COUNCILLORS are working to make a kitesurfing contest into an annual event in Clacton to boost tourism.

The British Kitesurfing Association held its first competition of the year in Clacton last week.

It is the first time one of the events has been held in the town.

It brought the sport’s top stars to the sunshine coast, though they were unable to compete in the end because the wind was not strong enough.

But councillor Stephen Mayzes says events like this help make Clacton a destination and boost tourism.

He said: “Tendring Council will be working hard to ensure the event makes a yearly appearance in the tourism calender.

“Events like this help put the Clacton coastline well and truly on the map and encourage increased visitor numbers.

“When events of this nature have the following of national brands then this can only be a good thing for any area.

However, it is important that local authorities welcome organisers with open arms and we are doing just that."