- 14 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
Cabarete, Dominican Republic, welcomes a new event with the return of the KPWT Kiteboarding World Tour and its riders. It\'s been 9 years since the beaches of Cabarete had the pleasure of hosting this tour and a lot has happened in the world of kiteboarding since then.
Franz Olry (FR), Chris Gilbert (USA) and Christopher Tasti (FR) conquered the mens podium spots back in 2000, while Hne Richard (FR) and Andrea Wharry (UK) battled it out amongst the two of them. KPWT and The Cabarete Kiteboard World Cup are proud to present the pro riders of today to shed a light on the progression and the level of 2009 Freestyle kiteboarding.
The beaches are still the same, but we\'ll see a new assembly of riders throwing the best of the best tricks throughout 5 days of freestyle action during the first ever Cabarete Summer Fest at Playa Punta Goleta Cabarete from the 8th of July to the 12th of July 2009.
Cabarete is a famous spot in the world of kiteboarding and has excellent conditions for wind and water sports. July is one of the very best months to practise the sport on these beaches, and high season makes sure town is packed to its limit.
Cabarete Summer Fest and the KPWT event is scheduled to take place at Playa Punta Goleta, which is the connection point between Cabarete Bay and Kite Beach Cabarete and one of the most beautiful spots in the Cabarete area. Cabarete is also famous for its high number of very skilled riders, and there is no doubt that athletes like Alex Soto, Ariel Corniel, Manuel Rondon, amongst many others, will show off this level during the event at their home spot.
The Cabarete Kiteboard World Cup will be accompanied throughout the Summer Fest by activities like the national skateboarding championship and cultural activities as art & photography exhibitions and a 5 day music festival. The festival will also be hosting the Develop a Kid with Wishspring fundraising event to help improve the every day life and education of the Cabarete school children.
KPWT and the Cabarete Summer Fest is ready for take off and welcome everyone to participate in one of the biggest fiestas of the year on the beautiful island of Hispaniola in the sunny and warm Caribbean.
- 13 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
Cabrinha is proud to announce the addition of Greg Norman Jr. to its team.
Greg is not only an outstanding wakestyle rider, but he is also electrifying at the cable park and his friendly helpful demeanor will fit in nicely with the likes of Damien Leroy, Jon Modica, Clarissa Hempel, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Kevin Steen, Rob Douglas, Jesse Richman, David Hastilow, Cameron Dietrich, and Melissa Gil.
Also having joined teams with Ronix wake, Greg will finally bridge the gap for Cabrinha between wakestyle kitesurfing and wakeboarding, specifically cable park riding.
Greg has chosen the Switchblade kite and Custom board as his gear of choice for his riding style.
Greg's primary area of focus will be in the mainland US/Canada, but he also travels extensively to Hawaii, Australia, and the Caribbean.
- 12 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
As result of the work developed by the new APKite board, since May of 2008, we've reached another objective: to transform the Portuguese Kite Association into the Portuguese Kite Federation (FPKite) - Sports Promoting Association (APD).
With the existence of an APD, Kite starts to be recognized by the IDP (Portuguese Sports Institute) as a regulating entity of the sport and, therefore, the official recognition from the Maritime Authorities and Captainships, essential to develop, with solid bases, Kite in Portugal.
Now we are FPKite-APD. We've made it from a simple Association of Athletes to an Association of Clubs and Athletes.
We still aim to promote and develop the portuguese Kite, but we will be more involved with the Clubs and Associations of Athletes so that they can be the arms of our Federation.
We will also deepen relations with all sources of kite, such as Landboard, Kitebuggy and Acrobatic Parrots.
FPKite will try to create the best conditions in order to watch our sport's growth.