- 02 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
A further skippers meeting was held at 14h30 and the race director instructed all riders to prepare for the course racing discipline. The wind increased up to 12 knots and all riders launched their kites in anticipation for the first race of the event.
Race one saw over 45 riders take to the water. Each race included one lap around the strategically placed buoys. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) started well and worked the conditions perfectly to push ahead of the pack and looked comfortable to win. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA) thought otherwise and took the right channel at the perfect time flying past him in the home straight. Great start to the day setting the tone for the races to follow. He went on placed first in 3 further of the 4 races for the day.
Fabienne D'Ortoli (FRA, NAISH) placed well in all four races and is sitting nicely to further herself within this discipline. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) pushed hard in the races and looks determined for the overall title within the next few days, so watch out for the women!
After race four the wind dropped off and the day ended due to light winds.
- 02 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Frederic Gravoille, Executive Director of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) has taken decisive steps forward in his move to secure a new location for the global Tour looking to Australia's iconic beaches and waterways as a likely addition to the 2010 tour.
With a serious commitment to nurture the growth and dominance of the world tour series, KPWT has appointed global Sports and Event marketing specialists, Octagon, to undertake a robust on-ground and in-market feasibility study that should ensure that the Tour`s global success can be replicated down-under.
In 10 short years we've taken a completely new, grass-roots sport and created a truly global series, that brings the world's best kiteboarders, hundreds of support staff and media together in some of world's most exotic locations.
Australia was the logical next step for the Series, but before getting too far down the line, it was crucial to the Event`s longevity, that both the location and the Commercial model were right and we're working hard with Octagon to make that happen. We plan to make further announcements before the end of the year, says Gravoille.
- 01 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Last weekend the Ozone Race Team competed in, without a doubt, the toughest kiteboarding race that the sport has to offer.
The weekend of June 27-28 offered up some of the most challenging conditions that kiters have seen in this race ever.
Attached is a history of The Classic and for the last 11 years, the UltraNectar challenge has been added to the mix as a split time race.
When the competitor crosses the finish line after the grueling Classic, their time is taken and they are immediately in a split time race back up wind from Berkeley to the city front, The UltraNectar Challenge.
This year was especially challenging as the wind blew over 30 mph over much of the course and there was a 3.27 knot flood going against the competitors as they tried to sail back up wind to the city front.
This race always generates memorable individual experiences, stories, epiphany’s and Team Ozone definitely had each of their own.