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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Necker Island: Richard Branson's private kiteboarding paradise

Guinness World Record™ holder and 9 time world champion Kristin Boese is set to lead the lineup of stellar professional riders for Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive inaugural BVI Kite Jam 2010 at his idyllic Balinese style Necker Island paradise on February 27th - March 5th.

Silke Langenkamp, Destination Manager “Travel Marketing” said: “We have been very happy to announce the famed female German pro rider Kristin Boese as the first professional participant in the fantastic new kiteboarding event in the British Viring Islands. We are convinced that her participation will administer a lot to make the BVI Kite Jam a successful event. And we are very much looking forward to welcoming Kristin in our island paradise.”

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