A sense of community service and a great location ensured a successful Apex Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival at Elliott Heads this weekend.
Apex Bundaberg president and national board member Tara Spotswood praised the location and her team that helped coordinate the weekend's event.
“It is an awesome little spot, an awesome little bit of paradise we have here; it is very rare to have the ocean plus the riverfront all to be so close,” Tara said.
“Thank you not only goes to the Bundaberg club, but also members from Fraser Coast, Biggenden and also a newly formed club in Rockhampton”
“I was very grateful they all gave up their weekend to come and give us a hand.”
The Apex members from Rockhampton who travelled to the Bundaberg Region were excited to be part of the Apex Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival, and they said it was something that will make the relationship between the two clubs stronger.
“This has been a great event, and we had a ball this weekend,” Capricorn West Apex member Cassie Newby said.
“We love doing these things where there is inter-club travel; Bundy has come up to Rocky to help out with sausage sizzles and that was great.
“Our club is new, so we hope to grow it, and events like this will help.”
Apex Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival men's freestyle competition competitor Leo Verrecchia revelled in the excellent conditions Elliott Heads produced for kitesurfing.
“It is not often you get such a good breeze, and flat water like this,” Leo said.
“I come from Redcliffe where it is different, I spent a week here in Elliott Heads and the conditions today (Sunday) are great.”
Leo, 18, has been kitesurfing for eight years, and with the goal of competing overseas on his mind, getting on to the water at the Apex Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival was good for his development in the sport.
“There are a few good guys here in Australia, but I want to go overseas to places like Brazil to train and compete,” Leo said.
“I heard Elliott Heads is always like this – great for kitesurfing.”
As the market stalls, food vendors and kitesurfers packed up, Tara said she was already thinking about what her club would do for the Apex Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival next year.
“We had a really good turn out, and we are already in talks about what we can tinker with next year,” Tara said.
“We are hoping to add a few more aspects to it, so we can incorporate more things to cater to a wider age bracket.”
- Earlier report: Hopes high for Windslasher Kitesurfing Festival