Fundraising Endurance Race: Lefkadi, Greece
Posted by Charles
Riders from all over Greece came together to participate in a special fundraising Endurance Race. The event was organized by the Global Kiter Foundation and Kitepark.gr, with the support of Kiteclub.gr.
The Lefkadi Kiteboarder Weekend was a special event. It was organized to raise funds for local kiter Vaggelis who became paralyzed after a kiting accident in 2011. The kiting community rallied around and showed the true meaning of sportsmanship.
10 teams of 3 riders each raced to complete as many laps of the circuit as possible during the 3 hour competition. There was a great mix of competitive spirit on the water and fun off the water, while riders regained their strength between the laps. Everyone who took part had a wonderful time and had smiles on their faces from the beginning till the end.
Testing endurance, strategy and skill, each team did amazing work! Each team had to share the same one kite throughout the three hours. The winning team completed an incredible 78 laps during the 3 hours and a total amount of 900 euros was raised for Vaggelis within those 3 hours!
We also organized a beach cleanup in the morning- the perfect pre-wind activity. Remember- always leave the spot cleaner than you found it!
Kiting champion Mark Shinn proved his great sportsmanship too... Not only did he have great fun with the guys, he was also part of the winning team! Mark made the trip over especially for this weekend. Thank you to Shinn World, for being there!
The teams, named after the lycras donated to the event, were as follows:
-BeStrong Team, riding Best Waroo completed 41 laps
-Billabong Team A, riding Slinghsot Fuel completed 46 laps
-Weendy Team A, riding Ocean Rodeo Rise completed 47 laps
-Weendy Team B, riding North Vegas completed 65 laps
-Lost Team, riding F-One Bandit, completed 67 laps
-KiteCLub.gr Team, riding Ocean Rodeo Razor, completed 68 laps
-Cabrinha Team A, riding Slingshot Rally completed 70 laps
-Cabrinha Team B, riding Cabrinha, completed 73 laps
-Airush Team, riding Airush, completed 74 laps
-Billabong Team B, riding Blade, completed 78 laps, were the winning team!
Photos of the 10 Partipating Teams:
Part of the Lost Team
Due to the excitement, we missed getting photos of the 2nd Cabrinha Team and 2nd Billabong Team. Please email us if you have one!
Group photo with Vaggelis
Sandrine and Charles with Vaggelis
Once again, big thank you to everyone who helped support this fantastic event, and for everyone who proved what a great community of kiters can do!