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

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We Had a great successful 2014 kitexpo with wind: All three days– Sunday was the strongest!

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The 2014 Pismo Beach KiteXpo kicked off today with 17 brands setting up flags and tents on a calm and sunny Central California morning. As the offshore layer of fog began retreating, a gentle breeze kicked in and built throughout the morning. The KiteXpo started with attendees gathering in the Ben Wilson Surf tent for an in depth surf clinic by Ben Wilson. After a couple of hours of discussion and informal Q&A the first of the large kites hit the water.

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Ben Wilson Surf Clinic in session.

The wind built steadily through the afternoon until the water was full of kiters trying out the latest kite equipment. New releases such as Liquid Force’s Solo, Nobile’s Infinity Splitboard and RRD’s strutless kites were being put through their lightwind paces in the early afternoon’s 12-15 knot breeze.

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Trevor Robbins commits to a backside air on Airush demo gear.

The wind continued to build to an estimated 15-19 knots in the late evening as event organizer Marina Chang raffled off a Cabrinha Wakeskate and a Litewave Dave twin tip to two lucky winners. Tonight’s party was held at Et Voila, in San Luis Obispo with wines generously donated by Tudor Wines. The fundraiser / Birthday bash was thrown in honor of Kinsley ThomasWong with every attendee getting a raffle ticket for the chance to win three nights at a luxury condo in Mammoth for a value of $825!

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Slingshot’s John Perry takes a break from the demo booth to throw down.

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Day two at the Pismo Beach KiteXpo started out slow with a deep layer of fog blanketing the beach well into mid-day. But similar to Friday, the early afternoon sun drew in a mild sea breeze which ramped up in the late afternoon for a couple hours of prime time demo conditions.

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The mellow start was perfect for SUP demos with F-One, Slingshot, Naish and RRD sending SUPers of all skill levels out into the glassy event site surf. With soft mushy lefts and rights, the conditions were perfect for learning some new skills or trying out the latest shapes.

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The first clinic of the day was the Kiter Safety clinic in which Kirk Talon walked a group of kiters through the tools and techniques that are crucial for caring for kiteboarders who have suffered an injury. Kirk shared a number of important concepts for minimizing injuries during emergency response situations.

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With the sun barely peeking through the fog, the crowd headed over to the next clinic of the day with Ben Wilson Surf. Here the growing group of 50+ participants heard about all aspects of surfing with a kite from equipment choices, overall strategy and basic wave safety from Ben Wilson himself.

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As the clinics wrapped up, a gentle breeze filled and the biggest kites hit the sky. A slight uptick in the wind allowed a few foil-boarders to get out on the water, while others attempted to get a feel for flying the the latest kites from the beach.

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Participants flocked to the late afternoon raffle to collect some of the kites, boards and apparel donated by participating brands. Greg Gnecco from LIQUID FORCE gave away a 138 Focus kiteboard to Jeff Stokes, a power kiter from the valley who just moved to Oceano a few weeks ago, while a 12m EPIC Screamer was raffled off to San Diego kiter Marko Bartscherer. Kirk Talon scored a Loyd 5’8 RIPPA surfboard.

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When Marco Bini heard his raffle ticket called he ran from 300 yards away. The look on his face was priceless when he discovered that Ben Wilson was handing over a BWSurf Noise kite in the size of Marco’s choice.

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The evening wrapped up with a beach bonfire and a showing of the documentary With a Kite. The forecast for Sunday is looking stronger than all days combined with solid 9m wind in store for the 17 brands demoing their 2014 gear. There will be another safety clinic Sunday morning and with plenty of raffle items remaining, Sunday is sure to be the best day yet.

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    The final day of the Pismo Beach KiteXpo was blessed with blue skies and wind, a great finale to three days of clinics, raffles, parties and demos for the 12th annual event.

    The day started off with a final “How to Help an Injured Kiter” presentation by Kirk Talon at 10:30a, followed by a “Shove It” clinic sponsored by Litewave Dave. Attendees then converged on registration for the final raffle at noon, right before the wind line hit the beach.

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    Brian Schwarz of CaliKites throws a kite loop and a grab in Pismo.

    Traveling all the way from Poland to demo at KiteXpo, Gosia Rosiak-Brawanska gave away the grand prize of Sunday’s raffle, a 10m Nobile Kiteboarding Fifty/50 kite to Southern California kiter Dave Boston. Local central coast rider Alli Pareti was beyond stoked when she won the Best Armada board presented by Rich Sabo from the Gorge. Attendees then took to the water to demo gear and enjoyed 9-12m conditions until sunset.

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    Nobile’s Gosia Rosiak-Brawanska hands a shiny new 10m to a lucky Dave Boston.

