St Annes Pier, Lancashire, UK

The long-awaited Trax Windsports Centre, planned to St Annes, will be delayed at least until the end of summer.

The future sports centre for kitesurfing, kitebuggying and mini-sand-yachting will not open on time because local authorities want to be absolutely sure that all the equipment's safety procedures were taken seriously.

The opening delay for the Trax Windsports Centre happens with a deadly accident fresh in memory. Eight years ago, Carole Cruz lost her life in a sand-yachting accident.

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Winnebago Association of Kiteboarding

Members of the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarding will host the 21st annual Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Classic on Feb. 13 and 14.

The event will be held on Lake Winnebago, a quarter-mile off the shore of Fisherman's Road landing (six miles north of Highway 23 off Highway 151).

This year's event will feature many of the Midwest's best kiteboarders doing their favorite tricks while competing in a variety of heats, including Speed Drags, Kitercross, Lake Crossing and Big Air.

Activities will be scheduled from noon to dark each day, wind permitting.

The power of the kite is the attraction to the sport, with jumps and tricks often exceeding 20 to 30 feet and the ability to free ride for hours at a time.

Members of WAK invite the public to watch the Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Class. People are advised to dress for the occasion and cameras are encouraged. Heated shelter, music, food and refreshments will be available.

KPWT riders will be out of the IKA sanctioned kiteboarding events

Riders that take part in any KPWT events, or events under the supervision of the “IKF”, will be refused entry for all future IKA sanctioned events, for a period of one year, starting with the last day of such event.

IKA sanctioned events include all world and continental championships events in Course Racing and Speed, all events of the PKRA World Tour leading to the world titles in Freestyle and Wave, the Kiteboard Tour Asia, the Kiteboard Tour Europe, and any national events and championships counting for the IKA world rankings.

This action is based on Racing Rules of Sailing #76.

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