In March, Necker Island co-hosted the inaugural British Virgin Islands Kite Jam, supported by the man himself, Sir Richard Branson and sponsored by the BVI Tourism Board. Kite Boarding lovers from around the globe descended on the British Virgin Islands (known for its ideal wind and water conditions) for a series of races and freestyle competitions. The event was an idea born from our very own hardcore kitesurfer Richard, while he cruised the 8 miles between Necker Island and Anegada.
BVI Kite Jam kicked off with an illustrious opening party at Necker Island for pros and participants along with sponsors, international media, esteemed members of the BVI Tourism Board and local VIPs and officials. Party goers danced the night away to live music by local act Last Resort on the sands of Necker Island under a full moon.
Kite Jammer Winners
Chris Brockbank- Best Grom Award
Tim Von Arnauld- Best Kiting Outfit
Joe Willsher- Biggest Balls
Geza Scholtz – Most Likely to Turn Out Like Sir Richard Branson
Patrick – Tightest Pants Award
Derek Deville -Best Student Award
Davey Blair – Best Press Session
Tom Court & Chris Burke – Best Fight Club Duo (in a sumo wrestler outfit)
Jason Slezak – Best DIY Repair
Andre Philip – Best Lazy Boy Award
Tom Court – Highest Paying Threshold
Tuva Jensen – Best Flip Top Surfer
Chris Burke – Best Grafter Award
BVI Kite Jam closed with an over the top party on a remote beach on Mosquito Island (just across from Necker Island), complete with an awards ceremony, fire dancers, and a DJ getting the crowd pumped and dancing.
The event was an overwhelming success and leading international surfwear apparel brand Billabong confirmed their involvement as the presenting sponsor for next year’s event. Billabong BVI Kite Jam 2011 will take place from February 26 to March 5. Visit www.bvikitejam.com for more information.
If you missed out this year, diary the 26th February 2011, as Necker Island will once again be hosting a Celebration Week for 7 night stays. Call our UK Reservations Office on +44 (0) 208 600 0430 to check availability… before suiting up and getting wet!
Til next time,
General Manager, Necker Island