2009 Triple-S Invitational

The 2009 Triple-S Invitational kicked off on Saturday, May 30th with the official Triple-S Welcome Dinner and Opening Ceremonies Party. The Triple-S Invited riders and the public were treated to a classic Carolina BBQ Pig Roast with all the trimmings outside right on the water at The Slick.

The Welcome Dinner started at 5pm and put the sun down as “DJ Chela” kicked up the music and the Triple-S Opening Ceremonies Party. As the crowd started to wind up, spectators were stoked with a 6 table Triple-S athlete autograph session on the official event poster.

Imagine being able to have one poster with signatures from Aaron Hadlow, Ruben Lenten, Robby Naish, Andre Phillip, Greg Norman Jr, Jason Slezak, Sam Bell, Brandon Scheid, Kevin Langeree, Susi Mai, Clarissa Hempel and all the Triple-S athletes, all on one poster !

The vibe during the autograph session was off the hook as the excitement (and music) kept building and building ! AT 9:10PM it was time to party and the tables were cleared and the dancing began….

The Triple-S Opening Ceremonies Party continued thru until 11pm with rider introductions and a speech from Robby Naish officially kicking off the event. Unbelievable music and dancing continued until 11pm at REAL and MOJOs, and then carried on to the after hours party where DJ Chela threw down until 4am ! Needless to say, everyone was loving the 11am riders meeting on Sunday morning!

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PKRA kiteboarders head to Portimao in Portugal

After the overwhelming success of the 2008 event, the alluring city of Portimao, Portugal will host again, two of the most electrifying and action-packed kiteboard competitions of the year. The Kite Masters World Tour and the Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour.

The Kite Masters World Tour 2009 will showcase the world’s top freestylers competing with one another for a chance to be crowned this year’s Kite Master. Sixteen of the best progressive freestyle riders of the world (male and female) along with four top Portuguese riders will battle it out in challenging conditions to prove who is the greatest.

The athletes will also have a chance at a generous amount of prize money, not to mention another day at the beach to challenge last year’s champions Kevin Langeree (NED) and Susi Mai (GER).

In conjunction with the freestyle event, the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009 will feature the best of breed kiteboard racers in the world for a series of extreme racing events using different course formats.

In 2008, two North riders dominated the racing events, grabbing the top two podium spots led by 2008 PKRA World racing champion Charles Deleau and teammate Sean Farley of Mexico who won the last two races in dramatic fashion.

Presented by The Gest Group under the leadership of Director General Erich Steffen and Event Coordinator Eduardo Piloni, these premium kiteboarding events will run from June 24 – 28, 2009 at Praia de Alvor, Portimao.

These events will be hosted by the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization and now sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and - International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Each year, the PKRA organizes the “PKRA World Tour”, - a series of professional freestyle kiteboarding tournaments held in different countries from South America to Europe to determine the world ranking. Every competitor starts with zero points at the beginning of the World Tour. The rider who collects the most points at the end of the season is ranked World Number One.

For the Kite Masters, the top ten male and the top six female riders will be divided into groups and will compete in special round-robin matches each against the other competitors in the group. The riders with the best records in each group get to compete with each other in the semi-final round, with the semi-final winners meeting in the final round to determine the champion.

The PKRA World Tour typically runs from April to October. However, the 2009 season will mark the debut of a new host – the French “sui generis” collectivity of New Caledonia, located in the southwest Pacific, so the competition this year will run until November.

As the fastest growing water sports today, kiteboarding takes a lot of physical and mental discipline to master, not to mention a lot of dedication, training and love for the water. Only the proficient, skilled, and innovative in the art of kiteboarding has the right to be crowned the master of the sport.

With the Kite Masters and ISAF-IKA sanctioning, the PKRA is hopeful that kiteboarding will soon become an Olympic sport for the world to enjoy.

Source: PKRA

Davey Blair joins the Ocean Rodeo team

Ocean Rodeo Sports Inc, a world leader in the production and design of innovative, high quality kiteboarding and surf related equipment is today incredibly proud and excited to announce the addition of Davey Blair as its newest team rider.

The addition of Davey to the Ocean Rodeo Crew is phenomenal news for Ocean Rodeo. Davey joins our already incredibly strong team of Jeremie Tronet and Bryan Lake and brings with him an incredible career of experience and enthusiasm as well as amazing market recognition as one of the largest names in kiteboarding today.

Davey's initial focus as the newest Ocean Rodeo team rider will be with Bryan Lake in Hawaii and on the East Coast of the United States, helping use his massive popularity and good will to further expose Ocean Rodeo\'s top of the line equipment to these markets.

However, as with Bryan before him and Jeremie before that Ocean Rodeo is committed to Davey for the long haul and very much looks forward to working with Davey for years to come and in a variety of new and innovative ways.

Davey was born and raised in Charleston ‘Chucktown' South Carolina, has spent time living in Cabarete and most recently now calls the North Shore of Oahu his home.

Davey's first kite was a high school graduation present from his mother and in the time since Davey has translated his love for kites and boards into a full time passion that has brought him name recognition throughout the United States and, indeed, the world over.

Davey's commitment to Ocean Rodeo will give him the ability to fulfill his goal of helping to shape the sport of kiteboarding now and well into the future by working with a dynamic and responsive team known for innovation, quality and customer support.

Source: Ocean Rodeo