I love my new balance board from Jucker Hawaii! Trying to get to grips with it is not so easy… another thing to try and master! @hannahwhiteleyofficial makes it look like a piece of cake…..of course she would, she’s a champ!
How my life has changed. For every New Year’s Eve I can remember, we have partied hard with our pals.
Not this year. There has been no wind for months and New Year’s Day is looking perfect in Wales, so I head to bed at 10pm for a 6am start.
It’s absolutely freezing, around -8, what were we thinking? But this is our reality kiting in the UK and we have to suck it up!
I haven’t been out in ages, it’s like starting all over again. Kiting with my dearest Hubby Tom isn’t great either, because it’s too easy for me to yell at him to take the kite when I feel over powered. It turns out to be a complete disaster, poor Tom!
I am full of excuses, it’s a new location, I still have issues about going into deep water so I spent most of the time out of the water. I was frustrated, cold, angry, you name it and I felt it. I know I just need time on the water in the right conditions.
I feel royally annoyed, what I think I need is a strong female to help me, maybe one who has kids. I can’t just take myself off on the ocean not feeling confident because I have tw0 little ones to think about.
When I got home I sent former UK Champion Jo Wilson a desperate email asking for help and coaching and she’s agreed… I finally feel I might get somewhere sooner rather than later.
Me and my kiting buddy Craig!
In November I signed up to a trip with the Poseidon Kite School in Poole to Dakhla, run by an amazing guy and ex pro Chris Burke. It was such a fun trip, but unfortunately not much wind, in fact the worst wind in 14 years, but that didn’t dampen our spirits!
I partied hard, brushed up on my surf and wake skills and met some really amazing friends….here are the highlights!
We’ve swapped our estate car for a campervan! It was just a van and we hired The Bristol Camper Company to convert it for us and they’ve done a stirling job. The kids love it and we headed To Burry Port in Wales to kite for our first weekend away.
Will messaged me to say the wind was up and to head to Pembrey on Friday for a lesson with another student, a guy called Steve. I didn’t know it then, but Steve would become my new kiting buddy and subsequently he has put up with me for months trying to chase the wind and crack this sport – thanking you my friend :)…
Steve is a diver, windsurfer, ex military, climber – you name it, he’s done it….
And yes he was up and riding after lesson 2 !! Not that I was slightly envious at all, but so typical. I had to pretend not to be that impressed, lols.
It was a fun session and I managed to go right. My lefts still need a lotta work….