2010 BVI Kite Jam: it must be fun to party with Sir Richard Branson

BVI Kite Jam kicked off with an illustrious opening party at Necker Island for pros including Kristin Boese, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Tuva Jansen, Tom Court, Chris Burke, Gretta Kruesi, Jason Slezak, and Madison Van Heurck, participants, sponsors, international media, esteemed members of the BVI Tourism Board and local VIPs and officials.

The Honorable Ralph T. O’Neal, Premier and Minister of Tourism, addressed attendees with good wishes and Sir Richard Branson reminisced about coming up with the idea for Kite Jam with event partner Charlie Smith.

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KPWT Jamaica: poor event conditions and only 15 riders showed up

Day three at Long Bay Beach and unfortunately due to the circumstances detailed below, the event in Jamaica has been cancelled.

This is a huge disappointment for the KPWT, its riders and the all the media involved who have made the trip to the Caribbean. The local organization was not equipped to handle an event of this stature and nothing was done as pre-scheduled.

Jamrock Tours (Eugene Smith) has shown utter disregard and commitment to the KPWT and its riders. KPWT had to make a decision fast as to safety and security for the riders and made the decision to leave Jamaica on account of poor delivery on what was originally on offer.

Nothing had been completed. There was no permit on the beach, the opening ceremony was a desaster, music festival cancelled, on the 24th serious incident, road closed, no safety boats, no lycras, incomplete media offices, half finished judge towers, an accident on the event site involving a local worker, no buoys and unsettled accounts across the island with no money to speak of.

This is a catastrophe and KPWT will not take the risk to even attempt to continue under these ridiculous conditions. This is a sad day for the sport of kiteboarding, for Jamaica and for all those involved at the event.

2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge: new innovations are being prepared

Many world records have fallen during the first three years of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, boosting kiteboarding to the top ranking in speed sailing.

Taking place October 4-31, the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge will continue to expand upon previous years’ innovations that have made the location the fastest kiteboarding spot in the world over the past three years.

A canal dug at last year’s challenge created a near perfect water state that allowed kiters to go faster than ever before in less wind (40 knots max). At just three meters wide, it was ten times narrower than the canal at “Les Saintes Marie de la Mer“ in France, where Antoine Albeau set the fastest time on a windsurfer (49.09 knots).

This year, plans include expanding the canal and improving the angle, making it completely straight in order to gain better averages of the course of 500 meters.

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