Antigua is being swept away by a new craze in Kitesurfing, which has been called å‘the sport of the millenniumå’ due to its recent explosion in popularity.
Kitesurfing is a new sport combining windsurfing, power kiting and wakeboarding in which a rider on a board controls a huge kite so that they are pulled along the water and into the air. The most popular location in Antigua for the sport is Jabberwock beach on the north coast, with the perfect conditions of cross-onshore winds, a long sandy beach and clear shallow water.
It is also home to Kite Antigua, a dedicated kitesurfing school, which offers tuition and equipment rental for everyone from complete beginners to advanced levels.
Antigua is the site for many kitesurfing competitions, attracting competitors and enthusiasts from across the globe. One such event is the Antigua Kite Jam, sponsored by UK high street store River Island, taking place 19th - 24th January 2004.
A selection of the world’s top kite surfers from the UK, Antigua, USA, Brazil, Hawaii and many other countries will be amongst the 16 men and 4 women competing. Events will fall into three categories: Men & Women Freestyle Elimination, Men & Women Best Trick and Men & Women Race.