Armada Festival donates £5,000 to Hayling Island First Responders

Following the success of the 2018 Kitesurfing Armada Festival earlier this month, festival organisers were back on Hayling Island yesterday to present a £5,000 cheque from funds raised at the event to their chosen charity the Hayling Island First Responders.

Head of the Council, Michael Wilson, attended the presentation on behalf of Havant Borough Council, who have been a big support to the festival since it first took place in 2013.

Councillor Wilson said: ‘I was delighted that HBC were able to support the Kitesurfing Armada again this year. This fantastic event showcases Hayling Island as a water sports destination. The long weekend provided an opportunity for children from local schools to learn about wind energy, the environment and get involved with an exciting sport. A significant sum was raised for Hayling First Responders, a deserving charity, literally a life saver for many Islanders. I look forward to next year!’

Members of the Hayling Island First Responders Team and Chris Bull (CBK Kiteboarding / Armada Trust), Dan Charlish (Armada Trust) and Michael Wilson (Head of Havant Borough Council)

Phil Pritchard of the Hayling Island First Responders said: ‘We were proud to be selected to support such a special community event, and to be named as a chosen charity was amazing. The £5000 raised will be set aside towards a new car which we have to purchase every five years. With no NHS funding we rely solely on donations to keep going. We are well supported on the island, and with such a huge donation this makes the goal a lot more achievable.  Thank you to Dan and all the islanders for supporting the event and supporting us.’

Festival organiser Dan Charlish said: ‘The Armada Festival was founded on charity fundraising and it will always be a key part of the event. We love coming to Hayling Island and we are grateful for the support we get from the local community and the council. Giving back to local charities is important to us, and we are delighted to have been able to help the First Responders in a small way.’

Phil Pritchard of Hayling Island First Responders presents Dan Charlish with a thank you gift for the fundraising efforts

Over 7,000 people registered to attend the free festival this year, the biggest to date. A total of £8,300 was raised from collections at the gate (£2,323) and other fundraising initiatives throughout the festival. The Kitesurfing Armada returns to Hayling next year between 21-23 June 2019.

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Green Armada!

1) Some big steps have been taken this year to make the Armada more plastic-free. Can you outline them?

Well thankfully, as most people will have seen, there has been a much greater focus on the problems of plastics in our oceans over recent months and as a result there is already much more awareness of the issue which is a great start. Clearly as kitesurfers we love the sea so this is an issue that affects us in a huge way and we all need to do our bit. We wanted to up our game at the Armada and look at every aspect where plastic is used across the festival and try to greatly reduce or eradicate these.

We didn’t quite know how much of a challenge it would be at the outset, or truly understand the costs involved – but we were committed to giving it a go!

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Kite Britain gets underway!

This week, adventurers & Armada supporters Stew Edge and Islay Symonette started their epic adventure to kitesurf the entire British coastline! We’re calling on the entire Armada community to get behind the attempt!

Stew & Islay first got in touch with us at Armada HQ back in January, with what seemed a pretty remarkable challenge. They were already making their final arrangements and sourcing their support vessel and crew, and they explained their plans to raise £100,000 for the Marine Conservation Society and the Armada Trust by kitesurfing the 3000-mile perimeter of the British coastline, clockwise, over 100 days.

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We have just returned from a fantastic week in Dakhla with our good friends Christian and Karine, who run the awesome CK Performance Clinics. It was a chance to recharge the batteries before the final run up to the Armada, learn a few new tricks (first Dark Slide – YES!) and meet some great new people. It’s always the same with kitesurfers, there is a connection which means that in no time at all you are relaxed and enjoying being with a group of people you have never met before.  The community is fantastic – and nothing beats the first cold beer together discussing your last powered up session on the water, watching the sun set and the last few kites come in.

Anyway, where are we going with this? Just that kitesurfing gives us a great deal of amazing experiences and positive memories, and at the Armada we want to try to support the sport, and the community as much as we can.

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KiteWorldwide on giving away holidays & supporting the Armada!

One of the reasons we enjoy running the Kitesurfing Armada Festival is that we get to meet loads of amazing people involved in the sport we love. The community, the industry, the pro’s, the media guy’s – they all tend to have a passion for kitesurfing, running strong alongside their jobs whatever they may be.

The team from KiteWorldwide have attended and supported the Armada festival for many years, giving away holidays and being a really positive and fun partner, famously giving one lucky holiday winner, who was out kitesurfing at the time of the draw, 5 minutes to get himself to the main stage or lose the prize. A friend legged it to the beach to tell him, and he made it – in his wetsuit and to huge applause – with seconds to spare!

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Ringwood Brewery Raising the Bar at the 2018 Armada

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We are launched!

After months of planning, we were delighted to launch the 2018 Kitesurfing Armada Festival on 1st March! It has been the usual madness trying to pull it all together, but with the help of some fantastic sponsors stepping up once again to support the event we are looking forward to delivering the biggest and best festival to date.

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