The inaugural Big Air Open has been confirmed to take place on Saturday 14th July 2012 in Worthing, West Sussex. Part of the Olympic Torch Relay Weekend, this new sporting event is set to become an established Kitesurfing classic well beyond the Olympic year.
The event is based on a ‘how high can you jump format’ with points being awarded for the maximum height reached. If wind conditions on the day do not allow for a big air format to be run alternative arrangements will be made.
Entry is limited to 36 places, 12 of which are local wildcards selected by The Big Air Open Committee. The event is open to male and female competitors, and the format is based on a total of 28 heats, each lasting 8 minutes. There will be 3 riders on the water in each heat, with the 1st and 2nd place finishers advancing to the next round. The overall Champion and winner of The Big Air Open 2012 will be determined by a final heat of 3 riders.
Lewis Crathern, Worthing resident known internationally for his big air skills & Pier Jumping, is actively involved in the event and commented: “I am extremely excited about The Big Air Open, especially as it takes place in my home town of Worthing. This will be an amazing format for Kitesurfers of all levels to take on the wind and waves, show off their skills and compete for The Big Air Open Title. We have all worked hard on making this one of the best Kitesurfing competitions of the year!”
The Big Air Open takes place from 9am to 6pm on Worthing seafront. Plenty of prizes from the kitesurfing industry will be on offer and the winner will take home a cash prize and the title of Big Air Open Champion 2012. Lewis Crathern has confirmed that he will not be taking part but will be judging and commentating on the day.
Spectators, kitesurf enthusiasts and anyone who wants to get in the spirit of the Olympic Torch Relay Weekend is invited to come down to the beach, watch and cheer on the guys and girls on the water.
The prize giving and after party will take place from 8 pm to late at Tangerine Bar on Worthing’s seafront.
Go to The Big Air Open for further details.
Published 24th May 2012
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