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IKSA Newsletter April

May 30, 2018



  • 8/9/2019 IKSA Newsletter April





    Welcome to the first edition of our

    IKSA Newsletter April 2010. The main aim

    of this issue is to keep such a dispersed

    group of kiters in Ireland in touch with the

    Kite Events around the country...not

    everyone lives in Dublin... ya for some of

    us in the sticks as well.

    Also we decided to do a little truthful

    review of some kite gear you might like to

    test. We have a Rider of the Month

    review with Keith kindly agreeing to tell us

    all his business and why he loves

    kitesurfing on a surf board. We have

    Oscar in Dublin in Me my Van, who

    gives us an insight into the advantages of

    making tea while still in your wetsuit! And

    we have some info on a secret spot...they

    still exist!

    We are also encouraging Irish

    Kitesurfers to join IKSA for insurance

    reasons. The insurance this year has now

    improved. Its always nice to know you are

    covered when kiting on the beach should

    anything happen to passers by as a result

    of your kiting!


    You cant afford not to!

    New improved Insurance for 3rdparty liability insurance to cover

    you up to 5,000,000

    Free IKSA t-shirtFree board stickerFree copy of KiteWorld mag

    Voting rights at the AGMSupporting IKSA Events


    Warren Vance - Northern [email protected] McCourt - [email protected] Irwin - [email protected] Roche - South/[email protected] Shelly - Galway/[email protected] Barry - Limerick/[email protected] Armstrong - Sligo/[email protected]




    Hooked KitesurfingZumosurfLSDIrish Kite Lessons

    KiteloopyPureMagicSnSKiteworld Magazine


    Kyra McKenna

    Ciaran GilsenanEDITORS:


    24th Rhino WaveCharge

    24th CompetitionPrep in AchillPureMagic

    1-3rd Sligo IKSAevent

    15-16th IKSASandyBurger inAchill

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    Events for May and June

    The Kite Wave event of last year is back and the first event

    starts on the 24th April and 22nd May. These event known asRhino Wave Charge are voluntarily run by Ryan Cootes, one

    of the best Wave Kiters in Ireland and also recently featured in

    the latest issue of KiteWorld magazine. Check it out at

    Achill boot camp has been organised for the weekend of the

    24th April for those who want to beat the pros at their own

    game. More info at the PureMagic website

    Kiting is a natural spectator sport which pulls in the crowd.

    With the wild antics on display from sponsored to beginner

    kiters, every event is always worth the drive. The next big IKSA

    event will be the Sligo event starting on the 1st May. Check it

    out at

    At last the IKSA Sandy burger is back! Its a free event where all

    levels of riders turn up and get to know the kite community.

    The next one is at Achill on 15-16th May. It will be kindly

    hosted by PureMagic. Phone Francois on 0851056344 or email

    [email protected]


    24th RhinoWave Charge

    24thCompetitionPrep in Achill


    1-3rd SligoIKSA event

    15-16th IKSASandyBurger inAchill

    22-23rd RhinoWave Charge







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    Rider: Keith McGeown

    Co-founder of Elementsportz, Keith isone of the top wave kiters in Ireland.Originally from Drogheda and now livingin Belfast he gives us some backgroundinto his passion for wave kiting.

    How did you start kiting?I started surfing in 93 when I was in college.Once I graduated I decided to do my ownendless summer surf trip around the worldthat lasted a glorious18months Most of thistime was spent living and surfing the northernbeaches of Sydney where I had a house. Youcant beat surfing before and after work,especially in boardies or a steamer! When Igot back to Ireland I was frustrated by the lackof water time and inconsistent swell I wasgetting, after having been swell-spoiled in Oz,Indo and Hawaii. A friend suggested checkingout kitesurfing but being a surfer and havingseen it in the mags I kind of dismissed it. Butafter some convincing I decided to go have alook at some lads doing it in Dublin. Onarrival some fella was doing 3 or 4 jumps and

    crashing down like a rock. At that point Ithought to myself 'that looks like fun!'. 3 dayslater I booked a lesson. That was June 2001and I've not looked back

    Is any of your family into surfing orkiting?Ya my partner, Sweva kited and competedback in the day but she hasnt been on thewater for a while, career break I think they callit. Ive had my 2yr son Killian on a long boardand an SUP but hes still a little too young forit yet defo potential there tho! Ive swapped allhis Bob the Builder dvds with surf movieshoping for a brain-wash effect:-D Where is your favourite beach andwhat conditions are best?Its hard to call a favourite spot as there are somany both in Ireland and aboard, and on the

    right day and in the right conditions anywherecan be magic. And the same place can just asquick do the nasty on you too if the windshifts or the tides are wrong! Scored theMullet a couple of times last year in perfectcross-off which was very nice, just a park andride down the line Theres a reef inDonegal (secret spot?)that on the right tide,wind and swell direction can be amazing - butit's so rare to score it with everything on. Keepwatching the charts! It's hard to beatRossnowlagh as beach break though. Whats the deal with the shorts overwetsuit look?I used to wear boardies over the wetsuit backin my freestyle days to save the wetsuit. Asanyone that rode with me back then would tell you I spent half the time getting dragged upthe beach unhooked from a missed handlepass or other trick, and the shorts saved manyan innocent beach-goer from a flash ofMcGeown cheek! Now I only ride waves Idont bother with the shorts, it just makes abig swim back to the shore more hassle. Youcan forget about looking stylish if youve akilometre plus swim to make and rollers

    breaking on your head the whole way in.

    What gear are you riding?Ive been riding Ozones since 07. Found themmega stable in the waves and because theyhave their own factory, build quality is secondto none. In this year's quiver Ive a 10m C4and 8m, and a 6m Catalyst. All fast with loadsof depower. And the biggest factor for pulleys! Gives me all the windrangewithout the stress of something breaking orjamming when a big set is bearing down. As for boards, definitely wave boardsHavent owed a twin-tip in a couple of years. Iride a 61 Al Merrick K-small custom, a 511

    Firewire yum yum and a 58 SlingshotCeleritas. Each have their conditions forexcelling which makes choosing on the daypretty easy. All strapless of course.

    A lot of the Northern kiters are flyingOzones. Are you responsible?I guess I had a part to play in that, EddieHawkins as well but the reality is people willride what they like, what suits their style andmost importantly whats reliable. You can readall the hype on the internet and in themagazines but the fact is until to try it youcant tell if its for you or not. Luckily thelocal riders all love the kites.

    Can you jump on a wave board?

    Oyes but be careful most wave boards arentconstructed to handle the impact of a heavylanding on the deck. I normally take