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So just a quick little post to say Congratulations! to everyone that got involved with KKC Big Air.

There was some serious improvements over the winter, not just in the above 10m category but in the sub 10m as well. There was also a steep learning curve on the organisational side if things! Apologies!

This year we saw the advent of a Big Air Meet Up as well as the ongoing winter comp, which added a nice social element to the comp and really brought out the best in the club and the participants.

I have written up an Event report for anyone that is keen to take a look and if any of you have any suggestions on how to make it better for next year please get in touch.

All in all it was a great time had by all.

Massive props to:

Matt Taylor 1st Place – Above 10m

Nic Costa 1st Place – Sub 10m

Tommy Brundell – Wooden Spoon

Tim Allingham – Who should have won the Sub 10m but due to poor organisation (on my part) didn’t! Sorry Tim.



Another year, another great Legend of the Bay at Watergate Bay. This year it was over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April.

It might have been April Fools Day, but there was to be no fooling around to be had as dawn broke and the sun started to rise over the golden sand of Watergate Bay on the North Cornish coastline, ready for this years Legend of the Bay.

The concept for Legend of the Bay is straightforward – a one-day kitesurfing competition and a one-day stand up paddleboarding competition. Individuals can enter either, with those proficient in both sports able to enter both and with it compete for the overall title and be crowned LEGEND OF THE BAY!

Saturday would see the staging of the kitesurfing competition, and would take the format of two groups of four going head to head in a Round Robin format with 1st place from Group One taking on 2nd place of Group Two and 1st place Group Two taking of 2nd of Group One in the Semi Finals. The winners of each Semi Final would then face of in the Final.

Between the sunny spells and showers competitors and spectators waiting for the wind where able to look at and discuss some of the latest kiteboarding equipment kindly brought down by North Kiteboarding and Liquid Force Kiteboarding.

Early afternoon the wind started to fill the kites and it was time to sound the horn and get the competition under way. Group one consisted of Paul Stebbings, Jamie Crossman (both entered for Legend title) Brad Shaw and Ben Clarke. Group Two Lee Harvey, Sean Facey (Legends) and Craig Smith and Russell Fields.

With it being a Round Robin first round format, competitors would each have three heats to claim their place in the Semi Finals.

The judging criteria, scoring would be based on style and wave riding. So whilst aerial and jumps always look impressive, for this competition they would not score unless used as part of a transaction of the wave ride. During the 15-minute heats competition would be scored on up to 10 waves, with the top two waves forming the overall score.

Winds were light and on shore, so it was about wave selection and making the most of the conditions. Special mention to both Lee and Ben for some very impressive board skill during aerials especially they were riding strapless.

After the group stage it would be Paul and Ben from Group One and Lee and Sean from Group Two head into the Semi Final. As the wind started to drop it would be the experience of Paul and Lee seeing them heading to the Final.

The Final saw some great riding from both competitor in conditions and wind that were fading away, but it held up long enough for the final horn to be blown, and with it victory to Lee Harvey.

It the league for Legend of the Bay positions were as follows:

  • 1st Lee Harvey
  • 2nd Paul Stebbings
  • 3rd Sean Facey
  • 4th Jamie Crossman

All was set for a great Sunday SUP Showdown and the second day of competition.

Sunday morning and Watergate Bay was bathed in clear warming skies, blue waters and waves. Format for competition. Round One Four Heat with the 1st proceeding to Round Three. 2nd, 3rd and 4th from Open Heats would go into Round Two Reportage, with the 1st and 2nd place joining the Winners from Round One, in Round Three, then into a knock out to the Final.

Legend of the Bay whilst being a competition is as much as anything else a fun/social event, and as such would see a mix of men, women and juniors matched up against each other in the competition. In the free surfing period before the start of the competition and having spend his winter training and competing in Hawaii, it was clear that Marcio Dais would be the one to beat, as he slashed and rode his 74ltr surf sup board through the Cornish surf.

The early rounds saw a mixture of high and low for everyone, and the condition charged as the tide headed out. Round Three Heat 1 would see Sean Facey and Blue Ewer progress to the Semi Finals, over Paul Stebbings and James West. In Heat Two it would be Marico Dias and Dave Ewer progressing over Lee Harvey and Jamie Crossman.

One fact for the coming season with Blue moving up to the Open Division he will soon be competing against his father Dave. Now that will be an interesting one to watch. However for today that will have to wait, as Dave was drawn against Sean, and Blue against Marcio.

Semi Final A and it was wave for wave for Dave and Sean. Sean had surfed a blinder all day and maybe his new board, which was bigger and a bit more floaty over the modern SUP Surfboard give him the edge over Dave in the conditions. Sean won his way and a very well deserved place in the Final.

In Semi Final B Blue surfed well, but it was clear that we seeing some great SUP Surfing from Marico, which would take him to the Final.

