THE 2019 DORSET BIG AIR

Back again this windy season, Poseidon Kite School bring you the 2019 Dorset Big Air Competition.

A fun community event for riders looking to push them selves on a local leader board.

Go for glory and enter by logging big air kite sessions in Dorset on a "WOO" and posting scores here anytime between October 12th and the prize giving on December 14th.

2019 CATEGORIES

Biggest Air - Mens | 1st - 3rd

Biggest Air - Womens | 1st - 3rd

Longest air | 1st place

Biggest G landing | 1st place

*NEW* Fastest Speed | 1st place


Biggest Air will be the highest recorded jump during the entry period.

Longest Air will the longest time spent spent in the air on a single jump.

Biggest ‘G’ will be the hardest recorded landing.

The fastest speed will be the top speed measured by the Strava app

Hashtag #dorsetbigair19

How it works

We clock all recognised scores posted on the Big Air Facebook page on a leader board at Poseidon

Weekly updates of the leader board will be posted on the Big Air Facebook page

Entry is accepted right up until prize giving on December 14th 

How to enter

Simply clock in a session, screen shot your results on the Big Air Facebook page. We'll update the leader board at Poseidon too.

(full rules below)

Don't have a WOO and want to enter?

We've got demo ones, simply visit us at Poseidon to grab one or message us to find out more about Strava

Rules

  • This is for fun, cheating by using boats or drones might be a good idea, but not a fair one.

  • Entries accepted via this Facebook page or direct to Poseidon before 6pm 14th December.

  • Entries only accepted from Dorset locations.

  • Winners must attend the prize giving, otherwise they forfeit their place to the next position person.

Prizes

TBC

Party & prize giving

Venue and details coming soon, save the date - 14th December.

Windy Season Offer

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As we mentioned not so long ago, now is a great time of year for kitesurfing. Whether you’re learning or chasing the storms already, consistent, reliable winds make for a season of fun on the water. To help those keen to get into the sport make the most of the Autumn time, we’re offering 3 hours of free hire with every 2 day course booked throughout October.

Our 2 day course is designed to teach you everything you need to know with an aim to have you riding safely and independently by the end of the course. With the first day focusing on the kite, you’ll spend some time on the beach and then on the water getting to grips with the power of the kite, how to set it up and control it when pulling you through the water. The second day is all about the board, with a little recap on some safety and set up. This offer gives you the full 2 day course along with 3 hours of free equipment hire once you’ve been signed off. Normally £20 an hour you can get some more practice time on the water following your course, for FREE.

To book in and make the most of the offer click the link below…

http://www.poseidonkiteschool.com/2-day-course-booking-form

**2 day course must be booked in October and hire must be used before the end of November for offer to remain valid.**

THE GOOD STUFF SEASON

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The days might be getting shorter and nights getting colder, but here there’s a buzz in our team as to us it marks the start of our favourite season.

The windy season, we sometimes call it, for us September - December brings the good stuff. The time when summer keeps on giving, it’s energy stored by the warm ocean surges back to create a significant difference between hot and cold air, high and low pressure. 

Weather systems formed in the Atlantic behave noticeably differently, packed with energy, they rotate faster, have denser air and get driven with more momentum by a stronger jet stream. Our weather follows the same rules, just with more punch to it. Seen at it’s extreme as the Hurricane season in the tropics, we can clearly track low pressure systems forming fast and tight over the Atlantic which then follow a direct path across the ocean pin balling off each other on their way towards us. Unlike summer, this low pressure carries enough drive to barge dense high pressure aside and carry on its path to us and ahead ensuring forecasts are more predictable and wet and windy weather more likely.


At ground level this serves up fast changing weather full of energy and potential. Sometimes reaching storm status, what it means for kiting is that there’s always something ahead. Heat waves have been and gone, now we’re constantly looking west for the next set, knowing it’ll never be far away, making the most of the mild water and switching our quivers from a sluggish 12 & 17 to a lively 7 & 10.


Get out there.

Get involved in our 2019 Big Air comp and stay tuned for more Autumn action plans.

The Luau

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Well it’s certainly been a hot one, so embracing the summer spirit we’re going all exotic over here at Poseidon and throwing our annual Luau. On Saturday 3rd August we’ll be hosting a demo day and evening celebration to introduce you to our latest brands and give everyone a chance to come together to enjoy good food and great company on our very own kite beach.

The guys from Ozone, Slingshot, Ride Engine and Fatstick will be joining us to show off their latest toys and give you the chance to try them out for free. They’ll also be running some brand chats at the beach to tell you about some of their kit and any new exciting ones in the pipeline. In the early evening we’ll be lighting the coals for a special Hawaiian feast, pouring our famous rum punch and vibing until the sun goes down.

