by Kathryn Clarke-Mcleod
There are only two weeks left until the much-anticipated Sodwana Kitesurfing Festival, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The event combines the beauty of Sodwana Bay – iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with superb kiting, product demos and festivities galore.
The contest itself will be held at Sodwana Bay, North Beach and will take place from Thursday October 23 until Sunday October 26.
Anyone who has gone before will be sure to tell you that you are in for a weekend of awesome kiting, matched only by the evening’s entertainment and antics. Rumour has it that a few liver tablets and a limber drinking arm are essential requirements for the trip. Brandhouse will once again be sponsoring and hosting the evening functions. The marquee will be situated at Pisces Dive Camp, which will be the central hub for the event. The tent is open to all contestants and spectators. Meals will be sold on the Friday and Saturday evenings, and prizegiving and entertainment will also take place on both Friday and Saturday nights. There will be a cash bar, as well as promotions on offer from Brandhouse (hence the aforementioned liver tablets).
The festival offers competitive divisions for juniors (if you are 18 on October 23rd), novices (Anyone who thinks they are a novice), masters (35 on October 23rd), open (for the ‘main manna)’, and ladies (all). Cash, product and accommodation prizes are up for grabs at the contest. Other fun events are also on the cards, such as: downwind races, expression sessions, best trick, and king of the air.
Entry is R200 which includes a T-Shirt and a finger dinner at the registration evening.
Other activities are available for non-kiting partners or members of the family, and include horse riding (beach and nature reserve), quad bike riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, microlight flights, sunset boat cruises on Lake Sibaya, and open sea excursions.
For a comprehensive list of accommodation, to be e-mailed entry details, or activity options please contact Melanie on 082-6511-870 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A full itinerary will be posted on ikiteboarding next week.
Picture Credit: Bryan Baxter