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Area Water Sports Enthusiasts Host Water Sport Festival To Benefit All Children’s Hospital PDF Print E-mail
By: Kite4Kids   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011

TREASURE ISLAND, FL (October 2011) On November 5, 2011 from 10am-4pm, participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of water sports while supporting a charitable cause during the first annual Kite4Kids Water Sport Festival. 

In years past, area kiteboarders have hosted a charity downwind kite race to benefit All Children’s Hospital. Rider entrance fees, raffle tickets and donations added up to almost $10,000 in the past two years combined. This year, race co-founder, Julie Anderson wants to take it to a new level. “I want more members of our community to come out and get to experience the water sports that so many of us enjoy.”  Instead of only holding the traditional kite race (which is set to take place on Jan 7, 2012 or later) area water sports enthusiasts will be hosting a one-of-a-kind wind and water sports festival at Treasure Island Beach.

Supporters of all ages will have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities. There will be “experiences” set up so that people who may have always wanted to try a particular sport can do so under the supervision of experienced watermen. There will be a kiteboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and skimboarding experiences. Local surf shops will be out to demo their boards and kites and offer their expertise. For the advanced water sports enthusiast, there will be a series of “clinics” by professional and world famous riders.

There will also be three stand up paddle board races for three levels of experience., including an action packed elite SUP race where some of the world’s best paddlers will be going head-to-head, paddle-to-paddle, along the Gulf Beaches. Finally, kids of all ages will have fun flying traditional kites, participating in the “experiences” as well as a variety of other activities like sand castle and hula hoop contests.

This festival is open to the public and participants will pay admission based on a tiered system of their activity preference: $10 for just pro clinics $20 for admission to all three experiences.  A discount will be provided for families of 4 or more. There is a separate registration fee for SUP and KITE racers. Lastly, live music, concessions, and a silent auction will take place at the event site.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BENEFIT ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.

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