- 06 April 2010 | Kiteboarding
BVI Kite Jam kicked off with an illustrious opening party at Necker Island for pros including Kristin Boese, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Tuva Jansen, Tom Court, Chris Burke, Gretta Kruesi, Jason Slezak, and Madison Van Heurck, participants, sponsors, international media, esteemed members of the BVI Tourism Board and local VIPs and officials.
The Honorable Ralph T. O’Neal, Premier and Minister of Tourism, addressed attendees with good wishes and Sir Richard Branson reminisced about coming up with the idea for Kite Jam with event partner Charlie Smith.
The BVI Kite Jam Team presented $5,000 checks to charity partners Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) and Tortola’s Kids And The Sea (KATS). Party goers danced the night away to live music by local act Last Resort on the sands of Necker Island under a full moon.
The highlights of the week included an unforgettable downwinder to Pomato Point on Anegada followed by a BBQ lunch at Cow Wreck Beach and an afternoon of freestyle action.
BVI Kite Jam closed with an over the top party on a remote beach on Mosquito Island, complete with fire dancers, a DJ and award ceremony, highlighting the talents and charisma of the kiteboarding pros and participating Kite Jammers. Below is a list of the awards and winners.
Kite Jammer Winners
Chris Brockbank- Best Grom Award
Tim Von Arnauld- Best Kiting Outfit
Joe Willsher- Biggest Balls
Geza Scholtz - Most Likely to Turn Out Like Sir Richard Branson
Patrick - Tightest Pants Award
Derek Deville -Best Student Award
Davey Blair - Best Press Session
Tom Court & Chris Burke - Best Fight Club Duo (in a sumo wrestler outfit)
Jason Slezak - Best DIY Repair
Andre Philip - Best Lazy Boy Award
Tom Court - Highest Paying Threshold
Tuva Jensen - Best Flip Top Surfer
Chris Burke - Best Grafter Award