- 29 December 2008 | Kiteboarding
For the first time, Al Gharbia will play host to the ultimate international kiteboard World Cup, to be staged in Abu Dhabi, Mirfa, from March 22 to 29, 2009.
The 2009 Al Gharbia World Cup, is expected to draw the majority of the worlds top-ranked male and female competitors in Kiteboarding
Action will be intense, with all the discipline to be staged at one location on Abu Dhabi famous Mirfa.
The Kiteboarding event boasts international sanctioning with valuable competition points and rankings as part of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) World Cup and IKA world Ranking sanctioned by Isaf (International Sailing Federation).
It will feature 32 male and 12 female riders in a relentless freestyle competition, vying for their chance to share in the 30 000 euros Kiteboarding prize money on offer.
The event, Al Gharbia Kiteboard World Cup provides the platform for the KPWT to launch its first Kiteboarding event in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
KPWT Promoter Frederic Gravoille said the inclusion of Al Gharbia World Cup in the World Tour represented a positive evolution for the sport.
Bringing the KPWT to Abu Dhabi is a great opportunity not only for the KPWT, but for kiteboarding as a whole, he said.
In terms of sport possibilities, new riding conditions, and media it couldn't be better.
We're excited to be aligned with Al Gharbia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which represents truly world-class competition for both athletes and spectators. This fantastic outcome is the result of a long and successful collaboration.
The Al Gharbia Kiteboard World Cup will attract new water sports visitors and millions of television viewers worldwide.
Vision from the event will be distributed to national and international broadcasters throughout Europe, Asia, United Kingdom, North America, South America, Middle East, South Africa and Australia, and will be seen by more than 400 million people worldwide.