Alex Caizergues confirmed in the Battle for the Bay in Dublin

This June bank holiday sees the 3rd annual Battle for the Bay windfestival get under way, featuring the very best of Irish and international kitesurfers and windsurfers on Dollymount Strand in Dublin.

The festival will feature freestyle competitions and course racing and is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Dublin to see what kitesurfers get up to on their beach when the wind blows. This year’s festival will feature the presence of Alex Caizergues the fastest man across the water and triple world champion and Irish windsurfing speed champion John Kenny.

Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing if not the fastest growing watersport in the world and Dollymount is home to the biggest community of kitesurfers in Ireland. Last year’s festival was a huge success and provided some great entertainment to visitors to Dollymount Strand between freestyle demonstrations and the comparatively new sport of kitesurf racing.

This year’s festival promises to be even bigger featuring action to suit everyone from young to old. The competitive schedule includes the Irish Kitesurfing Championship freestyle competitions which should see national champion Eamon Armstrong battle for the right to retain his title against young guns Sean Murphy and Ross Harte.

This year will see the 2008 ladies’ champion, Dominika Kupciw fight to defend her title against Aleks Bondareva, the 2007 ladies champion after last year’s closely fought battles between the pair. There are also a number of speed races planned and if last year is anything to go by, these should provide much entertainment both on and off the water.

A star attraction this year will be a speed battle between Ireland’s speed windsurfing hero John Kenny and world champion kitespeeder, Alex Caizergues.

There will be plenty to entertain on the beach between stunt kite demonstrations, powerkite demonstrations, introductory lessons with qualified instructors and other beach games such as beach volleyball. This year there will also be stand up paddle demonstrations.

For visitors it is a fantastic opportunity to get to know more about kitesports and the people involved in them.

Not only that, the sun has always shone on the Battle for the Bay. Further information is available from Francois Colussi at Pure Magic Kitesurfing.

Information also available at the event’s website:

SOURCE: Pure Magic

Irish Kitesurfing Associationa and Howth Coast Guard undertake kitesurfing rescue exercise

Last night, Howth Coast Guard undertook an exercise with Puremagic Kitesurfing School and the Irish Kitesurfing Association.

18 members of the unit undertook a theory session on rescuing kitesurfers from both shallow water and boats.

Approaches, hazards, and hand signals were covered, including how to safely release a kitesurfer from their equipment if unable to do so themselves. After equipment familiarisation, learning about the danger areas of the wind with a kite, and a short demo, the team practiced the same techniques in the water.

Many kitesurfing accidents happen in shallow water, where the board catches the sand and causes serious injuries to legs, knees, and ankles.

Our demo boarder took a fall in waist deep water for the purpose of the exercise, and the team were tasked to recover both kitesurfer and equipment as had been learnt.

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Hastings is located on the coast of East Sussex in England

Kitesurfers have rescued two boys that were drifting out to sea on a bodyboard, last on Sunday, near Dover, in the South East of England.

David Waite and Oliver Flay, the two brave kiteboarders, took the young lads to shore at 3pm. When the Hastings Inshore Life Boat arrived to the beach, the 12-year-old boys were already safe.

The family reunited with the younsters momments after.