- 12 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has published the official 2009 World Contest Schedule.
There will be nine events starting with Mondial du Vent (April) and finishing with the Teri Kite Pro (November).
These are the 2009 PKRA World Tour stops and dates:
Mondial du Vent 2009 Apr-11-2009 - Apr-16-2009
Mexico Kitesurf World Cup Apr-22-2009 - Apr-26-2009
Tarifa Kite Pro 2009 Jul-01-2009 - Jul-05-2009
Kite Masters 2009 Jul-08-2009 - Jul-12-2009
Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2009 Jul-18-2009 - Jul-22-2009
Colgate Kitesurf World Cup 2009 Jul-25-2009 - Aug-02-2009
Kite Racing Mundial PKRA Sep-17-2009 - Sep-20-2009
Kite-Extreme Brazil 2009 Sep-23-2009 - Sep-27-2009
Teri Kite Pro 2009 Nov-25-2009 - Nov-29-2009
- 11 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) regrets to announce, that the PKRA has decided to go its own way instead of cooperating with IKA, KPWT and other organizers towards the unification of competition kiteboarding.
The PKRA had stated in an earlier press release, that they recognize the IKA as governing body for kiteboarding.
This, after hard negotiations had let to a common position with the clear commitment by the PKRA not to apply for special event status towards the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) but to work with the IKA, national kiteboarding associations and other tour operators.
As emerged now, an application for special event status has been raised again by the PKRA at the ISAF Council meeting last weekend, breaking the agreement achieved with the IKA before. These facts doesn’t make it reasonable to finalize the negotiations between IKA and PKRA at the moment.
It is expected, that the ISAF will reject the application for special event status and we hope that we can resume constructive negotiations with the PKRA thereafter.
- 09 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The British Kite Surfing Association (BKSA) has published the full schedule for the 2009 Tour.
Now in its 9th year the BKSA tour dates are as follows:
3 Super size events with 4 National Titles being run at the same Venue:
These will be Swansea, Blackpool and Redcar
3 Freestyle Kitesurfing
3 Course Racing Kitesurfing
3 Freestyle Kitelandboarding
3 Freestyle Kitebuggy
4 Additional Kitesurf Freestyle (which count to overall title)
3 Wave Events
Dates – For Freestyle Kitesurf - Course, Buggy and Landboard
Round 1 April 24th-26th Watergate Bay Cornwall
Round 2 May 15th-17th Swansea South Wales
Round 3 July 10th-12th Hunstanton Norfolk
Round 4 July31st-Aug 2nd Barrow Cumbria
Round 5 August 28th-30th Blackpool Lancashire
Round 6 September 25th-27th Littlehampton West Sussex
Round 7 October 8th-10th Redcar Tee Side
All above events are subject to funding and – if funding is not agreed events may be pulled 30 days prior to dates .
These will be run on the first 3 dates that have wind – no wind no comp – they are weekend only events!
April – 4th-5th / 11th-12th / 18th-19th
May – 2nd-3rd / 23rd-24th / 30th-31st
June – 6th-7th / 13th-14th
Sept- 5th-6th / 12th-13th / 19th-20th
October- 3rd-4th / 24th-25th
At one of these locations due on the forecast and tides
Gwithian, Westward Ho, Gower Peninsula, Newgale, Isle of Wight, Norfolk
Notification will be made on Thursday Evening if an event will take place.
You must Pre Register and pay in advance – Heats will be drawn up prior to event.
Speed Rankings 2009
Throughout 2009 we will be running the BKSA GPS Speed rankings.
This will be a full list of up to date ranking of UK based riders using the international GPS ranking list.
You can do it anywhere anytime you like – Awards for the fastest Men and Ladies awards will be given out at the end of Year Prizegiving at the end of October – so get speeding – on the water!
The BKSA will have more coaching days to BKSA members who have done a level 2 courses – to help with getting back on the water after the winter break or improve your riding
The courses taken by some of the top UK coaches will be taking place in the spring/ summer of 09
Dates and venues coming soon
The BKSA will also be having more regional youth training days this year
Dates and venues coming soon
Still in development – TBC
1 Slider Event
1 Foreign Wave Jam (possible Portugal / Morocco) June 09