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The Rock International Open Ready for Action

Cayman set to host its first annual kitesurfing competition attracting top athletes from around the world.

Residents of Grand Cayman will welcome the first international kiteboarding event to the island next week playing host to the top men, women and juniors in freestlye, race and big air disciplines. This is the first time that the Cayman Islands will host such an event and the athletes and organisers alike are looking forward to the exciting action, world-class conditions, exclusive events and the best in Cayman hospitality.

Organisers came together nearly 12 months ago and decided to stage the first TRIO competition in Grand Cayman in order to showcase the island to other enthusiasts around the globe. “Cayman has some of the best spots in the world for kitesurfing.” Commented Derek Serpell, Director of TRIO. “We have crystal clear, flat, turquoise, water coupled with sunshine, empty beaches and consistent winds – we need to tell people about that!” he continued. Over the last year the TRIO committee, made up of volunteers from within the Cayman kitesurfing community, have worked tirelessly to promote the event internationally, and it’s been working. Nearly 50 athletes are registered to compete, among them the current men’s freestyle champion, Alex Pastor, the 2012 women’s freestyle world champion, Karolina Winkowska, and four times womens race world champion, Steph Bridge. Local talents Amy Strzalko, Tynan Klein and Maya Ogorzalek will also be competing.

Another goal of TRIO is to encourage young people in the Cayman Islands to try the sport and highlight the importance of staying active. In addition, organisers hope that they can raise awareness for conserving Cayman’s beaches and the environment but showcasing it’s potential to increase tourism. For these reasons TRIO has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Department of Environment Turtle Conservation Program, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to these charities. “We’re thrilled to be working with TRIO and we have a lot of very excited Big Brothers and Sisters and their Little Brothers and Sisters who will be coming out to watch the competition. Everyone’s looking forward to meeting the pros” said Julissa Castillo, Case Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Education and youth are very important to TRIO and a number of the pro riders attending will be going into schools to speak at assemblies ahead of the competition and we will be welcoming school groups at the beach.” Added Serpell.

The action is set to kick off with an exclusive movie premier of “With a Kite”, the first ever full feature kitesurfing movie. Limited tickets to the premier, sponsored by Stepping Stones, are available for sale at Abacus for $25 and include a pre and post party at Abacus with a chance to meet the product and the TRIO athletes. All proceeds will be donated to the TRIO charities.

Competition will get underway, starting with the racing in the morning on Thursday 13th February at the Holiday Inn, followed by the freestyle competition to be held at Barkers and will continue on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th. A complete schedule and timings will be posted on the event website – www.trio.ky.

The event will close with a glitzy Gala dinner and the official awards ceremony on the Crescent at Camana Bay. The athletes, sponsors, and VIP guests will enjoy drinks followed by a 3-course dinner and after dinner entertainment. Limited tickets are available from Abacus for $100. All proceeds will be donated to the TRIO charities.

Spectators are welcome at all beach events and both competition venues (Holiday Inn & Barkers) will be set up with food and drink concessions and spectator areas. Spectator entry is free.


Cayman residents come together to clear beach for Cayman’s first International Kiteboarding event.

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BARKERS, Grand Cayman Feb 1 2014 – Dozens of volunteers took advantage of cool winter morning to protect one of their favorite outdoor spots on Grand Cayman. They successfully collected and removed more than 30 bags of ocean-­‐bound trash over 2 miles of beach as part of The Rock International Open (TRIO) beach cleanup day.

Working together to protect what they love, and get ready for Cayman’s first international kitesurfing event which will welcome over 40 of the sports most famous athletes from around the world in Grand Cayman next week, more than 50 participants scoured the beach and inland pathways for plastics, bottles, shoes, bags and other rubbish.

