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theBreakerVision: KitsFest brings bathtub races back to Vancouver


KitsFest marked 10 years by bringing back bathtub races to Vancouver. 

From 1967 to 1996, the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society organized the World Championship from Nanaimo to Vancouver. Since 1997, the World Championship has been contested off the coast of Nanaimo only.

KitsFest, Vancouver’s number one beach sports and culture festival, hosted an afternoon of races on Aug. 11, off Kitsilano Beach. Jaime Garcia in the Securiguard tub was the ultimate winner.

The event also marked the centennial of the birth of late Nanaimo Mayor Frank Ney, who promoted his city and bathtubbing by wearing a pirate costume. His son, Peter Ney, attended the KitsFest races. Organizers Howard Kelsey, Ron Putzi and Jamie Pitblado are already planning the 2019 event. 

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