    Over $14,000 in gear, accessories and trips was donated by 17 participating companies including Airush, AXIS Kiteboarding, Ben Wilson Surf, Best, Cabrinha, Dakine, F.One, HQ Kites USA, Litewave Designs, Liquid Force, Loyd Surfboards, Mystic, Naish, Nobile, North, RRD, SAKOS Waterwear Apparel and Slingshot. Grand prizes included a Ben Wilson Surf Noise Pro (winner got to choose size), 10m Nobile Fifty/50 kite complete, 12m Epic Screamer, 132 Litewave Designs Carbon Kick, 134 Best Armada Twin Tip, 138 Liquid Force Focus, a custom 5’8” RIPPA Kite Surfboard courtesy of Loyd Surfboards, a Cabrinha Wakeskate, harnesses from North, Naish and Manera and custom made wine barrel beach chairs courtesy of overthewavesdesigns.com.

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    Special thanks to Helen Trotman and Dimitri Maramenides of Epic Kites who couldn’t attend this year but donated a Screamer to support the fundraising efforts. Canyon Beachwear, Over the Waves Designs (custom wine barrel beach chairs), Kurtis USA, Murray’s, Frank Vedres (winter and summer luxury Mammoth condo holidays), MonaVie Energy Drinks, Elemental Herbs, Pena Surf Brazil, and GliderUSA.com also generously donated toward this year’s raffle.

    Photographer Alexis Rovira gives the young guns some direction.

    Photographer Alexis Rovira gives the young guns some direction.

    Between the winemaker dinner sponsored by local kiter Dan Tudor of www.tudorwines.com on Friday night, the Sat evening BBQ hosted by Maui Mike and the Lujan family, and the daily raffles, the event raised $11,187.78 for the ThomasWong family to help event founder, Kinsley ThomasWong, in his ongoing recovery efforts.

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    Alli Pareti wins a Best Armada board from Best Kiteboarding’s Rich Sabo.

    Thank you to all the vendors for their support, the volunteers who helped out with the event and the riders who came from all over to partake in the festivities and demos. The 2015 Pismo KiteXpo will be April 10-12 with more clinics planned including surf and freestyle. For more information on Kinsley’s ongoing recovery efforts, see www.friendsofkinsley.com

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    12th Annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo April 11 – 13, 2014, Pismo Beach, California

    Forecast is looking good for the 12th Annual Pismo Kitexpo which kicks off this Friday, April 11. Check here for the latest weather update. We have 17 brands participating including: Airush, Axis, Ben Wilson Surf, Best, Cabrinha, F.One, HQ Kites, Litewave Designs, Liquid Force, Loyd Surfboards, Naish, Nobile, North, RRD and Slingshot, along with accessory companies Dakine, Mystic and newcomer to the market, SAKOS. F.One, RRD and Slingshot will have SUP boards available for demo starting at 10a daily. To see where your favorite brands will be, check out the Expo Site Plan

    Some new products highlights of the upcoming event:

    • Liquid Force debuting their single strut Solo kite, available in May
    • RRD unveiling their new strutless ‘Emotion’ kites
    • Axis Kiteboarding will have their new tandem board available for demo. This could open up new avenues for retailers and schools in teaching methodology and tourism (e.g. rides like a tandem skydive or paragliding flight)
    • Ben Wilson Surf land and water clinics (info here)
    • Nobile new split board twin tip and surf designs

    NEW CLINICS ADDED

    firstaid1Got 20 minutes to spare? Just added to the lineup are How to Recognize an Injured Kiter clinics on Friday and Saturday at 10:45a sharp underneath the Red Bull tent, just before the BWS land clinics start at 11:30a. The way you respond to a kite accident could make a major difference in someone’s life. Kirk Talon, a 30-year veteran firefighter/EMT with the City of Davis, CA, has generously offered to conduct the 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.

    RAFFLE

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    All Friday raffle ticket sales will go toward the Saturday drawing held near registration/BBQ area starting at 5:15p sharp. You do not need to be present to win but must claim your prize no later than Sunday morning, 10a, at which time the item will go into the Sunday raffle. All Saturday raffle ticket sales will go toward the Sunday drawing at 11a at registration. If we have to do make good BWS water/safety clinics to Sunday, the raffle will be held at 10a. SEE INFO BOARD AT REGISTRATION FOR UPDATES. INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

    Raffle items so far:

