NO WIND FAILS TO DAMPEN THE SPIRITS OF THE KITE JAM 2018 COMPETITORS.
After almost of week of torrential rain and gale force winds, all was quiet on Saturday for the fourth annual Raglan Kite Jam, but this failed to dampen the spirits of those registered to compete!
Now in it’s fourth year, the Raglan Kite Jam has become an iconic event on the national kiteboarding calendar. This year the Kite Jam attracted it's largest pool of competitors yet, with 135 registrations. Competitors ranged in age, from 12 to 70 years and came from as far afield as Brazil, Ireland, USA, France, Bulgaria, Spain and the UK.
Organiser and Ozone New Zealand owner Matt Taggart said despite poor conditions the vibe throughout the weekend was awesome. The headline event, ‘The Downwinder’ was quickly substituted for a 3km-running race and 150m swim. Podium finishes went to Mark Miedama (1st), Matt Taggart (2nd) and Mark Duyvesteyn (3rd) for the Mens, and Rebecca Sawyer (1st), Georgina Loyd Burgess (2nd), and Nicole Willmot (3rd) for the Women’s, while Eve Skewes took out first place for the youth section followed by Malacai Ray in second.
Despite Saturday’s calm conditions, Friday’s early arrivals were greeted with an incredible day on the water with 30 knot, SW winds. On Saturday the Ozone New Zealand Hydrofoil School offered those keen an opportunity to learn to hydrofoil behind a boat and jet ski.
An after party at Ozone New Zealand’s flagship store and Raglan’s YOT Club bought everyone together, with a generous pool of spot prizes up for grabs, Argentinian BBQ and live band.
The fourth annual Raglan Kite Jam chalks up another successful year raising funds for charity, this year it was for the Raglan Coastguard.
A big thanks to all our sponsors:
WOO - woosports.com/
Mystic - www.mysticboarding.com/
Soul Shoes - www.soulshoes.co.nz/
Three Fat Pigs - www.threefatpigs.co.nz/
Fanifo Lofa - www.kitesurftonga.com/
Raglan Coast Guard - www.coastguard.org.nz/raglan
Rangitahi - www.rangitahi.co.nz/
Raglan Roast Coffee - www.raglanroast.co.nz
YOT Club - @ facebook/YOT club