SAKSA 

We managed to get through the whole of the official titles on Saturday with awesome results. There were 50 or so competitors and a few hundred spectators lining the sand spit and Milang shoreline throughout the day. The glassy flat water offered the perfect conditions and the mud underneath made for some soft landings…We had a variable 15-18 knots during the heats which was at times a challenge but filled in later in the arvo and the guys & girls started busting out some great moves. Everyone had a great day.

The comp was fantastic but the car boggings were priceless; so from all the bystanders, thanks to the many ambitious drivers who thought that a churned up black mud pit offered a crossing…

Saturday night started with dinner and drinks at the Milang Regatta Club who put on a great show. For the forty or so people there at closing time, the Pub was the party lifeline beckoning shooters and general antics. The pub pulled the pin at 1:30am but little did Milang know that the kitesurfing crew had nine rounds of shooters and a few more hours of parting left in them…  After the plastic plate throwing contest and the human pyramid, the party retreated to the jetty with the local cricket team in support. It was the Zoolander style removal of underwear contest that really sounded the end of the evening and bed couldn’t come soon enough.

Sunday inevitably revealed some sore heads. A very weary crew stumbled down for a late breakfast at the Club and by midday we decided to fire up the wake winch. The arvo had a 12-14 knot breeze but only a few were interested or able. The winch and the kicker provided some awesome entertainment and most were happy to chill out, have some lunch and take it easy…

Presentations closed the weekend and results are below.

Thanks to all the Competitors and spectators who came along to make it a huge success and congratulations to the winners. We also greatly appreciate the efforts of those who travelled from as far away as Port Lincoln, Whyalla and the Riverland.

Thanks to all of the sponsors who gave their support and prizes. Thanks to the Milang Regatta Club for all their food and efforts, and for also letting us keep a kicker and slider down there. Thanks to Blake Reichelt for the Wake Winch. Thanks to Chopsy and Paul Bradley for they’re help with the MC role and the PA, plus Evan for helping with the trophies. Also thanks to Russ Curtin for sitting there patiently and getting some fantastic video footage. Big thanks to Geoff Gent for pulling the whole event together with the rest of the committee.

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Kiteboarding 4 Kids 

Kiteboarding 4 Kids is a fantastic new charity fundraising event being held this February in Cabarete, the Kiteboarding capital of the world. Cabarete is on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, a large Caribbean island situated between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

This unique event will bring together passionate kite boarders from all backgrounds and abilities so that they can enjoy challenging themselves physically and mentally while raising funds for some much needed causes.

Some exciting events are planned including a three-hour endurance course race and a Big Air best Trick contest. There will be categories for Men, Women & Juniors (age 14 and under).

There is no competition registration-fee, and the $50 competition entry-fee is waived once your sponsorship exceeds $50. With a projected registration of at least 50 kite boarders, the event is a brilliant opportunity for us to make a huge difference in the lives of children in need.

Prizes will be awarded to the event winners in both the men and women divisions, and there will be special prizes for fundraising.

Events and Entertainment: The event will ROCK with music by local Bands XXX and Crush.

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IKA 

The point system for the various rankings has been under review for a long time to achieve the best possible result to start with. It might not be perfect yet but a good starting point to validate a fair ranking.

One of the major issues has been how to deal with the different freestyle styles of KPWT and PKRA. After long discussions and consultations of the affected parties as well as riders and independent sources, the majority describes the PKRA judging focus being clearly on wakestyle, while the focus if the KPWT judging is more "allround". The problem was to describe in one word what you have to expect, so all other combinations failed.

Until we find something better we therefore call KPWT judging "Freestlye" and PKRA judging "Wakestyle".

As the judging criteria differ so much we found it worth to award two major disciplines in 2009 with seperate titles. During the course of the year the main focus of the judging sub-committee will be to find a way to unite the two styles into one judging guideline. If this committee, made up from judges from both tours and national associations, come to the conclusion that it is not possible to unite them as they are too different - then be it like that.

The other diciplines are more clear. Waves - should be judged as waveriding and not as freestyle in the waves. Course racing will be accompanied by downwind racing - this is kiteslalom, crossings, long distance, downwind dashes... The definition is all races with an upwind part of more than app. 20% are considered course racing, those with an upwind part of less than 20 % are considered downwind racing. Speed is clear as well, with only one major discipline in 2009 - the standard offshore speed course.

The overall title is determined by a combination of the various disciplines: each rider can bring his individual points from waves, the better result from freestyle or wakestyle, the better result from course racing or downwind racing, and the result from speed into the ranking. But how are the points calculated and how is ensured that the most important discipline, freestyle/wakestyle, is accordingly counted?

Well, thats quite easy. Each event is graded due to its importance and the price money, beside other factors. The points for each rider are calculated by a confusing looking formula. Let us explain...

While the number of participants on a freestyle event is more or less the same, it might differ on racing events. And of course it is harder to achieve a fifth place from one hundred competitors than from only ten. Thus the number of competitors is considered to calculate the points for each rank. An example: On a continental championship without price money, the base factor is 5. This means, the winner of the event scores 5x100 points= 500 points. With 50 competitors, the second one gets 490 points, the third one 480 etc. On an event with only 20 competitors, the point differences become bigger: the forst one still gets 500 points, while the second gets 475 points, the third one 450 points etc. Sounds difficult, but it is quite logical. We will provide a sample chart later on for your own test calculations.

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