Friday, 29 January 2010

Daet kite-board tilt slated

Business Mirror

BASGASBAS Beach, the country’s newest kite-boarding hideaway, will host the Second International Kite Boarding Competition from February 3 to 7 at its famed waters in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Presented by the Municipal Government of Daet and the Office of Camarines Norte Rep. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, the tournament will again gather the best surfboarders in Europe, the United States and the Philippines to enthrall the audience and vie for the breath-taking freestyle, hangtime and bordercross categories.

According to Mayor Tito Sarion, the international sporting event aims to promote the Pacific coastal town of Daet as a sports tourism destination in the Bicol region. Kite-surfing season in Daet starts during the northeast monsoon season from October to early March.

He said the famous mile-long Bagasbas beach is also the site of surfing tournaments, installation art, musical concerts and other special events the whole year-round.

Listed as among the 10 country’s best wave-surfing destinations, Bagasbas Beach has emerged as an alternative site for extreme- sports enthusiasts because of its proximity to Manila, and wide kite-boarding area. Kite boarding is also a unique way to go island- hopping and see the white-sand beaches of Camarines Norte.

Also known as kite surfing, the sport involves using a power kite to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kite board. The rider uses a board with foot straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel himself and the board across the water.

The sporting event is supported by the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, the Department of Tourism, Mikes-Kites, SVI Corp., Egay TM, Ginebra San Miguel, the Bagasbas Beach Development Council and the Camarines Norte Pineapple Festival Development Foundation, Tai-Chi Therapy Oils and Bicol Harvest.

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