Downwinder For The Bay - Donation/Registration

$25.00

Elite Watersports 

Presents

Downwinder For The Bay

A downwinder to raise funds for Tampa Bay Watch

 

POSTPONED – Due to unfavorable winds/wind direction, we will push the event back. We have hope for a better forecast next weekend (03/17 or 03/18).

Elite Watersports is proud to announce this exciting event. We know how much fun a downwinder can be for kiteboarders and we know how valued our beautiful Tampa Bay waterways are as well. So, we have decided to host a downwinder in honor of a local organization who strives to ensure the water and ecosystems we all love so much stay healthy and safe.

 

Thank you to our generous DONORS!!

Watersports for Wounded Warriors

Tampa Bay ChiroCare

Esche Consulting LLC

A Cut Above of Madeira

Tampa Bay Grand Prix

High Octane Brands LLC

Yoga with Jess

Lifestyle Remodeling 

 

Elite Watersports 

Presents

Downwinder For The Bay

A downwinder to raise funds for Tampa Bay Watch

 

Elite Watersports is proud to announce this exciting event. We know how much fun a downwinder can be for kiteboarders and we know how valued our beautiful Tampa Bay waterways are as well. So, we have decided to host a downwinder in honor of a local organization who strives to ensure the water and ecosystems we all love so much stay healthy and safe.

 

 

When: First windy Saturday OR Sunday of March

  • 03/24, 03/25
  • 03/31, 04/01
  • The first weekend of March, the wind is not in our favor. We will push for the following weekend.

Where: 20+ mile downwinder

  • Begin: Sand Key
  • End: Pass-A-Grille Beach 

What: Downwind, Free-Ride for Charity. A casual, FUN experience for ALL levels of riders. This is not a race, just an organized downwinder to raise funds for a great cause.

Why: To raise funds and awareness for Tampa Bay Watch (TBW). The kiteboarding community of Tampa Bay thrives off of the epic waterways surrounding us. We are able to kite in any wind direction and nearly year-round. We live in paradise, that's for certain, but what some may forget is that we live in a kiter's paradise too! The team at Elite Watersports wants to give back to those who assist in keeping our beautiful waterways and ecosystems healthy.

How: $500 per Participant

  • Each rider participating in the downwinder is required to raise $500

  • Raising the Funds

    • Friends, Family, and Local Businesses

    • The amount is not intended to come solely from the pocket of the rider; the amount is intended to be "Raised". Whether you involve your friends and family, ask a local business for support, or choose to donate from your own private business, the funds will be given to Tampa Bay Watch.

  • Private Business Owners

    • If you wish to donate, this is a perfect opportunity to highlight your business and get exposure to the Kiteboarding communities

    • Your business will be highlighted on our event pages, with links to your business website. 
    • Tax Write Off

      • Tampa Bay Watch will supply all necessary documents and mail directly to each participant and donor

  • Anyone who rides in downwinder or donates $25 or more to the event will receive a 1-year membership to Tampa Bay Watch.

 

More Information On

TAMPA BAY WATCH

[Information provided by TBW]

Problem:

Over the last 100 years, Florida’s largest estuary underwent dramatic changes to habitat and water quality due to widespread and uncontrolled dredging and filling activities, exponential population growth, commercial and recreational misuse, and rapid urbanization. This led to the loss of 70% of all seagrass and salt marsh zones, which threatened the habitat of wild and marine life as well as rapidly decreased the water quality throughout Tampa Bay. 

Our Approach:

For 25 years Tampa Bay Watch works to preserve the delicate ecological balance that exists in Tampa Bay by training volunteers, students, and businesses to participate in environmental restoration projects while also planning for the future by educating younger generations to appreciate and care for the bay through field trips and summer camps.

At Tampa Bay Watch we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the Tampa Bay of tomorrow is more beautiful than the Tampa Bay of today.

How We Do It:

Here is how Tampa Bay Watch is working to restore the bay.

  • Oyster Domes and Reefs (http://tampabaywatch.org/oyster-domes.html) : We build oyster domes at our headquarters in Tierra Verde and install them along seawalls and shorelines to recreate oyster reefs. Oysters are critical to restoration as they help improve water quality by acting as a natural filter and creating a habitat for marine species.
  • Seagrass and Salt Marsh Planting (http://tampabaywatch.org/salt-marsh.html) : Estuaries like Tampa Bay need seagrass and salt marsh lands in order for wild and marine life to survive. Additionally, salt marsh helps stabilize shorelines by protecting against erosion and trapping sediment that would otherwise go into the bay. We partner with schools throughout Tampa Bay to grow, harvest, and plant salt marsh along our coastal zones.
  • Summer Camp and Field Trips (http://tampabaywatch.org/education.html) : Our unique curriculum, field trip, and summer camp program allows children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to come and gain hands-on, real life experiences on the water and in the classroom, fostering and encouraging the next generation to form a positive relationship with the estuary and become future stewards of the bay.
  • Marine Debris (http://tampabaywatch.org/marine-debris.html) : An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped in the ocean yearly, creating dangerous hazards for marine life and human health. Your support helps us organize coastal cleanups, fishing line recycling, and derelict crab trap removal community events throughout the year. 

How you can help: 

There are several ways to get involved with bay restoration and protection. At Tampa Bay Watch, we invite you to become a member and encourage everyone to volunteer with our various restoration projects. Members and volunteers are the lifeblood of our restoration and education program; without your support, we simply cannot conduct our work.

Together, it's amazing what we can accomplish!

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