2009 PKRA Fuerteventura 

For eight years in a row, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the world’s leading professional kiteboarding organization –  is bringing the events back to Fuerteventura soil. The event dubbed “Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2009,” will be a five-day event of extreme kiteboarding action. The highlights will include Freestyle and Kite-Loop Competition to be participated in by professional riders from more than 18 different countries. Organized by Pro Center René Egli through its owner René Egli, featuring €33,000 in total prize money, the Fuerteventura event is well-known as the most extreme PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour event be cause of guaranteed strong winds.

The kick-off games will start on July 17, 2009 with the Inscription & the Welcome Party and will run until July 22. Expect to see some of the best freestyle kiteboarders live in action performing their biggest jumps and difficult tricks, push ing themselves in the extreme conditions. In addition to the freestyle this year will feature a kite-loop competition which guarantee spectacular extremely high jumps as the riders get that extra lift created as they loop their kite while in mid-air.

The venue will be Playa Sotavento, without a doubt the best beach in Fuerteventura and a paradise of immense ecological prosperity. The area abounds with sunny weather condition and strong winds blowing at an average of 18 to 35 knots. These, combined with an average water temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and a general wind direction of side offshore to side shore makes the beaches of Sotavento a perfect and spectacular setting for the PKRA Grand Slam event.

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2009 Oxbow Kite Race

The 2009 Oxbow Kite Open Race will be held between 26th-28th June, on the beach of the RBSC of Duinbergen, Belgium.

On program:
Longue Distance
Slalom Race
Oxbow Kite Festival will be born for the first time in Belgium at this event.

The reason of the Oxbow Kite Open Race II is to develop and make known the kiteboarding with the eyes of Belgian general public, according to qualitative and professional standards. This second edition is based on 1 event on the Belgian coast.

This event will get together all the Belgian amateurs in this very spectacular discipline and completely in the wind which is the kitesurf.

With its 63 km of coast, this country offers a superb place of practice with very good conditions of wind, beautiful great beaches and the reception of the local population is more often very cordial.

Belgium also has a population of approximately 1.500 practises in perpetual increase. Best Belgian Riders will come to make the spectacle.

Everything is joined to do the OXBOW Kite Open Race a success. The objective is to decree the titles: Miss and Mister OXBOW Kite open Race and to put Belgium like the country of Kitesurf.

During 2 days, the public will be invited to take part in the first Kite festival

to discover:
the technical innovations 2009 of the various brands of kite:
Cabrinha, Flysurfer, Flyboard, Bestkiteboarding, Ozone, Nobile, JN , North, Liquid Force

of the demonstrations:
kitesurf freestyle with the champion of Belgium Steve Verelst
Blokart and katalyst (catamaran for blokart!)
Kitewing with Ronald Verhaegen (World Top rider )
Padle Surfing

of initiations:
Blokart
Kitewing,
Padle Surfing
Kitesurf

Lagoon Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

A 38-year-old kitesurfer died Saturday after strong winds smashed him into boulders at Milnerton's Lagoon beach in Cape town, South Africa.

He was from Bloubergstrand.

Very strong winds of more than 15 knots were gusting at the time, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute.

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