Seattle Kiteboard Races

35 local kiteboarding enthusiasts joined in on the first of many races in Seattle this past weekend. Between the rain squalls, the wind picked up on Saturday and provided 20-30 mph winds for about 3 hours – just enough time to get the race off and solid results posted.

“We expected about 10-15 guys to sign up, so we are very pleased to see so many people excited about racing up here (in Seattle)” commented Race Director, Andrew Koch.

Four races were run in each class; race board, surfboard & twin tip. The Seattle Yacht Club provided all support boats and was instrumental in setting up the race course.

Prizes were provided by Urban Surf, a local surf and kiteboarding shop.

The next race is planned for November – exact dates TBD.

1 Adam Koch

2 Adam Vance

3 Robin Ogaard

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Stefaans Viljoen

Stefaans Viljoen takes the crown in the 2009 Cabrinha Race Series in San Francisco on the OR Rise, OR Session harness and OR Race Board.

After 11 nights of fierce completion it all came down to the last night. Series leaders Chip Wasson and Jeff Kafka were away on a kite trip in Fiji (hard to feel bad for them) and the penalty points they picked up put them out of the running for 1st.

Going into the last race it was a tie between Stefaans and Geoff Headington (Ozone) and whoever won this last night took the season trophy.

With dying winds only one race was run and it was neck and neck between Stefaans and Geoff the whole race. After starting a bit behind Geoff and Mike Gebhardt (Ozone) Stefaans slowly clawed his way back to beat Geoff to the line.

The top 5 for the season were: Stefaans Viljoen (OR), Geoff Headington (Ozone), Chip Wasson (Ozone), Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha), and Eric Due (Cabrinha).

Stefaans was one of 6 riders in the top 15 to be riding both the Rise kites and the OR race board. In fact, he was the only rider in the top 5 to ride a production board. Other Ocean Rodeo riders finished: Chris Brown (8), Andrew Galbraith (10), Evan Stolze (11), Eric Geleynse (14), Allen Chung (15), and Erin Loscocco (20).

KiteGen Research

Italian company KiteGen Research developed a 200-square-foot prototype kite that will produce 40 KW, at 2,600 feet altitude.

The future of energy and personal power devices is being rehearsed as KiteGen Research already is building a machine that flies a 1.500-square-foot kite and will produce enough power to feed 9.000 homes.

Founded in 2007, KiteGen Research is a privately held company, with headquarters in Chieri, near Torino.

KiteGen Research wants, together with the sister company Sequoia Automation S.r.l., to offer more efficient solutions to the severe energy shortage of the planet: cheap renewable energy, in large quantity, with no GHG emission and low land use.

Kite Gen Research owns more than 20 internationally registered patents.