Last year’s inaugaral Dahab Festival was a huge success and 2012 is set to be bigger and better…
Catering for windsurfers, kitesurfers, scuba divers and many more, the week-long event has something for everybody. With this year’s Dahab Festival fast approaching, we take a look at what’s in store for the windurfers.
Starting the festivities with a bang will be a tow-in windsurf competition on Saturday night. Launching from the Neilson centre from 8.30pm, competitors will be towed behind a ski boat before flying into some massive tricks in front of the crowd-lined beach. Last year saw World Champion Gollito Estredo grace the water as he launched into some awesome freestyle trickery. Gollito isn’t joining the proceedings this year, but word has it the local sailors have been putting in the practise and have some amazing moves up their sleeves. It’s a sure fire way to get the week off to a good start!
Following on from the night tow-in, 5 days have been set aside for the Freestyle competition to allow the competitors to get the best from the conditions. Last year saw 18 competitors take to the water for everything from 4.2 to 5.3 weather. Phil Richards from GetWindsurfing.com won the single elimination and finished 2nd overall.
This year there are many of the top PWA freestylers training in Dahab, so the freestyle event should see a great turnout. Visitors such as Jamie Drummond from the UK, Maarten van Ochten, Laure Treboux, Alex Seyss and Loick Spicher, as well as many of the local sailors are all expected to compete next week, so the level should be very high.
So, it is set to be a week full of action and the forecast is already looking good for the earlier part of next week. If you are heading out to Egypt be sure to check out all the goings on.
You can find out more info on the other events at the Dahab Festival by heading to the official website HERE.
Dahab Holidays have this to add:
“Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the second Dahab festival of Culture and Water sports. Great windsurfing events, live music and big parties.
Here is a sneak preview of what is happening:
Saturday 14th April – The opening party hosted by the Coralia hotel with the tow-in winsurfing spectacle. Plus Radio Sinai live and various DJ’s will get the beach rocking!
Sunday 15th April – Start of the 5 day freestyle competition with local rippers and imported talent doing amazing stunts.
Friday 20th April – The biggest party and prize giving, with Radio Sinai live and special guests. Followed by a 48 hour desert dance party.
This year the festival will be even bigger than last year. Other events happening throughout the week include diving and free diving competitions, an underwater photo competition, a kite surfing long distance race and jumping competition plus free tasters. Free banana or inflatable rides, art workshops and live music from local and international bands to round off the day perfectly.
The festival is lovely for the whole family with the circus, face painting, baking and a kite making competition. There will be taster sessions in yoga, reki, zumba fitness, modern dance, belly dancing and massage. Plus Bedouin dinners, culture exhibitions and a daily market. The raft and camel race are great fun – not to be missed.
Its not to late to book flights and accommodation. E-mail: [email protected] for more details and quote ‘festival’ to receive 20% discount off your stay at the Lagoon Villa Apartments.