History of Lebanon Water Festival
Started in 2012, the Lebanon Water Festival prompted the reemergence of water sports along Lebanon’s Mediterranean Sea coast. A favorite place among Lebanese and foreigners alike; the Lebanon Water Festival was initiated to promote and revive this glorious coastline.
The Lebanon Water Festival is making learning and participating in water sport activities accessible to all by developing a self-sustaining infrastructure that will help promote Lebanon’s tourism industry as a watersport destination vacation spot.
Kite boarding, diving, underwater photography, sailing and water skiing are some of the core activities that attract avid international athletes and visitors interested in athletic tourism. Kicking off with a Jet Ski competition, the Lebanon Water Festival travels up and down the Lebanese coast for two months concluding with a spectacular waterski show that attracted more than thirteen thousand on site spectators in 2012.
Equally, The Lebanon Water Festival uses sport as a platform to bring awareness to the issues of water and trash pollution and promote proactive environmental protection responses.
Lebanon Water Festival 2013
With one year in the books, the Lebanon Water Festival opened its doors again to sea and sport lovers across Lebanon and abroad. 2013 was an exciting and new year for the Lebanon Water Festival. There were three new sports introduced into the festival calendar: surf, stand up paddle boarding, kite boarding and Apnea Free Immersion Diving. For the first time ever in Lebanon, the International Water Ski Champions performed a spectacular night show in Dbayeh at La Marina on September 14th.
Winners from each event:
SUP: Nabil 1st place, Travis 2nd place, Kevin 3rd place
1st place Pico: Omar Kawaj – ATCL Club 1st place Laser: Emile Hanna – ATCL club
1st Place Pico: Abdallah Khalil – Aquamarina club 2nd place Laser: Michael Sammarani- ATCL club
2nd place Pico: Lia Saroufim – ATCL club 3rd place Laser: Hassan Laham – Aquamarina club
3rd place Pico: Philip Saroufim – ATCL Club