Riding a wave to race victory

British Kitesurfing Championships (Kiteival) in Blackpool Blackpool competitor Ali Barrett
British Kitesurfing Championships (Kiteival) in Blackpool Blackpool competitor Ali Barrett
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FLYING across the Fylde coast waves and through the skies above will secure one rider a top national title next week.

Britain’s best freestyle kitesurfer will be crowned in Cleveleys when the final round of the British Kitesurfing Association Championships races into the resort for a three-day festival.

And St Annes freestyle rider Ali Barrett is still in with an outside shot at the title, sitting in third place in the Pro Men’s Division.

Mr Barrett said: “Competing at my local beach is awesome, having my mates on the beach watching really spurs me to do well and gives me a big adrenaline rush.

“Knowing the beach gives me a good advantage as I am used to the big tidal range at Blackpool and how and when the lagoons form. It is very different to most beaches around the country and especially the south coast where most of my competitors are from.”

Freestyle and racing kitesurfers will compete in the water while on land freestyle landboard and kite buggy events will take place.

Richard Gowers, from the British Kitesurfing Association, said: “Blackpool is a great venue to hold our final event of the year – it’s a fantastic kitesurfing beach with amazing views up to Cumbria in the north and Blackpool’s North Pier in the other direction. Little Bispham is excellent for spectators.”

The three-day Centrica Kiteival Blackpool festival is being held on Little Bispham Beach, Cleveleys, between Thursday, October 6 and Saturday, October 8.