Big Air Freestyle Championships – Portland

October 21st 2023 - October 22nd 2023

We have been unlucky with wind for our events this year. However our last event of the year had some of the best conditions enabling us to finish the Freestyle Championships and run an inaugural Big Air Comp…

 

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Portland went off with a bang! Enabling us to crown a Big Air Champion and Freestyle Champion for 2023

Conditions certainly weren’t what we had all been praying for, but none the less Portland Harbour provided us with contestable conditions to run the very first British Big Air Championships hosted at CS Boardsports.

With a building forecast the first item on the agenda was to complete the Pro Men Freestyle competition which had rolled over from the event at Hayling Island, before running the Big Air section in 25kt plus winds.

Check out the fleet reports below for a full event breakdown and the event video from @jordanbhurst …

All in all a great day of competition was had by all and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Portland Harbour for more events in 2024!

Thank you to everyone that supported the event, BKSA, Mystic, Reedin Kites, Cabrinha, Ion, Buccaneer & CS Boardsports.

Poole & Bournemouth Kite club as well as Weymouth and Portland Club.

 

 

 

Competition Reports & Results

Pro Men Freestyle Report

With a solid 18-22 knots of Northerly wind, competitors enjoyed some of the best freestyle conditions that the competition circuit had seen in some time. Spectators looked on as it was a situation of old versus new, with veteran competitors such as Oli Sweeney, Jordan Hurst and Craig Smith battling against the new blood of Alfie and Archie Luxton, and the level of riding certainly didn’t disappoint with the ‘old guard’ coming out on top with Craig Smith taking his second British Title.

Pro Men Freestyle Results

First: Craig Smith
Second: Archie Luxton
Third: Jordan Hurst

Pro Men Freestyle Podium

Amateur Men Big Air Report

Fleet report to follow

Amateur Men Big Air Results

First: Lee Foster
Second: Andrew Rochester
Third: George Meineck

Amateur Men Big Air Podium

Pro Men Big Air Report

The wind continued to build for the mens’s fleet and peaked at around 25-27 knots as the big air competitors took to the stage, the pro mens fleet being taken out by the impressive Mattia Maini (North, CS Boardsports) who had opted for a different strategy to the rest of the field by taking his foil into his heats.

Other stand out performances were from Jamie Bird (North/Mystic) who was sending it on short lines! And Jordan Hurst (North/Mystic/Tenzing/King of Watersports) after making the final of the freestyle competition pushed his way to the finals of the big air discipline as well, a true show of a great all round rider.

Pro Men Big Air Results

First: Mattia Maini
Second: Alfie Wade
Third: Robin Snuggs

Pro Men Big Air Podium

Women Open Big Air Report

The womens fleet was highly contested with all the women sending it, Lou Edge taking the win despite an unfortunate landing in the final heat.

Women Open Big Air Results

First: Louise Edge
Second: Thea Rochester
Third: Eva Parry Smith

Women Open Big Air Podium

Youth's Big Air Report

The youths, as we all expected threw down, even in the dropping winds, showing everyone that the future of UK kitesurfing is in good hands.

Jeremiasz travelling all the way from Kent impressing the judges with his big variety of tricks which were performed with a great style and executed to perfection!

Youth's Big Air Results

First: Jeremaiaz Kuczma
Second: Alfie Luxton
Third: Jake Ambler

Youth's Big Air Podium

Portland 2023 Freestyle Big Air Competition Video

Thanks to @jordanbhurst for putting this together

Event Information

Briefing and Registration.

Briefing and registration times will be set out on Friday after entry closes via email, facebook page and whatsApp, briefings and registrations are mandatory.

If you are late or do not attend the briefing you will be disqualified. At a lot of events we are restricted with time due to wind and tides, so to ensure the maximum competition time, we need to run smoothly, and all competitors need to help with this.


Event Dates

Last date for entries: October 20th 2023

Event Window: October 21st 2023 - October 22nd 2023


Entry / Ticket Fees

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Event Location