With the warm sun high in the sky and covering everyone with warm sunshine. There was time for us to run a women’s competition featuring two British Champions, Holly Bassett and Tina Baresfoot. Nothing more at steak then claiming the glory of the victory, but it would also allow the both of them to suss one another out ahead of this years BSUPA SUP Series, where they will both come up against each other. Good riding from both with Tina claiming 1st place over Holly.

The Final of the SUP Surf saw Marico step up a gear and give everyone a great show of SUP surf skills; Sean once surfed hard but could match the ability of Marcio. Victory to Dias.

Only thing left to establish would be who would be Crowned Legend the Bay.

The table was looking like this:

  • Lee – 1st Kite, 3rd SUP Total = 4 points
  • Paul – 2nd Kite, 2nd SUP Total = 4 points
  • Sean – 3rd Kite, 1st SUP Total = 4 points
  • Jamie – 4th Kite, 4th SUP Total = 8 points

The tag line for Legend of the Bay is ‘There can be only one’!  There was only one way to decide… a SUP Surf Off, with all four taking to the water for one final push for fortune and glory. Everyone was surfed out, and even Paul’s dog Dudley was flagging after to days of running up, down and around the beach and shore line all weekend. Time ticked away; with all competitors giving it they’re all. The horn sounds, judges counted scores, and it would be last years runner up Paul Stebbings taking the prize of 2017 Legend of the Bay.

Ever humble Paul was keen to share the celebrations with his follow competitors and Dudley!

A special mention to Jamie Crossman who ever so nearly tubed a wave during the SUP competition. Always impressive to see.

Competition Director Richard Marsh, commented “Another great event, and a great weekend of sportsmanship from all competitors. Organising a competition of this nature involved much effort from a great number of individual along with all the competitors. I thank everyone for their support’.

Richard Marsh, BSKA & BSUPA would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the follow without whose help, assistance, and support this event would not be possible.


Legend of the Bay

Paul Stebbings


  • 1st Lee Harvey
  • 2nd Paul Stebbings
  • 3rd Sean Facey/Ben Clarke

SUP Open Surf

  • 1st Marcio Dias
  • 2nd Sean Facey
  • 3rd Dave Ewer/Blue Ewer

SUP Women Surf

  • 1st Tina Baresfoot
  • 2nd Holly Bassett

When: 19:00, Thursday 24th March 2016
Were: The Royal Standard Inn in Hayle

Welcome and thanks for coming from Rory Jenkins, current KKC Chairman. Great to see ever increasing turn out.

Apologies from:
– Paul Frost, Daymer beach rep
– Pete Stephens
– Craig Smith (traffic reports meant turned around)
– Timo from Mobius is to off to a family Easter
– Robert Foster

Area Updates

Par & St Austell – Denzil Williams (current area rep) wasn’t present, but those who use the area all reported no problems.

Marazion & The Bluff area – The current reps (Lawrence Smith, Marke Graham & Alex Hapgood) and others present report that the Bluff pass is working well. The Harbour Master is pleased with how things are working. At Marazion, the weather feed on the top of Lodey Sails, is working well.

Perranporth – Matt Taylor reports that all going well.

Watergate – Craig Smith (current rep) sent apologies. Those present reported great times and no problems

Daymer & Hawker – Paul Frost had pre sent in that there are now signs up stating the ban in July and August. That he is going to call in and speak to the harbour authorities with regards to trying to get the ban lifted on the hawkers side providing people do not kite out into the channel. He’ll keep us posed.

Accounts Update

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Who jumped the highest

Using the Woo tracker devices we were able to get a winner for each of our main spots and a further £100 for the highest jump in the year.

  • Par & St Austell :: Paul Frost
  • Maza & The Bluff, :: Mark Hill (14.3m)
  • Perranporth :: Timo McOvens (11.4m)
  • Watergate :: Craig Smith (10.5m)
  • Daymer Bay :: Craig Smith (9.6m)

To the winners, email or Facebook Messenger send copy or photo of your receipt from one of our local shops (Down The Line, Lodey Sails & Westcountry Watersports) and Rory will BACS you the amount, up to the amount of your prize.

Who made the best 90 second Cornwall Kitesurfing Videos?

There were some great entries with the winning prizes going to:

1st Lee Pasty Harvey, £100
2nd Dom Moore
3rd Craig Smith ?

It was agreed that next year there would be 2 categories. With a first and and second prize in each of £100 and £50 respectively. One category for those videos only shot with GoPro cameras. The other category for videos shot by any means.

Through the year, put your videos, on our KKC Facebook page.

To the winners, email or Facebook Messenger send copy or photo of your receipt from one of our local shops (Down The Line, Lodey Sails & Westcountry Watersports) and Rory will BACS you the amount, up to the amount of your prize.

