KB4girls 2010 World Tour kite-boarding clinic in Augusta
The first KB4girls 2010 World Tour kite-boarding clinic held Jan. 8-10 at Augusta/ Western Australia was a soaring success with a full house.
Friday the girls gathered and enjoyed a free-ride session with everyone on the water in the light but steady wind until 6 pm. They began learning their first new tricks and had a beautiful afternoon. In the evening everyone gathered for the official opening BBQ at Turner Caravan Park.
Saturday morning got going with the skippers meeting at the beach at 10am followed by an equipment clinic and a Surfrider talk on the beach. The group then moved on to a detailed demonstration where the girls stood in knee-deep water as Boese demonstrated various trick progressions before them as co-trainer Fiona Wedenig explained the technique of each move shown.
The group all enjoyed the sponsors’ contributions like the Kiehl's lip balm #1, the DaKine tour lycras and the Best Kiteboarding demo kites and boards. The Surfrider Foundation supplied some very interesting educational material, which helped the group realize the importance of being more conscious about how they use their water and how they dispose of waste.
The group took a break for lunch at the Color Patch café and then resumed kiting in the afternoon but the wind was quite gusty, making the conditions challenging. Although it wasn’t suitable for the less experienced riders, they were happy to observe and learn from the more experienced. Most of the girls actually ended up enjoying the fact that it was not windy all the time as this gave them a much better possibility to bond with the others. For many of them it was very special to get to meet girls that share the same interest of kite-boarding and many of them will go kite together in the future.
Saturday evening a dinner was held for everyone at the Augusta Hotel.
Sunday got started with a 9.30AM skippers meeting at Color Patch Cafe to take a group shot with Carol, the owner of the café, and to say thanks for the great support, then a 10.00 am group picture on the beach with our IGA Supermarket sponsor. While the wind was slowly picking up, the time from 11am till 1pm was used for intensive technique training on land to mentally prepare for the following kite session. At 2pm the wind finally became strong enough and a 3-hour long kite session made for a perfect ending. The clinic started concluding later in the afternoon as the attendees began leaving to slowly head back home.
Elisha Caulfield, participant said: "It was really great to see Kristin doing all of the tricks that I've never seen before. It was broken down in such a simple way that it suddenly all seemed achievable! “
“I really enjoyed kiting with so many girls on the water. It was also great to get to know everyone because it was such a lovely group of girls. I'll definitely come again next year!" she said.
Nicolea Paul, WACK network coordinator said: "What a fantastic weekend! Hanging out with 30 women kiters, learning new skills with Kristin
and Fiona and knowing all the girls are there to support you on and off the water was just an awesome experience - not something we usually
get to experience as a women kiter. Thanks to everyone who was there to add their own special something to the weekend."
Jaqueline Lawson, WACK member: "I felt really inspired to push my kiting to new limits."
The Augusta clinic was a great start to the KB4girls 2010 World Tour and ended on a high note. Next stop is Melbourne February 10-11 with registration closing January 31st and there are only 25 places open, so hurry and sign up now!
Initial schedule for the KB4girls Tour:
Melbourne, VIC Australia 10-11 February 2010
Kahului, Hawaii, USA April 2010
El Gouna, Egypt May 2010
Cornwall, UK June 2010
Fischland, Germany July 2010
Malmo, Sweden July 2010
Hood River, Oregon USA To be defined
Bay Area, California USA To be defined
Spain, To be defined
KB4girls world tour teams up with DaKine, Best Kiteboarding, Kiehl’s, Surfrider Foundation Europe and SportsFeatures.com
DaKine, Best Kiteboarding and Kiehl’s have generously stepped in with resources and funding and are also looking to help Boese expand the sport’s interest and participation.
DaKine has always supported female athletes of all sports and with their great line of kiteboarding accessories for females making them a perfect fit for KB4girls.
Best Kiteboarding will not only support female kiteboarders by teaming up with KB4girls but also by showing the importance of girls in the sport by releasing a girls’ specific kiteboard in 2010.
Kiehl’s is yet another perfect fit for KB4girls and the photogenic blonde cover girl. While the tour is a great way for them to reach out to female athletes and to promote their skin and hair products, their fine formulations and natural ingredients totally agree with the concept of KB4girls. Kiehl’s is also well known for their support for worthy causes and their environmental awareness.
Next to supporting female kiteboarders with the KB4girls events Kristin Boese has also made it her goal to help protect the worlds’ beaches and oceans that are not only so important for every kiteboarder, but to the entire world population. Teaming up with the European branch of the world renown and unbelievably dedicated Surfrider Foundation has therefore been very important to Kristin and a great cooperation has been formed. While Surfrider Europe will supply educational materials for the KB4girls events most of the registration proceeds of the events will go towards the Surfrider Foundation and the protection of the beaches around the world.
www.funsporting.de and www.funsporting.com are official online media sponsors that will be helping to spread the word through the internet on all continents and regions, announcing events and keeping everyone up to date on the developments of the KB4girls events.