wind…I’ve just got to the airport and the wind has kicked in and King Of The Air has begun – absolutely gutted!!! I travel all over the world and I am doomed for no wind – boooooo…
Here are a couple of videos from CT. I stay in a place called Noordeoek. I’m fortunate enough to travel here several times a year because I work for a wonderful film studio called Sunrise Productions.
I land to find my fav Cabhrina rider Nick Jacobsen is King Of The Air riding his FireBall and Switchblade – #Ilovecabrinha