Kitesurfers to take part in Worthing’s Olympic celebrations

WORTHING seafront will be the centre stage for a “big-air” kitesurfing competition this summer.

The Big Air Open kitesurfing competition will challenge keen kitesurfers to perform their highest jump possible, and will run in line with the Olympic Torch Relay weekend.

The first of its kind in Worthing, 36 male and female competitors will be allowed to take part in the competition, with spectators and fans being encouraged to cheer on the kitesurfers from the seafront.

Worthing kitesurfer Lewis Crathern, who is known internationally for his big-air skills, is actively involved in the event. He said: “I am extremely excited about the Big Air Open, especially as it takes place in my home town of Worthing. This will be an amazing format for kitesurfers of all levels to take on the wind and waves, show off their skills and compete for the Big Air Open title.”

Cabinet member for regeneration Bryan Turner said: “We are delighted to have been instrumental in bringing this fantastic event to Worthing. We have made a considerable investment in the event and are looking forward to welcoming all the kitesurfers to our lovely beach.”

The Big Air Open will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 9am to 6pm. Entry fee for competitors is £30. Registration is open and the minimum age for competitors is 18.

For more information, visit www.thebigairopen.com