The Canadian Kiteboarding Association (CKA) is pleased to announce that the 2011 Canadian Kiteboard Course Racing Championships will be held in Squamish, BC, Canada on the weekend of August 5-7th.
Celebrations kick off with unofficial Slalom racing and freestyle Expression Sessions on Friday, with official Course Racing to be held Saturday and Sunday. Racers will battle for overall rankings and titles, along with prizes and a $TBD purse.
The event will be presented by the Squamish Windsports Society (SWS) in conjunction with the Squamish Yacht Club (SqYC) as part of the 32nd annual Squamish Open Annual Regatta (SOAR), known for attracting a competitive fleet of national and international racers. The event is open to all experienced kiteboarders from any country with categories for Overall and National Overall, with division splits for Open, Women and IKA-qualified Production Equipment. The event will be sanctioned by the CKA and IKA, and run in accordance with ISAF racing rules.
Course Racing is a new and exciting discipline of Kiteboarding. Efforts are currently underway to bring the sport to the 2016 Olympic Games. In this action packed event, competitors will be racing shoulder-to-shoulder at high speeds around marked courses over 3 days to see who is first to the finish line and fastest in the nation.
With a variety of quality venues for many sports, Squamish has become known as the official ‘Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada’. It is situated at midpoint between the two host cities of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Vancouver and Whistler, where the Howe Sound inlet meets the Coastal Mountain range. Squamish has become a kiteboarding hotspot, boasting calm waters and steady thermal winds averaging from 18-25knts during the warmer months. It is all set in a scenic backdrop, and welcomed by a large and growing community of riders, all making it an ideal location for the 2011 Canadian National Kite Racing Championship.