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February 2nd, 2010
Come Kite Surf with Richard Branson

All eyes of the extreme sports world will be on the British Virgin Islands in anticipation of the inaugural BVI Kite Jam, taking place March 1-5, 2010. Five days of inter-island events including flat water freestyle, waves, sliders and racing, plus A-list parties on some of the destination’s top locales will serve to highlight the destination as a kiteboarding Mecca for riders from around the globe.

“Come March, our islands will be teeming with kiteboarders from intermediates, to pros, sports enthusiasts and a stream of VIPs. We’ll be the epicenter of extreme sports and the toast of the international kiteboarding community,” says Myron Walwyn, Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board. “We have had extraordinary support from all of our sponsors and we’re counting on the participation of some of the sport’s finest athletes.”

Meet Charlie Smith, one of the founders of Kite Jam

BVI Kite Jam 2010 will include visual competitions, demonstrations and technique clinics taking place in key locations throughout the British Virgin Islands — including Sir Richard Branon’s private Necker Island. The BVI, an archipelago of some 60 idyllic islands, islets and cays in the northeastern Caribbean, provides the perfect weather conditions and winds necessary for kiteboarding.

The event in March will kick off the festivities on Feb. 27, 2010 with a VIP Party at the Fat Virgin Cafe on Virgin Gorda. Additional events, competitions, parties and meals will be hosted on Bitter End Yacht Club, Necker Island, Anegada and Moskito Island for Kite Jam participants throughout the five days. Pro riders confirmed are famed German kiteboarder Kristin Boese and American Gretta Kruesi.

Check out The Bitter End Yacht Club

Guests and competitors will have the choice of staying at the Bitter End Yacht Club or spending the week onboard one of Sunsail’s sailing catamarans that will follow the event around the various locations in the British Virgin Islands. Each boat has four double cabins all fitted with AC. Skippers are also provided. Alternatively, riders looking for the ultimate in luxury have the option to stay on Necker Island with up to just 24 other guests and their own staff of 60!

Stay on Necker Island for a fraction of the usual 52,000 dollars a night

Normally Necker Island is hired privately by an individual or group, but during our Kite Jam Celebration Week in February, couples or singles can book one of 14 rooms individually and share the island with others.

Necker Island will host a Celebration Week to coincide with the inaugural British Virgin Island Kite Jam supported by Sir Richard Branson and sponsored by the BVI Tourism Board. Kite boarding enthusiasts from around the globe will descend on the British Virgin Islands for races and freestyle competitions. The event will take place from March 1st to 5th, but the Celebration Week starts on the Feb. 27th. Click here to learn more.

Learn more about Sir Richard Branson and Necker Island

BVI Kite Jam also strives to benefit the local community and is partnering with charities including the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) and Tortola’s Kids And The Sea (KATS), a nonprofit water sports program.

Sir Richard Branson will be participating in the race and he has opened up is newest piece of paradise, Moskito Island, for the festivities.

Potential “KITE JAMMERS” can register online at the official BVI Kite Jam website, www.bvikitejam.com. Participation fees include accommodations on Sunsail Catamarans, lunches, dinners, festivities and more. Fee costs, additional amenities, contests and restriction details can be found on the event’s website.

For sponsorship opportunities contact ashley@jetsetextra.com

FYI, I’ll be there too!

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