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One of Aruba's longest running sporting events is the annual Aruba Hi-Winds!
Thanks to our highly favorable wind and water conditions and year-round pleasant weather, Aruba is a windsurfing mecca, and for more than three decades, the sport’s largest amateur competition has been held right here on the island. Along the way, kite boarding was added to the competition events. Our local community embraces this sport, with many of our youth spending afternoons and weekends on the water with the wind in their sails, joined by the adults (we are all still kids at heart, after all!) who love to escape the stresses of everyday life for an exhilarating session on the water. In fact, the reigning PWA 14-time World Champion is local darling Sarah-Quita Offringa.
Every year, thousands of vacationers come to the island just to windsurf, while many others have enjoyed their first experience with the sport, learning from one of the several windsurf schools on the island. And just about anyone can learn—a 30-minute session on land to learn the basics, followed by another 30 minutes of instruction in the water will have you sailing on your own the same day!
The Aruba Hi-Winds is dominated by amateur competitors classified by sex and age, but there is also a PRO category. Race events include slalom and long-distance courses for both windsurfers and kite boarders. All events are held at Fisherman’s Huts.
Even if you are not a competitor, the atmosphere is beach electric and contagious! Not only are the competitions exciting to watch—especially the Kite Boarding Big Air competition—but the festivities surrounding the event, including beach chic fashion shows, live concerts, and beach parties, create a fun beach culture to experience!
There will also be a Hi-Winds mountain bike race and fun run-walk, held on Saturday, July 7.
The Aruba Hi-Winds will take place this July 3-9 at Fisherman’s Huts, just a skip down the beach from The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. For more information on race and event times, visit the website at http://www.hiwindsaruba.com/.
Events include slalom, long-distance and freestyle for windsurfing, and freestyle and long-distance for kite boarding. Kiting events take place primarily at Boca Grandi on the southeast coast.
Contact the Aruba Tourism Authority or visit www.aruba-hiwinds.org for additional information.