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Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby UKSurf » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:16 pm

Just came across some Sad news that one of the pioneers of Kitesurfing (especially in the UK) died late last year from illness. I remember reading about his Channel crossing with Jason Furness and Andy Preston (other Pioneers in the UK) in the early 2000s when I first tried kitesurfing. At the time it seemed incredible that someone could cross the channel on a kite and surfboard. There were pictures of the riders doing jumps mid channel over the support boat and it really looked like something from out of this world.

http://www.k48.com/homepage.htm

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby Toby » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 pm

Never met him, but hear and read about him. I remember the crossing.

Sad news...RIP

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby jonysan » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:28 pm

He will be remembered as one of the innovators, adventurers, and inspiration in the early days.

Rest in Peace.

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby Carlos_C » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:52 pm

Bugger - I remember seeing him out at one of my local spots in Kent Uk - boosting huge on his Blades...guy was a legend.

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby haiku » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:23 pm

RIP Chris. Very sad news.

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby windsuks » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:02 am

Shit, remember him well from back in the day...a pioneer here in the uk with flexifoil blades etc

RIP

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby longwhitecloud » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:13 am

Ah no. I interviewed him for my website back in 1999/2000? about kiting jaws on a flexifoil blade.. what an epic feat!

Sad. Rip.

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby gmb13 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:08 am

This is sad news. Chris was a big inspiration for me when I first started kitsurfing in the UK.

Really sad to hear he has passed.

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby Flyingseb » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:54 pm

Very sad indeed

RIP brother

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Re: Chris Calthrop RIP

Postby loco4viento » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:52 am

He was an inspirational guy, an original thinker and a real individualist. Many of us who were kiting in the early years will miss him. I will think of him when I next fly my Flexifoil Blades.


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