2009 Luderitz Speed Challenge

The last day of racing saw Rob Douglas hit just over 50 knots, with his brother Jamie close behind with an excellent 48.67 (both on Cabrinha kites), and Alex Caizergues (F-One) again in the top three with 48.55.

Charlotte Consorti (F-One) had another very good day with a top speed of 43.07 knots, and Melissa Gil (Cabrinha) marginally upped her US outright women’s record to 38.00 knots.

It was a great event for the North American Speed Sailing Project, the organisation set up by Rob Douglas to “bring the records home to America”, with Rob and Melissa both taking home a new record, and Jamie Douglas hitting world-class speeds, despite being new to the sport. This will be a team to watch in the future.

The French, however, dominated as usual, with Alex Caizergues, Sebastien Cattelan and Christophe Prin-Guenon dominating the rankings, and a slew of their compatriots regularly getting 45+ knot results. The South African contingent made a strong showing, but didn’t achieve the results of last year. They will be back.

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KPWT Essaouira

The 2009 KPWT Essaouira is the last chance for the riders to push the rankings and take the overall titles for the year.

There are some serious contenders within the Men’s Wave Master and the Freestyle disciplines.

The likes of Petr Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN), Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) and Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) will all be looking for their championship title for 2009.

For the women, Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) will be fighting off the challenges from Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) and Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) and look to complete a highly successful year on the tour.

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KTA - Kiteboard Tour Asia

The world’s fastest growing and newest watersports phenomenon is set to come to the shores of high tech Hong Kong at the start of December.

The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) which is staging the second round of its five stop international competition tour in Hong Kong from the 2 – 5 December 09. The event will be based on the beautiful Cheung Sha beach on South Lantau at the new purpose built, Palm Beach watersports centre.

A good local rider turnout is anticipated for the Hong Kong tour stop along with a strong international field from countries across not only Asia but further a field also. Competition will take place between 10am – 5pm each day with competitors displaying their talents in both the freestyle and course racing events – all sanctioned for world ranking points under the IKA and ISAF.

Whilst the KTA tour promises to be a unique sporting spectacle as it travels around the region over the next few months, it also has another target it is determined to fulfil and that is to create new opportunities and chances for local riders, an opportunity not only to compete on an international stage in Asia, but to been seen and recognised by the wider watersports community worldwide.

In support of this the KTA has put in place a Riders Grant scheme, details of which can be found on the KTA website.

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