Ramsgate to host 2019 British Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships final

The kitesurf championships in Ramsgate Photo Brian Whitehead

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

The event will take place on August 24-25 and follows on the heels of the success of hosting the championships last year.

It is being sponsored by Active Ramsgate, an initiative of Ramsgate Town Council designed to regenerate the town through the promotion of its inspiring range of outdoor leisure pursuits.

And, to celebrate, Active Ramsgate is offering kitesurfers the chance to win an exclusive 1-to-1 tuition with Vice World Champion Lewis Crathern. This experience is open to experienced kitesurfers only.

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

Lewis broke the British record for the highest jump in November 2016, performing the 22.3 metre high feat in Ramsgate.

He said: “Ramsgate lends itself to a very strong wind from both the South and the North, kitesurfing works quite well off the beach, and the waves can get really good. I went there for the strength of the winds, but also because it’s a beautiful place – the big white cliffs make it an aesthetically pleasing place to ride. I like all the bars and shops on the seafront, it’s always a nice visit to come down here, and I feel very welcome.”

Kitesurfing is growing rapidly in popularity with new visitors travelling to Ramsgate to take advantage of the great conditions.

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Graeme Rolbiecki is a Thanet kitesurfer and owner of Kite Pirates Kite School in Ramsgate.

He said he is excited about the increase in kitesurfers heading to the town, adding: “Ramsgate is a fantastic place to kitesurf because when the wind turns on and the waves clean up, we have amazing kickers for boosting big air off and the gaps between them make for easy landings.

“The gaps also lend themselves perfectly for freestyle especially at the top end at low tide. We also have top grade amenities only a stone’s throw away. For that essential post-session warm-up coffee or cool down beer!”

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

The winner of the one-to-one session will be met by Lewis in Ramsgate and taken out on the water. They will then benefit from his expert coaching.

After the session on Ramsgate Sands, they will have the opportunity to catch up with Lewis and sample the local seafood at one of the town’s award winning restaurants.


To be in with a chance of winning  email activeramsgate@ramsgatetc.org.uk with the answer to the question below. Please put KITESURFING in the subject line.

Q: How high was the record breaking jump Lewis Crathern recorded on Ramsgate Sands in November 2016?

A: 233 metres
B: 22.3 metres
C: 2.3 metres

The Active Ramsgate team will randomly pick a winner after the closing date of  April 19.. A suitable time will be arranged with Lewis for the kitesurfing session to take place in Ramsgate.

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

1 Comment

  1. Fantastic news. Let us hope the weather conditions for the competitors are good. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the event last year. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to bring the event back to Ramsgate.

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