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Kitesurfers see 'extremes' at championship

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

A competitor takes to the air over the waves at the RWE npower renewables Kitetastic Finals Week which took place at Westward Ho!

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New British kitesurfing champions were crowned as the UK tour was brought to a close at Westward Ho! in Devon.

More than 100 competitors faced a variety of conditions during the week-long event with winds reaching 35 knots and waves in excess of two metres during the RWE npower renewables Kitetastic Finals.

Entrants in the British Kitesurfing Association competition were judged on their wave riding ability in the testing winds and powerful swell.

Association chairman Richard Gowers said: "We have certainly had some frustrating conditions this season, this week in particular has been one extreme to the next. Yet despite that, the sun was out, kites were all over the beach and the standard of the competitors still continues to rise.

"The ladies' pro freestyle event was particularly captivating with both Holly Kennedy and Polly Crathorne winning one round each. Eventually it boiled down to points and Polly just snuck in there to secure the championship win."

Dan Sweeney, from Worthing, claimed the championship title in the pro men's freestyle kitesurfing division.

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