Kitesurfing Champion Debbie Kennedy has proven herself to be a woman of many talents. Last weekend she finished first in one of the United Kingdom’s leading wave windsurfing competitions. Love Extreme Sports assesses the action from the day and Ms Kennedy’s prospects for further extreme sports success in the future.
Hoards of the first class windsurfers gathered on Tiree Beach for the world-renowned Skykon Tiree Wave Classic 2010, one of the U.K.’s leading windsurfing competitions. Crowds and spectators alike were looking forward to the first day of the competition with recent strong winds promising some excellent windsurfing action. Unfortunately, the God of Winds decided that it would be a good idea to take a little break, which more or less corresponded with the start of the competition. So we had a bit of a wait on our hands.
After a long wait for the winds to pick up, the women competitors finally got some late sailing action as afternoon began to give way to evening. The first round of the womens open was kicked off. With just 10-15 knots of breeze from the east, the conditions were challenging to say the least, but this was not indicated by the general performance of the female competitors, which was very strong and raised the standard of talent at the competition higher than before. The first round did not kick off until 5.45pm, giving only a few more hours of light before proceedings would have to be shut down.
Cornish competitors featured particularly strongly in the women’s competition. Debbie Kennedy from Hayle in Cornwall won the stage, with fellow Cornish competitor, Jodie Ward finishing in second place. Helen Bainbridge finished in third. The British Wavesailing Association’s Head Judge, Duncan Coombs, said: ‘The standard of the women is stronger than we’ve seen in previous years and the Cornish girls did really well today on the back of their wave riding experience’.
Although a relative novice to windsurfing, Debbie Kennedy is certainly not a new comer when it comes to extreme water sports. She is a strong surfer and has also been kitesurfing for six years. Kitesurfing has gripped Britain and become one of the nation’s favorite extreme sports over the past decade. Recently, Kennedy competed in the British Kitesurfing Associations’ Wavemasters Championships 2010 in Brandon Bay, Ireland where she finished in second place. Despite being her first time at the Tiree Wave Classic, she has got off to a very promising start. She is emphatically looking forward to the rest of the event.
Love Extreme Sports definitely rates Debbie Kennedy. Amazingly, she only started wave windsurfing a few months a go, in May of this year. She is most definitely one to watch for future extreme sports greatness. She has already proven herself to be a first class wave windsurfer and a champion kitesurfer, so what’s next Debbie? May be wakeboarding? or skiing? Or perhaps something a little less wet, like paragliding. Whatever extreme sport Debbie Kennedy turns her hand to next, we eagerly a wait her next accomplishment.
***Photograph by Jerry Pank***