    • Nobile 10m Fifty/50 kite complete
    • BWS 10m Noise Pro complete
    • Epic 12m Screamer (2011, kite only)
    • Cabrinha Wakeskate
    • Best 138 Armada twin tip complete
    • Loyd Surfboards custom kiteboard
    • Liquid Force Focus 139
    • Litewave 132 Carbon Kick (deck only)
    • Two custom made wine barrel folded chairs
    • One of a kind original painting by pro kitesurfer Greta Kruesi
    • North Styler waist harness, M
    • Naish Mission harness, M
    • Manera Exo harness
    • Dakine backpacks
    • Mystic tshirts, caps
    • Axis traction system
    • Kurtis Sunglasses: 3 pairs of shades
    • Murrays Marine: 1 pair floater polarized shades
    • Pena Surf Brazil/Gustavo Foerster: Pena Surf jacket
    • William Mudd: two $100 gift certificates www.canyonbeachwear.com
    • Three nights Mammoth Condo courtesy Frank Vedres
    • Slingshot trainer
    • HQ Rush W 200 trainer
    • SAKOS: waterwear apparel
    • Mendy Macabee custom fitted earplugs www.mendymaccabeeMD.com
    • Elemental Herbs: gift packs and all natural sunscreen
    • Various accessories from www.glidersusa.com, courtesy of Paul Hastie

    OTHER

    EMV-EMVlite_0_0MonaVie Energy Drinks at registration: The Monavie EMV and EMV lite are the healthy alternative for any energy drink on the market today. We will have Red Bull available for free under the Red Bull tent but if you would like a MonaVie Energy drink we will be selling them for $3 each with ALL money going to Kinsley. Additionally, Tom Reilly of MonaVie will donate 15% of any sales from Expo attendees or friends during the month of April. Info will be available at the event.Www.mymonavie.com/bestfruitbesthealth

    Kinsley600 This was one of the most coveted raffle prizes from the 2013 event! Paul Dayton of www.overthewavesdesigns.com creates beautiful custom wine barrel furniture. During Kitexpo only, Paul is offering The Kinsley Rocker during Kitexpo only for $750 with $200 of the proceeds benefiting the ThomasWong family. We will be raffling off two fold up chairs at the Expo so come check them out!

    For complete info on the event including the bonfire/BBQ/movie premier on Saturday night, see here

    Contact Oxfordsuitespismobeach.com/XtremeBigAirKiteExpo or Telephone 805.773.3773 for special rate below:

    Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (805)773-3773 and mentioning Xtreme Big Air Kite Expo in order to obtain the negotiated group rate. Names to be provided via individual call-ins, individuals pay all charges on own. All reservations are due by 3/11/2014 after which rooms that are not reserved will be returned to general inventory. After that date, reservations for your attendees will be accepted based on availability.

    12th Annual PismoBeach KiteXpo April 11 – 13, 2014, Pismo Beach, Ca

    Brought to you by The Kiteboarder Magazine and XtremeBigAir.com

    2014 Schedule:

    April 11: Winemaker’s Dinner/Kinsley’s Birthday Et Voila, San Luis Obispo, CA. Seating is limited to 70 people. Email marina@thekiteboarder.com to get on the list for the evite. We have organized an amazing winemaker’s fundraiser dinner the evening of April 11 with 91 to 93 point pinots courtesy of Tudor Wines. Cost is $100/pp and space is limited. This dinner will be held at the best French restaurant (gluten free!) in the county starting at 7:30 pm. Every attendee will get a raffle ticket for the chance to win 3 nights at a luxury condo in Mammoth to be used in the summer or winter (some restrictions apply): Value: $475-825!

    April 11-13: SUP demos 10 am to 11am or 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.

    April 12: Hawaiian-style BBQ courtesy of Maui Mike and the Lujan family followed by a bonfire on the beach and premier of the movie WITH A KITE, a documentary on the Triple S. BBQ is $15 per person and limited to 100 meals only.

    Join us on the beach for:

    • Ben Wilson Wave Clinics daily! Times TBD.
    • Trainer Kite lessons for friends/family interested in getting into kiteboarding.
    • How to Recognized and Help an Injured Kiter clinic, day/time TBD. Your response could make a big difference in someone’s life!
    • Killer raffles including a Ben Wilson Surf Kite, Mammoth getaway, $1000 credit toward Vela holiday of your choice, custom board from NE Wind Italy, Loyd (local shaper, surfer and kitesurfer) handcrafted kitesurf board and more!

    RAFFLE:

    This year, raffle tickets will be $5 with $10 minimum. $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 Fri and Sat drawings but any winnings not claimed by Sunday morning 10a will go back into Sunday’s final raffle drawing. Winners must be present to claim prizes.

    Interested in donating a service, property rental, product or artwork toward the ThomasWong raffle fundraiser? Email marina@thekiteboarder.com

    Local kiter Victor Sellinger enjoying the spring conditions at Pismo Beach. Photo courtesy Sellinger

    Local kiter Victor Sellinger enjoying the spring conditions at Pismo Beach. Photo courtesy Sellinger

     

    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:
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      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.classiccalifornia.com/lodging.htm   
    http://www.slocountyparks.com/activities/oceano.htm
    http://www.groverchamber.com/camp.html
    http://www.aircamp.com/
    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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