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Eye of the BVI Kite Jam 2010

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 3:21pm EST

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Tortola, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Not all archipelagos are created equal. True, specially when you have Sir Richard Branson as a resident owner in one of the islands! BVI, an archipelago of some 60 idyllic islands, islets and cays in the North Eastern Caribbean, provides the perfect weather conditions and winds necessary for kiteboarding. The BVI Kite Jam is an event that marks the archipelago as a mecca for this growing sport.

Denni Parkinson model clings to Sir Richard Branson off the coast of his private Caribbean island, Necker while kiting; photographer Stephane Gautronneau; click on the image for the full-story from Mail Online

Denni Parkinson model clings to Sir Richard Branson off the coast of his private Caribbean island, Necker while kiting; photographer Stephane Gautronneau; click on the image for the full-story from Mail Online

The inaugural BVI Kite Jam is taking place from March 1-5, a renowned affair presented by the BVI Tourist Board and will include Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Richard Branson, an avid kite boarder himself, conceived of the event after staging an impromptu race between Necker Island and Anegada with friends.

Just Kite It is truly thrilled to be part of the press team covering this kiting spectacular in the BVI! Yay for startups! We’ll be bringing you the juicy details on kite life in photos and video beginning February 27 during the VIP Party at the Fat Virgin Café on Virgin Gorda with Sir Richard Branson in attendance. 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.

Listen in on our live tweets and twitpics via @Jkiteit from our correspondent Carl Giordano in between lunch and relaxation on Necker Beach and an afternoon competition on Eustacia, a morning race in Anegada, followed by a sumptous lunch on Pomato Point…the luscious kite-tivity highlights the BVI Kite Jam as an A+ event!

Kite Jammers from North America, the Caribbean and Europe will come together with star athletes of the kiteboarding world including Kristin Boese, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Tuva Jansen, Tom Court, Chris Burke, Gretta Kruesi and Madison Van Heurck, for challenging competitions, visual demonstrations and technique clinics.

“The BVI Kite Jam team, sponsors and organizers couldn’t be more pleased with the overwhelming positive response we’ve received from the public and the kiteboarding community,” says, Charlie Smith, Founder & Partner Kite Jam (BVI) Ltd. “We encourage everyone to be a part of BVI Kite Jam as a participant or spectator and we look forward to an incredible and successful event.”

High-profile event sponsors include The BVI Tourist Board and Necker Island as the official presenting sponsor, Bitter End Yacht Club as the official venue partner; Cape Air as the airline partner; Sunsail as the accommodation partner, Digicel as the communications partner and Kiteboarding Magazine, as the official media partner. Green Technology BVI and Delta Petroleum are also sponsors of the event. In addition, “Sailors for the Sea” gave the event a Clean Regatta Certification, in conjunction with Sunsail’s participation.

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 non-profit water sports program.

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.

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