Velocity Games is an internationally-recognized action sports event founded in Texas in 2003. The five-day event is held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in Corpus Christi. The Velocity Games was originally created as a vehicle for the U. S. Open Windsurfing Regatta and the U. S. Open Kiteboarding Championships. Although the events are recognized worldwide and covered by the major windsports magazines, they typically attracted a viewing audience of less than 5,000 spectators. In the first year under the Velocity Games umbrella, the events attracted more than 50,000 spectators, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.