Battle For The Bay- Kitesurfing and Sup Championships 2013
- We’re waxing down our surfboards
We can’t wait for June
We’ll all be gone for the summer
Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ in Dollymount Bay.- (Beach Boys)
Sun, sand, kites and surf boards are the ingredients of the day when Dollymount Strand plays host to a leg of this year’s European Kite Boardercross Championships plus Stand-up Paddle Boarding Competition at this year’s Battle of the Bay.
Considered one of the best beaches in the world for kite surfing, Dollymount Strand will be transformed into a veritable water wonderland when the globe’s best kitesurfers descend on the beach to showcase their spectacular skills and gravity defying moves as they skim the water surface and compete for the coveted King or Queen of the Bay crown.
Battle for the Bay is a free, entertaining weekend for all the family, young and old, where audiences are enthralled, entertained and captivated by kitesurfers from across the world as they weave across the glittering bay. Pure Magic will give demonstrations on the beach,freestyle shows, paddle boarding and kite surfing introductions for newcomers. There will be live music, a Kids Zone, funfair, food village & BBQ plus a Kids Kite Competition.
After a long hard winter of training, the surfers will be honed, toned and raring to compete as the Battle for the Bay gets underway. This year will feature race and freestyle competitions, with riders performing daring technical tricks and feats. Boardercross is a mix of freestyling and racing which will bring a unique format of the competitors together on the starting line for a slalom style fight that is fast and furious involving jumping water obstacles. Competitors compete for championship points!
The annual Paddle Boarding Competition will also take place as part of the Battle of the Bay extravaganza. Known as SUPing (Stand up Paddle boarding), the world’s fasting growing water sport is currently all the rage and will challenge all competitors. It’s exhilarating and tough, as well as individual races there will be team relay races a technical 6km and gruelling14km Marathon.
So wax up your surf board, shine your shades and head to the Battle for the Bay – a free two day event now in its seventh year. Bring friends and family and enjoy the Pure Magic
A new addition this year will be the very special food treats to keep the hunger at bay and keep the appetites of surfers and spectators satiated The Food Village will line the bay and include delicious delights such as awarding winning Pie Minister, sweet and savour crepes from Crepes in the City, K-chido Mexiano with homemade tacos, quesadilla, nachos, Mexican stews served with homemade salsas sauces and beans, signature spicy chicken wings with sour cream and blues cheese dip from The Wing Bar, gourmet Burgers and pulled Pork Sandwhiches by Mango and homemade Corn Dogs from Crankee Yankee Corn Dogs . And no food line up would be complete without local input from Kinara Restaurant with its mouthwatering Pakistani and North Indian cuisine, international food cuisine from the family run Bay Restaurant and fresh seafood from the renowned Kingsitric, finished with coffee , pastries and coffee from O’Briens.
Late night entertainment continues into the night at partner venues in Clontarf and city centre. More details to be announced.