- 10 February 2011 | Kiteboarding
Richard Branson has been in love with kiteboarding. Owning one of the most amazing private islands in the world grants him the opportunity to boost the sport's notoriety. That's why the kiteboarding competitions will return to the famous Necker Island, one of the British Virgin Islands, between February 26th and March 4th.
The 2011 Billabong BVI Kite Jam will attract pro and amateur riders from all over the world to sail in a relaxed atmosphere, far away from traffic jams and city stress. You should expect having Davey Blane, Chris Burke, Tom Court, Jeremy Lund, Jon Modica, Andre Phillip, Jason Slezak and Madison Van Heurk, along with Kristin Boese, Tura Jensen, Gretta Krusie and Susie Mai.
The Virgin mogul has set up the perfect environment for a kiteboarding contest. The locations have been selected, the flat waters identified and winds will certainly appear. It is unlikely that winds will gust over 30 knots, they are more likely to average around the 12-15 knot range, meaning that conditions aren't brutal, and, if anything, are also great for the learner or intermediate.
The 2011 Billabong BVI Kite Jam means "no pressure". All kiteboarders know that peers decide the overall winner, so prepare to enjoy and train your speed and tricks knowing that you're always a winner, at the Necker Island. Richard Branson has been training hard and might be a strong contender.
Of course, the Necker Island is also a synonym of party. Expect great food, tasty cocktails, beautiful girls and boys and heavenly sights. "We intend to show the world how much of a diverse sport kiteboarding is and how all disciplines can be enjoyed in the beautiful British Virgin Islands", promises Charlie Smith, co-founder of the BVI Kite Jam.