Kiteboarding 4 Kids 

Kiteboarding 4 Kids is a fantastic new charity fundraising event being held this February in Cabarete, the Kiteboarding capital of the world. Cabarete is on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, a large Caribbean island situated between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

This unique event will bring together passionate kite boarders from all backgrounds and abilities so that they can enjoy challenging themselves physically and mentally while raising funds for some much needed causes.

Some exciting events are planned including a three-hour endurance course race and a Big Air best Trick contest. There will be categories for Men, Women & Juniors (age 14 and under).

There is no competition registration-fee, and the $50 competition entry-fee is waived once your sponsorship exceeds $50. With a projected registration of at least 50 kite boarders, the event is a brilliant opportunity for us to make a huge difference in the lives of children in need.

Prizes will be awarded to the event winners in both the men and women divisions, and there will be special prizes for fundraising.

Events and Entertainment: The event will ROCK with music by local Bands XXX and Crush.

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IKA 

The point system for the various rankings has been under review for a long time to achieve the best possible result to start with. It might not be perfect yet but a good starting point to validate a fair ranking.

One of the major issues has been how to deal with the different freestyle styles of KPWT and PKRA. After long discussions and consultations of the affected parties as well as riders and independent sources, the majority describes the PKRA judging focus being clearly on wakestyle, while the focus if the KPWT judging is more "allround". The problem was to describe in one word what you have to expect, so all other combinations failed.

Until we find something better we therefore call KPWT judging "Freestlye" and PKRA judging "Wakestyle".

As the judging criteria differ so much we found it worth to award two major disciplines in 2009 with seperate titles. During the course of the year the main focus of the judging sub-committee will be to find a way to unite the two styles into one judging guideline. If this committee, made up from judges from both tours and national associations, come to the conclusion that it is not possible to unite them as they are too different - then be it like that.

The other diciplines are more clear. Waves - should be judged as waveriding and not as freestyle in the waves. Course racing will be accompanied by downwind racing - this is kiteslalom, crossings, long distance, downwind dashes... The definition is all races with an upwind part of more than app. 20% are considered course racing, those with an upwind part of less than 20 % are considered downwind racing. Speed is clear as well, with only one major discipline in 2009 - the standard offshore speed course.

The overall title is determined by a combination of the various disciplines: each rider can bring his individual points from waves, the better result from freestyle or wakestyle, the better result from course racing or downwind racing, and the result from speed into the ranking. But how are the points calculated and how is ensured that the most important discipline, freestyle/wakestyle, is accordingly counted?

Well, thats quite easy. Each event is graded due to its importance and the price money, beside other factors. The points for each rider are calculated by a confusing looking formula. Let us explain...

While the number of participants on a freestyle event is more or less the same, it might differ on racing events. And of course it is harder to achieve a fifth place from one hundred competitors than from only ten. Thus the number of competitors is considered to calculate the points for each rank. An example: On a continental championship without price money, the base factor is 5. This means, the winner of the event scores 5x100 points= 500 points. With 50 competitors, the second one gets 490 points, the third one 480 etc. On an event with only 20 competitors, the point differences become bigger: the forst one still gets 500 points, while the second gets 475 points, the third one 450 points etc. Sounds difficult, but it is quite logical. We will provide a sample chart later on for your own test calculations.

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Abu Dhabi 

The Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) has postponed the Al Gharbia - Abu Dhabi event to the 2010 World Tour.

The United Arab Emirates' stage was supposed to kick off the 2009 KPWT World Tour, but the competition's website has already published updated information.

Al Gharbia would host the ultimate international kiteboard World Cup in Abu Dhabi, Mirfa, from March 22 to 29, 2009.

If no changes are made to the full schedule, Italy – Como Lake will kick off the 2009 KPWT, from May 25 to 31.

The Kiteboarding event boasts international sanctioning with valuable competition points and rankings as part of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) World Cup and IKA world Ranking sanctioned by Isaf (International Sailing Federation).

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