For the third year in a row, the Vanuatu International Kitesurfing Classic will take place on Efate Island.
And you can still register if you would like to take part…
This year the VIKC will be introducing 2 new catagories – along with the traditional freestyle and long distance categories, you will also be able to compete in Waveriding and Air Time.
Kite surfing competitions are all about lots of spectators and everyone having a good time all day long and into the night, so there will be the usual music concerts, barbecues, beach volleyball and rubgy sevens competitions, vendors selling food and souvenirs, and more.
The first 4 days of the competition will be at Pango Village where the waveriding will be organised. And if the wind is off, Pango provides some very good surf breaks. During this time there will also be two long distance races along the pristine coastline between Pango and Mele Bay’s Hideaway Island Resort. As in previous years, the show that most of Port Vila will come to watch is the freestyle and air time competition on the final two days, the weekend of the 19-20 September.
You may well be asking yourself “where in the world is Vanuatu?” Well, it’s a beautiful archipelago of volcanic islands that will not only host the internationally acclaimed Vanuatu Kitingsurfing Classic, but it will also do its very best to see that you have a fantastic holiday too.
Vanuatu is in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,750 kilometres (1,090 miles) east of northern Australia, 500 kilometres (310 miles) north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea.
Now you have it pinpointed in your imagination, I can wax lyrical…
The Islanders believe that bungee jumping originated here… see a much earlier blog of ours at: The origins of bungee jumping
The prehistory of Vanuatu is obscure; archaeological evidence supports the commonly held theory that peoples speaking Austronesian languages first came to the islands some 4,000 years ago. The main languages there now are English, French and Bislama, a pidgin language which essentially combines a typically Melanesian grammar with a mostly English vocabulary. It is the only language that can be understood and spoken by the majority of Vanuatu’s population as a second language.
Bislama was a fairly inspired idea actually as in Vanuatu‘s 220,000 + population there are 113 indigenous languages still actively spoken – the density of languages, per capita, is the highest of any nation in the world with an average of only 2000 speakers per language!
It has been placed before Costa Rica as “the happiest nation in the world” though perhaps the Costa Ricans would dispute that… It does, however, have another huge advantage that would make it very appealing to many people: it’s a tax haven with no income tax, withholding tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, or exchange control!!! … mmmm, nice….
The climate is sub-tropical with approximately nine months of warm to hot rainy weather and the possibility of cyclones (between December through to April) and three to four months of cooler drier weather characterized by winds from the southeast.The water temperature ranges from 72 °F (22 °C) in winter to 82 °F (28 °C) in the summer. South-easterly trade winds occur from May to October.
Sounds ideal doesn’t it?
So what are you waiting for. Any riders interested in going who would like to get more information about the event (registration, accommodation options, logistics, etc) can contact the organisers on 2009VIKC@gmail.com or mobile +678 7775875
Here’s a little something from WESTOZRIPPERS1, Australia I’m afraid not Vanuatu, to get your imagination working on that wave riding…