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Wexford's 'Hooked Kite Fest' to host Irish Kite Surfing Championships

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Published 10/08/2015 | 12:03

Duncannon Beach is set to host 'Hooked Kite Fest' on August 23rd, following the massive success of the 'Sand Sculpting Festival' on the same beach last weekend.

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Duncannon Beach in County Wexford is home to the National Kite Surfing Championships, which will take place during Hooked Kite Fest this August 22, and 23.

The 2015 Irish Kite Surfing Championship programme was launched today (Friday, August 7) on Duncannon Beach. The Irish Kite-surfing Association and Hooked Kite-surfing host the Championships and spectators can look forward to over 50 kite-surfers from all across Ireland compete in the men’s, women’s and junior (under 18’s) categories demonstrating their skills, airs and speed in a series of Course racing and Hang-time competitions over the weekend.

Round one of the competition has already taken place earlier this summer at Ballyholme Beach in County Down and there is still space for competitors to pre-register at The President and Vice-President of the IKSA will judge the Kite-Surfer skills during the competition.

According to organiser Kite Surfer Niall Roche says this years festival and competition is one not to be missed, “Duncannon Beach is a spot that never fails to deliver to action and excitement and this being the 6th year of Hooked Kitefest will be no exception. We are delighted to the large number of competitors already registered for this event and because the weather hasn't been the best for sunbathing this summer it has been fantastic for Kite Surfing so everyone has been getting lots of practice sessions in; this is going to be a well fought competition with lots of thrills for competitors and spectators alike.”

The Hooked Kite Fest also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment for landlubbers, including face painting, beach volleyball, kids power kite lessons, kids dance off, beach games, bungee trampoline, live music plus festival BBQ and beach party is also on offer.  For a full programme of see here.

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