Last years conditions were epic in every way – sun, wind, even waves – Hayling Island truly delivered and showed what an awesome spot it is for kitesurfing. This year we are hoping once again for the dream of a nice sunny weekend with a good sea breeze allowing us complete all the kiting activities planned, but as ever we will work with what we get and all have a great time regardless!
The 2018 festival will take place on the 22-24 June and you can kite on any one of these days so long as you are wearing your bespoke event rash vest. Once you have booked your ticket online, you collect your rash vest when you arrive and register from 11am on the Friday. Then recreational kitesurfing will be available any time it is windy, and we will be planning a load of kitesurfing activities you can get involved in from big air comps, foiling and pro clinics, boardercross, the British Kitesurfing Championships, powerkite taster sessions for beginners, the Kite SUP Run Charity Challenge and more. One ticket gets you access to everything going on on the water, as well as your event rashie and safety boat cover for the weekend and an awesome goody bag too!
CBK Beach on Hayling Island provides an amazing spot for kitesurfing, with sand bars delivering butter flat water around low tide and fun conditions at all other times. As we get closer to the weekend we will have a better idea of the wind situation from our partners Windguru and we will plan the best activities for the wind we have! This year there will be a live stream updating everyone on which activities are taking place when – more on this later!
To date we have broken 4 World Records at various Armada’s in the UK, South Africa and Spain – and Hayling Island still holds the record as we speak! (See Guinness website) The Record attempt is just one of the many kitesurfing activities going on, and if we get the numbers to break our own World Record we will certainly be having another go this year. But just so you know – if everyone is out on the water having fun, we feel its better to let people enjoy their sessions rather than bringing everyone to the beach to attempt the Record if we don’t have the numbers to achieve it. So we need more than 423 kitesurfers pre-signed up to have go!
The full schedule of kitesurfing activities will be coming out in due course, and getting involved alongside you on the water, leading clinics and doing demo’s will be: Lewis Crathern, Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, Tom Court, Team Bridge, the Youth Olympic Games Team, with many more pro riders still to be confirmed.
KITE SUP RUN for our Charities and get your kitesurfing ticket for FREE!
Once again we will be running a KITE SUP RUN charity event at the festival to raise funds for the Armada Trust and entry to the event is included in your ticket. This is our main charity event so if you want to take part – you just need to fundraise a minimum £100 for the Armada Trust. It went really well last year so we are hoping more people will get involved this year! Basically you Kite a mile, SUP a mile and Run a mile – and all on Hayling island. If you want to get involved or get more info – just tick the box on the form when buying your ticket, a fundraising page will be set up for you to share what you are doing and remember, if you fundraise over £100 for charity you get your Kitesurfing Ticket ticket price refunded! Just tick the Kite Sup Run box and more info will come your way.
British Kitesurfing Championships
We are looking forward to once again showcasing the best British kitesurfing talent at the British Kitesurfing Championships. We want as many people as possible to consider competing, so your ticket to compete at the BKC also includes your weekend Armada Ticket with everything above – with a 50% discount applied. A bursary of £25 is also available to help BKC competitors with costs if needed. To find out more about the bursary please click here. To then apply for the bursary click here
The Kitesurfing Armada has a spotless record for safety which we fully intend to maintain, and we are taking even further steps this year to ensure we can continue to run an event like this with so many kitesurfers involved. As always, safety boat support will be available on the water the whole weekend managed by the BKSA, and fully qualified paramedics and first aid services on site at all times. And of course the vast majority of incidents can be avoided by everyone just looking out for each other as they would in any normal day on the water.