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Al Gharbia Watersports Festival 2015

It’s that time of the year again! This weekend is the first of 2 of the 7th edition of the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, the UAE’s only official kitesurfing championship. As with every year, the festival consists of Surfski, SUP, Sailing and of course the star of the show, the kiteboard racing and freestyle. This year promises to be even more exciting with a dedicated foil racing regatta as well as the usual men, women, UAE national, and junior racing and freestyle categories. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Founder and Chairman of the EKA and founder of the kiteboard and SUP event at Al Gharbia Festival states that this year the event will be more competitive with more races held over the 2 week period and a large prize money up for grabs.
For registration, please visit the EKA website following this link: http://www.emirateskiters.com/al-gharbia-2015.html We urge all competitors to have at least a third party liability insurance that includes competitions. If you don’t already have race insurance or if you are unsure as to whether your insurance covers kiteboard racing, please click here to get insured for only EUR 39/year (affiliate link). As for directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//24.1018815,53.4825288/@24.1014065,53.4827568,18z Unfortunately, the event website has not been updated with accommodation info or event schedule. During the past years’ events tents were available for competitors although we recommend camping with your own equipment or staying at the MIrfa Hotel (although prices increase dramatically during the event weekends). Regarding the schedule, it is usually done on the fly depending on the wind, however we were assured that races will be run with the 6knot minimum international requirement. We will be running demos for the new Ozone Edge V8s, Chronos, Zephyr, Catalysts and Taaroa Sword 2.