Lee 'Pasty' Harvey - Waterman and Cornishman May 28, 2015 11:42
Being born in the darkest depths of Cornwall, into a fishing family, Lee first ventured onto the sea only a couple of month's old and started surfing age 5. At age 8 he took up sailing and sailed at international level up to age 18, winning a national championship and numerous other titles. In 1996 he started work as a dinghy and windsurf instructor, working at some of the windiest places throughout the Med and Caribbean, saving enough to allow himself to travel to some of the best wave spots around the world during the off season for 10 fabulous years.
Whilst working in Greece in 1999, a new sport (Kitesurfing) suddenly popped onto the scene and he was instantly hooked on this extreme sport, which enabled you to get massive air on flat water. Living in some of the windiest places in the world, he was in the perfect environment to learn and quickly advanced to a high level and started competing in freestyle competitions, the highlight winning Best Trick and placing 4th overall at the Lefkada Greek Open in 2004.
In 2011 he qualified for the elite KSP World Wave Tour which travelled to the best Kitesurf Wave locations in the World with the top 24 men and 12 women riders from all corners of the globe. Finishing 10th overall he re-qualified for the 2012 Tour and managed to finish 9th in the two events where there was wind but he couldn't make the final event in Hawaii. Unfortunately the KSP no longer exists.
In 2013 Lee won his first British Kitesurfing Championship and plans to defend it for as long as possible.
As an Ambassador for Cornwall Sport Partnership, He aims to promote and further the growth of the sport within the county as much as he can.