Ramsgate to host 2019 UK Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships final – The Isle Of Thanet News


Ramsgate Kitesurfing Championships Photo Brian Whitehead

Ramsgate will host the final round of the British Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships this year.

The event will take place on August 24th and 25th and follows on from the success of organizing the championships last year.

It is sponsored by Active Ramsgate, a Ramsgate City Council initiative designed to regenerate the city through the promotion of its inspiring range of outdoor recreation.

Lewis (in blue) celebrates record-breaking jump with boyfriend Lance Nunn

Kitesurfer Lewis Crathern broke the UK record for highest jump in November 2016, achieving the feat of 22.3 meters at Ramsgate.

He said: “Ramsgate lends itself to a really strong southerly and northerly wind, kitesurfing works quite well off the beach and the waves can get really good. I went for the strength of the winds but also because it is a beautiful place – the great white cliffs make it an aesthetic place to ride. I love all the bars and shops on the waterfront, it is always a nice visit to come here, and I feel the welcome.

Kitesurfing is rapidly gaining popularity with new visitors who come to Ramsgate to take advantage of the excellent conditions.

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Graeme Rolbiecki is a Thanet kitesurfer and owner of Pirate Kite School at Ramsgate.

He said he was excited about the increase in the number of kitesurfers heading to the city, adding: They are making landings easier.

“The gaps are also perfect for freestyle, especially in the top of the range at low tide. We also have top of the line amenities a short walk away. For that essential coffee after the warm-up session or for a refreshing beer! “

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

To learn more about kitesurfing and other outdoor activities in Ramsgate, visit www.ramsgatetown.org/activeramsgate and check www.visitramsgate.co.uk


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