It has been a year of change in the world of land kiting not only in Britain but across Europe with the inaugural tours of both RawKite and the KLBB.
RawKite was set up with the help from many riders but most notably Craig Sparkes, he along with others set up a 3 stop tour covering most corners of Britain and crowning a new British Champion in pro, senior and armature categories.
The KLBB was set up between different countries and marks the start of a true European tour with the aim of also bringing it to the UK next year.
The tour brings together a huge community of riders from all corners of Europe, each event has had a footfall of over 50 riders which is unheard of in any land kiting competitions I have ever been to. It makes me immensely proud to have been a part of something so big and to have been there when it began.
The tour stopped in Dunkerque (France), Tempelhof (Berlin) and finally Ijmuiden (Holland).
Tired from riding the day before, I was excited for competition as unlike the rest of the year where we have had uncommonly low winds it was windy enough for my LEIs. Although I have much enjoyed the Chrono with its insane light wind performance, nothing beats the edge an 11m C4 puts you on. With fast loops, great unhooked performance and shed loads of floaty jumps I felt very excited for the day ahead.
My landboard of choice was of course the Trampa Holy Pro, bomb proof design and great swing weight make this a great weapon for freestyle helping me land unhooked tricks and keeping my board off variations nice and smooth.
At the end of it all I couldn’t beat eventual winner Joey Oldenbürger, that landed me a place in the losers final against Benny for a chance to win third place.
It was a close heat but my consistent unhooked riding took the win against Bennys impressive old school riding.
Over all results:
1st – Joey Oldenbürger
2nd – Laurent Guyot
3rd – Ash Garwood
Well this being the last stop also meant a new European Champion was going to be crowned. We all knew from the beginning of the Flymasters who it was going to be, his riding is very impressive and no one deserves it more than him.
1st – Laurent Guyot
2nd – Ash Garwood
3rd – Emmanuel Norman
I just want to say a huge thank you for all the support from not only sponsors but friends and family who have put up with my relentless travelling and hectic life. I’m now looking forward to a quiet winter readying my self for next year, not only in Europe but in Britain as well where I will defend my title.