Ward flies away with masters title
KITE BOARDING: The pristine waters of Elliott Heads have helped Andrew Ward trump his rivals in kiteboarding.
The 36-year-old claimed the masters title at the first Queensland Freestyle Kiteboarding titles, at Cotton Tree on the Sunshine Coast during the weekend.
Holding on to the kite and riding on the board, riders perform tricks aimed at impressing judges who score similarly to a surfing competition.
The higher the risk of the trick, the more points are awarded.
Ward won in a four-man final where he was able to impress the judges most in the allotted time for the final.
"I had a few new tricks up my sleeve that were a point of difference and a bit technical,” he said.
"I tried to mix it up as the same trick is not going to impress the judges.
"I was happy I was able to execute my tricks.”
Ward was particularly pleased to win the first state title in the format.
"The standard was pretty high,” he said.
"It was good to represent my area and show what we can do.”
Ward was proud to call Elliott Heads home, and said the area was perfect to get involved in the sport.
"It's one of the best spots in the world for kite boarding,” he said.
"There are nice conditions and it keeps me motivated to continue doing the sport.
"I don't have to travel far as well, which is good.”
Ward said anyone who wanted to get into the sport could contact him through his business, Undertow Surf and Kite.
Ward said he was undecided about whether he would compete at the national titles, to be held in Perth next year.