Forecast is looking good for the 12th Annual Pismo Kitexpo which kicks off this Friday, April 11. Check here for the latest weather update. We have 17 brands participating including: Airush, Axis,  Ben Wilson Surf, Best, Cabrinha, F.One, HQ Kites, Litewave Designs, Liquid Force, Loyd Surfboards, Naish, Nobile, North, RRD and Slingshot, along with accessory companies Dakine, Mystic and newcomer to the market, SAKOS. F.One, RRD and Slingshot will have SUP boards available for demo starting at 10a daily. To see where your favorite brands will be, check out the Expo Site Plan.

Some new product highlights of the upcoming event:

  • Liquid Force  debuting their single strut Solo kite, available in May
  • RRD unveiling their new strutless ‘Emotion’ kites
  • Axis Kiteboarding will have their new tandem board available for demo. This could open up new avenues for retailers and schools in teaching methodology and tourism (e.g. rides like a tandem skydive or paragliding flight)
  • Ben Wilson Surf land and water clinics (info here)
  • Nobile new split board twin tip and surf designs


firstaid1Got 20 minutes to spare? Just added to the lineup are How to Recognize an Injured Kiter clinics on Friday and Saturday at 10:45a sharp underneath the Red Bull tent, just before the BWS land clinics start at 11:30a. The way you respond to a kite accident could make a major difference in someone’s life. Kirk Talon, a 30-year veteran firefighter/EMT with the City of Davis, CA, has generously offered to conduct the two 20 minute clinics which will cover how to approach an injured kiter and how to properly immobilize someone before Emergency personnel  arrives so as to minimize further damage. www.onscenesafety.com.



All Friday raffle ticket sales will go toward the Saturday drawing held near registration/BBQ area starting at 5:15p sharp. You do not need to be present to win but must claim your prize no later than Sunday morning, 10a, at which time the item will go into the Sunday raffle. All Saturday raffle ticket sales will go toward the Sunday drawing at 11a at registration. If we have to do make good BWS water/safety clinics to Sunday, the raffle will be held at 10a. SEE INFO BOARD AT REGISTRATION FOR UPDATES. INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Raffle items so far:

  • Nobile 10m Fifty/50 kite complete
  • BWS 10m Noise Pro complete
  • Epic 12m Screamer (2011, kite only)
  • Cabrinha Wakeskate
  • Best 138 Armada twin tip complete
  • Loyd Surfboards custom kiteboard
  • Liquid Force Focus 139
  • Litewave 132 Carbon Kick (deck only)
  • Two custom made wine barrel folded chairs
  • One of a kind original painting by pro kitesurfer Greta Kruesi
  • North Styler waist harness, M
  • Naish Mission harness, M
  • Manera Exo harness
  • Dakine backpacks
  • Mystic tshirts, caps
  • Axis traction system
  • Kurtis Sunglasses: 3 pairs of shades
  • Murrays Marine: 1 pair floater polarized shades
  • Pena Surf Brazil/Gustavo Foerster: Pena Surf jacket
  • William Mudd: two $100 gift certificates www.canyonbeachwear.com
  • Three nights Mammoth Condo courtesy Frank Vedres
  • Slingshot trainer
  • HQ Rush W 200 trainer
  • SAKOS: waterwear apparel
  • Mendy Macabee custom fitted earplugs www.mendymaccabeeMD.com
  • Elemental Herbs: gift packs and all natural sunscreen
  • Various accessories from www.glidersusa.com, courtesy of Paul Hastie


EMV-EMVlite_0_0MonaVie Energy Drinks at registration: The Monavie EMV and EMV lite are the healthy alternative for any energy drink on the market today. We will have Red Bull available for free under the Red Bull tent but if you would like a MonaVie Energy drink we will be selling them for $3 each with ALL money going to Kinsley. Additionally,  Tom Reilly of MonaVie will donate 15% of any sales from Expo attendees or friends during the month of April. Info will be available at the event.www.mymonavie.com/bestfruitbesthealth

Kinsley600 This was one of the most coveted raffle prizes from the 2013 event! Paul Dayton of www.overthewavesdesigns.com creates beautiful custom wine barrel furniture. During Kitexpo only, Paul is offering The Kinsley Rocker during Kitexpo only for $750 with $200 of the proceeds benefiting the ThomasWong family.  We will be raffling off two fold up chairs at the Expo so come check them out!
For complete info on the event including the bonfire/BBQ/movie premier on Saturday night, see here