The 2012 Pismo Beach Kite Expo came to a close yesterday after three full days of excellent kiteboarding conditions.

Photo Scott Edwards

The final day of the event started early with light wind that built throughout the day. By early afternoon most riders were on 9-10m kites.

The 10 vendors on hand were kept very busy rigging, launching, and landing more kites this weekend than during any previous Pismo Kite Expo. During the height of activity on Sunday, more than 80 kites were counted on the water.

After a full day of riding, the event was capped off with a big raffle as the wind finally died down. We want to thanks everyone who came out to the 2012 Pismo Kite Expo for showing your support for this great cause!

We will be posting a final wrap up of the event tomorrow (Tuesday) including the list of unclaimed raffle prizes and the fundraising total of how much money we were able to raise for Kinsley Thomas Wong. Learn more about Kinsley at Friends of Kinsley.

We want to thank everyone who helps support this great event. The Pismo Kite Expo would not happen without you!

  • North
  • Mystic
  • RRD
  • Underground
  • Live2Kite
  • CaliKites
  • Core Kiteboarding
  • Dynabar
  • 321 Kiteboarding
  • Xenon Boards
  • Kite Zombies
  • Best Kiteboarding
  • F-One Kiteboarding
  • Manera
  • F-One SUP
  • Underwave
  • Airush
  • Liquid Force
  • Cabrinha
  • Epic Kites

Prize/Event Sponsors: Gabe Loyd Custom Surfboards/Kitesurf Boards, The Sea Venture Hotel, Red Bull, The Isla Vista Kiteboarding Club, the Pismo Beach CVB, DaKine, FSC, Carol Bolstad, Kurtis Surf Shades, Radog Wines, Giuseppe’s Restaurant,  and Hyperflex.

Special thanks to volunteers Maui Mike and the Lujan family, Peter Dohi, Scott Edwards, Berta Bartscherer, Kevin Winfield, Steve Nyswonger, Jens Hanke, Tom Reilly, Mrinda Brown, Kurt Friedmann, Ben Icard, and Andy Crafts.