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Children of the Wind

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At Andrew’s Pizza Skylight Theater, July 18th, 7:30PM.

Children of the Wind tells the story of two brothers and a cousin who journey from poor fishing families on a tiny Caribbean island to become three of the best freestyle windsurfers in history.

Children of the WindThis event is being handled by tugg.com. Please help spread the word. 55 tickets must be sold by July 11th for the movie to be shown.

Don’t worry! If the threshold isn’t reached, the event will be called off and no one will be charged for their ticket purchase.

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Children of the WindSet against the backdrop of the 2011 Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, the film follows the boys over 15 years as they transform not only their island but the face of the sport worldwide.

Children of the WindThe film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a poor fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equipment they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars.

Children of the WindTonky, Taty and Kiri burst onto the international scene in 2001 when, along with thirty or so other Bonaire sailors, they attended windsurfing’s North American Championship in Florida. Given the island’s economic status, just getting to Florida was an achievement in itself. Once there, they caused a sensation, taking home twenty trophies between them. Given that Bonaire has a population of under 15,000 and had, at the time, no way to fund formal training facilities, provide equipment or pay for travel to events, this accomplishment was simply astonishing.

Children of the WindThe Frans brothers and Kiri are now among the top five freestyle windsurfers in the world and have become local heroes on their island. More remarkable: Bonaire continues to produce young champions at every age category of the ProKids World Championship, which started on the island. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Freestyle Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, Children of the Wind is an exciting tale of kids who refused to be defined by the limits of their circumstance, and consequently transformed a sport.