The world’s first ‘Love Kiteboarding’ celebration is to be held in Mexico this Valentine’s Day, signalling the commitment of kiting enthusiasts and local authorities to bring the sport to the Mayan Riviera.

The event – to be held on Kite Beach, Tulum – is set to attract the sport’s top professional riders, as well as kitesurfers from across the world and Mexico to celebrate and raise the profile of the sport.

Tournament organiser and Founder of Morph Kiteboarding, Tulum-based David Furchtgott said: “The ‘Love Kiteboarding’ event is not only a vibrant celebration of this hugely popular sport, but a development of the relationship between kiteboarding schools and everyone else concerned, whether local authorities, spectators, or independent riders. It is a fascinating sport that, with love and cooperation from all concerned, has an exciting future in the Mayan Riviera.

揥e are aware there have been problems with kitesurfing on some beaches along the coast in the past, so this tournament allows us the opportunity to make a statement about our committment to the safety of kitesurfing for all, which when regulated properly is an enhancement of our coastline and our offering to local people and tourists. We have started talking with other kite schools, civil protection, beachside palapas and tourists, and will work tirelessly to make sure kiteboarding brings vibrancy to our beaches for the foreseeable future.

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make this statement about kiteboarding, and we hope this love for the sport will continue to grow as more people continue to learn and appreciate it. ”


Mr Antonio Badillo Horta, Head Director of Civil Protection said: “We are proud to be working together with kite schools and beachside operations to ensure there are agreements about rules, regulations, behaviour and visual materials on the beach. It is the perfect example of how with open channels of communication we can achieve great things, and ensure everyone is pleased with the outcome. Kite Beach is one of the most beautiful spots on the Mayan Riviera and our goal is to work together to ensure that everyone can enjoy all it has to offer, kiteboarding and beyond.”

The ‘Love Kiteboarding’ celebration will begin on the 13th February with downwind kiting trips from Playa Paraiso towards Boca Paila. Valentine’s Day will see a celebration of kiteboarding outside Playa Azul on Kite Beach Tulum, with professional riders, kite demos, safety clinics and musical entertainment.

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  1. I love Kite
    Este fin de semana se llev贸 a cabo el evento de I Love Kite, del popular y reconocido deporte del Kitesurfing para resolver dudas y arreglar diferencias entre Protecci贸n Civil, hoteleros y escuelas de Kite de Quintana Roo.. Todo comenz贸 el s谩bado en Isla blanca dadas las excelentes condiciones de viento que se encontrar铆an en el lugar. Ese d铆a se llev贸 a cabo una sesi贸n de fotos y de pr谩ctica libre de Freestyle, aparte de lecciones para los que quisieran aprenderlo.

    Durante el d铆a se vieron algunos trucos por profesionales, como Maziek Koserski, atleta reconocido mundialmente que vino desde Polonia para apoyar la causa y la reconciliaci贸n del turismo con el Kitesurfing.

    El domingo 14 de febrero se festej贸 el d铆a de la amistad de parte de las escuelas de Kite. Este mismo d铆a se dio una conferencia al p煤blico en las instalaciones del Hotel Playa Azul integrada David Furchtgott, de la escuela de Kitesurf de Morph; Antonio Badillo Horta, Director de Protecci贸n Civil de Tulum; y kiters profesionales como Maziek, atleta Red Bull, y Miguel Manzanilla, campe贸n nacional cancunense del deporte. Estableciendo finalmente el acuerdo de que se regular谩n reglas para que este deporte no afecte en ning煤n aspecto al turismo; sino que, al contrario, impulse el mismo con seguridad para todos los involucrados.

    Antonio Badillo Horta, de Protecci贸n Civil, coment贸 鈥淎poyamos por parte de municipio. Proponen buenas reglas para el turismo y para hoteleros. Yo mismo soy un practicante del deporte y quiero que mi familia sea parte de esto.鈥 David Furchtgott asegur贸 que se tendr谩 una regulaci贸n del deporte para sus alumnos as铆 como para los practicantes del deporte que lleguen de otros lugares para aprovechar nuestras playas. Miguel Manzanilla durante la conferencia dijo 鈥淓s un deporte en donde te encuentras s贸lo t煤, y el mar, debemos aprovechar las playas, hay que alejarnos de las orillas para no asustar a nadie. Es muy seguro y es de los deportes de mayor crecimiento en el mundo鈥. Por su parte el atleta mundialmente reconocido Maciek Koserski expres贸 鈥淓xiste una gran variedad de modalidades para este deporte: cursos, wavesurf, Freestyle y los sistemas de seguridad son buenos, se puede disfrutar en todos los aspectos鈥.

    El d铆a se cerr贸 con una tarde llena de energ铆a positiva con una Bandikoro tocando para todo el p煤blico presente y 茅xito en comunicar la fuerza que est谩 ganando este deporte en nuestra regi贸n. El martes 16 de febrero, quedan todos invitados a una sesi贸n de fotos que se llevar谩 a cabo en Isla Blanca a partir de las 10:30 a.m. Esperamos contar con su presencia.

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    This weekend, Kite Beach Tulum played host to ‘Love & Kiteboarding’, an event pioneered by Morph Kiteboarding to ensure the longevity of the sport along the Riviera Maya, in the wake of criticism surrounding the sport on beaches along the coast.
    Beginning on Saturday 13th February and with the main event on Valentine’s Day, the celebration of kiteboarding saw the arrival of professional Red Bull sponsored rider Maciek Koserski, and the gathering of people crucial to the survival of the sport including Civil Protection, hoteliers and kite schools in Quintana Roo.
    David Furchtgott, Founder of Morph Kiteboarding said: “We are excited by the outcome of this important celebration, which has provided an arena for discussion about our sport and has shown the public that we are serious about ensuring that kiteboarding has only a positive influence in the area.
    “We have made rules and regulations that both schools and independent riders will adhere to, making kiteboarding not only fantastic for those who practice it but also for spectators and learners.”
    The celebration began on Saturday at Isla Blanca, Cancun, with lessons taking place harmoniously alongside freestyle practice and world-renowned Maciek Koserski’s impressive tricks and moves.

    On Valentine’s Day, the friendship between kite schools and the love of kiteboarding was celebrated in style with Playa Azul on Kite Beach Tulum, with music and dancing as well as speeches from all those who came along to support the cause.
    Antonio Badillo Horta, Director of Civil Protection of Tulum, professional rider Maciek Koserski and Mexico’s national champion Miguel Manzanilla were among those who spoke at the event, expressing their belief that kiteboarding will continue in harmony with the tourism industry and the local people.

    David Furchtgott and other kiteschool owners in the area spoke of their commitment to maintain high standards along the beaches, and how they look forward to more people experiencing and enjoying the sport that they love.

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