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2011 Billabong BVI Kite Jam

The BVI Kite Jam was an awesome event! In attendance was Pete Cabrinha, Kristin Boese , Shannon Best, Andre Phillip, Youri Zoon, Davey Blair, Susi Mai, Stephen Schank, Tommy Fields, Madison Van Heurck, Kris Kinn, Sander Lenten, and C. Van Heurck. I was so fortunate to have been a part of the event for the second time. It kicked off with four awesome day’s of steady trade winds of around 18- 20 knts with one day around 25 knts. Each evening after a killer session we would travel to a new place with a new party and a new theme. Including Tight and Bright, K & J, and Tribal themes. Three of the most memorable things we did were race around Richard Bransons Necker Island, a downwinder along the coast of Anegada and the party on Necker Island.
The race around Necker required two laps around the island so I chose to use my Wainman Hawaii Magnum surfboard with a quad fin setup. Things started out great for me with a speedy start but before my first tack was even completed, I managed to nail a coral head that was just beneath the surface and I lost some of my fins. I am glad the fin boxes are so strong that they did not become severely damaged. Unfortunately I was still crippled on my starboard tack and could only go up wind on my port side tack. So the race definitely took me longer but the opportunity to be there kiting around Necker made it all worth while!
After the race around Necker we traveled to the island of Anegada. The next day I participated in the Anegada Downwinder, this was my favorite day. My equipment choice for the day was the Wainman Hawaii Smoke (9mtr kite) and my 6′ Magnum. I only had one extra fin to get the Magnum up and running again so I converted it from the quad-fin setup to a thruster or (ti-fin) set up. The waves off the Anegada reef were awesome with the exception of a few gnarly coral heads that seemed to pop out of nowhere but fortunately I had learned my lesson and now knew what to look for to avoid them. The waves were chest to head high, changing constantly with each passing reef break. On the inside, the Wake-Style guy’s were throwing down with the butter flat water that was provided by the shallow outside reef I was on. When I got to the ending line (cows wreck reef) I missed it and accidentally found the best quality wave I had ever ridden. I felt Like I was in heaven, the bottom had turned in to a flat rock as apposed to jagged coral and it slowly wrapped around the end of the island making the conditions perfect for a long wrapping break. The wind was side off giving the water superior texture and I had the perfect tools for the Job. Starting at the peak, I could just park the kite and with just the right amount of pull coming from the 9mtr W.H. smoke, I was able to truly surf this magical wave. I had several waves with over twenty turns up and down the face. One of the waves I caught broke a perfect peak for around 150 yards. Needless to say I skipped lunch and spent most of the afternoon there.
Towards the end of my session I noticed a kite parked at twelve about a mile off of the leeward side of the Anegada coast. At first I thought it was a kiteboarding lesson with boat support but after about 5- 10 minutes of the kite not moving I knew something was wrong. I made my way around the reef and back into shore. The event and staff was about a mile up the beach finishing lunch but there was one gentlemen snorkeling off of his dingy near the beach. He had a VHF and called for assistance because the dinghy was low on fuel and he was concerned I would not get back and we would both be stranded out to sea. But even rescue was on island time so we decided I had better take the dingy and go get the man who by now was drifting over 2 miles out to sea. When I got to him I asked him if he was okay and he looked at me like I was crazy for even asking. I helped him get in the small boat and we packed up his kite, he had lost his board about a mile back. As we headed back we found his board and discussed the fact that he had started to think about a 7 mile body drag to the windward side of Tortolla (the next island downwind) and what kind of creatures he may encounter along the way. He was very grateful and told me “thanks for saving me, you wont have to pay for another drink this trip”.
Every night there was an awesome party but the best was the last night on Necker Island. Rebootzer detox had flown in The Dubplates and they set an awesome mood with their killer vibe and music. On the beach a massive bonfire burned so we sat around it and had a awesome dinner.  The refreshments flowed like a river on Necker and it was showing on the dance floor. They had a really enjoyable closing ceremony and called up all the pro’s and winners. I was happy to be up there and take home third place in the wave riding category. I feel so fortunate to have attended this event for the second year and I would like to thank all of my Family, Friends, Event Coordinators and Sponsors for helping me get there.  It was such an awesome opportunity to ride and party with all of these professionals in such a picturesque and perfect place. I would recommend it to anyone!