Pre-Event Press Release
By Pia Miraflores
On January 21 to 26, 2013, the esteemed NEILPRYDE Boracay International Funboard Cup celebrates its SILVER ANNIVERSARY! – 25 years of the Philippines and Asia’s longest running windsurfing and kiteboarding event held in the premier tourist destination of Boracay Island. Established in 1988 by windsurfing couple Nenette and Roby Graf as a wedding anniversary celebration, the event continues to bring together the finest windsurfers and kite boarders from all over the world.
The 25th Boracay International Funboard Cup is brought to you by NeilPryde and co-sponsored by Cabrinha Kiteboarding, both are part of the Pryde Group, a renowned leader in the marine and action sports industry. The Pryde Group and Managing Director Neil Pryde himself has continued to support the event since 1996, recognizing it as the “centerpiece of Asian windsurfing” with Boracay acknowledged as one of the most complete destinations in the windsurfing and kiteboarding industry.
The Boracay Funboard Cup started solely as a windsurfing event; the kiteboarding division was subsequently added in 2005, when this exciting extreme sport grew bigger. The remarkable event brings together professional and amateur contenders from Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Competitors get to take pleasure in Boracay’s tranquil tropical setting and perfect wind conditions and at the same time, compete and party with fellow wind sport enthusiasts.
The Boracay Funboard Cup has truly reached unprecedented status; it has repeatedly received worldwide acclaim from international press. In 2010, CNNGo.com voted the event as one of the “Top 52 Weekend Events Destinations of the World”. In 2011, Asia Spa magazine listed the cup among “Asia’s Top Ten Participant-Friendly Sporting Events” and recognized as Asia’s Best Boardsailing Blast by HK based Action Asia Magazine. Locally, the Boracay Funboard Cup also won the coveted 1st Western Visayas Regional Director’s Award for its “contribution to the development and promotion of the tourism industry in Western Visayas, which has brought about a significant impact and long term positive benefits to the industry.”
Undeniably, the Boracay Funboard Cup has become a benchmark of distinction for the wind sports community. Several events including the Boracay International Dive Fest, Boracay Paraw Regatta, Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival, Boracay International Mountain biking Festival, and the Kiteboard Tour Asia were all inspired by the Boracay Funboard Cup.
Truly a local initiative, home-grown businesses and the local sports community make this annual event a success by coming together to continually support the Boracay International Funboard Cup. As both sports depend completely on the wind, none of the activities harm the environment and no pollution is created.
Due to its reliable wind conditions, Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island is the most favorable venue for wind sport events. Previously overlooked, Bulabog Beach is now gaining international interest as it is now home to first-rate kite instruction centers. The event has even encouraged Bulabog community members to set up local sustainable businesses such as resorts, restaurants, bars and stores. With all these achievements, the Boracay Funboard Cup has definitely succeeded in bringing together a thriving Bulabog Beach Community.
On its Silver Anniversary, Bulabog Beach and Greenyard Funboard Center will yet again host the 25th Boracay International Funboard Cup. From January 21 to 26, 2013, troop to the island’s famous wind sports beach for an exhilarating Boracay experience!
The 25th Boracay International Funboard Cup is sponsored and supported by the Department of Tourism, the Municipality of Malay, NielPryde, Cabrinha, Greenyard Funboard & NielPryde/Cabrinha Test Center, Hangin Cabrinha Kite School, Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa, Seair, Tiger Airways, Aqua Boracay by Yoo, The Boracay Beach Resort, American Tourister, Escondido Beach Resort, Boracay Island Water Co, Willy’s Beach Club Hotel, Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort, Seawind, 7 Stones Boracay Suites, Tonglen Beach Resort, Alice in Wonderland, Laguna de Boracay, The Lazy Dog, Pancake House Boracay, Café del Mar, Nature Springs, Cyma Beach Shack, Epic Boracay, Levantin, Boracay Kite Center, Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa, Lemon Café, Mandala Spa & Villas, Le Soleil de Boracay, Dos Mestizos, Red Coconut Beach Hotel and the entire Boracay Community.