Jack Elston >> 1st Place British Kitelandboarding Championships Round 3
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British Kitelandboarding Championships Round 3 - Ayr Scotland - 23rd-25th September
Jack Elston here reporting from my home town Southend on sea in Essex with the low down on how it went at the 3rd round of the British land boarding championships.
Ash Garwood and I set off around 6am Thursday for the 3rd Round of the British champs held at low green, Ayr, Scotland and with a 460 mile drive ahead of us we weren’t looking forward to it to say the least. The weather forecast wasn’t looking perfect but looked rideable with a cross shore wind varying from 15-20mph with low cloud. Having already won both the 1st and 2nd rounds this year all I needed was to place 1st this round to guarantee me the title of British land boarding champion 2nd year in a row so no pressure lol…
Friday at first didn’t look like it was going to happen but around about 12pm the wind started to pick up and switch from cross off to cross and the sun started to creep out so Ash and I pumped up our C4’s and stared having a practice session to get used to the variable wind conditions. After about an hour or so the competition started with me up against Greg Chilton in the first heat then Me Vs Ash Garwood then Greg Vs Ash in a round robin set up. All our riding was really good considering the gusty and wet conditions. After the comp was out the way we all chilled out and settled down for the night in the local bar.
Saturday Ash and I went out and put on a demo for the public which turned up in their hundreds to see us and with the wind cross on it was perfect conditions to put a good show on. After a whole day of non stop riding we where knackered and went back to the BnB to get our self’s ready for the prize giving evening which turned out to be a very messy night involving a bucking bronco. The positions went as follows…
3rd Greg Chilton, 2nd Ash Garwood and 1st Jack Elston, securing me the title for 2011 and putting Ash in a very good position for claiming 2nd overall this year.
Sunday was an afternoon start, waiting around for the official prize giving as it was raining and offshore. After the prize giving and debriefing was done Ash and I headed off for an 8 hour trip home through the night battered and bruised from a hard weekends riding.
3rd round positions:
1st Jack Elston
2nd Ash Garwood
3rd Greg Chilton
Keep your eyes out for the write up on the Finals in two weeks time happening in Blackpool 6th-8th October, should be a Sick weekend!
Photos: Blue Juice Media