Sadly the wind wasn't quite playing ball, so we spent the afternoon chatting to fellow competitors as they arrived in the comfort of the sailing club.
A 7am briefing had been planned for the following day, and registration immediately followed the AGM, after which most people took an early night to be ready for action the next day.
Due to the decreasing forecast, the Pro's were the first to take to the water, followed by the masters then am's. The music was cranked up, and Richard Flindall was in fine voice doing the commentary.
As is quite often the case, kite size was a key decision in every heat. The wind was clean, but varying from one minute to the next, and there were quite a few heats in which the competitors had chosen significantly different sizes. The high tide chop reflecting off the beach made conditions incredibly challenging, and the early heats were very tentative but as the tide dropped the conditions improved a little and the riders started to get their repertoires nicely dialed.
While the previous heat was in progress, we both tried to get as far off the shore in the marginal winds in order to get in a good position to start our heat. The tide was now starting to back away from the steep foreshore, and the water was pretty flat with just small wavelets.
I was trying to find the wind to go for a Back Mobe, but was having no such luck so just went for a cheeky surface 360 handlepass, and an underpowered darkslide to get a few more points on the board.
As I turned around, Jord went for a Back Mobe himself, but just sent the kite up a bit too much trying to force it in the conditions and ended up in the drink. Shortly after passing him I was powered for the first time in the heat and went for a back mobe, which I was super stoked to land, after which the heat was concluded with the raising of the red flag.
As the afternoon drew to a close the prize giving was held, and it was announced that competition would not continue tomorrow due to the poor forecast, meaning that the full championship results would be announced and there would be no holding back on the drinking!
The day's pro results were first up, with Rosanna Jury taking the victory over Sukie Robertson and Danielle Durrant, meaning Rosanna secured an incredible 3rd Pro championship win.
In the men's competition it was announced that Richard Flindall had triumphed over Sean Murphy and Craig Smith, with the overall championship being awarded to Sean Murphy, followed by Richard Flindall and Oli Sweeney.
The other categories remained as they were at the end of the previous event, with Dynamic Duo - Dan and Lucie Turner taking the title for the amateur classes, Kevin Matthey taking the masters crown, and Harry Way being one to watch for the future taking the Juniors championship.
One very nice touch to the event was the raffling off of all the amateur prizes which weren't awarded due to lack of wind; everyone got something ranging from kite apparel up to a board or harness. It was nice to see that nobody went away empty handed.
There are a lot of people who deserve a whole heap of credit for making the year the success it was : Rou, Jim, Mary, Danielle and their teams for all the organisation and great effort at every event; The clubs who stepped up to host each one and went to great efforts to make it happen; The kite industry who supported come rain and shine and all attendees for their support and co-operation.
Its always sad when the competitive year ends, but it does so with a great deal of hope that this could be the start of something...