The 2017 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival will take place on Hayling Island from the 9-11th June.
The 3-day festival will be bigger than ever before, with an expanded live music schedule across 2 stages, a huge brands marquee showcasing all the latest gear and loads more going on across the festival for everyone to enjoy.
As always, entrance to the festival is free, and alongside the music and entertainment, festival goers can also take in talks from professional kitesurfers and industry experts, drop the kids off at the family zone for some kite-making and other activities and enjoy some quality food and drink at the food court whilst watching a band and enjoying the festival atmosphere.
On the beach over 500 kitesurfers will be taking part in as much kitesurfing as the wind allows – from big air competitions, boardercross racing and foiling to taster sessions for beginners, technique clinics and an attempt to break the mass participation kitesurfing World Record set at Hayling last year, with this year’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt!
Furthermore, for the first time the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada will be hosting the British Kitesurfing Championship at the festival, showcasing the very best of UK kitesurfing talent.
Event founder Dan Charlish said, ‘This year feels like a big step up for the festival and we can’t wait to get everyone back to Hayling Island once again. The addition of the new outdoor music stage will give the whole event a great festival feel and we have had to expand the brands tent by 50% on last year to fit everyone in – which is really positive for the festival as there will be loads of fantastic stands to check out. Hosting the British Kitesurfing Championships is another exciting development. The UK punches way above its weight with the kitesurfers we have – and it will be awesome to have them demonstrating their skills to all the spectators and visitors on the beach.’
Charity fundraising remains central to the goals of the festival and this year sees the launch of a brand new ‘Kite-SUP-Run’ Charity Challenge which organisers are confident will be a hit with festival goers. Funds raised will be supporting Virgin Unite’s fantastic work as well as supporting the grassroots of the sport through the Armada Trust’s Kite & SUP Youth Tour. The Tour launched this year with over 8 tour stops around the country, and aims to enable over 1,000 children and young people who wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate in these sports, to get involved and get linked in to local kite schools.
International kiteboarder and UK pro rider Lewis Crathern will once again be hosting the festival, whilst a number of other world class kitesurfers including Nick Jacobsen, Gisela Pulido and Hannah Whiteley are planning on attending. Lewis said, ‘As always I am really looking forward to the festival and bringing everyone together for three fantastic days. It is such a positive event for kitesurfing and for the promotion of our sport, especially for all the kids who visit from the local schools to see kitesurfing in action and learn a bit more about the sport, wind energy and the environment. Having the main marquee packed with kids at the Schools event on the Friday always kicks the festival off with loads of energy and fun!’
Registration is now open for kitesurfers at www.kitesurfingarmada.com and you can also get your camping and campervan tickets here as well as sign up for the Kite SUP Run Charity Challenge! For everyone else who just wants to join us for the festival – we look forward to welcoming you to Hayling Island this June!