British Kitesurfing Championships - Wavemasters - Brandon Bay, Ireland
The British Kitesurfing Championships Wave Masters is BACK! With full support from the British Kite Sports Association, IKSURFMAG and Kiteworld this event will carry the kudos of the British Title with it!
As usual it will be an action-packed week, we're getting the UK kite industry on board to be involved and will hopefully have some of the new 2017 wave gear on demo throughout the week! We'll be releasing more details soon but wanted to get the tickets online for the competitors as quickly as possible.
Ticket price is set at £40 for Amateurs and £60 for pros for a week of competition, Brandon Bay offers a plethora of conditions, no matter what the forecast, this event will go ahead as we've all booked accommodation and crossings, so pack your surfboards, SUPS, bikes and #allthetoys and we'll have fun.
Just like the last event you get a goodie bag, free entrance to the parties and of course the chance to compete in the event itself.
Brandon Bay always delivers and Ryan Coote has been helping us to organise the event over there. Ryan is a local who knows all the best spots to ensure we get the best conditions each day.
Check out his site here: http://www.kitesurfireland.ie/
We are STILL negotiating with the ferry company, so please don't book your crossings yet as we need to get you a discount code. We should have that soon and will share it on the BKC Facebook Page.
We are limiting the number of entries to ensure we can cater for everyone, last time around we were stunned by the sheer numbers of riders and we want to ensure you can all compete during the week so please sign up early to ensure you get a place. You need to pre-register for the event, there won't be any cash registrations on the day. All competitors HAVE to be at the riders briefing at 10am on Monday the 10th of October in order to complete the registration process and compete.
Irish competitors are exceedingly welcome as long as they have the relevant 3rd party insurance from the IKSA.
Keep an eye out in the usual places for more updates as we get closer to the weekend!
BKC Event Plan
Wind permitting at each event the main focus will be the Wave Competition. If there isn’t enough wind to run the event we will run expression sessions and best wave runs downwind. We will also be surfing and Stand Up Paddling on the no wind days. There is also talk of a long distance race if the conditions are flat on any of the days. Please bring big kites, only having a 9m with you is not an excuse. Ideally for the main event to run we want 20+mph but if the waves are good we will run the event in 15mph.
There will be the following categories:
Senior Men - Over 40
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.
Pro Men - Any Age
Amateur Men - Any Age
Senior Men - Over 40
Women - Any Age
In an effort to encourage the local riders entering the competition we have some recommended ability levels. All riders should be comfortable and confident riding in waves, dealing with shore break and large swell
Pro Fleet - Advanced Wave Riders
Amateur Men - Wave Riders
Senior Men - Wave Riders
Women - Wave Riders
Our aim is to inject as much of the entry fee back into the event as possible, as we are running this on a budget the prize money will depend on the number of entrants and sponsors we can get for each event. For this first year we are not pushing hard for sponsorship but treating this year as a proof of concept for future events.
Prize Money will be distributed as follows:
Pro Men 50% Senior Men 17.5% 1st Place 50% 1st Place 50% 2nd Place 30% 2nd Place 30% 3rd Place 20% 3rd Place 20%
Amateur Men 17.5% Women 15% 1st Place 50% 1st Place 50% 2nd Place 30% 2nd Place 30% 3rd Place 20% 3rd Place 20%
There will also be lots of product prizes as well as spot prizes for best wipeout, best wave etc...
At each location 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 at the best vantage point to watch the competition unfold for each location.
Start and Finish
Heats shall be started with the following system:
Red Flag Up Warning 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 Warning 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.
You will be judged on waves ridden, airs on the way out will not be scored, airs on the wave and landed on the same wave will be scored.
Judges will be scoring each wave out of ten with the top two waves in each heat counting to your final heat score. The rider with the best combined score from two waves progresses.
Footstraps can be used and as last year the judges will score accordingly, as it is harder to ride without straps a rider without straps will score higher than one with. That rider still needs to demonstrate they can ride a wave though. For example, a rider with straps will beat a rider with no straps if they demonstrate better ability on the wave. However, if both riders are evenly matched the strapless rider will always progress.
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.
The overall feeling and vibe of this tour is positivity, a lot of people are volunteering a huge amount of time and effort into this series behind the scenes. Respect to the organisers, crew, judges and fellow competitors is paramount. Abuse and rudeness will not be tolerated, we are all there to have fun after all.