From Friday 20 April to Sunday 6 May, the 22nd edition of the 'Week of the Sea' takes place. During this period, the Province of West Flanders wants to draw attention to experiencing nature at the coast, both on the beach, in the sea and in the dunes. This can be done in class or with the family by participating in one of the many activities spread over ten coastal municipalities. The slogan this year is 'ZandInZicht'. The message is to get to know the sea, the beach and the dunes in a playful way and to treat them with respect.
Activities 'Week of the Sea
This year, the general public can participate in some fifty activities on the coast. The Province selected 10 eye-catchers for families with children, including a family picnic in provincial domain Raversyde, a sand festival in Bredene and a sea village in Nieuwpoort. For primary education, some coastal visitor centres propose 10 beach activities that the teacher can supervise himself without much additional material.
At Surfers Paradise one can participate in 3 activities:
1 - On Sunday 28 April, Surfers Paradise celebrates "Lei Day", a Hawaiian holiday where everyone with a garland of flowers around their neck participates in a ceremony that takes place on the water. A "Lei" is a Hawaiian garland. 2 seasons ago Surfers Paradise organised this event for the first time in cooperation with Culture Knokke-Heist on the occasion of the Surf's UP exhibition in the Cultural Centre in Knokke-Heist. All participants were extremely enthusiastic so this will become an annual tradition, after all surfing has an important place in Knokke-Heist.
This year once again, all surfers are expected to set off with their surfboards at 16:00 and form a large circle on the sea a little further out. The master of ceremonies will say a few words after which all the flowers will be thrown into the air and everyone will proceed to the "big splash". In this way, all the surfers feel connected and bring an ode to the sea and all that lives in it, the waves, nature, and they hope to enter a good surfing year.
Surfers Paradise provides free wetsuit and surfboard for those without equipment so everyone is welcome.
Afterwards, everyone can enjoy live Dj tunes with Dj Red Rum and a real beach BBQ.
For the first time we give free introductory lessons in surfing and/or Stand up Paddle from 13h, register for these free lessons via https://www.ikwatersport.be/
Programme on Sunday 28 April @ Surfers Paradise:
13:00: Free initiation lessons
16u: Circle of Surf
16:30: Live Dj tunes by Red Rum
18u: Surf & Turf BBQ
Everyone should preferably come with a lei (which are also provided) and, while drinking a delicious cocktail, can enjoy live music at 4pm followed by a delicious Surf & Turf BBQ.
The day itself is completely free of charge,
Registration for the BBQ costs €23 per person,
reservation necessary via firstname.lastname@example.org
Surfboard and/or wetsuit needed for the circle of surf? mail to email@example.com
2 - Anyone can attend free of charge, provided they make a reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org , participate in our free session Beach Yoga on Wednesday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.!
3 - Retrieved from Sunday 5 May Surfers Paradise becomes Kids Paradise!!!
A day of fun starts at 2 p.m.: bouncy castle, grime, crafts, wave surfing, boogie boarding, supzilla & skim boarding in the @skimzone skimpool.
After all that sport, it's time to laugh at Papa Chico's fantastic show and enjoy a delicious snack.
Registration is not necessary, this super fun day is completely FREE!
Time & Place to be: Sunday 5 May - 14h - Surfers Paradise!!!
Cooperation with numerous partners
For the 'Week of the Sea', the provincial government is working together with the ten coastal municipalities, visitor centres, walking clubs, nature organisations and other partners on the coast. All activities and practical information can be found on the website www.weekvandezee.be.