In June 2011 the Cook Islands will be hosting its inaugural International Cook Islands Kitesurfing Competition in Aitutaki, with some of the world’s biggest names in kitesurfing competing. The Cook Islands Kitesurfing Association has organised the event which promises to launch the Cook Islands as an international kitesurfing destination with some of the world’s biggest names set to compete in the line-up.
The competition opens with an exhibition event on 25th June 2011 at Muri Lagoon and the main competition takes place at Motu Maina Iti off Aitutaki from 29th June to 2nd July 2011.
Two-time world champion Jesse Richman has confirmed he’ll be competing; the Maui born 18 year old is a two-time KPWT champion and has won gold in international competitions all over the world. Also competing and going for gold is Cameron Dietrich, one of kitesurfing’s biggest names and has also been named the sport’s worldwide ambassador.
The judge’s panel will also include some impressive names in the kitesurfing world. Three-time Queen of the Air Susi Mai has agreed to judge along with Tahitian pro rider Moehau Goold.
The Cook Islands Kitesurfing Association hopes that the competition will work two ways – that it will promote the Cook Islands in international kitesurfing circles and promote the sport among Cook Islanders.
Tiny and remote, the Cook Islands comprise a ‘necklace’ of 15 islands scattered across the heart of the South Pacific. Offering turquoise lagoons, lush green landscapes, hidden coves and perfect beaches, they make for some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. But there’s much more to these islands than meets the eye. Picture yourself strolling across the untouched sands of the main island of Rarotonga, haggling for unique black pearl jewellery in the lively Saturday market, swimming in the surrounding crystal waters, horse riding at sunset or just simply enjoying a meal under the stars on your private deck – the Cook Islands offer that little bit more to those with a thirst for something different!
For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, the paradise island of Aitutaki offers a perfect retreat. This beautiful atoll is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the Cook Islands, as well as a number of unique and classic hotels, with prices to suit all tastes and budgets. Here in Aitutaki, no visit is complete without taking a boat trip to one of the many smaller atolls within the 45km lagoon, where visitors can snorkel over the colourful coral reefs – teeming with multicoloured fish, or just relax with a local cocktail on the deserted beaches.
Destination Management Cook Islands has packages available for participants and spectators. For more information visit www.dmck.com and for more information on the competition visit www.cookislandskitesurfing.com