High-Performance Ocean Sail & Sun Gear Emphasized By TUUCI Sponsorship During 2012 HIHO – BVI

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2012 HIHO Barefoot Regatta July 1-8 in the British Virgin Islands

Stiff breezes, pounding surf and salt water spray demand the very best performance of people and the equipment they use. This is the type of challenge that HIHO celebrates and it’s why we will be part of the action.

When it comes to high-performance shade gear on and around the water, no one does it better than the ocean-obsessed team from TUUCI, makers of innovative shade structures inspired by the sailing industry. This Miami-based company is lending its focus on highly engineered shade products and competitive water sports to the 2012 HIHO barefoot regatta, set for July 1-8 in the British Virgin Islands.

You’ll not only find marine-grade TUUCI shade structures on the shore protecting participants and observers from the sun, you’ll see TUUCI sponsored performance gear throughout, including Sun-Tek UV resistant racing shirts, UV protective head-gear, kite and wind surfer sails and paddle boards.

“The goal of our HIHO sponsorship is to extend the high performance nature of this event to new levels through the use of TUUCI shade structures on the shoreline and the latest technical gear for sailing, kite and wind surfing and adventure paddle boarding,” said Dougan Clarke, chief shade architect for TUUCI. “Stiff breezes, pounding surf and salt water spray demand the very best performance of people and the equipment they use. This is the type of challenge that HIHO celebrates and it’s why we will be part of the action.”

The HIHO barefoot regatta attracts water sports enthusiasts from around the world. Living aboard a fleet of 15 sailing catamaran yachts, competitors take part in an ambitious week-long racing event in open water visiting more than 12 islands. Evenings are celebrated with food, entertainment and awards ceremonies.

“The TUUCI brand is world class, and their marine-grade shade equipment speaks to the type of high-performance nature of the events we are hosting this year,” said Andy Morrell, event organizer for HIHO. “Competitors and attendees will enjoy the shade performance of TUUCI structures, plus the camaraderie of Dougan and members of the TUUCI team.”

In addition to donating shade structures and gear, TUUCI will sponsor a fun-spirited relay race for paddle boarders, windsurfers, boat captains and crewmembers using TUUCI branded boards. TUUCI will document its HIHO experience and post photos and videos on its Facebook and Pinterest pages. For more information on HIHO 2012, visit http://www.go-hiho.com.

TUUCI is also serving as a sponsor of the BVI Water Sports Centre, donating premium, performance-grade parasols in support of the RYA Sailability program, which makes sailing instruction available to the disabled. The four new TUUCI Manta parasols at the Water Sports Centre will block up to 99.9 percent of burning UV rays, providing protection for sailing instructors and students, including special programs for the disabled, children and youth.

About HIHO
Highland Spring HIHO combines windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, yacht racing and island adventure. Participants experience an odyssey through the beautiful British Virgin Islands experiencing more than 12-islands, daily racing, great food and entertainment, including local bands and DJ's every night.

About TUUCI
Since its inception 14 years ago, TUUCI has redefined the shade category with innovative shade structures. In addition to artistic beauty, TUUCI products are engineered with marine grade components that are durable and easy to operate. All shade platforms are custom-made at the Miami headquarters and are distributed worldwide through strategically located service centers. Outdoor cafés and many of the world's leading resorts and hotels have selected TUUCI because of this combination of beauty, durability and function.

Keeping the environment top of mind, TUUCI's manufacturing facility follows an Environmental Sustainability Program reducing solid waste and recycling objects from plastics to steel to fabric and beyond. With 100 percent replaceable parts, TUUCI products have an extended lifespan resulting in less waste. Follow TUUCI on Facebook, Twitter and through the company blog. On the Web at http://www.tuuci.com.

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