Jamaica Gets More Extreme

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 14, 2009

Long Bay

Long Bay

JAMAICA — World famous Long Bay Surfing Beach in East Portland has been selected as the venue for the 2010 Jamaica Kiteboard World Cup. The event is one of the Kiteboarding Pro World Tour Circuit dates and will see the world’s top kiteboarders in action over a 10-day period during March 2010.

The event is being staged by Jamrock Tours with financial support from the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP), a joint initiative of the European Union and the Government of Jamaica.

The 2010 Jamaica Kiteboard World Cup is expected to play a major role in legitimizing Long Bay as a first class destination for Kiteboard enthusiasts’ and help to reestablish East Portland as one of the island’s popular tourist destinations.

Since the 1960’s, Long Bay in Portland with its pristine white sand beach and crystal clear water has been a destination of choice for countless visitors seeking a Caribbean paradise getaway.

In recent years however tourist arrivals have fallen off drastically. Boasting over a quarter of a million practitioners worldwide, a dose of kiteboarding may well be the medication needed to heal the parish’s ailing tourism industry.

Jamrock Tours holds a five year contract as local organizers of the event and anticipates major visitor arrivals to the parish as a result of the contest. Long Bay with its consistent swells and dependable trade wind is ideally suited for the fastest growing extreme sport of Kiteboarding.

As an official date on the world circuit the event will be closely followed by international media and receive full coverage throughout the Kiteboarding world.

Jamrock Tours Director Eugene Smith and PSDP Rep Mark Spence-2

Jamrock Tours Director Eugene Smith and PSDP Rep Mark Spence-2

“The Long Bay event will be one date on the 2010 Kiteboarding Pro World Tour Circuit and will provide vital points to participants in contention for the World Title” said Eugene Smith, Director, Jamrock Tours.

“Jamaica is already a brand name tourist destination, making this event one of the highlights of the tour and will establish Long Bay Beach as a legitimate Kiteboarding venue attracting repeat visitors for years to come.”