- 02 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
Officials with local sports marketing firm Epic Sports & Entertainment are following the lead of other organizations and group governing agencies, like the University Interscholastic League, taking precautionary measures to suspend all athletic events until further notice.
EPIC management confirmed this morning that all land events for the US Wind and Water Open, including the USWWO 5K, USWWO Volleyball Tournament and Vendor Village, have been cancelled for the May 8-10th event at McGee Beach. However, all water events will continue as scheduled, including the 2009 US Kiteboarding National Championship & The Corpus Christi Windsurfing Classic.
“Epic Sports & Entertainment is committed to hosting events built on community and friendship,” Karina Paris, Director of Operations, said. “Our concerns about the recent threat of the Swine Flu virus echo those of our community. We have decided to follow the lead of the U.I.L. and we have cancelled all US Wind & Water Open land events to minimize the risks associated with this recent outbreak of the flu.”
Registrants of the USWWO 5K will receive a full refund of fees by Friday, May 1st. Those who have registered for land events should call Karina Paris at 361-885-0393.
The Kiteboarding National Championships, which are being hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, will go on as planned. Over 27 of the world’s best kiteboarders have confirmed their participation in the event, including the number one ranked woman in the world, and four of the top ten men in the world.
“The competition will be unbelievable,” said Nils Stolzlechner – ranked #5 nationally in kiteboarding and also General Manager of Omni Corpus Christi Hotels. “This is the highest ever level of competition to be held in the continental US ever.
This is also the highest ranked event in the World for the month of May,” he added.
#1 current ranking, Melissa Gil
#1 in the World 2008, Kristin Boese
#1 US current ranking Sandy Parker
#2 in the World, current rankings Abel Lago, Spain
#3 in the World, current rankings Sean Farley
#5 in the World, current rankings Bruno Sokura, France
#8 in the World and US Champion Damien Leroy
# 2 US ranking 2009 Chip Wasson
# 3 US ranking 2009 Sky Solbach
# 5 US ranking 2009 Nils Stolzlechner (Corpus Christi)
# 6 US ranking 2009 Mike Gephardt ( Bronze Medalist Olympic Games)
# 7 US ranking 2009 Jeff Kafka
#10 US ranking 2009 John Gomes
SOURCE: US Wind and Water Open