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Dakhla Festival 2011 - February 24-27

Postby Toby » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:28 pm

Dakhla Festival 2011

The Dakhla festival, extreme south of Morocco : the incredible encounter between sea and desert, between music and boardsports!

The concept

Dakhla, with its open bay on the Atlantic has become in recent years, one of the most famous spots in the world of watersports. For the 5th consecutive year, amateur and professional of windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddling disciplines will meet again on a festival that intelligently mix sport and culture. Action, sport, music, sharing and discovery are the key words of this dynamic festival.

The spot

Crossroads between sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Europe, Dakhla offers the perfect playground for all the practices of boardsports. On the land side, the bay is the ideal spot for "full speed" runs on a kiteboard or a windsurfboard. It will be the scene of the Long Distance. On the sea side, the Foum Labouir spot offers a perfect arena ideal for beautiful curves lovers, ready to tear the waves while surfing, windsurfing, Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddling on this superb right that breaks to perfection !


This year, if the wind is up, the bay of Dakhla will see kitesurfers and windsurfers compete on the longer sprint in the world, a long distance of more than 37 miles ! Meanwhile waveriders will battle with style on competitions launched in the waves of Foum Labouir. Challenges for shortboard, longboard, SUP, windsurf and kitesurf are also programed. Ultimately, the most complete rider in each discipline will win the "2011 Dakhla Waterman" title !

Kitesurf Champions

If the Dakhla Festival is a mix of sport and culture, it is also a great melting pot! This year we will have the opportunity to welcome falous stars in each discipline. In kiteboarding, French Alex Caizergues will of course be the man to watch out on for the Long Distance against windsurfers, alongside South African speedwoman Sjoukje Bredenkamp. Frenchy Paul Serin will also be part of the event while Renaud Madier will exhibit his kiteboard mounted on a foil. French girls Fabienne d'Ortoli and Mary Desandre will complete the women's draw.
Check out the complete guests list attached in this mail.

The Program

Tuesday, February 22
Long Distance recognition
Free sessions

Wednesday 23 - Friday, February 25
Waveriding Contest (windsurfing, kitesurfing, longboarding, surfing, sup)
Long distance (windsurfing, kitesurfing)

Friday, February 25
Official presentation of the riders

Saturday, February 26
Exhibitions & initiations (windsurfing, kitesurfing, longboarding, surfing, sup)
"Dakhla Waterman" - Stand Up Paddle combined contest by team
Announcement of the best riders of the day
Interviews and autographs of athletes

Sunday, February 27
Exhibitions & initiations (windsurfing, kitesurfing, longboarding, surfing, sup)
Dakhla Festival Official Prize Giving


A targeted press release will be sent to you daily from 22 February until the end of the Festival, plus a serie of photos to illustrate your articles. Feel free to use our communication tools that are at your disposal to stay in contact with the festival:

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