British Kite Surfing Association
The BKSA was established in 1999 with the primary aim to
disseminate safety information about the sport. It has grown
quickly to its current membership of over 2,000. The BKSA
is currently the world’s largest national kite surfing
Association, as is being used as a model for other national
kitesurfing associations. Membership of the BKSA is an annual
fee of £25 this includes a 3rd party liability insurance
to the value of £5m.
Hub of the BKSA is the newly revamped website www.kitesurfing.org
which has attracted over 250,000 visitors, this site allows
anyone to fine out information on associated schools and clubs
and the wider kitesurfing world.
Through the website we now receive about 100 email a day
which are all answered by members of the committee. We have
answered over 2,000 enquiry emails so far this year. We are
contacted daily by TV and print media for contacts, locations,
stories, photos and interviews.
The BKSA is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association
(RYA), Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), HM Coastguard,
International Kiteboarding Association (IKO), Power Kite Sports
Federation (PKSF), Professional Kite Riders Association and
all other European and International Kitesurfing national
associations as the only governing body for kitesurfing in
The BKSA is working towards the development of local clubs
to help develop kitesurfing locally. The BKSA gives clubs
a discount on BKSA membership so that local club member can
join their club and get BKSA membership and hence liability
insurance all for a reasonable price.
are currently developing dialogue with local councils and
beach owners to improve and maintain access to the water as
we can see that bans to the sport can be caused by ignorance
and miss information.
The BKSA National Training officer has developed instructor
training courses which has qualified over well over 100 instructors
meeting BKSA and IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation)
standards of instruction. There are currently 20 BKSA training
centres in the UK and a growing number throughout the world.
As well as running have-a-go days throughout the country for
all ages. There is a particularly active junior membership.
have been running a national competition series since 2001
and have had many of the top riders competing at an international
level, the UK has been particularly effective in international
competition and has produced two British world champions and
a number of international officials.
In 2005 we are running 5 Grand Prix events across the UK
which will cater for both professional, amateur and junior
riders. We have secured a White Stuff clothing and Uncle Ho’s
flip-flops as brand title sponsors, as well as numerous local
There are 3 British bi-monthly magazines about kite surfing,
which are available through national newsagents.
There are about 100 retailers of kite surfing kites, boards
and accessories in Britain ranging from windsurf shops to
specialist kite retailers.
The BKSA requires funding to support it's administration
and liaison functions in the future. The BKSA generates a
small revenue per annum through membership, as the event registrations
covers the event costs.
PO Box 7871
BKSA membership processing, every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm
BKSA membership queries, every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm
The BKSA phone line has now changed, the number is 01509 856500.
If you want to speak to a BKSA representative, calls will
be answered on Wednesday afternoon. All other times, there
will be a answer phone, please leave a clear message stating
your name, number and your query. The BKSA will endeavour
to return your calls on Wednesday afternoons.
Kite Surfing Association