Richard Branson , world famend adventurer, excessive sports activities fanatic and entrepreneur, was extremely impressed together with his first go to to Squamish BC, The Outside Recreation Capital of Canada. “This place is superb! I’m undoubtedly coming again a while to do extra kite browsing!” exclaimed Branson after a 40 minute kite browsing journey in robust winds off the Squamish Spit towards the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and the monolithic mountaineering playground of the Stawamus Chief.
In fact, this was not solely an opportunity for Richard Branson to get out and have some enjoyable. It was additionally a media occasion, with a helicopter circling above and digital camera crews on shore,. All this offered nice photograph alternatives for 2 Virgin Cellular promotional bulletins, together with the announcement that Virgin Canada has pledged $100,000 to sponsor a workforce of utmost feminine athletes. Virgin Canada Chair Andrew Black stated the ‘Ladies’s Excessive Workforce’ was an excellent match and a very good alternative for Virgin, as excessive sports activities mirrored their model. Feminine athletes have been chosen as a result of a lot of the acute sports activities sponsorship and a spotlight has beforehand targeted on males.
What led Branson and Virgin to decide on Squamish BC as the situation for this occasion? It appears there have been various elements. First, Western Canada was omitted of the Virgin Cellular bulletins with Branson when the corporate launched in March. Second, Branson has lately turn into a really avid kite surfer. He was keen to advertise the game in Canada, the place, based on Branson, the degrees of participation are under what they’re in different elements of the world, and under what they need to be, given it’s such an excellent sport, and one “can get into it for a comparatively low value”. Voila – a go to to Western Canada’s premier kite browsing vacation spot was so as.
Members of the Squamish Windsurfing and Kite Browsing Society rated Branson as “Fairly Good”. Provided that it’s all the time arduous in a brand new location till a kite surfer will get the texture of the native wind and the waves, Branson placed on an amazing present on his first journey to Squamish. One member famous that it was spectacular that he used a 14 foot rig versus a 12 footer, given the robust winds.
What makes the Squamish Spit such a superb windsurfing location? One of the best abstract I discovered was on the http://www.flexfoil.com website, summed up in an article by Cliff Umpleby, a Flexi workforce rider:
Should you’re not conversant in the kite scene in Canada or the notorious Spit at Squamish I’ll fill you in…
With the Stawamus Chief, the second largest granite Monolith on earth as a background, the fixed thermal winds of Howe Sound result in epic circumstances with summer time seeing often 6 days every week on the water. The essential rule right here is, if it’s sunny, it is windy. Heat air inland rising sucks the cool sea air up the valley.
The Squamish Spit is situated at very finish of Howe Sound on a slender piece of land that divides the Squamish River from the remainder of the Squamish Estuary. Whereas often greatest left as a vacation spot for intermediate to superior riders, it’s good for studying if the tide is low. The Squamish Windsport Society costs a charge for entry, which features a Jet Ski available in case you go down and may’t make it again.
Past Kite Browsing, Squamish presents an extremely extensive number of outside recreation alternatives. Over 1000 routes of all varieties on clear granite makes Squamish the premier mountaineering vacation spot in Canada. Add to that an in depth path community for mountaineering, operating, and mountain biking, and some class three and 4 rapids for the kayaks and rafting boats, and one will get a little bit of an perception as to why Squamish attracts hundreds of journey sports activities lovers like Richard Branson all summer time. In fact, there are additionally golf programs, nice fishing alternatives and average day hikes for the much less adventurous.
Richard Branson famously began his entrepreneurial profession promoting mail order music, and went on to create a enterprise empire which incorporates an airline, music shops, Virgin cellular in fact, and a reasonably good cola that’s sadly not out there in Canada.
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