By Maria Gregoriou
Surf’s up, or rather, kite surfs will be up and surfing the waves this Sunday in Larnaca when kitesurfers will be battling it out for the title of the King of Kites.
There is probably nowhere else in the world where you could get sun, sand, the very best of kitesurfing and a party atmosphere than Larnaca (as the city is said to have the perfect conditions for the sport).
This is the third year that the King of Kites – The Cyprus Kitesurfing Championships – will be held as it is back by popular demand. The sport itself is the fastest growing water sport in the world, probably because it combines all the thrills of windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding.
It is gaining huge popularity on the island and with the help of everyone who wants to be crowned king of the sport, the event hopes to help Cyprus put itself on the kitesurfing map. It is already on its way, as previous events have attracted kitesurfers from the UK, Israel and Russia and a turnout of more than 800 people ready to see what one person can do with a board and the sea.
Every year a professional kiteboarder hosts the event and crowns the winner. In previous years Kevin Langaree and Hannah Whiteley had the honour, this year Ruben Lenten will be the big name at the event. Lenten will host the 6km Slalom race and then judge the Free Air competition to crown the champion King of Kite 2015. This year the Free Air competition includes big air tricks (old skool) as well as the very technical new skool tricks. So whatever tricks you may know, they are welcome – just check out the rules first on http://kahunasurfhouse.eu/king-of-kite/the-rules.
Lenten is considered to be a kitesurfing legend and an innovator in the sport as he organises his own events around the world. His signature trick is the Megaloop, whereby he uses the kite to produce the most power possible to catapult him through the air at huge heights and distances.
The professional will not just be a spectator and judge – those Larnaca waves will enchant him to get on his board and treat everyone to a demo of tricks in the water.
There will also be a bar with drinks and hotdogs, stalls selling surf and beachwear accessories. There will also be non-stop music with DJs (including DJ Claudio and DJ Bon) on rotation to keep the atmosphere pumping.
The award ceremony will take place at 6pm and at 6.30pm the beach party will begin – but we can’t let you know what time things will be wrapped up, just know that you might not want to promise to go into the office very early on Monday.
If you want to compete just go to http://kahunasurfhouse.eu/king-of-kite to register. If you would like to watch those competing doing gymnastics in the air with huge jumps, at crazy speeds while flashing beautiful colours of their kites, then make sure you are at the Kahuna Surfhouse in Larnaca at 11am on Sunday.
King of Kites
Cyprus Kitesurfing Championships 2015. July 5. Kahuna Surfhouse, Softades beach, Larnaca.
11am-6.30pm. Tel: 99-543811