KPWT Essaouira

The event starts on the 5th December and will run until the 13th. Prize money for this grand finale is set at 30000 Euros.

The five disciplines being held will be Freestyle, Wave Masters, Course racing, juniors and Kiteloop. It has been an electrifying year on the KPWT, with some world-class kiteboarding, spread out over 4 continents, hosting 8 splendid events and a lifestyle that can only be dreamt about.

The tour has travelled through Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, across the Atlantic to Brazil and Canada and held two events in Morocco. Essaouira, plays host to the final of the year and has invited over 45 professional kiteboarders from 17 countries.

This event promises to encourage a high standard from all riders, as the final podium spots are up for grabs.

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KB4Girls by Kristin Boese

World champion kite-boarding pro Kristin Boese is launching her first world-wide KB4girls kite-boarding tour and looking to etch her indelible mark in this rapidly growing exciting water sport.

Kristin has passionately organized and run a total of 16 girls’ clinics around the world in the past 7 years neither for profit or promotion and even with her own funding just out of passion. But the popularity and interest caught fire and now there is a demand to take the clinics to the next level.

The German cover girl has brought kitesurfing to the masses by modeling and starring in photo shoots for magazines such as Vogue, Playboy and Max to name just a few. But don’t be fooled by the slender beauty’s fragile blonde image, she puts her extreme talent in every twist and turn. She’s got drive and energy with creativity and imagination to go with it.

No surprise then that this year Kiteboarding magazine named her one of the ten most influential athletes in the sport.

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2009 Luderitz Speed Challenge

The last day of racing saw Rob Douglas hit just over 50 knots, with his brother Jamie close behind with an excellent 48.67 (both on Cabrinha kites), and Alex Caizergues (F-One) again in the top three with 48.55.

Charlotte Consorti (F-One) had another very good day with a top speed of 43.07 knots, and Melissa Gil (Cabrinha) marginally upped her US outright women’s record to 38.00 knots.

It was a great event for the North American Speed Sailing Project, the organisation set up by Rob Douglas to “bring the records home to America”, with Rob and Melissa both taking home a new record, and Jamie Douglas hitting world-class speeds, despite being new to the sport. This will be a team to watch in the future.

The French, however, dominated as usual, with Alex Caizergues, Sebastien Cattelan and Christophe Prin-Guenon dominating the rankings, and a slew of their compatriots regularly getting 45+ knot results. The South African contingent made a strong showing, but didn’t achieve the results of last year. They will be back.

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