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Lebanon Water Festival is now in its third year and offering over the next seven weeks a slew of seaside watersport shows, competitions and reduced-rate classes in everything from stand-up paddle – it is what it sounds like – to kite-boarding.Did you know that a coastal village just north of Batroun holds one of only two known natural holes in the world fit for competitive free diving?Unfettered seaside pollution over the past several decades have given the creators of Lebanon Water Festival the task of discovering new beaches and bays with conditions suited for particular sports.Underneath the trash is a white, sandy beach where the festival will host events for kite-boarding, a sport also known as kite-surfing. Strong winds and a wide beach offer the perfect conditions for hosting crowds, and the soft sandy shoreline is better suited for beginners than the rocky shoreline in Batroun, arguably the capital of kite-boarding in Lebanon. North of Batroun, Chekka is a rocky beach area replete with natural caves.The festival will host a jet ski competition Aug. 10 in Jounieh.Lebanon's relatively calm waters make for shabby surf conditions outside of specific locations like Jiyyeh and Chekka.Local surfers will be out on the water Aug. 20 for the festival's surfing competition in Jiyyeh.
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