KPWT Jamaica: poor event conditions and only 15 riders showed up

Day three at Long Bay Beach and unfortunately due to the circumstances detailed below, the event in Jamaica has been cancelled.

This is a huge disappointment for the KPWT, its riders and the all the media involved who have made the trip to the Caribbean. The local organization was not equipped to handle an event of this stature and nothing was done as pre-scheduled.

Jamrock Tours (Eugene Smith) has shown utter disregard and commitment to the KPWT and its riders. KPWT had to make a decision fast as to safety and security for the riders and made the decision to leave Jamaica on account of poor delivery on what was originally on offer.

Nothing had been completed. There was no permit on the beach, the opening ceremony was a desaster, music festival cancelled, on the 24th serious incident, road closed, no safety boats, no lycras, incomplete media offices, half finished judge towers, an accident on the event site involving a local worker, no buoys and unsettled accounts across the island with no money to speak of.

This is a catastrophe and KPWT will not take the risk to even attempt to continue under these ridiculous conditions. This is a sad day for the sport of kiteboarding, for Jamaica and for all those involved at the event.

2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge: new innovations are being prepared

Many world records have fallen during the first three years of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, boosting kiteboarding to the top ranking in speed sailing.

Taking place October 4-31, the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge will continue to expand upon previous years’ innovations that have made the location the fastest kiteboarding spot in the world over the past three years.

A canal dug at last year’s challenge created a near perfect water state that allowed kiters to go faster than ever before in less wind (40 knots max). At just three meters wide, it was ten times narrower than the canal at “Les Saintes Marie de la Mer“ in France, where Antoine Albeau set the fastest time on a windsurfer (49.09 knots).

This year, plans include expanding the canal and improving the angle, making it completely straight in order to gain better averages of the course of 500 meters.

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Robe: a cool place to kitesurf

The 2010 Onboard Robe Easter Classic is on again! Running over the Easter weekend from the 2nd to the 4th April, we can promise a great weekend away with a combination of Wavesailing, Kitesurfing and SUP. The event format is a simple 3 day expression session with an emphasis on waveriding and just having a good time.

Riders of all standards are encouraged to take part!! Sponsored by Onboard, Coopers, Redbull, Neilpryde, Cabrinha, Fanatic, North, Slingshot and the local guys at the Robe Bakery, Robe Butcher shop and the Robe Hotel!

Apart from the riding, the traditional Friday Night at 3rd Ramp promises to be a big one with DJ Alex, Free Coopers and Redbull for all participants!!! Stewie is organizing a taxi to ferry crew from Robe to 3rd ramp on the night so call the store for further details!

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