Abel Lago

Abel Lago has conquered the 2009 Spanish Kiteboarding Championship (Campeonato de España de Kiteboarding) in playa de Famara, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias.

The new Spanish champion won both Waves and Racing competition.

Abel Lago defeated Jose Luengo (Waves) and Sami Gali (Racing) in the finals.

The event was held between 8th and 12th July.

 Shippagan, Canada

This year the KPWT will stop in North America, the first time in the KPWT history, a new stop on the tour 2009.

The event, held in Shippagan, Canada will take place over an action packed week, starting with registration on the 23rd August 2009. Total Prize money on offer is 30.000 euro over the five disciplines being, Freestyle Wave Masters Kiteloop Course Racing Pro Am - Sliders.

Shippagan lies in the province of New Brunswick on the Acadian Peninsula. Home to New Brunswick's largest fishing fleet, Shippagan Les Iles, has its own culture based on the fishing industry.

Shippagan offers a variety of riding locations that offer waves, glassy flat conditions and consistent winds. Shippagan Les es is an archipelago of three islands (Shippagan, Lame and Miscou) located at the very north of New Brunswick. The islands are very close to each other, creating lagoons where you'll find outstanding flat-water spots.

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Kiteboard Tour Asia

A new continental kiteboard tour has been sanction by the IKA to commence at towards the end of this year in Asia. The competition tour will be known as the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) and has been approved at the continental tour level.

The KTA tour will be the first of its kind in the Asia region and aims to highlight the growing kiteboarding scene there, promote the opportunity for the more local riders to gain the experience of international competition and perhaps act as a springboard towards higher levels of the professional tours in the future.

The KTA is open to both Asian and non- Asia riders and will result in two outcomes with both KTA Tour Champions and the first Asian Champions.

Through the IKA sanction riders competing in the KTA will be able to gain points towards their overall world ranking positions as the tour will be conducted under the IKA approved rule system.

The KTA will launch with its first tour stop at the beginning of October 09 in China and then move on to Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand to finish there in March 2010. This will see the tour operating throughout the stronger wind monsoon months in Asia.

For further information and to contact the KTA about the tour as competitor, media, potential sponsor, spectator or other interested party please visit the official KTA website.