Fancy coming? No ticket needed, this one’s on us…

10 AM | OPEN DAY

12 PM | FREE SAFETY RECAP TALK

1 PM | FATSTICK TALK

2 PM | OZONE & AXIS TALK

3 PM | SLINGSHOT & RIDE ENGINE TALK

5 PM | BBQ

THE SUMMER HOLIDAY GROM COURSES

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THE SUMMER HOLIDAY GROM COURSES


29 - 2 AUGUST & 12 - 16 AUGUST


Getting children into kiting, our grom course is the perfect way to get your your little ones* buzzing over the long summer holidays.

Just £220 for 5 sessions, our specially trained senior instructors will teach them everything they’ll need to know to become safe and independent kiteboarders.
Starting on the beach to learn basics about kit and controls they’ll be taught how to be safe and considerate before moving to the water to learn powered flying in the safety of the Sandbanks lagoon. Having mastered various controls they’ll then introduce the board and work at getting up and blasting across the bay. Focused on developing independence, once they’ve completed their training our follow up supervised hire sessions will allow them to keep practising all summer long under the watchful eye of a coach for just £50 per session.

Running from 2pm - 4.30 on the 29th - 2nd and again on 12th - 16th August book in now while spaces are still available

*suitable for children 12 years old and above



Leave your details to join our Grom supervision session wind alerts:

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GROM COURSE

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THE HALF TERM GROM COURSE

Getting children into kiting, our grom course is the perfect way to entertain your little ones* over the half term and summer holidays too. Our first course runs Monday to Friday on the 27th May to the 31st of May, starting at 2 in the afternoon and running until 4.30pm.

Just £220 for the full 5 day course, it’s the best way to get young people excited about a new sport. They’ll be taught how to be safe and considerate on the beach and in the water, how to set up their equipment before getting into the water for some fun with the kite.

GROM KITESURF COURSES

27th - 31st May

15th - 19th July

29th July - 2nd August

*suitable for children 12 years old and above

CALL OR EMAIL US TO BOOK IN AND GET MORE DETAILS ON THE GROM COURSE

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HIRE FOR THE SEASON

Once you’ve got to grips with riding, the best way to continue and make the most of the wind without investing a chunk of money on your own gear is to rent equipment.

We offer various options from casual hourly rental from just £15 to a monthly membership which offers unlimited* access to kit, 7 days a week for a monthly fee of £125.

To help make the most of the varied conditions, we’re offering a special offer so you can hire for the whole season for less. Sign up now until the end of October for just £600. That’s just £100 a month, a saving of £150, for full access to every size and model Ozone, Slingshot & Axis has to offer, daily from our beach side base in the harbour.

You just need to be signed off by a Poseidon coach, have a PHC permit and have BKSA membership or travel insurance that covers kitesurfing to make the most of the offer.

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*3 hours a day during busy periods. Kit only used under our supervision.

Bring A Buddy

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WE RIDE TOGETHER, NOW YOU CAN TOO


Because we know it’s better to ride together, we're offering up our Bring A Buddy promotion again this year. 

Book a 2 day course with a friend and you’ll save £60.
Normally £440 for two people, if you book with our Bring a Buddy offer before the 28th April you’ll both enjoy a full 2 day course for just £190 each.

Simply sign up and pay in full for 2 participants through the link below to make the most of the offer, then choose course dates that suit you anytime this year* and come learn to kite together for less.



*T’s & C’s

The 2 day course must be paid for in full before the 28th April 2019 and booked in before 31st October 2019.

Valid on all 2 day courses, excluding bank holiday weekends.

Day 1 sessions run from 10am-4pm every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

Day 2 sessions run from 10am-4pm run every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.

Booking is Subject to availability.

Course completion is subject to weather conditions, in adverse weather rescheduling will be offered.

Spring Session 2019

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Back for another year, we’re celebrating the start of the fair weather season by hosting our first kite focused beach shindig of the year.

A causal get together we’ll have the venue, the kit and the vibe for a catch up with old faces and an opportunity pick up your knowledge along the way with our free safety and kit servicing clinics.

Offering free demo’s of all the latest toys from Ozone, slingshot, Axis and ride engine it’s a great chance to try the latest tech too. Of course no beach day would be complete without a BBQ, so BYO beer and grub to throw on the grill.

Full details closer to the time, for now save the date - Saturday 13th April

Hope to see you down here.

Recap for those at the back

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Spring is in the air and there’s been a buzz at the beach recently as fair weather kiters come out of hibernation, dust off their kit and get ready to hit the water again.

