Who will be crowned Legend of the Bay? Opening this year’s packed-out event calendar, Legend of the Bay will decide just that. Launched in 2013 and back for a second year, ‘Legend’ brings together stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) and kitesurfers for one big weekend of high-adrenaline watersports. This year it’s being held on 18 & 19 April at Watergate Bay.
Get ready as some of the UK’s best wave riders descend on Watergate Bay. As a collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA), the list of those competing should see a really exciting event.
Stand-up paddle surfing has been described as a cross between canoeing and surfing, where riders stand on a large surfboard and use a paddle to steer, turn and propel themselves through the water. If you’ve visited the beach in the last few years, its likely that you will have seen them in action out in the surf or flat water.
The kitesurf element focusses on wave-riding skills, with competitors using powerful kites to pull them into the waves to complete airs, turns and tricks.
Competitors can enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport – a wave jam kitesurf event, or a SUP surf competition – or they can challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.
Chairman of BSUPA and Legend of the Bay organiser. Richard Marsh, said: “A lot of people do multiple sports, for example, many surfers take part in windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding; there’s such a huge crossover and we wanted to demonstrate that. Having two sports gives people the option to enter one, or both events, so it’s unique in that sense.”
In 2013, Watergate Bay veteran and former Extreme Academy instructor, Dom Moore took the title in a fierce competition and perfect conditions, with over 40 competitors. The disciplines cover every angle. When it’s windy the kites are up and when it’s calm the SUP’s are out, so there’s always something going on for spectators.
Skill and focus will be needed by anyone who hopes to steal the crown from Dom. He’s been wearing it for two years so it fits pretty well. Definitely an event not to be missed.
You can learn to kitesurf and stand-up paddle board with the Extreme Academy.