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Extreme Kirsty's on the crest of a wave.

KIRSTY Jones has made a name for herself in the kitesurfing world and in Tuesday's edition of extreme sports series Chwa! on S4C, she meets up with presenter Alex Jones to discuss her career highlights and the challenges. Pembrokeshire-born Kirsty, pictured, first came to prominence five years ago and has since won the British Championships three times and celebrated victory as World Champion in 2004.

She says: "Kitesurfing is an extreme watersport where you use a large inflatable kite to pull you along on the water.

"The sport is developing at an enormous speed and there has been a lot more interest recently in the competitions.

"With freestyle competitions you have to do a range of tricks and transitions, showing variety, technique, power and height."

Kirsty has kitesurfed from Wales to Ireland and from

Lanzarote to Morocco. But what motivates her to take part in these extreme challenges?

"I've always had this urge to just keep going towards the horizon and not turn around!

"I also wanted to do something to raise money for charity combining my passion for the sport Wales and Ireland are two of my favourite countries so travelling between them was a good place to start!

"It's an amazing feeling using a kite, the wind and your own stamina to cross the water," she explains. "I love being at sea on my own with the dolphins and sharks."

Kirsty, who divides her time between Pembrokeshire and Lanzarote, hopes to fulfil another dream and kitesurf around the British Isles to raise money for good causes.

Chwa! is on Tuesday and Thursday on S4C at 6.30pm
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 24, 2008
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