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mmi u S e t i B2B K t The crew Imagine if you could combine a business networking convention with a trip to one of the best kite spots on the planet... Sounds tempting, right? Good news, it’s not fiction, it’s reality… It’s the B2B Kite Summit, where 200 entrepreneurs hooked up in the middle of the Western Sahara. Anja Fuchs went to Dakhla to find out more and to see what doing business in boardshorts really looks like... Photos: Hervé Photograff To be honest, when I started my trip to Dakhla I had no idea what would await me there. I had been at lots of kite events before – World Cups, national championships, Olympic qualifications... but a business summit where network meetings, lectures by international companies, speakers and things like these should be combined with kiting? That was something completely new for me – I couldn’t imagine how a big event like this (200 people!) would be organized and what the participants would be like. So I was super curious: would the atmosphere be super stiff and serious? And in terms of kiting: would it be total chaos with those 200 people on the water? Well, sorry for the early spoiler, but everything turned out completely different to how I expected! From the first morning of the summit, when the participants met for the initial breakfast, I immediately felt a super positive, relaxed vibe within this mixed group of entrepreneurs from various sectors – from pilots through to real estate managers, app programmers, hotel owners, social media experts, and then the speakers who included people from former freeskiing Olympic champion Edgar Grospiron through to F-ONE founder Raphaël Salles and his crew. All of them prepared for three days full of networking, 1-to-1 meetings, keynotes, parties in the evening and of course a lot of kiting! And, as all of the participants are ‘off the clock’, you don’t know what they do for their day job as they are all in beachwear… TheKiteMag.com