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2017 XBA Kitexpo (formerly Pismo) April 21-23, 2017


KiteXPOMapThe Pismo Kitexpo is now called the XBA Kitexpo, in honor of founder Kinsley ThomasWong of XtremeBigAir (XBA). In celebration of Kinsley’s love for the ocean and his desire to share his stoke, Kitexpo will benefit the Oceano Junior Lifeguards summer program which introduces young people to aquatic recreational opportunities and is designed to improve participant’s physical conditioning and understanding of the environment while gaining respect for themselves and others. As many of us watermen and women know, a program like this changes lives! When we can get kids excited about the ocean, they will in turn respect it and it’s inhabitants. This program runs during the month of July. In 2016 the program had 50 kids participating. For 2017, they anticipate up to 90 to apply.

WHERE: Pismo/Grover Beach, California, North of Grand Ave Beach Access Entrance

WHEN: April 21-23, 2017

TIME: 12p to 5p daily (registration 10:30a-3p except Sunday,12p to 2p)

Brought to you by The Kiteboarder Magazine and XtremeBigAir.com


April 21: #Live Like Kinsley Winemaker’s Fundraiser Dinner for Oceano Jr Lifeguard Summer Program, 7p -10p 

In memory of Kinsley ThomasWong and in the spirit of continuing his love for getting together with friends and family and spreading stoke, the XBA Kitexpo dinner is now a benefit to provide scholarships for underprivledged kids who want to participate in the Oceano Jr. Lifeguard’s Summer Program. Please join us for an amazing winemaker dinner and help us give back to the community that has hosted the Kitexpo event for 15 years.

This year’s dinner is $89/pp and consists of:

  • Spinach and Beet Salad- Baby Spinach, Oven Roasted Tri-Color Beets with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Roma Tomato, Red Onion, Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Choose Entree:  Grilled Ahi Tuna and Couscous with Bell Peppers, Green Onions, Water Chestnuts and a Spicy Thai Chili Sauce, Finished with Wasabi OR 8 oz. Filet Mignon with Herb & Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and Red Wine Reduction
  • Creme Brulee – Caramelized Vanilla Bean Custard with Local Berries

We’ll also be doing a drawing for a $500 Vela gift certificate and some other surprises:-)

RSVP deadline: MONDAY April 17. Details at https://evite.me/8mwZtJBzHv

April 21-23:  KiteXPO demos 12pm to 5pm

Must be intermediate level or better kiteboarder/surfer/SUPer, comfortable in crowds, able to do basic tricks/self rescue, sign waiver and provide CC info (VISA/MC only) to demo kiteboarding and/or SUP gear. Registration is 10:30a-3p Fri and Saturday and noon to 2p Sunday.

 Kitexpo demo participants will get a plastic card with participating vendor logos on it. This card will come with a zip tie that you can loop around your harness or wetsuit zipper. Request a sticker from each vendor you demo.

Demo participants will also get a raffle ticket when registering.  Demo participants only are participating in a contest to see who can demo all the vendors. The raffle ticket is good for the smaller prizes of $100 or less. Raffle details/drawing days/time TBD. Participants that demo all brands need to submit their card to registration with their name/number written on the back by 5p SATURDAY WHEN REGISTRATION CLOSES to be eligible for a special raffle drawing on Sunday, time TBD.

Please take note of the NO KITING PAST PIER AVE/POLE 6 RULE  March 1-Sept 30 due to snowy plovers or you risk getting a hefty ticket! Official rules at https://nebula.wsimg.com/46729eef5eed1560c1d5ab14a13ef69f?AccessKeyId=CC79776E70AA351B5F52&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

April 22:  Beach BBQ/Bonfire 6p-10p

Light it up! The Oceano Jr. Lifeguards and friends will be cooking up a storm to help raise funds for their summer program. Tickets are sold at the event only on a first come, first serve basis (only 125 tickets!). BBQ will be at the event site picnic area, in front of registration, followed by our traditional beach bonfire.

Interested in donating something toward the raffle & silent auction?  Email [email protected]


For lodging information, visit www.classiccalifornia.com  We suggest anything in the Pismo Beach or Grover Beach areas. Arroyo Grande, Shell Beach and Avila Beach are within 10-15 minutes of event site.

Thanks to LUV2CAMP for providing us with our registration trailer — check them out! www.luv2camp.com