June 2012: The Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour (KSP) unveils the Blue Marine Foundation as the organization’s official charity partner.
The news comes as the 2012 KSP World Tour kicked off in Portugal on June 1st which moves on to Mauritius and Ireland, before culminating in Maui, Hawaii in December. The partnership marks the start of a relationship in which the KSP, composed of the world’s elite kite surfers, pledge their support for the Blue Marine Foundation and its efforts to raise awareness of the struggle that the oceans are facing.
The Blue Marine Foundation is a UK based charity dedicated to the preservation and welfare protection of the oceans. It was set up in 2010 and received acclaim for its involvement in the protection of the Chagos Islands which are home to more than 220 types of coral, 1,000 species of fish and at least 33 different seabirds and have been described as the most pristine tropical marine environment on Earth. The foundation’s core mission is to solve the current crisis in the world’s oceans and preserve marine ecology.
To mark the formation of this new partnership, the KSP tour’s resident artist, Sylvain Rata, has commissioned a unique piece of art titled ‘Azulejos-do-Mar’ that will be auctioned off at the end of the first leg via auction website, Charity Buzz (www.charitybuzz.com). All proceeds from the sale of this unique artwork will go towards the Blue Marine Foundation’s on-going global efforts in marine conservation.
KSP President Kristin Boese said “The Blue Marine Foundation is an exciting organisation that deserves global attention. The work that they do, their achievements to date, and future ambitions are a perfect fit for the KSP tour. I am really looking forward to working with them as this cause is something that runs through the very core of the sport of kite surfing.”
Co-Founder of the Blue Marine Foundation, Chris Gorell Barnes said: “The oceans belong to everyone and never has this been truer of the kite surfing community. In order for the oceans to be enjoyed by generations to come, they need to be protected now. It is time marine-based industries stepped up to this challenge. The commitment shown by the KSP Tour lays down a much needed marker for others to follow.”
Sylvain Rata commented on his donation “This cause is one that is close to all of our hearts – anything that the ocean sport community can do to raise awareness and funds is important. I am honoured to have my art that captures the spirit of the oceans, be used for such a worthwhile cause.”
The KSP Championship is now in its 2nd year and the 2012 season will see the world’s top 24 male and top 12 female athletes go head to head as they battle for the world championship title.
The 2012 KSP World Tour will kick-off with the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais in Portugal on 1st June and end on Maui/Hawaii on 8th December, 2012.