Steve Verelst 

Steve Verelst, two times Belgium Freestyle Champion has now officially joined Flyboards international team.

Steve is a welcome addition to our team with his aggressive riding style combined with smooth clean landings.

Like all members of the International Team he will be working closely with Eddy Lansink, responsible for the Flyboards R&D. Steve has his targets set high for the 2009 season, competing in several KPWT and PKRA events as well as the Belgium Championship.

Name: Steve Verelst
Age: 20
Height: 178cm
Weight: 74kg
Lives in: Heist op den Berg, Belgium
Best results: Belgium Freestyle Champion in 2006 and 2008, 9th World Cup Turkey
Style: "I like to be powerfull and technical with the kite as low as possible"
Favorite trick: Frontmobe 7

US Kiteboarding National Championships 

The dates for the 2009 United States Wind & Water Open (WW09) have been set, and not only has the event expanded in length, it's expanded in stature. This year's event will be headlined by the 2009 North American Course Racing Continental Championships as well as the US Kiteboarding National Championships. The championships, which will be hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, will take place Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th. 

Although several kiteboarding championships have taken place during past U.S. Wind and Water events, this will be the first year for this level of competition. "To have the Nationals and Continentals in Kitesurfing, the fastest growing water sport worldwide, in Corpus Christi is fantastic," said competitor and Omni Hotels GM Nils Stolzlechner.

The event will be sanctioned by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and an official IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) Grade C event. The points awarded count towards the overall 2009 World Championship Tour competition. 

In addition to the Kiteboarding events, the WW09 will also feature the US Windsurfing Regatta, the WW09 Volleyball Classic and the WW09 5K. The WW09 5K will once again be the official warm-up run for the annual Beach to Bay Marathon.
 
"The Kiteboarding events will be a great addition to what has been a great annual event for Corpus Christi," said Karina Paris, EPIC Director of Operations. "We're excited to partner with the Yacht Club on what should be a great week of competition."
 
The US Wind & Water Open, formerly the Velocity Games, is an international favorite to both competitors and spectators. Over the past 20 years, the national events have evolved from a local weekend outing into an annual international celebration on McGee Beach. 

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Alex Caizergues 

The PKRA Speed has announced a correction in the 2008 world ranking, with Alexandre Caizergues winning the title ahead of Sebastien Catellan.

This after an extended discussion about the applied rules.

Ranking 2008

1 Alex Caizergues   2790 
2 Sebastien Cattelan   2675 
3 Christophe Prin-guenon  2130 
4 Rolf Van Der Vlugt  1870 
5 Jerome Bila   1790 
6 Robert Douglas   1675 
7 Manu Taub   1620 
8 Menossi Patrice   1300 
9 Taro Niehaus   1280 
10 David Williams   850 

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