Back on from this week, we’re kicking off the 2018 Dorset Big Air competition…
A few weeks back we ran a demo day alongside King of Watersports, Ozone and Slingshot. Not only were we lucky with the wind but the sun shone on the harbour too, which made for a great day on the water leading into another legendary evening on the beach for our big Luau cook out.
Kites and boards to try out for free, an epic Hawaiian pork spit roast and buffet, coconut shy, music, lei's and a free flowing feisty prosecco punch, it was a great day and we'd like to say thank you to everyone who came along. If you couldn't make it this time, keep an eye out as we've got a few more parties in the pipeline for this year..here's what you missed...
Feeling frustrated by the wind? You're not alone. Already 6 moths in and barely able to remember a good string of kiting sessions...2018 has officially gone down as the worst Spring kiting we've ever known.
Haunted by long periods of high pressure and light Northeasterly winds, the question we get asked all the time is when's it going to change? Not able to control the weather, we can't say for sure, but by understanding why it's been so funky you might join us in seeing light at the end of the tunnel and gain a little hope that it will soon be back to normal. For sure up and down regularly, but at least delivering bouts of wind driven fun.
So in an educational blog piece here we're going to look at 'how' the weather works, aiming to answer 'why' its been so shoddy, with the hope of seeing 'when' it's going to change.
Looking at the bigger picture It's important to understand how weather works.
Quite a major subject, it can be made simple by remembering that heat causes moisture to evaporate and air to rise up full of energy. Spinning clockwise whilst it rises (in the northern hemisphere) it leaves the surface with a lower air pressure and then condensing as clouds as it cools at altitude. Known as a 'low pressure system' this carries energy and moisture (wind and rain).
Dumping its moisture as rain and cooling, the air then falls back down towards the ground, compressing under itself, spinning anticlockwise (in the Northern hemisphere) with clear, dry skies as a stable and more dominant 'high pressure system'.
With a little more understanding about isobars and weather fronts you can now start to make your own daily prediction with a Met Office Synoptic chart, calculating wind strength, direction and rainfall changes.
Forecasting more than 24 hours ahead gets a little more tricky as we need to look above the weather systems to the jet stream 5-7 miles up.
Caused by the spinning of the planet, the Coriolis effect creates strong orbiting flows of air in clockwise and anticlockwise motions around the planet.
Heading west to east on the the UK's latitude, the jet stream plays a big part in pushing weather systems around the world. Fluctuating it's speed and sometimes direction it guides how fast and strong the weather will change down at ground level.
So always looking to the west of us on a chart, guided by how fast and straight the jet stream is moving we can look at the weather systems to make a prediction of whats inbound.
Of course building accuracy by taking into consideration local effects and knowledge of how differing systems rebound off each other as they move around.
This is where the Met Office, Wind guru, Windfinder and others step in, having developed computer algorithms which use data from since records began to look for patterns in the charts which we've seen before and put out a prediction which is most likely to pan out correctly.
So what's gone down this year? Why have the patterns been so off and why havn't the forecast's been able to predict it?
Quite simply we've not seen weather like it before. The Jet stream has been swirling back on it's self and the low pressure systems have been either too small to matter, or sent North towards the arctic.
Without turning this kiting focused blog into a climate change, save the planet piece, the weather is changing. Combined with coming out of a La Nina year in March 2018, things are different.
We've seen it over the last 2 years, when our seasons became almost like the tropics, calm and dry through spring and Autmumn, followed by wet and windy in Summer and winter.
It means as 'wind chasers' we need to adapt to understand it, looking at the forecast as a guide and looking for patterns ourselves to ensure we're ready not to miss a moment.
What can we see and predict? Well, there's change ahead, the jet stream is finally straightening west to east and building speed, there's energy forming in the Atlantic and we're looking at a pretty hefty low pressure system due to hit from mid next week, our hope is that a big blow out could reset the patterns for a little while at least.
Whilst we're not saying that's kiting 'on' for the next 6 months, we are hoping it'll blasts through us, continues East and clear the way for more regular British weather following behind it. Not good news for the bucket and spade brigade, it'll mean changeable westerly flow, opening the door to further weather systems and localised sea breezes.
Of course there's no guarantees, but if it stays westerly after this next system we'll be getting excited and gearing up for another windy summer.
THE POSEIDON LUAU
It's that time of year again when the coals are constantly lit down the beach and the crowds are starting to gather along the harbour wall. To celebrate the sunshine season, we're going all out Hawaii style and hosting our very own little Luau down the beach. Across the weekend of the 16th & 17th of June, Ozone and Slingshot will be running a demo day in association with King of Watersports with all the latest gear to try out. And, on the evening of Saturday the 16th, we'll be setting up a special Hawaiian cook out and beach party for all those keen to celebrate what has, so far, been a pretty toasty summer.
Everyone's welcome at Poseidon from 5 until sundown to join in for a Hawaiian feast, beach party vibes and a suitably feisty rum punch - all on the house. So, head down to visit during the day or from 5 o clock onwards where we'll be keeping things lively. Look forward to seeing you all there.
No ticket needed, this one's on us...
It was the first stop of the British Kitesurf Championships this weekend in sunny Skegness and whilst the wind forecast wasn't epic, it was due to build during the afternoons with a sea breeze. That was enough for Chris, Jordan, Max, Lana and Adam to sign up for their respective disciplines, load up the big kit and hit the road for our first competition of the year as Team Poseidon.
Feeling like we'd driven back in time on the way up, the bright lights of 'Skegvegas' made for a fun playground catching up with friends and a great setting for a kite competition.
