The 2011 Diani Kitesurfing Competition or Kenya Cup (held December 28-29, 2011) is the final stop for all competitive riders in Kenya. Run alongside the Che Shale Kite Masters Event which is hosted in August, is allows those that have been riding a chance to hold down the Kenya Cup Title and also provides the necessary experience and confidence for anyone with some talent and motivation to make the step up into the International Kite Surfing Competition scene.
The reigning champ, Xan Woods, being a prime example of this, having won in previous years he then entered into the British BKSA Amateur division and won, Xan is now competing on a Pro level abroad and we hope this will encourage others here in Kenya!
The Competition is open to anybody and we always like to encourage riders from other countries to enter as it is often another true source of inspiration for the locals here to see and hear about what is taking place elsewhere within the Kiting Industry.
December is Kenya’s Summer month and conditions here at this time of the year are sublime, generally expect a steady 20-25 knots of cross-on North Easterlies which is the Kaskazi Equatorial Trade which holds up until the end of March.
The venue, Forty Thieves Beach Bar & Restaurant, is perfectly positioned on the South Coast. Having being once ranked as the 17th most desired beach bar to hang out and chill at in the world, spectators are able to relax and soak up the kite vibe and general beach ambience comfortably, meet all the competitors, talk to the organisers and feel like they are a part of the days event.
The event is a charitable one where all proceeds from the riders entry, all money for the raffle prizes and entry into the Hawaiian Party on the 29th are donated towards the Colobus Monkey Conservation Trust. The Trust was set up to help protect and re-introduce the Colobus back into their natural environment which is specific to the South Coast of East Africa.