WAKSA RedKite Downwinder 2009

Following in the footsteps of the event being planned in SA, WAKSA is organising a fund raising downwinder to support Redkite – a charity supporting children and young people through cancer.

The inaugural WAKSA Redkite Downwinder will be held on Sunday 6th December 2009 and will give participants an opportunity to raise $$ for Redkite.

In order to make fundraising quick and easy, we have set up a website to coordinate the process and to make collecting all monies raised really simple. If you or your crew are keen to win some really decent prizes go to the site and then click on the ‘Build Fundraising Page Now’ button to enter your details and start raising money.

The meeting point for the event will be at Brighton and we plan to start once we get a sense of what the wind is doing on the day, but as usual expect that to be anytime from 2.30/3.00pm.

Kiters will have two course options, depending upon the wind obviously, and their skills and experience – starting at either Leighton Beach and finishing at Brighton Beach, or for the newer kiters out there, starting at City Beach and kiting straight up the coast to finish at Brighton.

In order to participate, kiters will be asked to contribute a $20 entry fee (small change really isn’t it???) but for those keen to raise extra funds for Redkite, WAKSA has arranged a number of shops, to contribute prizes which will be awarded to participants.

It might be the individual kiter or a team of kiters who raises the most $$$ for the event, it might be for the kiter in the most outrageous costume on the day, it could be for the kiter to finish the down winder first (with the exception of Ian Young of course ;-) ….)

A number of kite and record/CD shops around Perth have already contributed several hundred dollars worth of prizes to encourage you to get out there and raise funds for Redkite. We will provide details of what’s up for grabs in the coming weeks. WAKSA is also throwing in free entry to Kitestock 2010 for a couple of lucky kiters.

One of our sponsors has agreed to provide buses to transport kiters to the start locations on the day and of course, there will be the obligatory sausage sizzle at the end for all participants.

Due to the fact that we are required to have significant public liability insurance to conduct an event like this, WAKSA membership is a prerequisite to participate in this event. If you still don't have this then go to the Home page page and click on the big 'Subscribe' button to start the process.

Book the date in your diaries now folks – Sunday 6th December 2009 for the inaugural WAKSA – Redkite Charity Downwinder.

In order to successfully conduct this event, WAKSA also needs a number of volunteers to help out on the day. Anybody prepared to put in a couple of hours on the day can email us for further details.

KPWT Brazil

Excitement is at a high in anticipation for day one of competition, of this fantastic 7th event of the KPWT 2009.

Registration invited over 70 international riders from numerous countries to this wonderful Kitesurfing Mecca in the North of Brazil, Cumbuco.

This is the 7th stage of the 2009 Kiteboard Pro World Tour. The finale is set for Morocco in December and all the riders will be looking to up their rankings here in Brazil and make the final push for the 2009 World Championship title.

Cumbuco boasts miles of perfect beaches for wind sports. The sun shines all year round and the wind is guaranteed from June through to January.

Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES), Michael Schitzhofer (AUS, JN), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Petr Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL) and Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN) are some of the few names that have registered for this event and it promises to bring some exciting heats to Brazil!

Among the ladies, Kriss Kinn (US, BEST), Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) and Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) have all made the journey to Cumbuco.

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Alex Caizergues

November 1st was the first official racing day of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed Challenge.

It began early with the event organizers helping prepare the timekeeping equipment to begin racing at 4:00 pm when the wind speed was expected to be at its highest. Nature wasn’t in a co-operative mood… similar to what happened last year, there was an unusually high tide covering the whole beach.

This year, however, it also managed to break apart a big part of the chop-killer, so the first priority was to get that fixed.

Some fast thinking and faster action had everything ready to go in time. Though the wind was blowing fairly lightly - less than 30 knots – race officials decided to open the run regardless as it’s still great practice for the competitors.

The wind peaked as expected at about 4:00pm and decreased gradually after that. The tide also began to recede as the wind began to drop and the racing finished up around 6:30pm.

Most riders were using their larger kites (10 to 11m2), but still managed to get well over 40 knots (which was a major achievement in perfect conditions only a few short years ago). Alex Caizergues, Rob Douglas and Christophe Prin Guenon led the field with 43.11, 42.92 and 42.10kt respectively.

Congratulations to Sylvain Hoceini who is celebrating his birthday. He turned 41, like the speed he managed to record today. Too bad he wasn’t turning 55!

The light conditions didn’t stop Felipe Johannpeter from setting a new Brazilian speed record of 38.15 knots (subject to ratification by the WSSRC). Congratulations Felipe!

Light wind is expected for the rest of this first week, so most of the riders are settling back to patiently (but nervously) await the next wind cycle.

Good news is that a lot of video is being produced about the various speed sailing events, allowing a global audience to witness the breaking of national and international records, both here in Lüderitz and beyond.

Some great video footage of the first week of training was shot by Paul Railton of ‘Super Sport’ and has been put online (intro to the event with some stunning scenic footage and epic crashes, summary of Day 1). Now Paul is joined by a specialist team that has produced some outstanding documentaries on the life (and sport) aquatic, ‘Image Movement’.

The team of Gilles Boussion, Vincent Clap, Daniel Cherchi and Chloè Vallier have come down to Lüderitz to record footage from this year’s Speed Challenge for their feature on speed sailing.

They have been following the current world outright speed sailing record holder, l’Hydroptère, as well as former long-time record holder, windsurfer Antoine Albeau, and the English sailboat contender, Sailrocket, which is arriving today from Walvis Bay, Namibia, after recording an unratified time of 49.3 knots. This film will be released in early 2010.

Here is a list of individual results from the day. All times are subject to WSSRC ratification.

1-Alexandre Caizergues: 43.11 kts
2-Rob Douglas: 42.92 kts
3-Christophe Prin Guenon: 42.10
4-Sylvain Hoceini: 41.85
5-Jerome Bila: 41.48
6-Geoffrey Mascarell: 40.14
7-Taro Niehaus: 39.59
8-Manu Taub: 39.57
9-James Douglas: 39.36
10-Basil Cambanis: 39.14
11-Charlotte Consorti: 38.36
12-Paul Railton: 38.19
13-Felipe Johannpeter: 38.15
14-Tim Turner: 33.97
15-Peter Bjarke Olsen: 33.77