Wind-fuelled action draws crowds to Fraserburgh

One of the sport's stars, Hannah Whiteley in action in Fraserburgh.
One of the sport's stars, Hannah Whiteley in action in Fraserburgh.
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As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close in the urban sprawl of Glasgow, alternative athletes took to the beaches of Aberdeenshire at the weekend.

Extreme sportarrived on Fraserburgh’s sandy shores for the Scottish Windfest on Tour festival of watersports and extreme sports.

Popular among those who need wind and waves to practice and compete, the town has one of the top kite sports schools in the country in Synergy Kitesports.

This year’s festival included a round of the Kite Boarder Cross Europe competition.

The competition forms part of the European Tour and involves kitesurfers racing around a course whilst negotiating obstacles.

Elite kite surfers from all over Europe were in action and there weredemonstrations from all the key brands and manufacturers.

The event was organised by Synergy Kitesports, Scottish Windfest on Tour and Kite Boarder Cross Europe, supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

They aim to promote these adrenaline sports and taster sessions were available for powerkiting, surfing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, as well as for the more experienced in kite surfing.

Windsurfing was also available as an activity in the form of beginner and coaching

sessions provided by Loch Insh Watersports.

Rathen bouncy castles provided family fun with their bouncy castle, sumo suits and inflatable fun fair.

Christine Webster, regeneration and town centres manager for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The Regeneration Plan builds on the unique assets of Fraserburgh and the wind and wave regime, together with the enthusiasm locally for sports of all types, is one of these key assets.

Pictures by Ian Edmondson/