- 03 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
The wind was not at competition requirements this morning so the next skippers meeting was held after lunch at 13h30.
Yesterday saw four exciting course races and results for the day are posted below. The first rounds of the men’s single elimination started off competition day 2. The heats began at 14h15 and continued up until 16h00 with the first round for men completed. At 16h30 the Hawaianas board off competition was held!
The huge flip-flops/ boards were dragged into the water and attempts were made to pull off the best maneuver possible. Abel Lago, Jose Luengo, Alvaro Onieva and Antoine Auriol participated in the men’s competition.
With the final between the two Spanish riders, Alvaro and Abel doing their absolute best with the heavy boards in front of an excitable crowd! It was quite the spectacle and brought thousands down to the beach.
Alvaro managed to do just enough to win the final heat against Abel and the 900euro prize money on offer! For the women, Kari Schibevaag, Gisela Pulido, Fabienne D'Ortoli and Ania Grezlinska took part in this unique event.
- 02 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
A further skippers meeting was held at 14h30 and the race director instructed all riders to prepare for the course racing discipline.
The wind increased up to 12 knots and all riders launched their kites in anticipation for the first race of the event.
Race one saw over 45 riders take to the water. Each race included one lap around the strategically placed buoys. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) started well and worked the conditions perfectly to push ahead of the pack and looked comfortable to win.
Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA) thought otherwise and took the right channel at the perfect time flying past him in the home straight. Great start to the day setting the tone for the races to follow. He went on placed first in 3 further of the 4 races for the day.
Fabienne D'Ortoli (FRA, NAISH) placed well in all four races and is sitting nicely to further herself within this discipline. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) pushed hard in the races and looks determined for the overall title within the next few days, so watch out for the women!
After race four the wind dropped off and the day ended due to light winds.
It was a good day overall and all are looking forward to day 2 on the KPWT Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa!
- 02 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Frederic Gravoille, Executive Director of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) has taken decisive steps forward in his move to secure a new location for the global Tour looking to Australia's iconic beaches and waterways as a likely addition to the 2010 tour.
With a serious commitment to nurture the growth and dominance of the world tour series, KPWT has appointed global Sports and Event marketing specialists, Octagon, to undertake a robust on-ground and in-market feasibility study that should ensure that the Tour`s global success can be replicated down-under.
In 10 short years we've taken a completely new, grass-roots sport and created a truly global series, that brings the world's best kiteboarders, hundreds of support staff and media together in some of world's most exotic locations.
Australia was the logical next step for the Series, but before getting too far down the line, it was crucial to the Event`s longevity, that both the location and the Commercial model were right and we're working hard with Octagon to make that happen. We plan to make further announcements before the end of the year, says Gravoille.