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26Nov 2014

The Kitesurfing Armada team are pleased to announce exciting plans for the first ever South African Kitesurfing Armada to be hosted in Cape Town in February 2016. Following the success of events in Hayling Island and Tarifa, the interest among countries to host the Kitesurfing Armada is high, and Cape Town will provide the perfect destination for the event.

In partnership with HQ Africa and the Founders Kite Club, the Kitesurfing Armada team plan to announce the event details in Cape Town in January 2015 allowing for sufficient time to prepare for an attempt to be made on the Guinness World Record the following season.

Famous for its spectacular beauty, climate, culture and reliable wind conditions, Cape Town is a popular destination for a large number of kitesurfers and kitesurfing enthusiasts who flock there each season, during January & February each year. With other high profile events such as the Red Bull King of the Air taking place around the same time, the team hopes the Kitesurfing Armada will be another positive addition to the vibrant kitesurfing scene.

Dan Charlish, Director of the Kitesurfing Armada, said, ‘It will be an amazing experience to run a Kitesurfing Armada in Cape Town. The place is the epicentre of kiting at that time, and the chance to get hundreds of kitesurfers all riding together to get the Guinness World Record, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, is an amazing opportunity.  With the partners we have in Cape Town I’m sure we can deliver an awesome event.’

Table Mountain & Kite Surfing2

Catherine Lückhoff, CEO of HQ Africa:  It is such a privilege to be hosting the Kitesurfing Armada in Cape Town. We can’t think of a more spectacular backdrop for an event of this magnitude and look forward to breaking both the World Record and the amount of funds raised through the teams’ joint efforts. This is such a unique opportunity for the kite surfing community to do good while having fun and we really want to encourage everyone to join in.”

As always, The Kitesurfing Armada will also be focused on fundraising for charity – with the Kitesurfing Armada Trust distributing 100% of funds raised to a range of causes supporting disadvantaged young people and the rescue services, including supporting South African charities selected by the local organisers.

Mario Steinbuch, Managing Director of Founders Kite Club, said: ‘The Armada has been a strong partner for us from the start. We are very happy to be part of this amazing event and will do everything in our powers to set a new World Record and get the amount of funds raised through the roof. Let’s do this!’

To find out more see www.facebook.com/kitesurfingarmada or email dan@kitesurfingarmada.com

For more info on the Founders Kite Club please see: www.founderskiteclub.com and for HQ Africa see: www.hqafrica.com

15Oct 2014

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival came to a successful end on Sunday evening after a fantastic weekend of Kitesurfing, SUP boarding, fundraising and record breaking. On Saturday, the Armada surpassed last year’s total participant numbers with 344 kitesurfers participating, which is so positive for the sport within the UK.  Then on Sunday a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was set for the Largest parade of paddle boarders with 256 paddle boarders travelling down a similar course on CBK beach, Hayling Island. An official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator was on hand to approve the record.

The Kitesurfing Armada was an event for all, attracting world champions, pro-kitesurfers, a double Olympic medallist and novice kitesurfers, with ages ranging from as young as 11 years through to 73 years.  The CBK beach was awash with spectators to support the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt.

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, ‘It has been a truly remarkable weekend, where once again we have been overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm of everyone who got involved. Despite a challenging wind forecast hundreds of kitesurfers came to support the event. They were rewarded with wind on Saturday afternoon and the chance to create the Armada, which looked amazing as hundreds of kites filled the sky as the kitesurfers left CBK beach.’

The event has grown significantly since its launch last year, becoming a weekend festival which included live music, a big screen, local and international kite brands exhibiting gear and talks from kite pros and industry experts. Sir Richard Branson, whose company Virgin are title sponsors, sent a message of support to all the kitesurfers which was beamed onto the big screen during the after party. Sir Branson said, “As a keen kitesurfer, I am fully behind the Kitesurfing Armada, at Virgin we are trying to support Kitesurfing in a range of ways and there are big plans for the future. I am sure the Kitesurfing Armada will be a big part of these plans and it will go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

Dan Charlish said “It’s fantastic to have the support of Virgin, and many other sponsors including Volvo, Best Kiteboarding, Mystic and the local council without whom the event simply couldn’t happen. They provide support in a range of ways and enable us to cover the costs to run the festival – so we can ensure every penny raised on the water goes to charity. This year it looks like we have raised over £45,000 for our 3 charities Virgin Unite, the RNLI and youth charity Snow-Camp – which is a great achievement from everyone concerned.

Lewis Crathern, Pro Kitesurfer, Brighton Pier Jumper and event ambassador said, “Kitesurfing needs an event like this and I am very proud to be part of it.”

To watch the video highlights of the event and world record attempt visit: http://youtu.be/6PjJIr8dpDA

To find out more about the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada and community visit:
www.kitesurfingarmada.com or www.facebook.com/kitesurfingarmada

If you would like high resolution images and more information on the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada ambassadors, or to hear more from the oldest and youngest participants and other highlights of the weekend contact Vicky Norman at Heaven Publicity: Vicky@heavenpublicity.co.uk / 07717 467157

Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2014 – Official Film

Photos from the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival Weekend

 

07Jul 2014

Headline sponsors Mystic just sent over the final mock up of the 2014 Kitesurfing Armada official Limited Edition rash vest. Check it out!  Mystic are producing 500 of these for participants – so if you are registered, you’re getting one!

Mystic UK Sales & Marketing Director Nik Green said, ‘The Kitesurfing Armada is a fantastic event for Mystic to be part of, we are delighted to support and can’t wait to be part of this year’s World Record breaking kitesurfing event!’

rash vest 2014