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If you are interested in becoming a BLAST team rider - contact us with your profile/vids/pics. Being a team rider is about spreading the word and being a good abassador, helping to promote our equipment and in return you will receive product discounts and of course get to ride some awesome kit.
The main equipment offered will be either Epic, Mutiny, Genetrix, Fluid plus Blankforce & Axis and Mystic etc.
You don't have to be the best kitesurfer out there.you don't have to be competing either as we are simply looking for super enthusiastic kiters who want to "spread the love" (although we do have a few top competitors too)
Only a deep passion for the sport and the equipment you use is paramount!
Blast Team Riders
Riders Info Below......
Mutiny Kites/Mystic/Blankforce Boards
Tom is also a BKSA Qualified Instructor with The Blast Team
We are super stoked to announce that Tom will be sponsored by Blast Kiteboarding with Mystic gear plus other kit.
An interview with up and coming Freestyle Kitesurfer Tom Butler, discussing his journey, the UK’s hot spots, the launch of Mutiny Kites and much more!
Tom's new website: http://www.tombutlerkitesurfer.co.uk/Tom_butler/Home.html
Hi, no worries – it’s a pleasure!
I was doing a bit of fishing one day in South Wales and saw some local guys ripping up and down the beach on these huge kites, jumping in the air and doing some crazy stuff and my dad knew straight away it was going to be an expensive new hobby! From there it went very quickly, I hooked up with a local shop (Marc now Blast Kiteboarding) when I was 13 and my dad would drive me 2 hours to the beach every weekend, and it went from a hobby to a lifestyle in no time.
What have you been up to this year? Have you been in many competitions?
After finishing my A levels before the summer I hooked up with my new sponsor; Mutiny Kites and saw potential for a gap year, learning about the industry outside of the competition scene. I have been mostly training in Egypt improving my riding and working with Mutiny recently. After 5 years on the British tour it’s now more exciting for me to see other sides of the industry. As a new company with well known guys from the industry, it has been a great few months learning about the design process of the kites, photo shoots, marketing the kites, testing and building my profile as a rider.
What equipment do you use? What has been your favourite bit of kit?
I am using Mutiny Kites, I ride any kite they need testing right now as the development is never ending on any kite. I ride footstraps or bindings on my kiteboard, I can go out on both and have really good fun as I love to mix my riding up as much as I can. Both disciplines have something to bring to the progression of Kitesurfing as a sport.
For me my favourite kite and board were my first and I think everyone would say the same. Although the kites we ride now are 100 times better, it’s that first feeling of raw power you get from a kite that you never forget and gets you hooked.
What is next, do you have anything coming up this and next year?
Well like I said I’m learning about the marketing side and I’m in the process of meeting loads of new people which is really cool. Mutiny Kites’ first kite is being released in December so it’s a bit hectic travelling around to events and retailers showing them the ‘ins and outs’ of the kit.
What do the competitions that you compete in normally involve?
The competitions I have been involved in over the years have been a very similar format as I have always competed in freestyle events. You have heats of 3 or 4 people in a competition zone and each rider is marked on the technical difficulty in each trick, as well as the power and style they ride with. Depending on the conditions, every rider gets a second chance if they don’t do their best in their first heat, which is cool because you can clear your head and get out there to prove yourself.
The competitions are a great way to open your horizons of the sport and the people that you can meet, every year I have met countless numbers of new people and every single one has been helpful and really down to Earth.
Have you always been a Kitesurfer, or have you tried other forms of board sport?
Before Kitesurfing I never even thought of extreme sports as my kind of thing, I always pushed myself to do what everyone else was doing at school so I did county rugby and fishing competitions. Once I started Kitesurfing it was a really easy decision to drop everything else because there were no politics and I could push my own thing on the water, plus I could show off to every one on the beach – and as a 13 year old it was great!
Wainman Kites & Boards & Epic Kites
As Marc has mentioned I started kitesurfing right st the very start of the sport, There were no water relauchable kites then and no twin tip boards. I started out on a 4.9 Flexifoil Blade and a 6ft 6" surfboards with straps. The learning curve was intresting to say the least with very limited saftey.
Blankforce Boards/Mystic/Genetrix Kites
Chris originally had his lessons with Blast Kiteboarding only just over a year ago and has learned at an incredible pace. He is already an accomplished Freestyle rider.
Genetrix Kites/Xelerator Boards/Mystic
Alun is my right hand man, always willing to help anyone on the beach. He also probably kites more than anyone I know!
Alun is simply right at the heart of the South Wales kitesurfing scene, he's been kiting pretty much since the beginning starting out in Buggy's then Landboarding and then moved onto the water where his love is now with directional wave boards.
Martyn lives and kites the South Coast and simply loves the buzz of killing a BIG mega Loop! He is a super friendly guy and always willing to help and advise on the beach.
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