Teenager from Wymondham aims high in new surf event

Wymondham High School student, 13-year-old Toby Cooke, is hoping to build on his success in kite bo

Wymondham High School student, 13-year-old Toby Cooke, is hoping to build on his success in kite boardercross. - Credit: Archant

A youngster from Wymondham is riding a wave of success in the sport of kitesurfing.

Toby Cooke, 13, has been involved in kitesurfing since he was just eight years old, and has this year reached fourth place in the junior section of the British Kitesurf Championship.

He has just returned from Poole in Dorset where he took part in the first round of a new kite surf event – kite boardercross.

In this version of the sport, competitors race over a short course, jumping over buoys.

Toby, who goes to Wymondham High School, said: 'It was so exciting to be involved in this event, it's a great opportunity and quite new for kitesurfing and brilliant fun.'

'It was quite daunting racing against adults as they were very competitive - I have been trained to be as safe as I can around other kites, not get too close to others - but this is very different, everyone jostling to be in front.'

Kite boardercross is set to be included in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Toby's dad, Adrian, caught the kitesurf bug before Toby was born and was keen to get him flying as early as possible.

Toby said: 'I'm so lucky that I have a dad who is happy to give stuff up to make this happen for me.

'I really love kitesurfing and would love to travel the world teaching and promoting kiting as a sport.

'Of course when Kite boardercross becomes an Olympic event I'd love to be part of that, it really would be an amazing achievement.'

Toby is now getting ready to take part in a kitesurfing event in Hunstanton in October.

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