Jemma Grobbelaar

Wind on the very last day brought finally results for the speed kiteboarders in Dungarvan, Ireland.

There was just enough time to complete a few fast runs along the speed strip, with the fastest speed of the event set by Dave Williams (GBR, Best) at 44.2 knots over 250m.

After two rounds completed, Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) and Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil) were on top in the end of a week of very varying conditions..

The event came to an end with the prize giving ceremony held in the Dungarvan Harbour Yacht Club, and a party that is lasting until the late night.

A big thank you goes out to all sponsors, supporters and volunteers that made this event happen.

KPWT Brazil

Skippers meeting began day four at 08h30 at the Wave spot, Pico das Almas. The wave criteria and how the riders will be judged, was clearly illustrated by the race director and head judge before any heats took to the water.

The single elimination commenced and the quarterfinal heat between Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) and Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) started the day.

Conditions were better than the previous day and the wave sets were peaking at 1.5 meters.

The wind was stronger and averaging around 22 knots and most riders were out on their 9meter kites. The swell was still a bit messy and the current looked to be quite strong, but the riders proved their class in demonstrating some superb wave riding and put on a great show.

The single elimination final was between the local Foerster, who had knocked out Dietrich and Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) on his way to meet the extravagant, Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES).

Unfortunately for the local, Riveras looked determined to repeat his 2008 victory here in Cumbuco. His selection of waves was excellent today and showed a good variety in his moves on the wave. He performed good aerial manoeuvres, strong turns in the critical section and showed why he is a serious competitor for the 2009 Wave Master title.

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KPWT Brazil in Cumbuco

Day three on the KPWT SUPERKITE here in Brazil and as to be expected, the wind was at a good 20 knots. After a spectacular day yesterday for the freestyle riders at the lagoon, today was a day for Waves at the spot, Pico das Almas.

Abel Lago (SPA, RRD): “Every time I come to Brazil I love it! The weather is super, the wind is great and the waves are really good so I am happy. This is a true paradise for kiteboarding.”

Conditions were a little choppy, but the waves were pushing 1 meter on the low tide in the morning.The riders were certainly making the most out of the conditions on offer and doing their best in selecting the finest waves and turning as much as possible.

The race director ran 10 minute heats with 3 minute intermissions and the riders will be scored on their 2 best waves.

A big result early on was the elimination of the 2008 Wave Master World Champion, Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) by the local rider Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, MORMAII). He is a powerful rider and performed some strong turns, to the delight of the locals on the beach.

Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) looked good in her heat against Olga Fita (SPA, FLEXIFOIL) and progressed to the semi final to face Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH).

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