West Coast kitesurfers: kiteboard and party people

The West Coast CKA had their West Coast Championships at UCSB. The event worked out perfectly, with a good scene and excellent conditions. By late morning, the contest area was set up featuring Red Bull gear, a DJ, lots of sunshine and a whole bunch of eager kiters.

After crafty attempts to rig Rebstock’s rubber tow-at apparatus and some good laughs, the faithful springtime Santa Barbara winds kicked in perfectly. Surfstyle was run first with the following results:

1st Place: Patrick Rebstock (Cal Poly)
2nd Place: Kurt Miller (UCSB)
3rd Place: Mikey Benaron (UCSB)
4th Place: Reed Brady (Cuesta)

Rebstock pulled through with the victory thanks to his heavy turns and especially his ariel maneuvers (air reverses, alley oop, and large grabs). Kurt Miller came in a very close second place due to his impeccable unhooked forehand riding, wave selection, and overall ridiculous surfing style.

Mikey Benaron came in a close third with numerous consistent high wave scores from the judges, followed by the infamous Reed Brady.

The wind stayed solid through the freestyle heats and there was a fierce battle for 1st between Reed Brady of Cuesta and Patrick Rebstock of Cal Poly. Rebstock’s technicality and overall performance proved to win the judges over in the end as he took the final.

Results were:

1st Place: Patrick Rebstock (Cal Poly)
2nd Place: Reed Brady (Cuesta)
3rd Place: Zach Goepel (UCSB)
4th Place: Kurt Miller (UCSB)

After the heats and the beach cleanup the crew headed to a local sports bar for beer, wings, and the contest results before a long night of debauchery at the IVKC house. Thanks to IVKC (Zach Goepel), Cal Poly (Andy Crafts) and USD (Will Caldwell) for hosting these events and making this circuit possible this year.

Alex Soto: from Visa approval to the podium

After a last minute VISA approval, Cosmickites.com and F-One Kiteboarding Americas sent Team Riders Alex Soto and Robinson Hilario to Puerto Rico just in time to catch the first kiteboarding heat of the 6th annual Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta.

The Freestyle and Big Air competitions were held at the Palmas Del Mar Yacht Club near Humacao on the south east coast of Puerto Rico.

The event marked the first time the Puerto Rican Sailing Federation, a member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), included a Kiteboarding Class at a major regatta. Officially called the Heineken Kiteboarding Challenge, the event was organized by Pedro Rodriguez of KiteboardingPR.com under the rules and guidelines of the IKA and PKRA.

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Mondial du Vent: the 2010 PKRA at full speed

The PKRA 2010 World Tour, started with the complete success of the Hua Hin Kiteboarding World Cup in Thailand.

Next up in the tour schedule is the world renowned Mondial du Vent, to be held April 10 to the 15 in Port Leucate France. As a true challenge of the PKRA World Tour, the pro riders are expected to find completely different wind and weather conditions in France from what they encountered in Thailand.

The warm weather, warm water temperature, and moderate steady winds will be replaced by, what is considered by many riders, the most challenging competition conditions in the tour.

The Mondial Du Vent is well know for it’s very strong side-offshore winds which results in huge jumps, impressive tricks, and spectacular crashes.

The amazing show draws a large crowd to the beach to check out the show, and meet all the top kiteboarding pros in person. French people love kiteboarding, and very passionate about wind sports.

The Mondial du Vent 2010 is the biggest kiteboarding and windsurfing event in all France, in addition is the oldest ongoing kiteboarding event in the world with their debut in 1998.

Competition will be held from April 10 to April 18 with the PKRA Kiteboarding World Cup from April 10 to 15 and the Windsurfing event from the 16 to the 18.