Long Bay will host the 2010 KPWT Jamaica 

World famous Long Bay Surfing Beach in East Portland has been selected as the venue for the 2010 Jamaica Kiteboard World Cup. The event is one of the Kiteboarding Pro World Tour Circuit dates and will see the world’s top kiteboarders in action over a 10 day period during March 2010.

The event is being staged by Jamrock Tours with financial support from the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP), a joint initiative of the European Union and the Government of Jamaica. 2010 Jamaica Kiteboard World Cup is expected to play a major role in legitimizing Long Bay as a first class destination for Kiteboard enthusiasts’ and help to reestablish East Portland as one of the island’s popular tourist destinations.

Since the 1960’s, Long Bay in Portland with its pristine white sand beach and crystal clear water has been a destination of choice for countless visitors seeking a Caribbean paradise getaway. In recent years however tourist arrivals have fallen off drastically. Boasting over a quarter of a million practitioners worldwide, a dose of kiteboarding may well be the medication needed to heal the parish’s ailing tourism industry.

Jamrock Tours holds a five year contract as local organizers of the event and anticipates major visitor arrivals to the parish as a result of the contest. Long Bay with its consistent swells and dependable trade wind is ideally suited for the fastest growing extreme sport of Kiteboarding. As an official date on the world circuit the event will be closely followed by international media and receive full coverage throughout the Kiteboarding world.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer 

Just when we thought KB4C couldn’t get any better, it did.

Participants pumped up their kites and the clouds parted as 125 kiteboarders and about 20 standup paddlers took to the windy conditions and swell-blanketed waters of the Columbia for the 3rd annual event.

Through athlete fundraising, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and beer and food sales, participants raised over $58,000 for cancer programs!

Thank you to our sponsors…

John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Dakine, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, Amundson Designs, Transcend Apparel, 2nd Wind Sports, Gorge Performance, Windance, Mystic, Oregon Screen Impressions, NSI, Real Watersports, Best Kiteboarding, Elemental Herbs, Full Sail Brewing, Apple Valley BBQ, Express Color, Progression, Ben Wilson Surf, Gorge Delights, Water from the Hood, Cascade Kiteboarding, Spleen, Slingshot, SDS Lumber, The Slider Project.

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2009 KPWT France in Dunkerque 

An exciting event on the KPWT 2009 schedule began today with registration. 50 international riders made the trip North to Dunkerque in France and registered for their respective disciplines.

Dunes de Flandre boasts 700 hectares of dunes and is blessed with a 15km beach of fine sand and great conditions for kitesurfing. Rotonde du Kursaal, the first European Kite Park, will host the KPWT team and its riders for the week ahead.

Local rider Antoine Auriol (FRA, KITELOOSE) registered today and has only fond memories of Dunkerque after coming second in the national competition for Windsurfing when he first started his love affair with wind many years ago! Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA, OVERALL TITLE 2008), Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN, FREESTYLE VICE-CHAMPION 2008) and Peter Tyushkevic (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), were also amongst the internationals that came to compete for the title and overall points on offer!

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