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KA Kitesurfing Adventure Sports was established in 2009 and since starting have taught hundreds of satisfied students. Our aim is to teach in a safe, well structured and fun environment ensuring that everyone enjoys the chosen activity and fulfils their potential. We now see many of our students on the beach kitesurfing, SUPing and Coasteering independently and are very proud to have introduced them to the activities we are so passionate about.

IMG_0782 In January 2016 KA were awarded an AALA licence allowing us to host groups of children independent from parents to Kitesurf, Stand Up Paddle board and Coasteer.

KA Kitesurfing Adventure Sports has 3rd party independent full employers insurance with all instructors holding current first aid certificates and RYA level 2-power boat qualifications. Kevin also holds a beach lifeguard and ISAF sea survival qualification.

Kev

Kev Anderson

KA Kitesurfing’s driving force is Kev Anderson, a capable waterman at many disciplines and still spends as much time as possible in the oceans. Kev is a now a Stand Up Paddle boarding BSUPA instructor trainer, Level 2 BSUPA instructor, BSUPA race coach, level 2 Kitesurfing instructor and a very experienced coasteering guide. He has recently finished 6th overall and first over 50 in the 2019 GB SUP series.

Team KA offer bespoke water based adventures along the Northumberland coastline and Kev prides himself on his ability to provide top quality activities with the best instructors and guides to suit all levels and capabilities.

Jonny Anderson

Jonny has been part of the KA team from the beginning, he first started kitesurfing when he was 9 years old and now 11 years on is a qualified BKSA kitesurfing instructor, BSUPA qualified paddle board instructor and an experienced coasteering guide. In his spare time he is a dedicated Waterman, surfer, kitesurfer and a keen hydrofoiler rarely taking a wetsuit off!

During the winter months Jonny lives in Val D’isere working for Surefoot making and selling custom ski boots. He has started his BASI ski instructor qualifications and packs in as much skiing as possible.

Jonny is an extremely enthusiatic, talented and dedicated person always looking for the next upcoming watersport and adventure, he’s sure to make your experience with KA the best it can be.

Emily Grimes (Grimesatron)

It made perfect sense for Emily to join team KA as our surf instructor as she’s always scouting around Northumberland for the best wave on offer. She is incredibly passionate and dedicated to surfing, and her enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you.

In the four years since she started surfing Emily has become ingrained in the UK surf scene, chasing the best swells over the winter and surfing some serious waves. She was the first woman to compete in Scarboroughs big wave comp, King Of The Point. As well as being our surf coach, she is a qualified maths teacher and a writer, having had surf articles published in both Wavelength and Carve magazine.

Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte is probably the most qualified member of team KA and definately the bubbliest. She recently qualified as a SUP instructor and is already delivering fun, exciting, safe sessions at Beadnell and on the river Tyne.

in 2017 Charlotte completed an STCW 10 qualification in maritime watch keeping where she gained ISAF Sea survival, VHF radio licence, level 2 powerboat amongst many others. She has also completed a Paediatric first aid and defib and resusitation qualification whilst working as a kids rugby coach.

Chris Churchill

Chris recently started with KA Adventure and immediately became a valued member of the team. He is a true waterman and has experience teaching surfing all over the world as well as working for the RNLI as a beach life guard.

Chris mainly works with Emily in the KA Surf school but is always willing to jump in and help with our coasteering and Stand Up Paddle sessions.

Always happy and bubbling with surf passion!!

 

Jack Wilde

Jack is the newest addition to the KA Team. After 7 years of working abroad in different watersports centres, Jack is a multi skilled water sport instructor. Whether it be paddle boarding from Beadnell bay or skippering yachts across the atlantic. Recently becoming a BKSA kitesurfing instructor and BSUPA qualified Paddeboard instructor he is ready to meet you on the water.

In the winter months he manages a Watersports centre on the British Virgin Islands and does as much kitesurfing and paddle boarding as possible without the worry of wet suits or cold hands.

Toby Cooke (Lord Tetley)

Toby has been working with us for the last couple of seasons as an assistant for Team KA.  Now a completely invaluable part of the Team he works in all aspects of the business. Whether he is kitesurfing, SUPing or Coasteering he is always there to help with a great big smile and loads of patience and time for everyone.

In 2018 at the age of 15 he became the junior (under 18)  kitesurfing freestyle British champion. A well deserved result for his commitment and dedication.

 

Max Holford

Max is a qualified Surf instructor with 5 years experience and will soon be a qualified BSUPA SUP instructor. He is currently gaining a huge amount of coasteering guiding experience and is another hugely valued member of the KA Team.

If he’s not working for Team KA he can always be found either on or under the water. A keen free diver, surfer and skier, the list is long!!

Max is a very experienced diver and boat driver and brings alot to the team in many different ways.

Georgie

Dr Georgie Sowman
Georgie is a paddle board instructor and helps guide coasteering at KA Adventure sports . Georgie has an interest in Planetary Health and Environmental sustainability , is a GP and is a Physical Activity Champion for North East England . She has competed regionally and nationally in SUP surfing , and outside of work enjoys combining her love of paddling  the North East coastline with ocean photography.

And she can SUP a bit too.

Anna Little

Anna is a one of the most enthusiastic people you will meet, she is a qualified level 2 BSUPA paddle board instructor, a national race coach and highly qualified personal trainer running her own very successful business.

In 2019 Anna finished fifth in the womens GB SUP 14 ft national series and is a Fanatic sponsored team rider.

Always smiling and full of fun she is a true professional and a huge asset to Team KA when she has time to help out.

Bruce (Iron) Smith.

Bruce is a qualified BSUPA paddle board instructor and also an experienced coasteering guide.

He is a self employed personal trainer and has competed at a high level of triathlon including Iron Man. He now spends most of his time training on his SUP race board and is getting stronger by the day. Bruce finished 5th (just ahead of Kev) in the National 14ft GB SUP race series and is a prominent national racer. Bruce is heavily involved with the Northern SUP race team and runs regular coaching sessions.

Thoroughly nice chap and another valued member of the KA team.

Pete Wollaston

Pete came to Team KA in 2014 to learn to kitesurf. He picked the sport up incredibly quickly and soon became a qualified BKSA instructor. Since then Pete has started working for the team full time each summer and is qualified in Coasteering and SUP.

One of the nicest and most capable people you can meet Pete is now a major part of the team and helps with all aspects of the KA business.

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  • Our Scouts had a fantastic session on the Tyne working for their paddle sports badge. Kevin and his crew chose the perfect river access so everyone felt a sense of adventure! The instructors were supportive to those scouts who were out of their comfort zone, while encouraging the more confident scouts to challenge themselves. Everyone...

    Trish Palmer – Assistant Leader, Barrasford Scouts

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