Nitro City: the Gulf of Panama is for kiteboarders

The 2014 PKRA World Tour will kick off at Nitro City, Panama, on the 18th February, 2014.

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has announced changes and pertinent information regarding the upcoming pro kiteboarding season.

The 2014 PKRA Freestyle competitors are informed that "any Hinterberger Mobe attempt will be scored as a Hinterberger Mobe. However, if not performing a proper Raley prior to the rotation, scoring will be significantly lower".


Florian Gruber: he celebrated with an Heineken

Florian Gruber has been crowned the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships winner, at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, Australia.

The German rider, 19, took out all but three races in the five-day competition. Gruber won a A$5000 first prize cheque and 100 Championship points.

"It was good to win the last race, and now I'll party. I do enjoy the light wind a bit more, but I trained more in strong winds and now have the perfect package", says Florian Gruber.


2013 Lighthouse to Leighton: 19 kilometers of racing

Marvin Baumeister has set a new kiteboarding record at the 2013 Lighthouse to Leighton. The German rider made the crossing in just 23 minutes and 50 seconds.

The 19-kilometer race between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach has been challenged by 88 kiteboarders, in 14-to-20 wind knots. The previous record in Australia's longest kitesurf race was 24 minutes and 30 seconds, set in 2010 by world speed record holder Alex Caizergues.

Marvin Baumeister was caught in the pack of racers for the first two kilometers, but after clearing a few patches of weed, he saw a gap and put the hammer down and hung on.