Watergate Legend of the Bay

This event is back for the third year on 23-24th April.

The format remains the same as last time one day kite, one day SUP.
Competitors can enter individual competitions or should they wish enter both. The Individuals with the highest combined scores will be crowned Legend of the Bay.

Divisions will be Open Men and Open Women. Individuals wishing to enter must be members of either BKSA or BSUPA to enter competition.

Any KKC member, by producing their BKSA card that shows they are a KKC member will get £10 off their entry fee. So £15 for single event entry & £25 to enter the kite AND SUP events if you’re a KKC member.

Club Admin and Officers

By show of hands, majority vote, based on those present at the meeting, the 2016 committee and beach officer line up is:


  • Chairperson: (Rory Jenkins)
  • Treasurer:  (Lawrence Smith)
  • Child Safety Officer: (Lawrence Smith)
  • Club Secretary: (Simon Crabb)
  • Beach Safety Officer: (Matt Taylor)

Beach Representatives:

  • Par & St Austell – Denzil Williams
  • Marazion & The Bluff area – Lawrence Smith, Mark Graham, Mark Hill, James Cook  & Alex Hapgood
  • Perranporth – Matt Taylor & ….
  • Watergate – Dom Moore, Tim Allingham & Nick Allen
  • Daymer & Hawker – Paul Frost

Thanks To:

Alex for bringing along a whole stack of recent surplus kite magazines.
Mark P for bringing along the projector.

From the photos and Facebook and other reports I’ve heard, it was a fantastic event.

Well done and thankyou to all who competed and helped make the event a reality.

Amazing photos by Bob Berry at West Country Water Sports.

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015





Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

and some photos from the SUP aspects of the comp.

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015


Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

Title of Event: Legend of the Bay
Date: April 18th & 19th April 2015
Location: Watergate Bay

Britishkitesports & British Stand Up Paddleboard Association are proud announce that Legend of the Bay will be returning to Watergate Bay over the weekend of April 18th & 19th.

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This unique event showcases not one by two of the most exciting watersports, Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddleboard. Over the course of the weekend competitors can entry either a one day Kite Wave competition or a one day Stand Up Paddleboard Wave competition. Should the competitors be proficient in both sports they can enter both. The competitor with the highest combined score will be crowned ‘Legend of the Bay’.

For those competing for the Legend of the Bay title, this unique competition format makes it both exciting and nail biting till the final hooter of the final round of competition. You cannot step of the gas at any point during any of the heats you have be winning to stay in the game. ‘There can be only one’!

Competition of both days will aim to start around 9am, with semi-finals and final held towards late afternoon when the tide as turned an will bring the competition closer to the beach, and in front of the Beach Hut. Prize Giving will follow after the completion of the day competetion. Ideally it is aimed to stage the Kitesurfing Wave competition on the Saturday, and Stand Up Paddleboard Surf Competition on the Sunday. It however will depend of weather forecast.

Who will be there?

In terms of competitors to watch over the weekend, entry has just opened so no real list so far. However former BSUPA National Champion Neil Gent has confirmed his intensions to compete. Neil has competed on the national scene for both sports for many years, and will be a strong contender for the title. Closer to home Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey will be strong in the kite competition. Lee paddleboards to so watch this space…

For anyone wishing to enter details etc can be found via the following link:

BSKA & BSUPA would like to thank the following for their support and contribution in stage this event:

For more information on Legend of the Bay please contact Richard Marsh via e-mail

Kernow King of the Air and demo day! – full details on Facebook
20th or the 21st of April, we will be holding a demo day at either Marazion or The Bluff.

20th or the 21st of April, we will be holding a demo day at either Marazion or The Bluff, which shows the commitment and progress the club has made with the efforts to keep The Bluff a location that we can all enjoy!
2013 Bluff passes will be available to buy on the day. If you want to demo kit please bring your bksa card showing you are a member of the kkc.
Brands that have confirmed so far:
-Ocean Rodeo

We are still waiting for confirmation from a few more brands so we will keep you updated as and when they confirm!
So this isn’t your ordinary demo day!
We are offering 2 hour novice refresher clinics, £10 per person and £10 will also be paid by the KKC to cover coaching costs.
This will run with a minimum of 6 people and maximum of 12. Perfect if you brought kit last year and haven’t been out over the winter.
Email to register.

In the afternoon, we have the Kernow King of the Air fun competition!
This will be for 16 pre-entered KKC members only, so if you would like to enter, please email and we will reply with an entry form for each rider to fill in and competition details.
Who do you think will be crowned Kernow King of the Air 2013 and be the 1st name on the trophy?!!?

We are looking to have a small gathering in the evening, with a BBQ and a few drinks, location TBC.

It will be great to see everyone there! Enjoying the start of another summer here in Cornwall, with all the shiny new toys to have a play with!