2009 KPWT Dakhla

The wind today was at an average of 17knots, but picked up in the afternoon to a little over 20 knots. Wind direction is north east, blowing down the West Coast from the Canary Islands, only 200 km away.

As in the single elimination, 7 minute heats were run with 3 minute intermissions. The water was less choppy today, which made conditions perfect for the freestyle competition.

After some excellent performances yesterday by Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) and Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN), today was a day for Victor Borsuk (POL, NAISH). He lost in the first round of the single elimination, but fought his way to the semis in the double and faced Stefan Permien (GER, KITEFACTORY) in a closely contested heat.

Both competitors were riding super well, but unfortunately only one of them can progress to face the Russian, Tyushkevich for the third spot on the podium.

Borsuk settled for 5th spot, but what a strong performance by the Polish rider today! Jesse faced Leander once more in the men’s final and what a well-contested final it was. Both riders took their 8 meter kites out and looked well powered to perform their moves, with a good combination of power and some cool old school tricks. Jesse came out top once again and won his first Freestyle title for the year on the KPWT.

For the ladies, Leticia Quesada (SPA, OZONE) was kiting well and faced Kriss Kinn (US, STRIBOG) for the third spot on the podium. Unfortunately for Quesada, Kinn was in no mood to give up her position and progressed into the next heat against Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE).

Unfortunately Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) was once again too strong for the ladies and went on to take her fourth Freestyle Event for 2009. She is looking so smooth on the water, with her kite position low when performing her power moves and handlepasses that cannot be matched.

This evening, local sponsor, “LES BRASSERIES du MAROC”, have invited all riders and both teams to a party at 21h30 after dinner. Free drinks will be sponsored by Heineken and Beaufort and will include Heineken beer of course and a local Moroccan Wine.

Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition

Welcome to the 9th annual King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition. It is hard to imagine we had 4 guys show up in 2001 and this year we expect 30-40 competitors and over 100 kiteboarders. The event will take place in Grand Haven, MI, USA.

We have moved the venue just 1/2 mile north of the MAC shack this year and will be doing all of our registrations and hanging out right at the pier head at Captain Jack's on the Beach Restaurant.

The Pier will provide a great spot for spectators and photographers to enjoy the action up close and personal. We do ask that only competitors ride within the pier heads during the event. It is a small area with room for only 4-6 riders.

This year we expect to have a full range of 2010 Demo gear available from Cabrinha and Naish. Special thanks to Dakine for the Rash Guards.

KoGL draws all the Midwest riders as well as many pros to the event annually. This year's format has also been changed to be a free ride competition with the riders deciding the outcome. Whoever pushes themselves and the sport the hardest will walk away with the title "King of The Great Lakes" as judged by their peers. A course racing event will be held all 3 days if winds and waves permit.

This year's event will have something for everyone. Join in on a massive down winder, ride in the shelter of the pier, or just hang out and watch the crew throw down. Whatever your style, this is the event not to be missed this year.

Men's Freestyle
Women's Freestyle
Course Racing
Mass Downwinder
Friday Night Downtown Muskegon Bash
Saturday Night Captain Jack's Throw Down Party and Awards

2009 KPWT Dakhla

Dakhla attitude offers a unique kitesurfing paradise for riders and travellers, with accommodation under tents, quaint bungalows on the cliff and way off the beaten track, what better way to appreciate the KPWT lifestyle!

This Super Grand Slam event will host Freestyle, Kiteloop, Course Racing, Wave Masters, Sliders and a junior competition. Prize money is set at 35 000 Euros and all will be pushing themselves to hopefully find themselves on the podium.

Over 45 riders from 20 different countries have made the trip to Dakhla and to try and further their KPWT points and push themselves to the top of the World rankings.

Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Peter Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) are just some of the top internationals that have arrived in Dakhla. All are looking forward to competing and the opportunity to enjoy what this excellent kitesurfing paradise has to offer!

Amongst the ladies, Kari Shibevaag (NOR, OZONE) is here and looking quite comfortable after her good results in Canada. Wave Master World Champion, Kirsty Jones (UK, ANIMAL) and 5x World Champion Gisela Pulido are both here to take pleasure in the excellent conditions in Morocco.

Competition day one will commence tomorrow with a skippers meeting at 08h00, so stay tuned and connected to this highly anticipated event on the 2009 KPWT calendar.