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South Texas Kiteboarding Festival was a huge success

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  • bpadz <bpadz@yahoo.com>
    South Texas Proves to be the New Kiteboarding Mecca in North America The 2003 South Texas Kiteboarding Festival held Feb 21–23 on South Padre Island was a
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      South Texas Proves to be the
      New "Kiteboarding Mecca" in North America

      The 2003 South Texas Kiteboarding Festival held Feb 21–23 on South
      Padre Island was a huge success, far exceeding the expectations of
      organizers. The wide-open spaces, sandy beaches and smooth water of
      the Laguna Madre, combined with the warm Texas winds were a perfect
      site for kiters and spectators. Throughout the weekend an estimated
      1500-2000 people from all over the country meandered around,
      participating in the free learning and pro clinics, hands-on 2003
      equipment demos and constant action out on the water.

      Representatives from Naish, Slingshot, North, Airush, Cabrinha,
      Wipika, NSI and Hammersurf were all on hand. The manufacturers
      donated over $7500 in prices for the Fun Expression Session
      Competition and a fund raising raffle. Other sponsors were Litewave,
      Surfs Up SPI, Ultra Nectar and SPI Visitors and Convention Bureau.
      The raffle raised over $1100 which was donated to the Peter Nordby
      Memorial Fund.

      Naish Pro riders Adam Koch and Ben Meyer flew in from Maui and were
      showing spectators their latest moves, buttery smooth style and
      impeccable timing. Slingshot `s Gary Reed and other members of the
      youth movement team were rippin' it up on the water and on the beach,
      Pro rider Adam Finer from Canada represented North, Jeff Howard from
      Airush was going huge and local Naish rider Cliff Stone was happy to
      be sharing his playground. Spectators and local media watched in
      amazement as Pro riders pushed higher and higher, performing their
      aerial stunts.

      As always Red Bull went huge, sponsoring the event and throwing an
      awesome party at Louie's Backyard that brought everyone together for
      entertainment and some mischief.

      The Texas kitboarding shops and schools were the event hosts. They
      included South Padre Island Kiteboarding, Windsurfing Sports,
      ProKitesurf, Cline Street, Windsurf Inc. and DFW Kitesurfing School.
      The shops worked hard to keep the event a fun, free event to promote
      the sport and kiteboarding in Texas. Locals from all over Texas were
      there to put their pin in the map for the South Texas Kiteboarding
      Mecca. Guaranteed to be an annual event, thanks to all the sponsors,
      shops and schools and participants. So pencil it in on your calendars
      for 2004, you won't want to miss the 2nd Annual South Texas
      Kiteboarding Festival.

      For information: South Padre Island Kiteboarding 956 772 1098
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