This end we don’t really consider ourselves fair-weather riders, since it’s rare we’ll miss on a worthy session. But anyone that follows us will notice Poseidon went a little quiet this winter. Rest assured we definitely weren’t sitting idol. Chris and Gig just decided to take a little time out, because if you hadn’t heard, last year threw us some challenging moments. Not just the worst year of wind on record, but 2018 included a series of hurdles including law suites, staff let downs and disappointments, saying goodbye to a furry four legged family member in a pretty emotional manor and then taking a hit from a team relationship drama which would’ve made for a great new series of ‘The only way is Sandbanks’.

So, after bringing a beautiful new baby girl called Inca into the world, we decided to take a few months to enjoy some family time, share some love, remember what’s important and hit the refresh button. Revitalised by baby smiles, storm chasing, fun in the snow and together time with family and friends, we’ve been excitedly resetting plans for this year in the background.

We’re super excited to start a new season full of passion for the sport, driven to help people progress with an aim to develop a hub for like minded people to hang out in. The old Poseidon with a few new shiny bits, we’ve refurbished the trailer, updated the website and realigned our company ethos to make sure we’re still following the path we set out on in the first place. As well as, launching a new online booking and management system, bringing on another brand, taking our community and trips back to being more casual, weather driven & free, and improving how our team run things in the office and on the beach…you can expect to see our pro team a little more chilled this year, excited to get in more riding and social time outside of lessons. 

Follow our social media for regular plans and updates, welcome down anytime to hang out.

A Very Big Night

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Well what a night! With our best turn out yet for a Christmas bash, Maison Sax held host to over 150 people. We had kiters, non-kiters, professional riders, Mums, Dads & more all in the mood to get merry and celebrate the festive season.

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With music from local Cuban reggae band, Afro Tallawah the atmosphere was colourful and the dance moves were…questionable. The theme of the night was community, something that’s super important to us. Sport in general is more fun when it’s shared with others and as an extreme sport, ours is safer when done together. We’re all about loyalty and looking after others, something we pride ourselves on as a team,so to help out those less fortunate this Christmas time, all proceeds from the night are being donated to a Dorset based charity Hope for Food. A great cause for good, ensuring single mothers and anyone finding it hard to keep afloat have a better Christmas this year.


Thanks to the support of our sponsors King of Watersports, Kite Worldwide, Ozone, Ride Engine, Saxx, Saun, the brew shack and the BPKC our raffle and board auction raised over £500. So a big thank you for digging deep and pooling towards a very good cause - Hope for food.

On to the prize giving now…it’s no secret that we’ve had a difficult year of wind but thanks to a few big storms later in the game, we managed to rack up an impressive leaderboard of scores. And, with more gumption than any years before, everyone involved really pushed themselves to their limits and gave it all they had.

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Biggest Air (Men)

1st - David Beckett - 19.3 metres

2nd - Alex Wheeler - 18.2 metres

3rd - Jordan Hurst - 18 metres

Biggest Air (Women)

1st - Fiona Smith - 8.3 metres

2nd - Lucy James - 7.3 metres

3rd - Pauline Williams - 4 metres


Best Session Score

Russell Farrington

Longest Air

Peter Jawor - 12 seconds hang time

Biggest G

Darrell Roff - 14.7 Gs

Juniors

Adam Farrington - 10 metres

The Christmas Party Lodown

 
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Not long to go until the Big Air Christmas Party and we’re excited it’s lining up to be a cracker.

With doors opening at the swanky new Maison Sax bar from 7.30pm there’ll be Prosecco and mince pies on arrival before Afro Tallawah take the stage with some chilled ‘latin afro’ beats.

Make sure to grab some raffle tickets and check out the silent auction between mingling, then be ready for the Dorset Big Air competition prize giving from 9pm.

After some more tunes from the band we’ll aim to close the auction and pull the raffle at 10pm before bouncing on with another set from the band until midnight.

Grab your ticket here:

 
 



A big pre thanks to our sponsors that have helped make this happen too:

Maison Sax
Ozone
slingshot
Ride Engine
King of Watersports
Saxx underwear
Saun
The Brewshack




Winter special offer

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Shorter days and colder waters never put us off as we're geared up with the right equipment.

But they do mean we're now switching to our winter schedule from December until March.

That means we become a little more selective about days on the water, running only 1:1 training, watching the wind and temperature forecast more than the diary, planning more last minute to ensure every session is worthy. And, whilst you might not find us at the beach every day, rest assured we are still operating daily with a pre-booked plan.

Simply give us a shout if you'd like to make a plan or join our winter wind alerts. We'll keep in touch to let you know when the wind looks worth heading out and braving the chill.

Also ensure to quote "winter training" to make the most of our out-of-season offer

- 5 hours of 1:1 training split over 2 days for just £200 -

Covering the same subjects as a 2 day course, there's no catches, no terms and conditions or pre-payment, just a more cost effective option for the hardened and passionate few.

Call 0777 237 0007 to book or email info@poseidonkiteschool.com