2009 KPWT Santa Cruz

Day two started with a 10h00 skippers meeting for all the Wave Riders and conditions were looking good.

Wave Master then kicked off at 16h00 with the first rounds for men. The riders were all very excited for the chance to get onto the water and impress the spectators on the beach.

High tide pulled in and the waves were now pushing to 2 meters with a good northerly wind at around 15 knots.

The first rounds in single elimination for men started and Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) looked good, using the conditions as best he could, accustomed to his big wave Hawaii style.

He will face Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) who defeated the local rider Bruno Melo in the second round. Henrique Claudio (POR), who is from the local team decided to put himself to the test and take on the worlds best! He performed well on the waves he selected, with kick-backs on the face and used the power in his kite well. He will face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), who came third at the first Wave Masters event in Germany.

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Sam Light 

A record number of kitesurfers made the pilgrimage to north Norfolk last weekend (10-12 July) to compete in the second round of the British Kite Surfing Association national championships.

Over 50 of the UK’s top kitesurfers endured two frustrating days of calm conditions in Norfolk before the wind picked up and sparked one of the busiest days of competition in the BKSA’s history.

With all the heats in the three-day competition condensed into a single day, “Super Sunday” provided plenty of action for spectators on the beaches at Hunstanton and Heacham.

Mark Ward said: “With the largest fleet the BKSA has ever had, achieving an almost full set of results in a single day was a tall order, but we did achieve a first of running two comps at the same time.

“If the BKSA competitions continue to grow at the current rate, this event has shown that the tour will inevitably produce more world champions of the future in all disciplines. In almost all classes to get to the top you are going to have to deal with a variety of conditions and compete against opponents who want it just as much as you do.”

With Heacham providing the more favourable conditions early in the day, the competitors finally took to the water as organisers ran through the preliminary heats in each division.

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2009 PKRA Fuerteventura 

The final day of the Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2009 was a treat, especially for the crowds watching on the beach.  Sunny and warm weather prevailed the whole day with winds ranging between 20 and 25 knots.

The day’s event which was a kiteloop contest, capped the end of the 5-day kiteboarding competition which started last Sunday. The kiteloop contest involves doing the most powered, highest and technical kiteloop. The elimination round was divided into eight heats where the top two winners advanced to round two. Winners of the 2nd round then met at the finals.

The crowd enjoyed watching some great loops as well as great crashes during the heats which started at around 2:00 pm with some very strong winds. Most of the competitors were on their 7 to 11-meter kites. The event wrapped up at around 4:30 pm after which an awards ceremony of the top four was held at the beach.

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