The wind had different ideas though, occasionally filling in enough to pull out the gear, but never quite enough to give the shred fix we'd been hoping for.
Eager to run a competition anyway, giving opportunity for riders to show their skills in the light wind conditions, the race crew opted to proceed with a fun focused expression session format on Sunday afternoon.
Tough even riding upwind it wasn't always easy, but it was smiles all round as everyone made the most of what we had, doing their best to throw just a few shapes for the judges.
Kicking things off with the Juniors Adam taking a strong early lead with one of the only inverts in his heat, holding on until the end, taking the victory.
Lana's turn next in the ladies and whilst the wind made even riding upwind tough she stayed positive, pushed on, clocked in points and walked away with the win too.
With the Pro mens cancelled it was Chris up next in a carnage round for the masters, all battling for water in very light onshore wind it was laughs all round as the wind picked up enough to huck some moves. Clocking in points for landings and credit for collision avoidance Chris managed to take second place, with 514's Robin Snuggs taking the win.
Thanks to the BKSA & BKC event crew.
See full results, find out more and read a full write up here.
Roll on the next stop at the Kitesuring Armada.
With all this lovely weather, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than on a paddleboard?
We're kicking off the SUP season with a programme of weekly paddleboard goings on. On Tuesdays we'll be running our Paddle & a Pint evening, launching from our beach side base and heading out on an adventure to a local waterside establishment, where a refreshing beverage of your choice will be supplied by us. It's a great way to get social and get fit along the way.
One for the weekend warriors, our Wednesday and Sunday morning Rise & SUP club will be up early making the most of the open empty waters. Aside from these regular weekly meets, we'll also be runninng more impromptu SUP sessions such as a paddle out evenings followed up with a BBQ (as the nights get warmer) and Paddleboard Polo tournaments too.
Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates on all our paddleboarding activities. Booking is essential for all.
0777 237 0007
To make the most of these longer days, well overdue sunshine and early season breezes, we're offering up our Bring A Buddy promotion again this year.
Book a midweek 2 day course with a friend and both get your second day for half price. Normally £105 for each day of the 2 day course, with this offer you'll pay just £52.50 for your second day.
You can purchase your Bring A Buddy deposit voucher online for the cost of your first day, we'll then a post a voucher out to you to bring with you for the start of your course as proof of payment. When returning for your second day with your mate, we'll take your stamped vouchers to issue you with your 50% discount for the second day.
Make the most of the offer and learn to kite for less together, here.
Bring A Buddy deposit vouchers should be purchased before commencement of a course.
Having completed the first day of a course with a buddy you’ll be issued a 50% discount coupon to use on day 2.
The coupon must be used before 25th May 2018.
Offer only applies to midweek 2 day courses.
Day 1 sessions run from 10am-4pm every Tuesday & Thursday.
Day 2 session run every Wednesday and Friday.
Booking is Subject to availability.
Course completion is subject to weather conditions.
From Wales, to the Isle of Wight and everywhere in-between, we'll be taking you to some of the UK's best kite spots. On the first weekend of every month we load up the tour bus and roll out of town on a mission to tour the coastline, hitting up everything our homeland has to offer. Creating a central camping hub, including a BBQ and breakfast and travelling with a whole quiver of demo equipment for coaching, it's an opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and make the most of the UK shores.
2018 TOUR DATES
November - TBC
We're proud to be more than just a school for kiteboarding at Poseidon. Whether it's because of our idyllic location, our tight-knit team, or the infamous Poseidon BBQ...we've become a community of riders over the years. New students have become regular faces and local riders have become close friends, but aside from the social life, our Beach Club also offers kiters a host of membership benefits too. To find out what we've got to offer, take a look at our Beach Club page and read all about the Poseidon Beach Club Benefits.
If you like the sound of being part of a local community with one thing in common, you can purchase your full season pass here. Be sure to sign up before the 1st April to make the most of our full season discount offer.
BEACH CLUB MEMBERSHIP
£15 per month
£3.50 per day
The Poseidon open day is returning for the 2018 season, running our Spring Session on Saturday 31st March. We'll be hosting free equipment refreshers and safety sessions to help you get back on the water without any glitches and free kite sessions too. So, keep your fingers crossed for some wind! We've got two taster sessions running throughout the day, these are the perfect opportunity for those of you who have always fancied giving it a go to come and try out kiteboarding for free, whilst the advanced clinic is specialised for those riders looking to practice and perfect jumps, tricks and technical moves. Booking is required for both the taster sessions and the advanced clinic so please drop us a message using the form below or give us a call on 0777 237 0007 to reserve a place.
Ultimately, our open day is a chance to prepare for the season and catch up after what has been a cold few weeks without much time on the water. We'll be getting things rolling from 10.30 on the Saturday morning with a free BBQ to finish up later in the afternoon.
THE LINE UP
Free safety refresher talk | 11:00 - 12:00
Free pre-season equipment maintenance workshop | 12:30 - 1:30
Free taster sessions | 11:00 - 12:30 & 12:30 - 2:00
Free advanced coaching clinic | 2:00
Free Beach BBQ | 4:00 - Sundown
To find out what else we've got going on this year head over to the Poseidon 'Events' page.
Although we never really closed our doors over the winter, it's officially the start of the kiteboarding scene here in the UK, and we're excited for another year of shredding.
With new faces on the team, more Beach Club services on and off the water, as well as a whole load of events in the Poseidon pipeline...it's set to be a year to remember. (Or not, depending how many beers you sink at the Poseidon parties)