Situated on the Mozambique mainland, the scenic town of Vilanculos provides the perfect gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. Accessible via good roads from South Africa and Swaziland, or via regular LAM and Air Link flights, Vilanculos is a popular tourist destination where azure waters, coral reefs and kiting winds conspire to provide the ultimate holiday experience.
With a variety of places to stay from backpackers, self-catering chalets and apartments through to luxury lodges, the word is out – this is a perfect destination for the kiting enthusiast! Increasing numbers of keen surfers are pulling in to experience the temperate climate, unpredictable waters and inflating winds offered by this unspoiled and welcoming tropical destination. Here you can also scuba on the world renowned coral reefs, where the underwater inhabitants are both prolific and varied, or take a trip to the nearby islands where pansy shells and beautiful beaches await you.
Having hosted the first Vilanculos Downwind event for Mozambican-based participants with great success in September 2012, Vilanculos kite surfing operations, in association with a variety of local businesses, are now extending an invitation to enthusiasts from around the globe to participate in their second annual event from September 20-22, 2013.
Sponsored by VODACOM, ENGEN, NAISH and local companies GRUPO SEA, BIG BLUE and TAURUS, the 20 km challenge will take surfers from Vilanculos, northwards along the pristine coastline to Marimba Secret Gardens, an area of great natural beauty. It is in these unique turquoise waters that dolphins may accompany your journey and the elusive dugong can occasionally be spotted. Return by boat, relax and replenishing for the party ahead.
Friday, September 20
Meet & greet at the welcome cocktails kitezone lounge.
Saturday, September 21
Downwind adventure culminating in a beach party with live music and typical Mozambican fare.
Sunday, September 22
Competition day! Tricks and turns, show-off and shine!
Entry fee: US$65 of which 25% will be donated to Dugong Research – this fee includes boat support during the downwind, braai dinner and many surprises.
For more information, visit www.vilanculosdownwind.com