PKRA joins ISA

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) announced today that starting with the 2009 season, all PKRA events will be sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

In a formal letter sent to PKRA President Mauricio Toscano and PKRA Vice President Paul Caswell, ISA President Fernando Aguerre expressed delight in welcoming the PKRA under its wing. In addition to being recognized as an association member, ISA also granted sanctioning to the PKRA World Tour events.

“This ISA recognition will further enhance PKRA’s solid footing in Professional Kitesurfing and we consider this as another step forward in further uplifting the level of the sport of kitesurfing worldwide,” said Toscano.

The ISA recognition will not only adjoin more professional value to the PKRA events and activities but it will also create a new level of confidence to event organizers as far as government support and industry recognition is concerned.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing and all surf-riding activities, including short board, long board, body board, knee board, skim board, tow in and stand up paddle surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World Championships since 1980.

Since 2000, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has been in the forefront of professional kitesurfing, organizing world-class, professional kitesurfing events and the PKRA World Tour. Over the years of running professional kitesurfing events around the world, PKRA has developed a competition format largely with the input of the competitors, with a riders’ committee in charge of reviewing current competition rules and formats. PKRA membership includes some of the best National Kitesurfing Bodies in worldwide. Its headquarters is located in Maui, Hawaii.

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Pamela Anderson 

Pamela Anderson's boyfriend Jamie Padgett got involved in a kitesurfing accident, during their holidays in Hawaii.

The 41-year-old Baywatch actress was at the beach, when Padgett got into trouble with his kite gear and landed in the water.

Curiously, several lifeguards - she didn't - run to his aid, although Jamie Padgett was able to get out of the water without a major injury.

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Melissa Gil and Alexandre Caizergues

After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France. Although the race committee tried to go for an early start at 8:00 hours at the final day of the competition, the conditions never improved enough to allow for fair racing.

Local Alexandre Caizergues from Port St. Louis defended his title from the past two years, while for speed-rookie Melissa Gil the victory over defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) was a surprise. Being on speed equipment only since one months, she should be the new star in womens competition.

Melissa won the first leg of the competition, while her biggest opponent Charlotte shot a bullet in the second leg, but due to the decreasing winds Melissa scored with 30.03 knots the better speedand thus secured the overall victory.

In the mens fleet, runner-up Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), with 50.54 knots second fastest man in the world, was able to defeat Caizergues in the first round, but struggled with the light conditions in leg two. Most consistent was Sylvain Hoceini (FRA, Griffin) with two second places also overall in second.
Third then Douglas, with the top-speed of the competition (33.94 knots). His team-mate, US racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) scored an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition, aking use of the light conditions. Local rider Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One) completed the top 5 mens ranking.

Competitors and organizers were fully satisfied with the completion of the first IKA world championship, even when the wind conditions were not as expected. For the speed world ranking, the next points can be scored in Namibia late summer, and then in the United States and Ireland later in the year.

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