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NegOr holds 1st kitesurfing race

Margarita Camilla M. Delos Santos

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Basic kitesurf jump by Francois Toullec, owner and instructor of Kite in Negros. PHOTO BY Deo Dax Sillero Cordova

“Kite Race to Apo,” the first ever kitesurfing race and event in Negros Oriental, will be held on Feb. 11 from the beach of Malatapay, Zamboanguita to Apo Island.

Kitesurfing is a surface water sport that harnesses the power of wind through a large parachute type-kite to propel a rider across the water on surfboard or a kiteboard.

Organized by Francois Toullec, owner and instructor of Kite in Negros, the speed crossing race will be composed of both national and international kitesurfers. Presently, there are 15 participants registered.

The aim of the event is to be able to gather both national and international kitesurfers and to expose Negros Oriental in the community and sport of kitesurfing.

During the event, rescue boats will be following the participants and a speed boat will also be provided for the media and selected viewers to witness the race in action. In addition, after the race there will be a free kite session around the beach area open for everyone.

Kite In Negros, is the first kite surfing school in Negros Oriental located at White Chocolate Hills Resort in Zamboanguita.  It was opened last December 1, 2015 by Toullec, a French national and his Filipina wife, Katrina.

According to Toullec, Zambaonguita is the best place in Negros Oriental to learn kitesurfing because of the regularity of the wind and the absence of obstruction in the area that creates a perfect location for kite surfing and other water sports.

*For more information, bookings and inquiries, you can go to their Facebook page Kite In Negros or visit their website www.kite-in-negros.com.

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