Kiting at Kaibo brings a natural high

Dragons, sailboats, sharks and a
flutter of butterflies were among the many spectacular kite designs that danced
on the breeze during the Z99 and Rooster 101’s Kites at Kaibo kite festival, on
Easter Monday.

 “Dan Petts and Claire Pettinati of Kaibo approached
us recently and said they wanted to create something different to attract
people to the venue over the Easter weekend,” said Cheryl Birch the Hurley’s
Entertainment sales manager.

“Our operations manager JB came up
with the idea and the feedback has been very encouraging,” said added.

Ms Pettinati agreed: “The Easter
weekend is traditionally one of our busiest periods. It’s when many families
and friends come together and spend a few days at the beach in North Side.

“What we wanted was to offer
activities that were free to the public.”

Held aloft by parents, grandparents
and young children, all kinds of homemade and store bought kites were flown,
and quite a few were made under the cabana on the beach, using kits and crayons
supplied by the organisers.

 The event held from noon to sunset was a novel
way to enjoy the refreshing winds coming off the North Sound and make the most
of the last day of the long bank holiday weekend. Totally relaxing and a enjoyable
event for very young families it seemed a million miles away from the speed and
the adrenaline pumping energy of the Million Dollar Run.

Running along the beach also
whetted participants’ appetites for the tasty food and refreshing drinks served
up beachside at Kaibo Bar and Grill.

Racing up and down the beach,
sometimes backwards, with their eyes fixed skyward; many youngsters soon got
the hang of sailing their kites, though several kites ended up in the water.

Kiters of all ages took part and
had fun. Oscar Akiwumi brought along a fearsome looking dragon kite which was
much admired by those on the beach. His friend and fellow kiter, John Ross
Clough ended up flying a shark-inspired kite with his cousin Gabby Hobday. The
pair won a prize for the longest kite and was clearly thrilled. Another prize
winner was Ben Taylor-Payne who also won a kite for the best decorated kite
from the ones made on the day.

Seven-year-old William Gardner and
brother Thomas spent a fair amount of time on the design of their kite and were
looking forward to giving it its maiden flight later on that afternoon.

One kite was foiled from dancing on
the breeze because of its hopelessly knotted strings. David Cummings owner of
the unusable kite was non-plussed and enlisted the help of his mother Isabel to
unravel the Gordian knot. The pair chatted as they unpicked sharing news and
views with friend David Laliberte. He was looking after his young daughter’s
yellow plastic Dora kite while she cooled off with friends in the sea.

Youngsters like the Max Haug did
not get much air time either. His prized possession, a multicoloured sailing
boat kite, got broken early on but was still much envied for its handsome lines
and unusual design. A present from his mother Lija, the Balinese kite was
definitely one of the most striking kites of the day.

For those who had tired of kiting
there was always the bouncing castle and mega slide. Adults were also entertained
by the stunning watercraft docked in Kaibo’s bustling marina.

Kaibo Bar and Grill made a
speciality cocktail for the event. Apple kiterunners, consisting of a rum
runner with fresh coconut juice and sponsored by Appleton and was a particular
crowd pleaser.

The event was graced by supermodel
Selita Ebanks who rocked up with her entourage in an impressive boat.


The kiting was enjoyed as much by parents as their children.
Photo: Elphina Magona