The Kiteival Festival Returns To Mauritius
As Kitesurfing around the world gains great popularity an innovative sporting event returns for it's 5th year, Peter Michaels of Holidays Mauritius says that it is a great time to spend a holiday in Mauritius.
Kiteival has become increasingly popular over the last five years as the minimum requirement for competitors is to be able to ride upwind and in a group, allowing even the most basic skill of rider to partake in this international sporting event. Mauritius is renowned for having some of the most famous wave spots in the world. Kiteival is organized in a variety of stages including spots such as “One Eye” and “Manawa” amongst other famous wave spots around the island paradise. The final stage of the event takes place in the Northern bay of Anse La Raie.
The program for this year’s event includes three days where competitors have no obligations, allowing them to enjoy the beauty of the their venue. They will ride a total of thirty five nautical miles before the actual competition on the 18th and 19th of August. Competitors and spectators will be transported via coach between the various stages and the two resorts where they are staying for the period of the event. A picnic lunch will be supplied to all spectators and competitors on the days when they are riding. The participants will book into Tamassa for three nights and into Merville Beach hotel for the remaining six nights of the event.
Kiteival originated five years ago when Nico Kux realized that there was a possibility that people would enjoy competing in a sporting event which included the famous wave spots around the island. Kux is a rider who has successfully competed in international kite surf events and competitions. “It is not necessary to be a champion to participate: Anyone with average kiting skills will enjoy these unforgettable down winders.” says Nico Kux, a Mauritian kite surfing expert and the technical director of Kiteival.
For competitors and spectators alike, Kiteival is expected to be another highlight for Mauritius, if a further reason reason were needed to holiday in Mauritius, Kiteival is it.
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