Students organize and execute weekend Collegiate Kiteboarding Association event

Spectators and riders alike can plan to see 7 kites flying simultaneously in Delray Beach

Published Dec. 03, 2008

Water-loving wind riders and Lynn students in hospitality professor Chad Barr’s 300 level sports event management class have been raising funds, recruiting sponsors and taking all the steps necessary to execute a successful “Best of the Best Kiteboarding Event” this weekend in conjunction with the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA). This event is the third stop on the CKA tour and will take place Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day south of Atlantic Avenue and just north of Casuarina Road in Delray Beach. 

“Kiteboarding is the fastest growing extreme sport,” noted Barr, a professor in Lynn’s College of Hospitality Management, faculty advisor for Lynn’s Kiteboarding Club and a kiteboarder himself. “The students have been working hard to make sure the event runs smoothly,” said Barr. “At the beginning of this semester, the class met with Delray Beach’s City Council to get the event approved. After that, we have been working around the clock securing sponsors, hiring a D.J., organizing the fashion show and distributing marketing materials. I don’t think the students realized how much work goes into an event like this.”

The weekend event will have approximately 10 vendor booths including local representatives from Best Kiteboarding and Sky Banditz displaying equipment and offering lessons. Free kiteboarding lessons from local certified schools will be offered throughout the day for both beginner and advanced riders. “As many as 7 kites should be in the water at once,” said Barr.

Other activities include the kiteboarding industry’s first-ever “Team Relay.” In this timed relay race teams of four members will share the same kite and board by taking turns navigating the course.  There will be a designated staging area on the beach where riders will pass the kite and board to their teammate. Although the exact time for the relay depends on the weather and wind, Lynn’s team plans to ride between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Every two hours, shuttles will take riders 8 miles against the wind, allowing them a smooth “Downwind Dash” to their original location. There is a one-time $25 fee for all CKA rides which allows them to compete in the Freestyle, Wave, Kiteloop, and Strapless sessions.  Prizes and points will be awarded to riders and teams.  For more information and to register, visit www.wekite.com.

Lynn’s Kiteboarding Club, that was formed last year, has approximately 15 members, 5 of who are skilled enough to compete. “The club's goal is to provide students with new opportunities, to educate them about the sport, and to create a sense of community within the subculture of our student population that enjoys exciting and new non-traditional sports,” said Barr.