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16th Annual XBA Pismo Kitexpo April 13-15, 2018

On January 29, 2018   |   By

The Pismo Kitexpo is now called the XBA Kitexpo, in honor of founder Kinsley ThomasWong of XtremeBigAir (XBA). In celebration of Kinsleys love for the ocean and his desire to share his stoke, Kitexpo now benefits the Oceano Junior Lifeguards summer programwhich introduces young people to aquatic recreational opportunities and is designed to improve participants physical conditioning and understanding of the environment while gaining respect for themselves and others. As many of us watermen and women know, a program like this changes lives! When we can get kids excited about the ocean, they will in turn respect it and its inhabitants. This program runs during the month of July.

WHERE: Pismo/Grover Beach, California, North of Grand Ave Beach Access Entrance

WHEN: April 13-15, 2018

TIME: 12p to 5p daily (registration 10:30a-3p except Sunday,12p to 2p)

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April 13: #Live Like Kinsley Dinner/Band to benefit Oceano Jr Lifeguard Summer Program, 7p -10p

In memory of Kinsley ThomasWong and in the spirit of continuing his love for getting together with friends and family and spreading stoke, the XBA Kitexpo dinner is now a benefit to provide scholarships for underprivledged kids who want to participate in the Oceano Jr. Lifeguards Summer Program. Details coming but we are trying to do this at Fin’s, the restaurant located at the Grand Avenue beach access entrance.

April 13-15:KiteXPO demos 12pm to 5pm

New for 2018: Due to increasing event costs, Kitexpo must now charge a fee. We are determining what it will be but it will not be over $20USD per person. Details coming…

Must be intermediate level or better kiteboarder/surfer/SUPer, comfortable in crowds, able to do basic tricks/self rescue, sign waiver and provide CC info (VISA/MC only) to demo kiteboarding and/or SUP gear. Registration is 10:30a-3p Fri and Saturday and noon to 2p Sunday.

Kitexpo demo participants will get a plastic card with participating vendor logos on it. This card will come with a zip tie that you can loop around your harness or wetsuit zipper. Request a sticker from each vendor you demo.

Demo participants will also get a raffle ticket when registering. Demo participants only are participating in a contest to see who can demo all the vendors. The raffle ticket is good for the smaller prizes of $100 or less. Raffle details/drawing days/time TBD. Participants that demo all brands need to submit their card to registration with their name/number written on the back by 5p SATURDAY WHEN REGISTRATION CLOSES to be eligible for a special raffle drawing on Sunday, time TBD.

Please take note of the NO KITING PAST PIER AVE/POLE 6 RULE March 1-Sept 30 due to snowy plovers or you risk getting a hefty ticket! Official rules at

April 14:Beach BBQ/Bonfire 6p-10p

Light it up! The Oceano Jr. Lifeguards and friends will be cooking up a storm to help raise funds for their summer program. Tickets are sold at the event only on a first come, first serve basis (only 125 tickets!). BBQ will be at the event site picnic area, in front of registration, followed by our traditional beach bonfire.

Interested in donating something toward the raffle & silent auction?


For lodging information, visitwww.classiccalifornia.comWe suggest anything in the Pismo Beach or Grover Beach areas. Arroyo Grande, Shell Beach and Avila Beach are within 10-15 minutes of event site.

Thanks to LUV2CAMP for providing us with our registration trailer check them out!


Founder Kinsley ThomasWong

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