13th Annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo April 10 – 12, 2015, Pismo Beach, California

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The 13th Annual PismoBeach KiteXpo
WHERE: Pismo Beach, California
WHEN: April 10-12, 2015

Brought to you by The Kiteboarder Magazine and XtremeBigAir.com


April 10: Winemaker’s Dinner/Kinsley’s Birthday. Cliff’s Hotel, Shell Beach 7:30/8p – 9:30/10p marina@thekiteboarder.com to get on the list for the evite. $100/pp, deadline April 3 RSVP.

April 10-12: SUP demos 10 am to 11am/12pm (or whenever wind starts blowing, to be confirmed based on participants), Kite demos 11a/12pm to 5 pm. Must be intermediate level or better kiteboarder, comfortable in crowds, able to do basic tricks/self rescue, sign waiver and provide CC info to demo kiteboarding gear. Brands confirmed: AXIS, Best, Blade, Cabrinha, F-One, Liquid Force, Loyd Surfboards, North, RRD, Sakos Apparel, and Slingshot.

April 11: Gourmet Pizza provided by Paleo Mesa Pizza (not your regular pizza, this guy is a chef and creates out of this world food!) and Brownies from the Brownie Baker along with our traditional Beach Bonfire. Dinner is $15 per person and limited to 100 meals only so get them early before they’re gone. Dinner will start at 6p.


Raffle tickets are $5 each with $10 minimum purchase required. $40 of tickets gets 10 tickets, $100 of tickets gets 25 tickets. Paypal and cash/check payments available at registration for tickets and BBQ. We will have raffle drawings for Fri, Sat and Sun. Days/times TBD.

You do not need to be present to win raffle winnings for Friday and Saturday drawings but any winnings not claimed by Sunday morning by 10 am will go back into Sunday’s final raffle drawing. Winners must be present to claim prizes.

Interested in donating something toward the Thomas Wong raffle fundraiser?
Email marina@thekiteboarder.com


For lodging information, visit www.classiccalifornia.com

Thanks to RV Rentals on the Central Coast for providing us with our registration trailer — check them out! They also offer RV rentals on select properties around the county including a very cool winery in Paso Robles. https://www.facebook.com/RVrentalsonthecentralcoast


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We are stoked to offer three clinics for you at this year’s Pismo Kitexpo!

Cabrinha team rider Matt Elsasser.

Cabrinha team rider Matt Elsasser.


Looking to get into strapless riding or get going on your first strapless moves? Pro team riders and Central Coast rippers Matt Elsasser (Cabrinha), James Ropner (Best, Loyd) and Pike Harris (Blade Kites) will be conducting two clinics over the weekend to get you going with style.

To join the strapless clinic, you need to purchase 4 raffle tickets ($20, fundraiser for Kinsley ThomasWong, pay via paypal orders@thekiteboarder.com or pay at event, pick up/pay at registration) and send an email to event organizer, Marina Chang, to confirm your participation. Please specify which day/clinic you would like in the subject title. Limited to 15 participants each clinic. Clinics will meet under the big star tent behind the registration trailer.

James Ropner in action, Pismo Beach.

Best Kiteboarding’s James Ropner in action, 2014 Triple S Invitational.

Saturday, April 11, 12p | BEGINNER CLINIC

This clinic will start out with a 15-25 minute beach clinic followed by 45 minutes of water time. The focus will be on the basics of strapless riding and jibing. Meet at the big star tent behind the registration trailer at 12p sharp. Water clinic dependent on wind conditions.

Pike Harris, Pismo Beach Pier.

Pike Harris, sponsored by Blade Kites, Pismo Beach Pier.

Saturday, April 11, 12p | FIRST TRICKS CLINIC

This clinic will start out with a 15-25 minute beach clinic followed by 45 minutes of water time. The focus will be on strapless airs and more advanced jibes. Meet at the big star tent behind the registration trailer at 12p sharp. Water clinic dependent on wind conditions.