Barkers beach is a popular turtle-­‐nesting site and TRIO will be supporting the Department of Environment’s turtle protection program with proceeds from the event. “Barkers is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cayman Islands. As kitesurfers, we take advantage of the consistent trade winds which allow us to practice our sport in this wonderful environment, but we must never forget that we are sharing the location with the turtles, and do our best to protect them.” Said Derek Serpell, TRIO event director.

As they prepare for 4-­‐days of sporting action, TRIO’s organisers are keen to reassure Cayman’s

public that they are not harming the national park at Barkers and will ensure that the area is left as it was before the competition. “Volunteers worked hard over the weekend to remove seaweed and burs from the beach to allow spectators to walk amongst the trees and sit in the shade whilst enjoying the competition” commented Damian Davis, site manager for TRIO. "It was great to see kitesurfers, beach users, and environmental lovers getting together and giving something back to the local community by cleaning up Barkers beach” he continued.


International stars wow over 600 children at John A Cumber Primary School

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As top international athletes start arriving in Grand Cayman, local schools get a taste of the action.
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman Feb 11 2014 – The eagerly anticipated Rock International Open (TRIO) competition gets underway this week and athletes from around the world have started to arrive on Grand Cayman. Before the official competition starts on Thursday, some of the pro’s including 4 x world champion Steph Bridge and global superstars Alex Fox and Eric Rienstra have been entertaining local school children during their assemblies, teaching them about the world fastest growing action sport and the importance of staying fit and healthy.
Gemma Butterfield, education coordinator for TRIO told us “the children were buzzing all day after the athletes’ visit and were asking lots of questions – it’s such a unique opportunity for many of them.”
Later in the day Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) took part in beginner clinics at Barkers Beach. BBBS is one of TRIO’s charity partners with all proceeds from the event being donated to local charities. As well as engaging with young people, organisers hope to raise awareness for the beach marine environment by supporting the Department of Environment’s (DOE) Turtle Conservation program.
TRIO’s opening ceremony takes place tomorrow night at Abacus with the regional premier of “With A Kite”, the industries first kitesurfing move. The event is sponsored by Stepping Stones and will see over 150 attendees mingle with the stars at an after party in Camana Bay. Very limited tickets are still available at WATERMAN and Abacus for $25, with all proceeds going to BBBS and the DOE.
Competition is due to get underway on Thursday 13th February with Kite Racing at the Holiday Inn, followed by the freestyle competition to be held at Barkers, and will continue on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th. A complete schedule and timings will be posted on the event website – www.trio.ky.

The event will close with a glitzy Gala dinner and the official awards ceremony on the Crescent at Camana Bay. The athletes, sponsors, and VIP guests will enjoy drinks followed by a 3-course dinner and after dinner entertainment. Limited tickets are available from Abacus for $100. All proceeds will be donated to the TRIO charities.

Spectators are welcome at all beach events and both competition venues (Holiday Inn & Barkers) will be set up with food and drink concessions and spectator areas. Spectator entry is free.

About TRIO

Cayman’s first annual kitesurfing competition: The Rock International Open (TRIO) takes place from 12 – 16 February 2014, and is set to put the Cayman Islands on the map when it comes to top kitesurfing locations around the world. Featuring three separate events -­‐ Freestyle, Big Air and Racing -­‐ TRIO will put competitors through their paces against a Caribbean paradise backdrop that many just dream about. Under 16s will get their own dedicated event and workshops held before, during and after the event provide something for all to do regardless of age or skill level. TRIO is a not for profit organization supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Department of Environment Turtle Conservation Program.

TRIO is sponsored by:
DART, Evolving Island, Miller Lite, Z99, Kitesurf Cayman, Butterfield, MCS, Waterman, Appleby, Lobster Pot, Stepping Stones Recruitment, Caribbean Canvas Company, Best Kiteboarding, Slingshot, Fidelity, EPIC Kiteboarding, Wakeboard Cayman, MCS, Shinn, Luca, RedBull, Appleby, Holiday Inn, The Security Centre, Cayman Physiotherapy, Caribbean Club, Genesis Trust and Hertz


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