- 21 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
The sun came out in full force and raised the mercury up to 26° Celsius (78.8° F), literally warming up Playa de Sotavento. True to its reputation, this magnificent location abounds with beautiful beaches, sunny weather and very strong winds packing an average speed of 25 to 35 knots. Today was no exception. Before the skippers meeting, a sandstorm rolled through the whole competition area with winds well over 40 knots and gustiness of up to 50 knots. During the event proper, the wind was at an average of 30 to 40 knots which made it difficult for some of the riders to land a good trick.
Taking advantage of the strong wind, the competition started off with the men. Although there was some discussion if the games would be postponed until the winds subside a little, the heats eventually pushed through under strong and very gusty wind condition.
Today’s events started as a continuation of yesterday’s games. In heat #13, Reno Romeu (North, BRA) defeated Alex Pastor (Naish, ESP) with a solid display of variation, power and technical moves. At the opposite end of the heat, Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) overpowered and outclassed Aussie Andy Yates (Slingshot) with some nice moves and landings in the strong, gusty winds.
In the next heat, Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) proved too good in strong winds and grabs an almost easy win over Seb Garat (RRD, FRA) whose performance was slightly affected by the choppy conditions. Following up this heat was a close battle between Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, GBR) and Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) with a 3-2 win for Hadlow. In the end, it was the technical variation of Hadlow’s tricks that gave him the edge.
The first semi-final set between Langeree and Romeu was an exciting match. A man on a mission and eyeing a championship trophy this season, Langeree was charging with a full heat of solid tricks. An insanely powered KGB opened up the heat followed by a series of super quick and powered moves sealed the win for the Dutch champion. Romeu was equally brilliant in his tricks, landing his share of top-caliber moves but Langeree’s variation and powered moves were the deciding factor in the heat.
- 17 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Between 18th and 19th July, the portuguese region of Murtosa (Aveiro) will host another Racing stage of the Portuguese Kitesurfing Championships.
This is the third event of the national competition and Paulino Pereira is now in the first place ranking.
However, the competition will be tight and it is expected a great struggle for the first place during these two days.
We invite everyone to follow one more step of the Portuguese Kite Championships in the beautiful region of Aveiro, in an unforgettable spot.
- 16 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Cabarete Summer Fest co-founder and long time professional kiteboarder Luciano Gonzalez has for years dedicated his time to kiteboarding and the community.
Being one of the very first professional kiteboarders from the Dominican Republic, his experience and expertise is irreproachable and highly valuable in the making of the Summer Fest.
Launching this new kiteboarding championship for charity is an important step on the road towards better days for both athletes and children and finished with success after two days of freestyle and race down the coastline of Cabarete.
Seeing more than 30 kites in the air competing for fund raising purposes brought a big crowd to Kite Beach to support the athletes and the cause.
Although Cabarete Summer Fest struggled a bit with the wind conditions, the outcome could hardly have been more successful.
As Cabarete is known for world known kiteboarding names from the world tours, the riders list was impressive and exactly in the spirit of what this event was all about.