With a view to the participation of the Dominican Republic in the 2024 Olympic Games, the Formula Kite Grand Prix 2022 was held in Cabarete, with the presence of the best representatives of this sport worldwide.
The international event was organized by the Dominican Sailing Federation (FEDOVELA), with the endorsement of the International Formula Kite Association, and was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
Kitesurfing is considered an extreme sport of sliding on water, in which the wind propels a traction kite and allows you to move by means of a board or a wakeboard, and for this reason Cabarete is the ideal destination to practice this water sport.
Raul Aguayo, vice president of FEDOVELA, said that it is of utmost importance for Dominican tourism to make known the attractiveness of the best weather conditions, which are not easy to match in other countries, the good wind and waves that Cabarete has.
He added that for years they have received great exponents of great international importance who use Cabarete as a training center during the winter that can not practice in their countries.
The vice-president of Fedovela, expressed that “we are excited to see how people are supporting this Kite competition, how we give the opportunity to new disciplines of the sport”.
He also said that this is a way of integrating different types of tourism to make the Dominican Republic the international destination it deserves to be. At the same time he thanked the Ministry of Tourism for the support to carry out the second version of the Formula Kite Gran Prix.
The event was held from March 9 to 13, with the participation of 17 athletes from 8 countries, who competed from 8 to 18 knots in the timely wind and waves of Cabarete.
Dominican athlete Deury Corniel was crowned runner-up in the Kite Surfing competition held during the weekend, being surpassed by Tiger Tyson from Antigua and Barbuda, who won 1st place and Valentin Bontus from Austria, in 3rd place.
The women’s category held strong from the start of the competition with Kirstyn O’Brien of the United States in first place, Kimberly Risbergen of the Netherlands in second and Marina Vodisek of Slovenia in third, women who prove that extreme sports are for everyone.
The winner Tiger Tyson from Antigua, commented that it was very fun and exciting to compete with such spectacular conditions as Cabarete offers and it was a lot of pressure to stay in 1st place, competing with such qualified athletes in this sport. Deury Corniel was very happy with the result obtained in the competition.
In this second version competitors from other countries participated for the first time, which were delighted with the destination to continue practicing this discipline, such as Austria, Czech Republic, Canada, USA, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Antigua, among others.
On Sunday’s grand finale, the competition moved to the shores of the beach, for the enjoyment of all spectators, from the area of the Villa Taína hotel, with live DJs.
The activity, in addition to MITUR, had the support of the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, Hostal Villa Taína, DOMICEN, Industrias San Miguel, Viva Whyndam, Frank’s, Cemex, Curly Love, Industrias Aguayo, Carib Wind, among others.