Hay ho … this is one to look forward to… “We’ve had some fantastic kitesurfing events over the years, but Virgin Kite Jam is top of the pile” says Sir Richard Branson on his blog.
Twice before, the annual Kite jJm has been held in the British Virgin Islands, but this year it is going to be on the fabulous island of Maui where the North Shore experiences more windy days than any other kiteboarding destination in the world. You can expect 15-25 knots+ on any given day with perfect water conditions to suit all riders from beginners to pros. Perrrrfect.
What makes these Kite Jams so special is that there is always a more than generous smattering of pros who are happy to pass on tips and advice to other kiters. This year Cabrinha team riders Pete Cabrinha, Andre Phillip, Jason Stone and Annabel van Westerop will be out on the water with you, holding clinics, sharing tricks and technique, and hanging with the Kite Jam crowd.
It is expected that adventure-seeking kiters from around the world will be storming the island for a feast of wind, water and waves and if you haven’t already booked, but would really like to be a part of this, then please follow this link to find out more…
The combined weight of Virgin, Billabong, and Sony Mobile will be hosting this, the 3rd Annual Kite Jam, and their aim is to bring together like-minded people to showcase one of the world’s fastest growing watersports. By being involved in this exciting event you will learn new skills from the worlds best, meet new people and most of all have FUN!!! You don’t have to worry about your kitesurfing ability, just go along and join in!
Check out Susie Mae’s video from last year to see the sort of thing that is on offer:
And there will be another Kite Jam on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in January 2013 so if you’re planning any sunshine holidays through the drab winter days then these are two very good ideas. For a kite-surfer that is!!! Not too bad for a kite-surfers’ companion either… “I’ll be at the next Kite Jam on Necker in January next year, looking forward to it already. Who knows, we might even have a few riders in the 2016 Rio Olympics!” blogged Sir Richard.
Just an update of news here as it happened when I was in Africa during the Summer, Richard Branson successfully kite-surfed the 28-miles from Kent to the French coast on Sunday, 1st July becoming the oldest person to do so. An attempt was made the day before with his son and nephews, but he had to turn back halfway after the wind died on him. His son Sam, however, set the new world record with a crossing time of 2 hrs 18 minutes.
The event, sponsored by Flexifoil International, Virgin Active and The blu was held on a rare idyllic day: a westerly wind averaging 35mph with gusts up to 45mph, sun, blue skies and crystal clear waters.