The Kitesurfing Armada team, together with HQ Africa and the Founders Kite Club, last night hosted the launch event for the Cape Town Kitesurfing Armada at the exclusive Batstone Pool Bar and Terrace in the heart of Cape Town.
Guests enjoyed stunning views of Table Mountain and heard short presentations detailing plans for the event from Kitesurfing Armada Director Dan Charlish and Pro Kitesurfer Lewis Crathern.
South African organiser Andre de Wet also spoke of his committment to bring the event to Cape Town, saying, ‘After meeting Dan last year and hearing about the Kitesurfing Armada initiative I knew we had to work together to bring this amazing event to Cape Town. It has been fantastic to launch the event this evening and have so many people here buying into the vision and responding so positively to the plans.’
The packed rooftop terrace included representatives from a wide range of Cape Town companies wanting to find out more about the Kitesurfing Armada, as well as the members of kitesurfing industry and media. Professional kitesurfers Sam Medysky, Alex Neto, Luke McGillewie and Noe Font also attended the evening and are supporting the event.
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.
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, spoke on the night saying: ‘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!’