La Ventana

An avid Hood River athlete, passionate artist and mother of two died from injuries from a kiteboarding accident while on vacation near La Ventana, Mexico.

Christina Bockius, 43, was treated in a La Paz hospital Tuesday after breaking her neck and was flown to OHSU where she died early Thursday morning, said Peter Hixson, her brother-in-law.

"It was just a freak accident," he said. "We're just devastated."

She was not in the water when it happened, Hixson said, but was found on the sand with her kiteboard dragging her down the beach.

She is survived by her husband, David Kelly Bockius, and two daughters, Sascha, 10, and Nina, 7.

An avid skier and windsurfer, Bockius spent 60-plus days a year kiteboarding since she picked up the sport a few years ago, Hixson said, adding sports were "her path."

Hixson said her talents also transferred into the art world as a jewelry maker and advocate for keeping the arts in schools.

"She would teach classes herself," he said. "She would spearhead gathering supplies and get guests to teach painting and pottery."

Friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Bockius in Hood River on Wednesday night.


IKA Rules 

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) will focus its efforts on the general rules for kiteboarding.

They neither form specific guidelines about how an event is run, nor pricemoney distribution, points, code of conduct, entry eligibility etc.

They are intended to form basic rules that can be applied all around the world to ensure comparable competitions, give a help to the race committees and especially let you, the riders, know what you have to expect when going to an event.

This extended rulebook will be transfered in a reader-friendly version of only a few pages, including points etc. as soon as the process is finalized.


Anne Quéméré 

The news came during the night.  Anne Quéméré was forced to abandon the Adrien Challenge of crossing the Pacific by kite and without assistance. "I must take this unfortunate decision and it is one of the most difficult taken in my lifetime" stated Anne, during the night.

She left San Francisco on November 4th, and travelled close to 3500 kilometres over the 7000 that had been projected. After a period of good sailing, Anne Quéméré joined the Intertropical convergence zone, otherwise known as the Doldrums. 

Since her arrival in that area, aboard the Oceankite she did not succeed in advancing any significant distance. Then came the "shock" of  four days past when the kite was torn and the pulley system permanently damaged.

"After the shock to the Oceankite over a week ago, I had great difficulty myself , recovering from this event.  It's as traumatic as one suffers after an automobile accident.  I've lost confidence in my equipment as well as myself. It's not pleasant but, its obvious. Without wind, one goes nowhere."

There hasn't been any wind for the past ten days or what wind there was, came from the South which was pushing the Oceankite back on its track. "In one night, I lost all the mileage I had gained in one week" she explained over the phone during the night.

And, if that wasn't enough, there's no more power on board, since this morning.

Anne Quéméré was rescued overnight by the container ship « Cap Gris-Nez ». 

The rescue went well as the huge container ship came by the small 5.5 metre Oceankite.

Conditions did not allow to pick-up the small vessel which was ultimately abandoned. 

Anne will be dropped off in Panama on Saturday December 13th where her father, Ronan Quéméré will meet her and accompany her back to France.