A key theme of the water sports event is the importance of protecting our marine environment for future generations.
Smith, also representing the Te Ipukarea Society, held a special class and spoke about the importance of reducing our reliance on plastics by refusing single-use plastics like shopping bags, drink bottles and straws.
The students all had a good awareness of the importance of replacing these everyday items with reusable alternatives such as reusable shopping bags, reusable drink bottles and coffee cups to stop them polluting our pristine marine environment and killing marine life and sea birds.
Manureva Aquafest incorporates a community outreach programme as part of its five-day annual event, spending time with students at Aitutaki schools to inspire them to respect the environment as well as experience modern day kite flying with local young kitesurfers as well as international professional kitesurfers.
A small group of students from Araura College were hosted on Motu Tavake as special guests to see kitesurfing in action.
The students included Tearaura Rota, Carlos Rio, Teaumoana Taratiti, Tairus Rio, Daniel Teinangaro and Akatapu Sabatano who all got the chance to see international professional kitesurfers Ewan Jaspan and Marc Jacobs perform as well trying their hand at the exciting sport themselves.