Club History


The Club was formed in the '60's originally as Kyle Aqua Ski Club.  It began skiing in Irvine Harbour and then relocated to Kilbirnie Loch.  In those days the loch was the cooling facility for Kilbirnie Steelworks and the benefit was the shallow water was always warm.  The Steelworks is long gone and the loch is now unrecognisable from the picture above but the waters remain as probably the warmest in Scotland and ideal for Water Skiing and Wakeboarding.  In the '80's The Club relocated from the north end to the current site at the south end of the loch acquiring a boathouse, slipway, access road and car park all landscaped to a high standard. 

Over the years the loch has hosted National and International Competitions. In the 60's The European Championships were held and more recently The Club has hosted The Scottish Inter Club Championships, The Celtic Challenge and The Scottish Open.  Through that time members of the Club have featured in those events from Jack Fulton who was European Champion in the early years, Ian Barnet who captained The Scottish Tournament Team on a number of occasions and Iain Robb who regularly held the number 2 slot in the country for a number of years.  We have had the pleasure of hosting John Arthur who was Scottish Champion for more than a decade and Melanie Chambers, the Scottish Ladies Champion for at least as long and we can even claim that Andy Mapple used to train on our water before he became World Slalom Champion.


A (very) much younger Ian Barnett


The old photo archive - click on the picture