The KB4girls Global Event in Lancing/UK gathers kite-boarders from four countries for the windy weekend
British Kite Sports and KB4girls run female only fun competition
LONDON, August 19: The 4th annual KB4girls Global event in Lancing on the South Coast of Great Britain took place this past weekend. The 25 open spaces were filled with girls and women from around the UK as well as nearby countries Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany who came together for a weekend full of fun on and off the water.
The ladies were received with strong wind and sunshine and took full advantage of the great conditions with a lot of on the water coaching. Divided into 3 learning groups the participating kite girls worked with their instructors Andrina Kelly, Jo Malyon and Tessy Beckene as well as KB4girls founder and 9x World Champion Kristin Boese who was rotating between groups. The motivation and persistence of the participants seemed simply inexhaustible and skill levels sky rocketed throughout the action packed weekend.
On Sunday afternoon it was time for the participants to show of their newly acquired skills in a KB4girls fun competition held in cooperation with British Kite Sports, the UKs national kite association, for the 3rd year running. The contest was held with three different learning categories judging and cheering for each other and once again created an amazing vibe. Many of the participants impressed themselves as well as their coaches by pulling off and even landing tricks they had never even tried before and big satisfied smiles could be seen in the girls' faces.
KB4girls founder and President Kristin Boese stated: "At first the girls are nervous and even unsure about competing and it takes a little bit to convince them. But it simply is amazing to witness how empowered and stoked everyone feels once they have overcome that challenge and have pushed themselves to try tricks they would have never even dreamed of before. I really can not thank our local ambassadors Andrina Kelly and Jo Mallyon as well as Pete Shaw from British Kite Sports enough for making yet another great event happen."
Participant Sophie Payne about the event: "I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone. The Event was great fun and I'm so happy I was able to participate. I have met so many fantastic girls and we have all pushed each other a lot. I am already looking forward to next years event."
British Kite Sports and the KB4girls team congratulate the competition winners:
1. Sian Wilson
2. Sonia Solanilla
3. Sam Cowen
1. Emily Thomas
2. Martine Van Weelden
3. Umulinga Karangwa
1. Kate Ross
2. Lara Pearce
The local support for the event proofed amazing once again and a very special thanks goes out to Andrina Kelly, Joanne Malyon, Tessy Beckene, The Lancing Kitesurfing Club, British Kite Sports, ADUR Center, Kiteworld Magazine, Progression, Kevin Maquire, Jeremy Slack, Natasha Stipp, James Burrow, Pete Shaw, Howard Kearley, Jaz Mondo, John Paul Petit, Leigh Wingell, Dave Scicluna, Dan Jaspers, Mark Rosie, Hen Durbin as well as BN1 Kite Surfing, Brighton Kitesurf and SUP Academy an Sailing boat.
The KB4girls foundation is supported by Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, and Baby-G and strongly encourages other brands within the kiteboarding industry to support their cause to grow female kiteboarding.
The 2013 KB4girls GLOBAL events calendar reads as follows:
February 15 to 16, 2013 - Mui Ne, Vietnam
May 22 to 26, 2013 - Founders Kite Club SPECIAL / El Gouna/Egypt
June 5 to 6, 2013 - Eilat, Israel
August 17 to 18, 2013 - Lancing, UK
August 24 to 25, 2013 - Cabarete, Dominican Republic
September 20 to 22, 2013 - Dream Extreme SPECIAL New York, USA
The 2012 KB4girls LOCAL CHAPTER event calendar with over 80 events and can be found at:
KB4girls stands for "Kite Boarding" 4 girls as well as "Kristin Boese" 4 girls and was established by 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin with the goal to empowers females through the sport of kiteboarding. While KB4girls GLOBAL clinic events give female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun and motivating experience and to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level, the KB4girls CHAPTERs connect females on a more local level through their social events that help build strong female kite communities around the world.