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The Halloween Downwinder - A Kitesurfing Odyssey for the RNLI

Kent Kitesurfers raising funds for the for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution because RNLI volunteers keep the sea safe for everyone!

119 %
raised of £1,050 target
by 49 supporters
  • Team members: Start Fresh PT, The Kite Pirates Kite Surfing School, Thanet Kite Pirates, The Juice Project
  • Event: Halloween Kitesurf Downwinder for the RNLI

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

We are a 24 hour search & rescue service to save lives at sea

Charity Registration No. 209603


Thanks for taking the time to visit the Kite Pirate's 'The Halloween Downwinder' JustGiving page.

If you would like to sponsor a kite surfer for this event please make a donation via this page with a message to make it clear who you are nominating!

If you would like to join the pirate crew for the kite surfing downwinder there are a few things you should know first:

  • How much: £15 per rider is the minimum suggested donation*.
  • Date: Weekend of 27th, 28th October OR 3rd, 4th of November 2018 - see 'Weather'.
  • Weather: The event is weather / wind permitting so it could be either weekend with enough wind!
  • Where: The downwinder is a one way kite surfing route on the low-tide between Whitstable to Margate or vice versa (depending on prevailing wind).
  • Skill level: Riders on the downwinder have to expect (as with all kitesurfing) the risk of 'kite-mare'! We want this to be a fun event but if you're not competent enough to kite and conduct an 'emergency pack down' then this is not for you. However you could sponsor a rider that has the kite skills.
  • Attire: Well make it Halloween, but don't forget safety first before fun!
  • Jetski: We expect to have one on the water for support in case rescue is necessary.
  • Insurance: We advise riders to get or renew third party insurance from the BKSA or similar insurance provider!
  • Contacts: If you need more information then you can get in touch with Steve Rawlings: or Graeme Rolbiecki:

If you're not sure about your pack down but want to join the downwinder we recommend you contact the Kite Pirates and book a lesson:

    *Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


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