With overwhelming support from the kiteboarding community, the globally recognized Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) will be organizing two major events at the Kite Masters - Portimão World Tour 2008 in Portimão, Portugal.

In the tradition of the Tennis Masters Cup, PKRA will be hosting the Freestyle Kite Masters Invitational Cup, where the best 16 progressive freestyle riders of the world (male and female), along with 4 major Portuguese riders, will face a battle dubbed “the most challenging kiteboarding competition to date.”

The “crème de la crème” of the kiteboarding world will compete in a new, different and exciting group format where they will vie for a chance to be crowned the kiteboarding champion of champions, plus a generous amount of prize money.

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In recent years, the Oregon Public Health Division has received reports from a number of windsurfers and kiteboarders about respiratory ailments and skin infections they experienced after surfing.

In order to better understand the incidence and cause of illnesses and injuries related to windsurfing and kiteboarding, we are doing a study among windsurfers and kiteboarders.

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A kitesurfer has powered his way into the record books via the Isle of Wight. Despite strong wind warnings and adverse tide conditions, James Meaning completed what is believed to be the first circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight using a kitesurfing board.

The Yarmouth man set off from the town at 8.30am on Saturday and finished the 55-mile route on his 4ft board in six hours and 13 minutes, at speeds averaging more than 15 knots.

Conditions were favourable until he reached St Catherine’s Point, the southern tip of the Island. There, the wind increased to more than 25 knots, or Force 6, and James had to tack the kite directly upwind to reach Bembridge. It meant the 38-year-old covered 100 miles in total. James hung on upwind and on to the final turn downwind from Bembridge to Cowes and back to Yarmouth.

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