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Summer in Cyprus is full of events and parties but there is one event that stands out every year. It combines sun, fun and music with adrenalin, excitement and crazy extreme sports. It is the King of Kite – the Cyprus kitesurfing championships held at Kahuna Surfhouse, Softades Beach Kiti on the 16th-17th of July. (Main competition day to be announced on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/106276706464805/ )

Kitesurfing is the fastest growing watersport in the world as it combines all the thrills of windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding. It is a sport that is gaining huge popularity on the island and our aim is to put Cyprus on the kitesurfing hotspot map – it is a hidden gem that is now getting recognition worldwide due to events like the King of Kite. Not only is it an amazing sport to be involved in, it is also fantastic to watch – it is like gymnastics in the air, huge jumps, crazy speed and insane action. Not to mention the multicoloured kites in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

The first King of Kite was organised in 2013 and due to its popularity, the King of Kite is now an annual event. This year Lewis Crathern will come to our shores to host and judge the competitions. Known for jumping over the Brighton Pier and the Worthing Pier in England, being a two time Red Bull King of the Air winner and Red Bull Megaloop Challenge winner, Lewis is one of the most extreme guys out there. Now he's the voice of kitesurfing, commentating and MCing at the biggest kitesurfing events in the world. Now it's time for him to bless us with his energy, in and out of the water.

Lewis Crathern will be at Kahuna Surfhouse all day; he will treat the spectators to a demo of tricks in the water, he will host the 6km Slalom race and then judge the Free Air competition to crown the champion King of Kite 2016. Last year there were 64 participants in the Slalom and 28 in the Free Air.

With the support of Cyprus Tourist Organisation, Larnaca Tourism Board, Keo Light, Famous Sports and Gshock this year is going to be a huge event.

The King of Kite is a unique day out for all sports enthusiasts, people of all ages and families. DJs on rotation keep the atmosphere pumping, as well as food and drink and stalls selling and promoting our local beach/surf culture. Join us then!

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