Kiteboard Tour Asia: the Philippines proved to be a brilliant stage

The KTA Philippines can be summed up in one word – brilliant!

It really has provided a touch of everything you would want for a top level kiteboard event. A stop that has given us four days of great competition, in a stunning tropical location, with a group of amazing people who know how to party their socks off.

Certainly throughout the competition days we have seen a mixed bag of wind conditions ranging from strong and consistent in the early days to the testing variable patterns we were getting towards the end. A great result given the forecasts which we were all stressing over before the event began, so we have to in the end be very grateful to the local Boracay wind gods who saw fit to fire enough ‘Amihan’ our way to make the event a success.

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Glenorchy: windsurf and kitesurf heaven on earth

39 windsurfers and kiters from all over the South Island descended on Glenorchy on Saturday 27th Feb. for the Southern Lakes Windriders Club’s annual downwinder sail from Glenorchy to Pigeon Island.

They were rewarded with a stunningly sunny and warm day. It was a spectacular site at the start with an array of coloured kites and windsurfing sails that quickly dispersed at varying speeds downwind. Winds were gusting approx 25 knots with variable and at times challenging wind conditions.

The informal race started at Glenorchy and finished on the Glenorchy road at the beach opposite pigeon island, a course of approximately 10 kms. First to arrive at the finish line, in approx 15 minutes, was local kiter Mike Holland (Queenstown) using a large 17m2 sail.

First windsurfer was Gavin Jackson (Dunedin) on a 6.0 sail. 39 competitors took part in the event (compared to 19 last year) with the youngest kiters achieving fantastic results; Bennett Jones, 16yrs old (Dunedin) came in 2nd overall and Blake Porter (Dunedin) only 15yrs old came in 5th overall.

Participants travelled from as far afield as Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargil….. with one competitor even from the USA.

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Swinemunde: nice place for a kitesurfing battle

The Kitesurf Tour Europe has just finalized it`s fifth stop.

This up to date final of the 2010 series will be held in Swinoujscie, Poland. The village is located between Danzig and Stettin at the baltic coast line and can be reached via Berlin in about 2,5 hours.

The Swinoujscie City Council is happy to host this stage of the Kitesurf Tour Europe on the last weekend of the polish summer break: "It will be a great sports location and party week from August 25th. - 29th.", Marek Senior Rowinski, one of the local organizers, states.

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