14th Annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo April 15 – 17, 2016, Pismo Beach, California
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The 14th Annual PismoBeach KiteXpo
WHERE: Pismo Beach, California, North of Grand Ave Beach Access Entrance
WHEN: April 15-17, 2016
TIME: 12p to 5p daily (registration 10a-3p except Sunday,12p to 2p)
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April 15: #Live Like Kinsley Winemaker’s Fundraiser Dinner, 7p -10p
Steamers, Pismo Beach, CA, $115/pp, deadline April 8 RSVP at http://evite.me/dp1ufBVs1G.
April 15-17: KiteXPO demos 12pm to 5pm, F-One SUP/Surf Demos 8a.
Must be intermediate level or better kiteboarder/surfer/SUPer, comfortable in crowds, able to do basic tricks/self rescue, sign waiver and provide CC info (VISA/MC only) to demo kiteboarding and/or SUP gear. Registration is 10:30a-3p Fri and Saturday and noon to 2p Sunday. F-One will also be demoing their standup paddleboards, starting at 8a. Participating brands include:
- Best Kiteboarding
- Blade Kites
- Litewave Designs
- Liquid Force
- Loyd Surfboards
- Accessory brands: Ion, Manera, Mystic, NP Surf, SAKOS Apparel, WOO Sports
April 16: WOO SPORTS Xtreme Big Air Kite Competition, 12p to 5p
To enter, you just need to log a WOO session at Pismo Kitexpo on Saturday. Demo units will be available so if you don’t have a WOO, stop by their booth to get in the game! Winner awarded Saturday night during bbq/bonfire.
April 16: Return of Maui Mike BBQ at our annual beach bonfire/dinner 6p-10p
$20 donation suggested per person and limited to 100 meals only so get them early before they’re gone. Dinner will start at 6p (this may change to a different venue and time if we get a band). Tickets available at Expo only, first come, first serve!
April 17: Celebration of Life, Paddle Out, 9a – 11:30a (updated 4.5.16)
We will have a celebration of life and paddle out for Kinsley at the Pismo KiteXpo event site, Grand Avenue Beach entrance, on Sunday, April 17. If the surf is too big to paddle out at Pismo, it will be moved to Beachcomber Drive in Shell Beach, where Kinsley used to paraglide and SUP, after the celebration of life.
- 9a-10a: Celebration of life, Bring beach chairs and/or blankets to sit on.
- 10a-11a: Paddle Out. Bring your own lei! May move to Shell Beach if surf too big.
- 12p-5p: Let’s go kite for Kinsley!
SILENT AUCTION, SATURDAY, APRIL 16 (updated 4.5.16)
Due to California lottery laws, there will be no raffle at the Pismo KiteXpo. We will have a silent auction on Saturday, April 16 from 11a to 6p. Auction will close at 6p and winners will be posted on Sunday at registration, no later than 10a.
Silent Auction Items:
Note- We will also have items for sale at fixed pricing on Saturday, April 16 including private, strapless clinics from international team riders James Ropner, Best Kiteboarding, and Cabrinha’s Matt Elsasser.
Airush Apex Team 138 twin tip; AXIS Kapua Strapless Surfboard 5’9”; Best 8m TS (kite only), Best Waterman messenger bags; Cabrinha XCaliber 132 with H2 bindings; CrazyFly Cooler/ice chest bag; CrazyFly Shox Green 136 twin tip complete; Dakine misc cool swag! Epic kite 7m Screamer 3G (kite only); F-One Signature Surf Bamboo 6’0; Ion Harness; Kiteboarding.com wheeled surf 190 CF Bag; CrazyFly Shox 136 board; Liquid Force 2016 137 Drive complete w/ Solo Straps; Litewave Designs 135 Kick S twin tip, deck only; Manera Harness; North Nugget 5’2″, Ion Harness, NP Surf Harness; Over the Waves Designs Kinsley Rocker Wine Barrel Chair; Ride Engine Harness; Slingshot 143 Refraction twin tip; Waterman MFG Mega pumps! Custom metallic photographic print from Kinsley’s brother Van; Misc. Wine! One of a kind original oil painting Lynee Sapere, and more coming in!
Interested in donating something toward the Thomas Wong raffle silent auction?
For lodging information, visit www.classiccalifornia.com We suggest anything in the Pismo Beach or Grover Beach areas. Arroyo Grande, Shell Beach and Avila Beach are within 10-15 minutes of event site.
Thanks to LUV2CAMP for providing us with our registration trailer — check them out! www.luv2camp.com
Perfect Wind condition for this year Kitexpo !
We Had a fantastic successful 2015 event!!
Nice (10 to 20-mph) afternoon northwesterly winds
are forecast on Wednesday into Friday, further increasing to
moderate 20 mile-per-hour
Saturday into Sunday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
DAILY ACTIVITIES AT THE BEACH
We are stoked to offer three clinics for you at this year’s Pismo Kitexpo!
Cabrinha team rider Matt Elsasser.
STRAPLESS SURF CLINICS
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 email@example.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.
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, 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.
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.
HOW TO HELP AN INJURED KITER CLINICS
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:
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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