Ramsgate hosts final leg of National Kitesurfing Championships

Final leg of the National Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships being held in Ramsgate Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

The UK’s top kitesurfers will be in action in Ramsgate this weekend (August 18-19).

They will be taking part in the final leg of the National Kitesurfing Championships between 10am – 5pm each day on Ramsgate Main Sands.

Trade and information stands will also be on the lower promenade.

Kitesurfing champ Lewis Crathern in action at Ramsgate

Lewis Crathern, the current UK holder of the highest kitesurf jump record of  22.3 metres high which he set in Ramsgate in 2016, will be competing .

Representatives from Active Ramsgate then successfully concluded talks with the British Kitesports Association (BKA) to become one of just four destinations to host this year’s championship.

Kite Pirates Kite School, based in Ramsgate, was also instrumental in sealing the deal.

Graeme from Kite Pirates Kite School in action Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Active Ramsgate, an initiative of Ramsgate Town Council, is designed to support economic development in the town by promoting the area to visitors and residents through an inspiring range of outdoor activities. The team at Active Ramsgate are not only hosting the thrilling final leg of the championships, but are a headline sponsor of the whole event across all four championship destinations – Skegness, Hayling Island, Westward Ho!, and Ramsgate.

Most free taster sessions for those aged 11 and over are already booked up but there are always ‘no shows’ so you can try your luck! The one-hour sessions will be run by qualified instructors from Kite Pirates and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).

Check availability here

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

For anyone who wants to compete click here.

More details of the National Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships can be found at:

www.britishkitesports.orgwww.ramsgatetown.org/activeramsgate and www.visitramsgate.co.uk

Find out about kitesurfing lessons in Ramsgate at Kite Pirates Kite School here