The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Canadian Kiteboard Racing Championships July 26 – 27, 2014 at Nitinat Lake, BC.
Nitinat Lake is known internationally for predictable, strong thermal winds, making it the perfect destination for the first internationally sanctioned kiteboard event on Vancouver Island.
The competition will draw professional kite racers including the current world champion, Johnny Heineken, and female world champion, Erika Heineken, to Vancouver Island. And, as kiteboarding is slated for the 2020 Olympics, competition for the national title should be fierce.
But kiteboarding isn't just for the professionals; It's a sport that can be learned at age nine or even at age 73. Kiteboarding is a safe, low impact sport that can be learned by all physical abilities.
And, with the popularity of the sport, comes cutting edge sailing development. Kite racers can reach top speeds around 50km per hour on race boards. Some racers use hydrofoil technology to fly above the water. And freestylers can perform what look like effortless tricks higher than 20 feet in the air.
Vancouver Islands' own kite company 'Ocean Rodeo' manufactures some of the high quality kiteboarding equipment that many local and international kiters use. Kiteboarding lessons are available at Nitinaht Lake through Strongkiteboarding.com for beginners and immediate riders.
Come support BC's own internationally ranked kite racers, Stefano Rista and Andy Wong, as they go head to head with the world champion for the title of Canadian Kiteboard Racing Champion.
Event details can be found at Windfest.ca