Kirsty Jones: Kitesurfer World Champion Reveals her Workout, Diet, Beauty and Success Story

Kirsty Jones is a Welsh professional kitesurfer, the current British and 2008 Pro Kiteboard Riders’ Association (PKRA) World Championship. Born in Pembrokeshire, the Marloes based Jones made world headlines in 2002 after becoming the first kitesurfer to cross the Irish Sea, in a charity event raising over £5,000 for the Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice near Cardiff. She first became UK Women’s champion in 2001, and won the PKRA World Championship at the final 2008 event in Essaouira, Morocco.

Welsh Born Water women Kirsty Jones from the Carmarthenshire countryside was drawn to the sea as soon as she could walk. Kirsty started sailing dinghies with her Dad from the age of three whilst on holiday on the Pembrokeshire coast and then at the age of 16 she discovered windsurfing and surfing and became hooked on the energy of the wind and waves.

Kirsty knew straight away she wanted to follow her passion to base her life around the sea and had a far off ambition to become a professional windsurfer and travel the world.

Kirsty started working at a water sports Centre in West Wales during her school holidays so she could train as a windsurfing, sailing and surfing instructor.

After school and college she began teaching straight away at the water sports centre in Pembrokeshire to gain experience, then went on to run a watersports center on the west coast of Ireland. During the colder winter months Kirsty would travel to warmer waters around the world in search of wind and waves, hoping to fulfill her dream to become a professional windsurfer.

Since then Kirsty has turned her far off dream into reality and competed in the World Windsurfing Championships, surfed for the Welsh team in the Europeans and achieved much success at both sports on a national level. Her passion for windsurfing and surfing led her to try kitesurfing in 2001 whilst out in Hawaii training to do the windsurf world tour.

In her first few months of kitesurfing she began competing on the British circuit and at the end of her first year became Ladies British Kitesurfing Champion and set up a successful kitesurfing school in West Wales. In September 2002 Kirsty inspired a new trend in kitesurfing and became the first person ever to Kitesurf from Ireland to Wales, a journey of 85 miles. She did this solo, non-stop, and rose over £5000 for A Children’s hospice called Ty-Hafan.

In Kirsty’s first ever kitesurf world cup event she achieved 2nd place in the freestyle and then went on to win the PKRA Kitesurfing World Wave Championships in Brazil. She holds three British Champion Titles and won the Red Bull Master of the Ocean title in Dominican Republic where she competed against the men in surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

In November 2008 Kirsty won every stage of the KPWT Wave Masters World tour and became Kitesurf World Wave Champion, which she recently went on to claim again.

On May 13th 2007 Kirsty pushed the limits of kitesurfing to a new level and completed a world first epic kitesurf crossing of 140 miles from the Canaries to the Western Sahara, Morocco, land to land, Solo. It took nine hour’s, non -stop and she raised money and equipment for a disabled Charity in the Sahara. Kirsty also set up a small windsurfing and surfing club for the local people in this remote Saharan village, by donating equipment and teaching them to windsurf, surf and introducing them to kite flying and kitesurfing.

Kirsty is a fully qualified and highly experienced, kitesurf, windsurf,surf and yoga coach and In between her commitments and adventures as a full time professional kitesurfer, Kirsty offers kite, yoga and surf workshops and retreats in her favorite locations worldwide, as well as one to one kitesurf coaching and sport specific yoga sessions and programs.

Kirsty Jones Achievements in Kite Surfing

2009 Kitesurfing Results

  • Kitesurfing World Wave Champion 2009
  • Master of the Ocean Champion

2008 Kitesurfing Results

  • Kitesurf Wave World Champion
  • KPWT World cup Wave Masters – Brazil – 1st
  • KPWT World cup Wave Masters – France – 1st
  • KPWT World Cup freestyle – France- 4th
  • KPWT World cup wave masters- Germany 1st

2007 Kitesurfing Results

  • Ladies British Kitesurfing Wave Champion
  • 1st -Kitesurfing Wave masters World Cup – Morocco
  • 1st Kitesurfing Wave Masters World Cup – Portugal

2006 Kitesurfing Results

  • 1st – KPWT Wave Masters World Cup – Portugal
  • World First Solo Charity Kitesurf Crossing-Canary Islands to Morocco.
  • X-Fest Kitesurf Boarder Cross – 1st Lady
  • Ladies British Kitesurfing Wave Champion

2005 Kitesurfing Results

  • Las Tres Islas (Three Island Challenge Quadrathlon – 1st Lady
  • Red Bull Master of the Ocean Champion-Dominican Republic
  • Mondial Du Vent – Kitesurf International Air Competition – 2nd Lady
  • Ladies Kitesurfing World Wave Champion -PKRA – Brazil

2004 Kitesurfing Results

  • PKRA Kiteboarding World Cup – Belgium -2nd Lady
  • Animal Beach Ball Surfing Competition- 2nd Lady
  • Kite Board British Tour – 1st Lady
  • Jinx Jam Competition – Senegal Africa – 1st Lady

2003 Kitesurfing Results

  • Ladies British Kitesurfing Champion
  • Ladies British Kiteboard Tour Champion

2002 Kitesurfing Results

  • First person to ever Kitesurf from Ireland to Wales, Solo for charity.

2001 Kitesurfing Results

  • Ladies British Kitesurfing Champion
  • Kiteboard Pro World Tour – Cornwall – 1st Lady
  • Animal Windfest Competition-Poole – 1st Lady

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