Bruno Sroka 

The much anticipated start of the prestigious Kite Masters World Tour 2009 kicks off with a thrilling display of speed and power courtesy of the PKRA racers who participated in the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009. 

Perfect weather conditions greeted the crowd at the beach along with the athletes although the much sought-after wind which fuels the games arrived later during the race. After a long period of waiting, the event got underway at approximately 2:00 pm and was participated by the crème de la crème of kiteboard racing. 

The wind was particular light during the first two races but gradually picked up after the 45-minute break for the third and final race of the day which concluded at 5:00 pm. The first race of the day lasted approximately 23 minutes and progressively got faster with the final race only taking 17 minutes. Most of the competitors started on their largest kites (15m / 16m for the men) but eventually switched down one size for the final race.

Bringing the crowd on their feet and leading the race after day one is Cabrinha’s Bruno Sroka (FRA) who is making a comeback after taking a break from last year’s racing events. The French racer dominated all three races with convincing wins. It was apparent that Sroka have been busy training and has worked very hard on his board and speed during the off-season. Unfortunately, last year’s champion Charles Deleau (North, FRA) is racing on borrowed gear due to lost luggage. The French rider is hoping to get his gear later today so he can climb his way back up to the top to defend his world championship title against Sroka who was World Champion in 2007. Meanwhile, American Jesse Richman, another Cabrinha rider is currently in second place while North’s Sean Farley (MEX) completes the top three.

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2009 PKRA Portimão in Portugal 

The 2009 PKRA Portimão in Portugal is underway with 40 registered kiteboarders. The event is being held in the beautiful Algarve (South of Portugal).

Sixteen of the best progressive freestyle riders of the world (male and female) along with four top Portuguese riders will battle it out in challenging conditions to prove who is the greatest.

The athletes will also have a chance at a generous amount of prize money, not to mention another day at the beach to challenge last year's champions Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) and Susi Mai (Cabrinha, GER).

The names confirmed for the Freestyle event are:

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2009 Kitty Hawk  

The annual Kitty Hawk Kites “Kite Jam,” a kiteboarding competition, is scheduled for June 27-28, 2009, at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Waves, NC.

This two day event, held each day from 10AM-5PM, features some of the best kiteboarders in the world, including team riders for Eclipse and Cabrinha. Representatives from these two companies, as well as HQ Kites, will be on site to show off the latest kiteboarding gear and power kites. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer free power kite lessons throughout the two day event.

There are several competitions held throughout the weekend. On Saturday, join Kitty Hawk Kites and check out some of the best competitions in the Outer Banks. The “Long Jump” competition will be held at 12PM on Saturday. The rider who goes the farthest distance without touching the water wins. Riders will participate in “Capture the Flag” at 3PM on Saturday and the “Trick Competition” will take place throughout the day. This involves riders trying to mimic specific tricks and stunts. The rider who can successfully perform the most tricks wins the title.

The Kite Jam continues on Sunday will an all day Slider Park Jam Session. Spectators are encouraged to venture onto the lawn of Kitty Hawk Kites and watch the pros master endless tricks.

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