- 26 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The dates for the 2009 United States Wind & Water Open (WW09) have been set, and not only has the event expanded in length, it's expanded in stature. This year's event will be headlined by the 2009 North American Course Racing Continental Championships as well as the US Kiteboarding National Championships. The championships, which will be hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, will take place Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th.
Although several kiteboarding championships have taken place during past U.S. Wind and Water events, this will be the first year for this level of competition. "To have the Nationals and Continentals in Kitesurfing, the fastest growing water sport worldwide, in Corpus Christi is fantastic," said competitor and Omni Hotels GM Nils Stolzlechner.
The event will be sanctioned by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and an official IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) Grade C event. The points awarded count towards the overall 2009 World Championship Tour competition.
In addition to the Kiteboarding events, the WW09 will also feature the US Windsurfing Regatta, the WW09 Volleyball Classic and the WW09 5K. The WW09 5K will once again be the official warm-up run for the annual Beach to Bay Marathon.
"The Kiteboarding events will be a great addition to what has been a great annual event for Corpus Christi," said Karina Paris, EPIC Director of Operations. "We're excited to partner with the Yacht Club on what should be a great week of competition."
The US Wind & Water Open, formerly the Velocity Games, is an international favorite to both competitors and spectators. Over the past 20 years, the national events have evolved from a local weekend outing into an annual international celebration on McGee Beach.
- 26 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The PKRA Speed has announced a correction in the 2008 world ranking, with Alexandre Caizergues winning the title ahead of Sebastien Catellan.
This after an extended discussion about the applied rules.
1 Alex Caizergues 2790
2 Sebastien Cattelan 2675
3 Christophe Prin-guenon 2130
4 Rolf Van Der Vlugt 1870
5 Jerome Bila 1790
6 Robert Douglas 1675
7 Manu Taub 1620
8 Menossi Patrice 1300
9 Taro Niehaus 1280
10 David Williams 850
- 25 February 2009 | Kiteboarding
The 2009 Kitespeed Worlds will be hosted in Port Saint Louis du Rhone from 29.03.2009 till 05.04.2009.
Plage Napoleon offers nuking winds during spring, last year up to 60 knots blasted the riders down the 500m course.
The elite of kitespeed is expected to take part in this battle, including world record holder and local Alexandre Caizergues, Sebastien Catellan, the first man over 50 knots ever, and hotshot Robert Douglas from the USA.
On the womens side, the battle will be close between world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA) and defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA).
Due to the world wide economical crisis, it is unfortunately not possible to run a full world tour in 2009. The remaining events of the 2009 kitespeed season will count toward the world ranking 2009 and will also give points towards the overall kiteboarding world title.
The venues under review currently are Walvis Bay (NAM) for the African continental championship, Dungarvan (IRL) for the European continental hampionship and probably an event in the states.