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For the third year in a row, Lancing, on the South Coast of the UK, hosted a KB4girls GLOBAL event. Once again the event turned out to be a true success.
Kicking off on the same day as the London 2012 Olympic Games, this year’s KB4girls event in Lancing was made an Olympic Theme event. The female kiters partied in Olympic Costumes at night and also followed the Olympic spirit during the day.
In a fun KB4girls “Mini Olympics”, including a big air competition, a team relay race and time trials, the ladies showed an incredible amount of kite skill, ambition, fairness and team spirit. Thanks to Richard Gowers of the BKSA (British Kitesports Association) who organized and ran the fun competitions, the participating girls enjoyed every minute of it as the Olympic vibe during the first weekend of London 2012 bled over to Lancing beach.
In addition to all the good sportsmanship on the water, the participating female kiteboarders also teamed up on land, raising money for the St. Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing in memory of Fiona Claisse. Fiona, a passionate kiteboarder herself and friend to many of the participating women, received incredible support by the Hospice before she was tragically taken by cancer last year. Supported by Fiona’s husband Rob, the KB4girls participants are showing their appreciation for St. Barnabas and will continue fundraising for the hospice until August 15, 2012.
Participants as well as organizers greatly enjoyed the event and Emily Thomas, participating in the event, said: “Thanks so much to all who organized and went to the Lancing KB4girls weekend, it was simply the best! Amazing kiting and good times...I'm feeling broken now but so happy!”
KB4girls founder and President Kristin Boese states: “Another absolutely incredible community effort has created another very special event. I can’t thank our local ambassadors Andrina Kelly and Jo Malyon enough for all their hard work. Also the support from the BKSA has been second to none and it is really great to see how much effort they put into supporting females in the sport.”
A big thanks goes to the supporting local partners BKSA, Brighton Kitesurf Academy, Lancing Kitesurf Club, New Sussex Hotel, Kiteworld, Kitegirl, Progression as well as our local chapter ambassadors Jo Malyon and Andrina Kelly, kite trainers Sarah Craddy and Hen as well as volunteers Frazer Steward, Rob Claisse, Karl, Lee, Anny, Patrick and Vic, Jess, Kevin and Natasha.
The KB4girls foundation is supported by Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, and Baby-G and strongly encourages other brands within the kiteboarding industry to support their cause to grow female kiteboarding.
The 2012 KB4girls GLOBAL calendar reads as follows:
March 10 to 11, 2012 Sydney, Australia
March 13 to 15, 2012 KTA Pranburi, Thailand
April 28 to 29, 2012 San Francisco, USA
June 15 to 17, 2012 El Gouna, Egypt
July 27 to 29, 2012 Lancing, Great Britain
September 21 to 23, 2012 Dream Extreme Montauk/NY, USA
The 2012 KB4girls LOCAL CHAPTER event calendar with over 60 events and can be found at:
KB4girls stands for “Kite Boarding” 4 girls as well as “Kristin Boese” 4 girls and was established by 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin with the goal to empowers females through the sport of kiteboarding. While KB4girls GLOBAL clinic events gives female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun and motivating experience and to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level, the KB4girls CHAPTERs connect to females on a more local level within their female get-togethers that help build strong female kite communities and also invite new girls into the sport.
As a non-profit organization KB4girls also strives to support local charities that reach out to females in need. Fundraising for chosen charities is done at the KB4girls GLOBAL events and 100% of the funds go to the beneficiary.