Several accidents with kitesurfers are happening worldwide 

In the last days, several accidents happened with kitesurfers worlwide. There are many safety procedures to learn before getting into the water.


In the Westward Ho! beach, a man has been flown to the North Devon District Hospital after being knocked unconscious during a kitesurfing competition. He was marshalling the Atmospher'09, a power kite festival held in the UK.

In the Okaloosa Island, rescue workers found a capsized kite and feared that the surfer had drowned. Later, they found out that the man, Rob Corazza, had swimmed to shore after trying to bring a friend's board back.

On Saturday, a Skegness lifeboat was called to help a kitesurfer that was struggling with broken equipment about 100m off the shore, south of Central Beach.

Be sure to respect the kitesurfing safety procedures and always try to kitesurf with a friend. Check our video section for more kitesurfing accidents.

KPWT 

This year the KPWT wants to be more spectacular than ever. We know that an engaged Kiteloop is the most spectacular trick. It's why we will organize a new Kiteloop World Tour in our 2009 calendar.

The First Kiteloop contest 2009 will be organized during the Seat Kitesurf World Cup in Germany 16th / 21th June 2009 in the beautifull place of Sylt. Registration 15th June 2009.
For this event, the prize money will be 8000euros. Winner Men 3 000euros, Winner Women 1 000euros

Kiteloop Contest : All pro competitors are judging according the new KPWT rules book.
The rider who show the highest engagement, combined with power, speed and clean landing are the ones that should win.

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Kitty Hawk Kiteboarding Resort 

After opening the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Waves, NC last fall, Kitty Hawk Kites is planning to host the inaugural kiteboarding race, beginning April 25 and continuing through May 2. 

Kitty Hawk Kites and KiteUS are co-sponsoring this week long event and are expecting a large number of participants. Kiteboarders from across the country will be in attendance to compete on Hatteras Island, one of the best locations in the country for kiteboarding. The races will begin on Sunday, April 26, and continue through the following Saturday. Spectators are encouraged to come out and view the course races throughout the week at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Waves. Races will take place on the Pamlico Sound, directly behind Kitty Hawk Kites.

The daily course races will be divided based on skill level. The levels set for these races include expert, intermediate, amateur, and women. Points, awarded by the panel of judges, will be given for the top three riders in each race. Each race will host six to ten riders and last between 20-30 minutes. The races scheduled each day will be based on wind speed and direction. A “day winner” will be determined each afternoon by the judges.

To register for this event, visit www.kiteus.com/racing. Participants must register, either in advance or at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort during the week of the event, to be added to the roster. Participating kiteboarders and spectators are encouraged to register to receive the latest information regarding the first annual Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Race. Registration is free, thanks in part to our sponsors: KiteUS and Monster Energy Drink.

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