IKA introduces team rankings in the 2009 season 

The International Kiteboarding Association has introduced Team Rankings for each individual discipline as well as for the Overall Ranking for the 2009 season.

This shall encourage sponsors from outside the industry to support teams - on a local, national and international base. Of course the kiteboarding industry itself is also more than welcome to nominate their teams.

With immediate effect, riders can register their teams by sending an email to the IKA office, including the name of the team and the teamleader. For additional team members, the teamleaders must give their approval.

The rankings will be based on the results of the best three men and the best woman in each discipline and the overall.

Sponsors from outside the kiteboarding industry thus get the possibility to better promote themselves and their riders, while all current sponsors are still listed as the riders personal supporters.

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Richard Branson enjoys kiteboarding with Denni Parkinson

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group, explained 'The Mail on Sunday' his kiteboarding skills and what happened when he decided to carry model Denni Parkinson naked clinging to his back.

"What can you say if you are asked to pose with a naked lady? I only wish I had eyes in the back of my head", he told the newspaper.

It seems the idea came from photographer Stephane Gautronneau. He was shooting Branson in his private Caribbean island, Necker, and thought of asking girlfriend Denni to pose with the the Virgin mogul in an unorthodox way.

The 5ft 9in model and Richard Branson went kiteboarding while Richard’s children Sam and Holly enjoyed the ride from the beach.

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Bryan Lake

Ocean Rodeo Sports, a world leader in the production and design of innovative, high quality kiteboarding and surf related equipment is today proud to announce the addition of Bryan Lake as its newest team rider. Additionally, Ocean Rodeo today announces the introduction of its custom Surf and Race Series directional board line up.

Bryan Lake brings solid wave riding and course racing experience to Ocean Rodeo’s top ranks.  Having grown up in Southern California and now living in Hawaii Bryan brings a lifetime of sailing, surfing and water skiing experience to his kiteboarding.

In addition to riding for Ocean Rodeo as their newest team rider Bryan is training for an Olympic campaign on the US Olympic Sailing team. Bryan is an aggressive and dedicated wave sailor and will bring both credibility and insight to Ocean Rodeo’s wave and race specific product line ups.

Bryan’s addition to the Ocean Rodeo team coincides with Ocean Rodeo’s launch of a custom surf and race directional board program. Soon to be available to consumers through the Ocean Rodeo website and dealer network Ocean Rodeo customers will be able to customize their board’s length when ordering hand shaped polyester Surf or Race Series directional boards.

Built in the USA out of CNC’d high density polyurethane the new Surf and Race Series directional boards from Ocean Rodeo are designed to offer Ocean Rodeo riders the benefits of team rider influenced design personalized to rider specific preferences.

Riders interested in ordering a custom Surf or Race directional board are asked to contact their dealers immediately for more information and pricing.

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