SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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Page 86 of 99 May 2018 87 t SPORT Report drenaline junkies are always looking for a new, better, more- exhilarating sport, a dif- ferent extreme of an old sport or a more-heart- pounding, less-boring way of putting their bodies to the athletic test. Today's extreme sports pack a punch. Whether base jumping, kiteboarding, parkour or other adrenaline-fueled activities, sports that push limits continue to grow in popularity. "Extreme sports account for about 60 percent of our activity year-round," said Lorrie Love, tourism sales and events manager for the Outer Banks (NC) Visitors Bureau, who said extreme sports draw hundreds of athletes, their families and spectators to the area, and keep her and public rela- tions manager Aaron Tuell busy with a full schedule of profitable events. These elite athletes have husbands, wives, kids and parents who usually come along. For them, convenience is important. Attendees swell the attendance numbers, making sports that classify themselves as "extreme" a staple for markets across the country in destinations that look beyond traditional venues. The Outer Banks of North Carolina draws a variety of extreme sports throughout the year, including the upcoming 13th Annual Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational, a wake-style kiteboarding competition in which athletes and fans from around the globe compete during the June 2 – 8 event. "The Wind Voyager Triple-S is the top wake-style kiteboarding invitation- only competition," Tuell said. "The unique shoreline formations help to make the Outer Banks a perfect spot for water sports. We consistently have the biggest waves in the U.S. There is a science to our success here … the sound is very shallow but there are giant waves on the other side of the island; consistent waves bring in the crowds." Trip Forman, co-founder and co- director of the Wind Voyager Triple-S, adds: "The event takes place in the Pamlico body of the sound with over 300 days a year of kiteboarding winds. We can use those winds from any direction … the shallow water of the sound provides the best conditions for wake-style boarding and for the train- ing sessions that occur here as well." Very few events allow a fan to watch an extreme sport and then participate in it almost immediately. That can happen at this event with clinics and workshops, which could put a beginner wakeboarder in one of the camps next to some of the world's top athletes. Prize money for the winner is $50,000. But the money and competi- tion are not the only things to draw ► A

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