Kneeboarding brothers give top performances

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Two brothers from Morley gave stellar performances at Mastercraft Kneeboard Tour National Competition in Humber Bridge last weekend.

Lewis Jays, 15, and 11-year-old Danny, who are pupils at Bruntcliffe School, both came top in their divisions after Lewis set a new British Record in Kneeboard Slalom and Danny won the Tournament Slalom and came third overall in the competition.

Their team, the Yorkshire and Humberside Sharks, won last year with a total score of 13,462 but this year they went even better and won again with a massive score of 22,952 beating all the other regions.

Kneeboarding is a type of watersport where the competitor rides on a board in a kneeling position on an ocean, river or lake. Although watersports are associated with American culture, they are now becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Both boys became interested in kneeboarding and various other watersports within the last year and it was sparked by their parents Craig and Angeline, who are both water skiers.

Angeline said: “It’s something different and something that not a lot of people at their school are doing.”

Lewis, who skies at White Rose Water Ski Club in Elland, competed in Hull and beat a previous record that had stood for nine years in his division.

Both brothers have spent all the summer training and taking part in various competitions all over the country.

They were also part of a team of eight who competed in the British Waterski and Wakeboard National Competition, Cutting Edge, a multi-discipline competition in Norfolk where teams from all over the country compete in Tournament Slalom, Barefoot, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding and Trick Skiing.