Sean Farley and Melissa Gil shine on the US Kite Nationals

Sean Farley and Melissa Gil lead after the first day of racing

After the first day of racing in very windy conditions, average wind speed 25 to 30 mph Sean Farley, (MEX) North/NJS Designs and Melissa Gil, (PUE) Cabrinha/NJS Designs lead off the rankings.

Five exiting races had 20 competitors on the starting line with clean starts and no collisions or protest in the almost all Professional field. On the men’s side Sean Farley took four out of the five races.

On the woman’s side it has been toe to toe racing between the top three with the finishes in most races 10 seconds apart from each other.

Melissa Gil is in the lead for now.

Winds are forecasted at 20 to 25 mph for Thursday and 30 to 35 mph for the rest of the week ensuring a great set up for the remainder of the competition.

The race course is set with a one mile upwind mark and average times to finish the course are between 16 to 18 minutes.

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Kiteboarders have successufully crossed the English Channel 

Five men have kitesurfed across the Channel in an attempt to break the world record (2h30m) and helped raising cash for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Jamie Brakewell and friends have successfully made it from Dungeness (Kent, UK) to Boulogne (France) and collected £6,700 so far.

The sportsmen checked the weather forecast (swell and winds), ship traffic and gear conditions before departure.

It is still not clear if the kitesurfers have bettered the world record, but they have certainly crossed the Channel.

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2009 Triple-S Invitational

The 2009 Triple-S Invitational is coming up FAST, scheduled for May 30th – June 5th in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina !

The Triple-S is an “invite only” freeride event, featuring the 24 best kiteboarders in the world, including 5x World Champion Aaron Hadlow, plus Ruben Lenten, Andre Phillip, Jason Slezak, Sam Bell and more !

Part of this year’s Triple-S Invitational was the expansion of the “Wild Card” entry opportunities to 3 positions. This will allow for new talent to make it into the Triple-S Invitational each year through this competitive wild card entry process.

Over 20 Wild Card entries were received, of which the Triple-S Event Committee had to make the tough decision of narrowing the field down to only 3 wild card riders to compete in the Triple-S Invitational.

All of the videos featured a very high level of riding, in flatwater, on the rails, in the snow, and in the surf, from an international pool of kiteboarders spanning the globe.

Just the wildcard entries themselves could be put together to form a world-class event or action DVD ! The riding ability and variety was truly spectacular !

After over 4 hours of viewing all the videos, the diversified panel of 7 judges unanimously voted in Sam Medysky, Ian Alldredge, and Petter Johnsen to fill the three wildcard positions for the 2009 Triple-S Invitational.

These riders, along with 21 others, will travel to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and re-define once again what is possible for the sport of kiteboarding.

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