Name: Andrina Kelly Kit: 7m BEST TS 2012 D.O.B: February 1978 10m BEST TS 2012 Nationality: British 14m BEST TS 2012 Living in: England KB Signature pro Model Board 2010 + 2012 Years riding:7 IKO Level 2 Kitesurf Instructor I got into kiting about 7 years ago, but can happily admit that the first two where a write of, i learnt on c kites, and was not a natural born kiter!! A long slog was ahead of me, i had my first lesson up at telscombe cliffs through local kite shop Boost, on a 2 line land kite, it was such a windy day, all i did really was get dragged through the grass and dog poo, but I loved every minute of it, and i wanted more. So the next week , I went back to the shop and bought my first land kite, i would spend all my free time just flying my kite on brighton beach, trying to not take out OAP's and barking dogs It paid off, I had my first water lesson, and I didnt crash the kite once, but I neednt have got all big headed. At the second lesson, board starts, all went wrong, I spent the whole summer trying to get up on the board. I was getting to the point of giving up, when I decided to go on my first kite trip, which was with Boost to El Gouna in Egypt. And guess what, flat, warm, shallow water, I got up straight away, I was so happy I had persevered. After that kiting took over my life, after a coulple of years not getting to kite as much as I would like, not really progressing and not living close enough to a kiteable beach I gave up working full time as a hair dresser. I went self employed and moved closer to the beach, giving me much more time on water, but even though I was getting out more, I still did not feel like my skills were developing. I had had a few kite mares, quick release not working on a few occasions, kite looping all of a sudden on land :-/ body dragging on pebbles is not that much fun!! So in 2009 I decided to do my IKO instructor training to able to teach people how be safe and independent kitesurfer and to build up my own confidence. It was one of the hardest weeks ever, but worth it. I am much more relaxed and up for trying tricks now I know how it all works. You learn so much by teaching others, and seeing their mistakes makes it easier for you to correct yours. And you get the biggest buzz when you see the students out there up and riding with big smiles! Then in May 2010 I went to Egypt for a month to freeride, and take part in my first KB4 Girls event. It was a pivitol point in my kiteing for many reasons. First of all, I had never seen so many female kiters together at one spot, and they were good!!! Kicking boys ass good, it was so inspiring to be around the girls, to see them do tricks and to get them to show you. And they were all super nice, most of them out there for a while , for training, to just hang out or to do their IKO. Great times were had!! Then too finish it all of the KB4 girls event, at which I got to meet 20 female kitesurfers and the amazing Kristin Boese. Who is my biggest inspiration, and always motivates me to keep trying, dont give up and keep giving back!! Kristin then asked me that year to be an ambassador for KB4 Girls, which I was super delighted and chuffed to do. I am very proud and honoured to be part of something that is bringing female kiteboarding on the forefront, bringing women from all walks of life and levels together, whilst raising funds for local charities and having lots of fun together. My Kiteing has improved massively since this, and I have met so many amazing new friends. It does'nt get better than this. And then just to top it all off, BEST Kiteboarding asked me to be a team rider this summer, we are currently setting up a UK girls team. Interested? Get in touch!! I am really excited about this, and looking forward to seeing how this develops. It has already been a great year already with BEST, I love riding with BEST and they are also great for teaching with. At http://www.brightonkitesurfingacademy.co.uk/ where I am based we only use the latest BEST kit. So heres to next year,bring on 2012!!!