KPWT Turkey 2008

The beautiful spot of Burc Beach, Istambul, is set to host, for the 7th consecutive year, the Jim Beam Kiteboard World Cup, an event co-organized with our partner Playmakert, and sponsored by Jim Beam.

Following the first stages in France, Greece, Italy, the Jim Beam Kiteboard World Cup is the 4th leg of this year KPWT circuit and sure to be one of the highlights of the 2008 kiteboard World Cup season, with the best riders in the world.

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Competitors from all over the UK descended on the Lifestyles Festival for 3 days of kitesurfing competition. The Sun was out on the Friday with no wind - competitors amused themselves on the Skate Ramps many of whom having had a background in Skateboarding and BMX enjoying the sessions.

Saturday dawned with more competitors registering for the event taking the total to 43. The wind was up until the rain came in however after clearing the wind picked up to 25 knots allowing the event to get underway finishing at 6.30pm.

Saturday night saw some great bands playing on the seafront. Sunday dawned again windy but wet - competition started at 1pm. Competition was firece in all categories however the rain did not let up.

In the Pro’s division Ali Barrett from Lytham St Annes came up against Lewis Crathern – UK number one – who had a difficult last heat - breaking a board before his final - and Sam Light loving the lighter gusty winds put in 10 moves to win the Pro Divison.

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A South Chatham woman suffered mild hypothermia and had to be rescued by firefighters off Lighthouse Beach Tuesday night, police and fire officials said.

Cathylene Creedon, who officials said is in her 40s, was kiteboarding back to shore when she misjudged an offshore wind, according to a Chatham Fire Department spokesman. The wind blew her farther out to sea and dunked her into the water.

Creedon signaled to people on shore that she was in distress after trying unsuccessfully to get her kiteboard upright, the fire spokesman said. Police were called and they summoned paramedics at 6:08 p.m. The paramedics, who keep a rescue boat on a trailer at the fire station, reacted quickly and plucked Creedon out of the water at 6:19 p.m.

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