High flying kite surfers seeking 'hang-time' Duncannon thrills

By david looby

Kitesurfer Niall Roche in action in Duncannon.
Kitesurfer Niall Roche in action in Duncannon.

Duncannon Beach plays host to the National Kite Surfing Championships, which will take place during Hooked Kite Fest this Saturday and Sunday, August 22, and 23.

Spectators can look forward to over 50 kitesurfers from across Ireland compete in the mens, womens and junior (under 18s) categories demonstrating their skills, airs and speed in a series of course racing and hang-time competitions over the weekend.

Round one of the competition has already taken place. The president and vice-president of the Irish Kite Surfer's Association will judge the kitesurfers' skills during the competition.

According to organiser Niall Roche this year's festival and competition is one not to be missed.

'Duncannon Beach is a spot that never fails to deliver on action and excitement and this being the sixth year of Hooked Kitefest will be no exception. We are delighted to the large number of competitors already registered for this event.'

The Hooked Kite Fest also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment for landlubbers, including face painting, beach volleyball, kids power kite lessons, kids dance off, beach games, bungee trampoline, live music plus festival barbecue and beach party.

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