Mar Menor: is that enough for you?

The beautiful Spanish city of Murcia is preparing for the 2011 Slalom/Kitecross World Championships, from October 12th-16th. The event format will be Downwind Slalom without obstacles.

The event is part of the Eurosaf High Performance Grand Prix. All competition will happen in Mar Menor, a great kiteboarding venue. Racing will take place in nice conditions with prevailing winds from the east averaging 12-15 knots and temperatures around 20-25 degree celsius.

There will be a maximum number of 32 men and 8 women. More than 50% of the available slots are already taken. A total of 6000 Euro prizemoney is up for grabs, distributed to the top 8 men and top 4 women.

Competition will be run in multiple elimination rounds. In addition, some full fleet long distance downwind races may be added. The kiteboarding will be run in elimination systems with a flying start.

Mar Menor is a salty lagoon separated from the Mediterranean sea by La Manga, a sandbar 22km in length and with a variable width from 100 to 1200m.

With a surface area of nearly 170km2, a coastal length of 70km and warm and clear water which does not exceed 7m in depth, it is considered "the largest swimming pool in the world" according to the famous swimmer and Hollywood actress Esther Williams.