Monday, 30 October 2006
Sunday 29th October Final Reports
The final day of White Air 2006 saw yet more action both on land and in the water. With the Windsurfing and Kitesurfing UK Championships decided it was a day for the Jet skis and Thundercats to hit the water. Meanwhile, in White Air’s extreme playground on the land, the RAF Mountain Board MBS European Cup took place this afternoon with top international riders taking to the ramp. Parkour, skate and mountain bike demos also continued throughout the day and over 700 spectators took up the offer to ‘have a go’ for free at any of the 12 sports on offer.
As the Indian summer arrived seeing temperatures of 26 degrees and a stunning blue sky over the White Air festival site on the Isle of Wight, ten competitors and three additional ‘wildcard’ riders took to the massive mountain board ramps to pull off their best moves in a bid to win the RAF Mountain Board MBS European Cup title today. The riders were pulling off huge tricks; 900’s, corked 720’s and backside cork 540’s included. Tom Kirkman triumphed, taking the European Cup title, followed by Tom Read. Joe Dickson wowed the crowds with a double back flip, taking third place in the Cup.
Also on the ramps today were the skaters, with Greg Nowik amongst top names displaying one-man demos on the ramp. Skate clinics also ran today, as well as have-a-go mountain board sessions. Parkour guys Team Traceur carried on demo sessions today, as well as Parkour workshops throughout the day.
Jamie Hunt, Bill Pewsey and Lee Hunt made it back to Yaverland after eight hours on the 100K Wight Offroad Mountain Bike Challenge yesterday. Paul Nightingale was first to make it back from the 50K journey. Meanwhile today, the Mountain Bike Display Team has been holding trials today, bridging bigger and bigger gaps to entertain spectators in style.
On the water the Thundercats thrashed it out in the Powerboat races, with Sean Fisher taking first place, followed by Jason Wyatt and Scott Wilson. These three competitors won the same places overall in the Thundercats Powerboat Racing this weekend.
After a hugely successful day on the water yesterday, the prize giving for both the Windsurfing Freewave UK Finals Championships and the UK Finals Slalom took place this afternoon. Taking first place in the Freewave Pro men’s was Ben Profitt, followed by Chris Audsley and Andy King. Graham Woods won the youth fleet, and Richard Jones the junior fleet.
The Finals Slalom saw Rob Stack of the Challenge Fleet take the title, with Liam Round following in second place. From the Top Flight Fleet, Alan Jackson came first, followed by Xavier Ferlet.
The ‘Pierats’ had another successful day today, the flat sea allowing them to perform yet more freeride displays with barrel rolls, nose stabs and more freestyle moves. The sea kayakers headed to Compton Bay for a couple of hours this afternoon; a relaxing end to the event.
Kitesurfers completed the UK RRD BKSA Wave and Big Air Championship yesterday afternoon; the Big Air category took place at Yaverland, with Sam Light taking first place, Denzil Williams in second place and Lewis Cratlern in third. In the Ladies category, Jo Wilson took first place, with Johara Sykes-Davies in second. Prize giving was held this afternoon, for both the Wave Masters and Big Air categories.
UK Kitesurfing Championships Pro Wavemasters overall saw Nigel Howell take 1st Place, Neil Gent in 2nd, and Denzil Williams in 3rd.
The weather helped to make the final day of White Air 2006 a stunning one with awesome action on all fronts, with spectators in their 1000’s lining the arena.
The weekend has been huge a success and the biggest White Air Festival to date. Top names in extreme sports have been flocking to the island from Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and many many more countries.
Spectators have been fully involved with ‘have-a-go’ sessions also being run throughout the weekend. The event would not have been possible without sponsors Wightlink, IWEP, RAF and the Isle of Wight Council welcoming extreme sports to the Isle of Wight for the tenth year of White Air. Here’s to another ten!