Legend of the Bay
r the conditions, spectators are promised a display of beach action.
Opening this year’s events calendar, Legend of the Bay will recognise the most versatile wave-rider in a unique competition combining stand up paddle surfing and kitesurfing.
The competition is a collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA) which returns to the bay for the second time following its debut in 2013.
Stand up paddle surfing has been described as a cross between canoeing and surfing, where riders stand on a large surfboard and use a paddle to steer, turn and propel themselves through the water.
The kitesurf element focusses on wave-riding skills, with competitors using powerful kites to pull them into the waves.
Competitors will compete in kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding. If the conditions are not suitable for one discipline then competitors will be able to compete in the other. Spectators will not be disappointed!
Did you know?
Kitesurfing or kite boarding is an individual sport. It is conducted on open areas of water, which can be shallow or deep, flat or bumpy, in preferably constant winds between 8 -50 knots. The ‘pilot’ aims to fly the kite in a pattern to produce power to pull him/herself along the surface of the water across the wind, following the same basic principles as sailing. There is no motor power involved. The pilot wears a harness to balance his/her weight against the kite. There is no connection between the kite and the board apart from via the pilot.