Top surfers head for Hunstanton for Lifestyles festival

Kite surfing action at the Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival. Picture: Ian Burt.

Kite surfing action at the Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

Britain's top kite surfers will be showing off their skills at the Lifestyles Festival when it returns to Hunstanton after a one-year absence.

Off the water the event includes climbing, parkour, BMXing and skateboarding - both as spectator sports and for newcomers wanting to have a try or learn more.

Visitors will also be able to try free have-a-go power kiting sessions and take in the work of local street artists, from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21.

Events take place along the resort's North Promenade, around the new Hunstanton Sailing Club building. The festival has been endorsed by the extreme sports governing body British Kitesports (BK).

BK director Peter Shaw said: 'It's a great venue and location for kitesurfing and it's a brilliant event to be part of.

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'It's also an established event on the kitesurfing and extreme sports calendar that is well managed and we've got every confidence this year's festival will be the best and most diverse yet.'

Chris Howe, commodore of the Hunstanton Sailing Club, said: 'The backing of British Kitesports is a huge endorsement of the hard work carried out by the Lifestyles Association committee in ensuring the festival returns with a bang this year.

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'Having professional kitesurfers is going to be a wonderful spectacle during the festival and I would encourage those who perhaps aren't interested in having a go at an extreme sport, to come along and watch the kitesurfers because some of the things they can do are incredible.'

Lifestyles has also launched a free mobile app in time for this year's event.

Festival chairman Liz Pendleton said it featured live Hunstanton weather, including tide times, and information about the activities happening at the festival.

The festival, which was first held in 2005, had to be cancelled last year because of funding and management problems. Fans have raised £20,000 through a public fundraising campaign, while the event has also found a new headline sponsor, Highline Extreme.

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