Gregg "Tekko" Gnecco, La Ventana, Baja Mexico.

f Find out what “foil face” is all about with Gregg “Tekko” Gnecco,


Foilboards are not just for racing and light wind. They have opened a whole new world to many riders. Find out more about foilboarding and get tips on how to get your foil on with Liquid Force’s Gregg Gnecco.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30a-11:15a | FOILBOARDING 101

Foil fever is spreading quickly. What is its appeal? How does it differ from riding with a twin tip or directional? What are some tips when first starting to foil? This is a beach clinic only as it is no fun to learn how to foil in the surf! Meet at the Liquid Force tent at 10:30a sharp.



Got 20 minutes to spare? The way you respond to a kite accident could make a major difference in someone’s life. Kirk Talon, a retired veteran firefighter/EMT with the City of Davis, CA, has generously offered to conduct two 20-minute clinics which will cover how to approach an injured kiter and how to properly immobilize someone before Emergency personnel arrives so as to minimize further damage. www.onscenesafety.com.

Saturday and Sunday, 11:30p-12p| HOW TO HELP AN INJURED KITER

How to Recognize an Injured Kiter clinics will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30a sharp under the big star tent behind registration.

Pismo Beach is half way between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX), about 3 1/2 hours by car. You can also fly into the San Luis Obispo (SBP) airport. Pismo Beach is on an expansive stretch of peaceful coastline. Discover why this area is known as one of the best secrets of California. Enjoy endless hours of outdoor activities including kiteboarding, paragliding, surfing, kayaking, ATV, horseback riding, skydiving, hiking, and mountain biking. Lush valleys that produce some of the finest vintages of wines and champagnes in the United States lie within a few minutes drive from Pismo Beach.

For lodging, RV and camping options check out http://www.classiccalifornia.com/lodging.htm. You can also camp on the beach, which is available on a first come, first serve basis. A limited amount of passes are available for camping.

Directions to the KiteXPO at Pismo Beach:
Click for Driving Direction to GRAND Avenue - KiteXPO

    Traveling south on US Hwy 101 from San Francisco and the Bay Area:
  • Take 4th Street exit in Pismo Beach.
  • Turn Left onto 4th Street. - Right on Grand Avenue to end.
    Traveling North on US Hwy 101 from Santa Barbara and the Los Angeles - San Diego Area:
  • Take 4th Street exit in Pismo Beach.
  • Left on 4th Street - Right on Grand Avenue to end.
The KiteXPO is on the beach at end of GRAND Avenue, Pismo Beach.

Additional Information for local hotels:

  • Beach Comber Inn 805-773-5505: $109-1 Bed, $129-2 Beds microwave, coffeepot. Mini fridge in rooms, fireplaces, continental breakfast provide. Remodeled 2011. If book all seven rooms, ask for discount (no smoking or pets, 2 night minimum).
  • Pismo Beach Hotel 805-773-4445: $89-Queen, $99-King
  • Sea Venture Resort 800-662-5545: $189-Spa Deluxe Room

For more economical accommodations, try Motel 6 or Rose Garden Inn (rooms start at $40 double occ.). They are less than 10 minutes away from the event site.

Pismo Beach's Hotels, Motels and RV booking and more:

http://www.oceanodunes.com or 800.444.7275
Directions and find out how far you are from Pismo Beach where we offer our kiteboarding classes

We are locating in Shell Beach/Pismo Beach which is 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo or 100 Miles North of Santa Barbara or half way between Los Angeles(LAX) and San Francisco(SFO).  You can fly into the local small airport in San Luis Obispo(SBP) from either LAX or SFO.  If you have your own helicopter or small airplane, you can fly into Oceano Airport and we will pick you up.

There are many things that you can do here: surfing, paragliding, kayaking, mt. biking, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, deepsea fishing, wine tasting, atv,  etc...  Shell Beach/Pismo Beach is really a wonderful place to spend your vacation.

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