2007 Kneeboarding Championships... A Wave Above the Rest

Written by: Press Release

Submitted: 12th November 2007

NEWQUAY'S surf hot spot Fistral Beach was bustling last Saturday (3rd November) when Kneelos from across the nation battled it out in the 2007 British Kneeboarding Championships.

Chris Diplock - Kneeboard Nationals

Chris Diplock

High Standard at 2007 Kneeboard Contest

Sponsored by Thule, the worlds most established manufacturer of vehicle roof systems, kayak holders, surf carriers and accessories, the infamous setting and buzzing crowd attracted some of the biggest names in competitive water sports.

The opening heats kicked off with 15 competitors, but quickly whittled down to four competing for the title. Chris Diplock, Richard Smith, Karl Ward and Richard Hewitt put on a powerful show, with Chris winning the Men's title in great style.

The Ladies competition was equally impressive as the final three Jodie Winter, Nathalie Silverthorne and Liz Upward performed to their best making the sport look effortless. However, it was Jodie's driving confidence which put her at the top of the scoreboards. Top prizes, provided by Thule, included the wave surf carrier and multi purpose carrier.

Thule's marketing manager Peter Barker spoke of "The event proved to be a great opportunity to promote the growing sport of kneeboarding on one of the UK's most spectator-friendly beaches".

Karen Walton, National Director of the BSA, said: "On behalf of the BSA I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Kneeboarding contest, it really was an awesome display of British talent. The British Kneeboard Championships is always such an exciting contest because the standard is so high. Thanks to the BKC (British Kneelo Club) and top sponsor Thule for providing the prizes and organising such a fantastic competition."

To find out more about kneeboarding check out www.kneeboardsurfing.co.uk and www.kneelo.org.