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The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival Kicks Off Today

Held on Hayling Island over the weekend of the 17-19 June, the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival is an amazing event which attracts riders from all over the world and raises funds for local youth and rescue charities.

The festival is the biggest kitesurfing event in the UK and looks set to be a great weekend of kitesurfing, a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt, music and family friendly on-shore activities.

A quick word from Sir Richard Branson, Virgin founder and kitesurfing enthusiast: “I am absolutely delighted to see the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada continuing to go from strength-to-strength. This year it’s all set to be a fantastic weekend on Hayling Island, encapsulating that summer festival spirit with live music, camping, exhibitions and great food, while raising funds for some fantastic causes, including Virgin Unite and the Armada Trust.”

Over the course of the weekend the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival will feature all the best kitesurfing brands exhibiting the latest gear and talks from pro-kiters, including five-time World Champion Team Volvo rider Steph Bridge, plus industry experts. There will also be plenty of great entertainment on the shore with live music, DJs, a bar area, quality food stalls, a chill-out zone, a jumbo screen showing kitesurfing films and the Volvo Family Zone offering a range of family friendly activities. Entry to the shore-based attractions is free.

There will be plenty of kitesurfing activities going on over the course of the three days. Along with recreational kiting in the bay, big air competitions are planned, along with foiling clinics, a ‘Kite Something Unusual’ challenge and people of all ages kitesurfing, with those taking part ranging in age from 8-72 last year. There will also be a number of free, beginner taster sessions, so, if you’d love to give kitesurfing a go, this is your chance!

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival are also thrilled to be offering kitesurfers the chance to take part in a Guinness World Records™ attempt for the largest parade of kitesurfers over a one-mile course.