Tornado Support Sqn Takes 1st Place in the RAF Kite Surfing Championships

Three personnel from Tornado Support Squadron (TSS) recently ‘downed tools’ to participate in the 2012 RAF Kite Surfing Championships in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

The wind was the critical element that lured a total of 28 RAF kite surfers and land boarders up to the remote Isle of Benbecula. The journey proved worthwhile as Benbecula’s exposure to the harsh Atlantic weather systems created an ideal adrenaline playground. The isolated white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and stunning scenery provided an incredible environment for the week, with Mother Nature delivering weather conditions to stretch the comfort zone of even the most experienced riders.

After several days of rider development, day five saw the onset of the competition. The aim of the freestyle kite surfing competition was to out-perform the other competitors in a series of knock-out rounds by throwing as many crowd-pleasing tricks as possible. The competition was fierce with back rolls, aerial transitions and much more, SAC(T) Andy Brown dominated throughout the competition, scoring high by performing powered tricks with precision. Andy from the Wing Bay is a Nationally qualified instructor and has introduced, coached, and encouraged many new riders into the sport. Flt Lt Alex Ruck and SAC(T) Jonny Gill also provided entertainment with a display of tricks and high velocity wipe-outs, Flt Lt Gareth Thomas from Marham’s Tornado PT also competed in the Novice Comp.

The RAF Marham Power Kite Club is now well established with over £5,000 of new equipment funded by the Sports Lottery. The club visits Norfolk’s coastline with regular after work and weekend sessions, providing an ideal way to learn with the expertise of our qualified instructors. Later in June, three members of the club will be undertaking an eighteen mile kite crossing of the Wash from Skegness to Hunstanton in support of the RNLI. The team has recently been busy bucket collecting at the Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival which has proven successful.

For more information on power kiting in the RAF visit www.rpka.co.uk

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