2009 KPWT Dakhla

Dakhla attitude offers a unique kitesurfing paradise for riders and travellers, with accommodation under tents, quaint bungalows on the cliff and way off the beaten track, what better way to appreciate the KPWT lifestyle!

This Super Grand Slam event will host Freestyle, Kiteloop, Course Racing, Wave Masters, Sliders and a junior competition. Prize money is set at 35 000 Euros and all will be pushing themselves to hopefully find themselves on the podium.

Over 45 riders from 20 different countries have made the trip to Dakhla and to try and further their KPWT points and push themselves to the top of the World rankings.

Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Peter Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) are just some of the top internationals that have arrived in Dakhla. All are looking forward to competing and the opportunity to enjoy what this excellent kitesurfing paradise has to offer!

Amongst the ladies, Kari Shibevaag (NOR, OZONE) is here and looking quite comfortable after her good results in Canada. Wave Master World Champion, Kirsty Jones (UK, ANIMAL) and 5x World Champion Gisela Pulido are both here to take pleasure in the excellent conditions in Morocco.

Competition day one will commence tomorrow with a skippers meeting at 08h00, so stay tuned and connected to this highly anticipated event on the 2009 KPWT calendar.

Kite Buggy European Championship

John Jansen, Dutch Peter Lynn teamrider, has won the Kite Buggy European Championship in St Peter Ording, Germany. In all heats of the Euro Champs John ruled in a very impressive way.

On 4 consequent days he altogether won all 7 heats in a row, just to have bad luck in the very last heat, where he had to give up his leading position when hindered by a fellow competitor... and he just missed his eight victory by a few yards... Congratulations John on this sensational and sweeping victory!

And more success for Peter Lynn in the women’s Euro Champs. Dutch teamrider Carien van der Meulen got a fantastic second place in the final ranking. Congratulations to Carien on this amazing performance... particularly amazing as Carien had only one day before the Eurochamps to get used to her brand new Vapors.

What a dream start this is for the brand new Peter Lynn VAPOR, the ultimate race kite in the Peter Lynn range... with a kite which is not even launched on the market, the 6 VAPOR pilots managed to take no less than 5 top-10 positions in the final ranking, in a field of some 70 pilots... as well as several top-3 positions in the individual heats.

Andy Ward | Photo: Daily Echo

Andy Ward is the first kitesurfer to complete the cross from the Channel Islands to the coast of England.

The British kitesurfer from Dorset departed from Alderney and arrived in Poole, where he lives.

Ward made the 70 nautical mile race in almost six hours in aid of the Special Boat Service Association (SBSA).

He raised £3,000 so far. Congratulations to Andy Ward and his achievement.