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Story last updated at 9:56 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sports Briefs

KiteFest 2011 to be bigger, better

Alaska's KiteFest 2011 will be held Friday through Monday, based out of Mariner Park. The fourth annual kite surfing festival will include kite training classes on flying and gear, races, food, prizes and fun for all levels. The schedule is subject to change as activities are highly wind-dependent. Participation is on a donation basis, suggested $20/day or $50 for the weekend. For more information, www.kitesurfalaska.com.

Kayak classes and camping offered

The 2011 Kachemak Bay Immersion Sea Kayaking Skills Symposium will be held Friday through Tuesday in Kachemak Bay State Park. The five-day symposium is appropriate for all skill levels and can be tailored for varying time frames. Participants will camp and gain sea kayaking experience in the comprehensive education program for developing personal sea kayaking techniques, risk management strategies and trip planning for paddling safely in Alaska. For information, visit www.alaskakayakschool.com, e-mail info@alaskakayakschool.com or call 235-2090.

Sea Stars reach for national competition

After competing in regionals in Portland, Ore., the Synchro Sea Stars will compete June 28 in Seattle, Wash., in the 16-17 age group at the U.S. Synchronized Swimming, E-Synchro Age Group Nationals. The Synchro Sea Stars are comprised of Adi Davis, Katherine Dolma and Zoe Story, and coached by Brenda Dolma. See a demonstration at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at 4:30 p.m. June 25.

"We're very excited about this," said Dolma. "Keep your eyes open for fundraisers."

Ten regions will be represented in each of four age categories: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19. The national competition begins June 24 and ends July l3, with awards and ceremonies after each age group. For more on U.S. Synchronized Swimming, see www.usasynchro.org.