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BKC Tour 2018 FINALS! Ramsgate - 18th & 19th August

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It's time for the FINALS!

After a great year it's time to move onto the final event in Ramsgate! A great spot with plenty of spectators, let's go show them what the BKC is about and more importantly, how high the level of kitesurf freestyle in the UK is.

THen....let's parttyyyyy!

For regular updates on the run up to the event, and during the event please check the official BKC Facebook Page!

BKC Event Plan

Press Evening

On the Friday evening of the event, riders will have the opportunity to attend a press conference with all of the local press.

Please confirm you would like to attend by email


We are currently working on Evening venue and camping for all, so please keep an eye on the BKC Facebook page.

Briefing and Registration.

Briefing and registration times will be set out on the Friday, briefings and registrations are mandatory, if you are late you will not be able to compete. At a lot of events we are restricted with time due to wind and tides, so for you guys to all have the maximum competition time, we need to run smoothly, and all competitors need to help with this.


Wind permitting at each event the main focus will be the Freestyle Championship. If there isn’t enough wind to run the event then we will switch the focus to other disciplines such as down wind slalom, or in the event of too much wind adopt a focus on big air. Next year we will be looking to expand the tour and to include boardercross too. For this year though the focus is on delivering a great freestyle event

There will be the following categories:

Pro Men

Pro Women

Amateur Men ( No handlepasses)

Amateur Women

Pro Juniors – Under 18 - Scored using the Pro catagory points system. This catagory is best for young groms that are pushing into and completing their first handle pass manouvres.

Juniors Boys - Under 16

Junior Girls - Under 16

Masters (Handlepasses scored) Overall impression.

Depending on the numbers attending each event there may be changes to these categories.

The format for the events will be a Dingle Elimination to allow us time to get through all the heats. If conditions limit time this will switch to a Single Elimination to allow us to complete the event as fully as possible.

First Round heats will consist of either 2, 3 or a maximum of 4 riders depending on the number of riders entering the category.


Entry is open to all BKSA Members - you will need your membership number handy when you register. We will be running the registration through Event Brite. You will need to PRE REGISTER for each event, THERE WILL BE NO CASH REGISTRATIONS ON THE DAY. This will free up our time to run the competition.

Age Divisions:

Pro Men - Any Age
Pro Women - Any Age
Amateur Men - Over 16
Amateur Women - Over 16

Pro Juniors – Under 18
Juniors - 16 and Under
Masters - Any Age

Ability Levels:

In an effort to encourage the local riders entering the competition we have some recommended ability levels. Essentially to encourage the amatuer fleet we will not be scoring handle pass manoeuvres in that discipline.

Pro Fleet - Progressive Freestyle

Amateur - All-round freestyle (No Handlepasses Scored)

Pro Juniors - Freestyle - Handlepasses will be scored

Juniors - All-round freestyle - Handlepasses will not be scored

Masters - All-round freestyle (Handlepasses Scored)


Prize Money will be distributed as follows:

Pro Men 70%

Pro Women 30%

1st Place 50%

2nd Place 30%

3rd Place 20%

The Amateur Fleet and Masters will also receive product prizes and the Junior will receive product prizes (which will be confirmed).

Competition Area

At each event there will be an area for the competitors to rig up their kites on the beach, there will also be a launching area with kite launchers and landers on hand to help you get on the water.

The competition area itself will be marked by two large feather flags on the beach. These will be placed at the waters edge. There will not be buoys on the water marking the area. This will enable us to quickly set up the event and will also mean we won’t be waiting for the rescue craft to move buoys around as the tide changes.

The judges will be placed in the middle of the flagged competition area, obviously the closer you are to the judges (keeping a safe distance from the beach) the more chance there is of the judges getting a good view of your trick. If you are too far out to see the flags, you are out of the competition area.

Start and Finish

Heats shall be started with the following system:

Red Flag Up


Beginning of Transitition

Red Flag Down

Yellow Flag Up

1 Minute To Start

Yellow Flag Down

Green Flag Up

Heat Start

Heats shall be finished with the following system:

Green Flag Down


1 Minute to Heat End

Red Flag Up

Heat Finishes

Begining of Next Transition

Heat and Transition Duration Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 30 minutes before the heat in question on the Official Noticeboard.


Interference may be called if:

  1. a kiteboard changes course to obstruct another kiteboard.
  2. a kiteboard enters the competition area when another kiteboard is already inside.
  3. a kiteboard that has crossed or jumped inside the competition area changes direction and enters the competition area again when another kiteboard is approaching the competition area.
  4. there is deliberate unsportsmanlike action with the competitors in the heat.

Interference Penalty:

  • The Head Judge will call an interference penalty only if the majority of the judges will call the interference.
  • An interference penalty will be called using colored flags or discs corresponding to the Competitor’s competition vest colors in the water.
  • If an interference is called on a Competitor, then the Competitor’s final score will be penalized with a loss of 50% of his best scoring trick.
  • If a Competitor incurs a second interference penalty during the heat, they must immediately leave the competition area and won’t be scored from this point losing 100% of his best scoring trick.

Scoring System

As we want this to be a feeder tour for the world stage we will be adopting the same scoring system as the VKSA World Tour and we will follow that system as it changes to ensure all the UK riders are prepared for International Competition.

In summary, the new system is based on individual tricks (similar to the previous one), but breaks down the current and re-worked judging criteria into three main scoring criteria or categories, each one being judged by two or one judges.

Pro Freestyle Judging Criteria (amateur disciplines will be relevantly adjusted and based on fun and involvement) Juniors will use the same 5 tricks 12 attempts format as the Pro riders this year.

Technical Difficulty – The technical difficulty of a trick completed during the heat.

Power – The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of:

  • Speed into the trick to pop, not using the kite to get the initial pop.
  • Height and amplitude of the trick.

Height – Height of the trick completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.

Variety – The variety of tricks completed during the heat is considered in the maximum number of different tricks to be counted for the final score per trick category.

Risk factor – Is directly linked to the Power involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.

Smoothness – Smoothness and fluidity during the execution and landing of tricks completed during the heat.

Innovation – Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.

Scoring Criteria:

  • Technical (40%): technical difficulty and execution – Reflects the technical difficulty of the executed trick.
  • Intensity (40%): power and height – Reflects how big and powerful the trick is performed.
  • Performance (20%): smoothness, innovation and risk factor – Reflects the performance in terms of fluidity, originality and energy for each trick.


A crash will be considered when:

  1. a competitor is capsized, losing control of the board or bar when landing a trick.
  2. a competitor grabs the bar leash to regain control of the bar.
  3. a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick.
  4. a competitor sinks and is completely stopped when landing a trick.
  5. a competitor lands on their back and the board is completely out of the water.

Judges may give credit to a landed trick that is not a crash when:

  1. a competitor butt-checks when landing the trick but keeps riding and control the kite.
  2. a competitor grabs the chicken loop to regain control of the bar.


We will be using the standard class rules as laid out by the IKA, with the exception of the above differences. The full class rules can be read here and each competitor should be familiar with them and the processes in which they can be used.


Overall Title

The British Kitesurfing Championships are fully endorsed and supported by the BKSA as such the coveted British Title will be up for grabs with the opportunity to win the accolade of the British Champion.


We are making a slight change this year to the heat decision appeals.

ONLY the Pro Fleets are able to make an appeal against a decision.

Appeals are limited to 2 per event, and have to be submitted by the rider themselves.

Once a decision is made by the Head Judge, this is final.

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