Alex Caizergues 

The PKRA Speed has announced a correction in the 2008 world ranking, with Alexandre Caizergues winning the title ahead of Sebastien Catellan.

This after an extended discussion about the applied rules.

Ranking 2008

1 Alex Caizergues   2790 
2 Sebastien Cattelan   2675 
3 Christophe Prin-guenon  2130 
4 Rolf Van Der Vlugt  1870 
5 Jerome Bila   1790 
6 Robert Douglas   1675 
7 Manu Taub   1620 
8 Menossi Patrice   1300 
9 Taro Niehaus   1280 
10 David Williams   850 

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Kitespeed World Championship 

The 2009 Kitespeed Worlds will be hosted in Port Saint Louis du Rhone from 29.03.2009 till 05.04.2009. 

Plage Napoleon offers nuking winds during spring, last year up to 60 knots blasted the riders down the 500m course.

The elite of kitespeed is expected to take part in this battle, including world record holder and local Alexandre Caizergues, Sebastien Catellan, the first man over 50 knots ever, and hotshot Robert Douglas from the USA.

On the womens side, the battle will be close between world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA) and defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA).

Due to the world wide economical crisis, it is unfortunately not possible to run a full world tour in 2009. The remaining events of the 2009 kitespeed season will count toward the world ranking 2009 and will also give points towards the overall kiteboarding world title.

The venues under review currently are Walvis Bay (NAM) for the African continental championship, Dungarvan (IRL) for the European continental hampionship and probably an event in the states.

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Islamorada Invitational 2009 

Kiteboarders from around the country are set to kick it into high gear as they skim and slide during the Islamorada Invitational '09 March 6-15 at Whale Harbor Marina, mile marker 83.5 in Islamorada.

Dubbed the "II '09" and hosted by Islamorada's Seven Sports, a part of Islamorada Watersports Co., the weeklong festival attracts pro and amateur thrill-seekers who come for the love of the sport and the rush of competition. Newbies to the sport as well as festival spectators have discovered that kiteboarding is a truly unique way to discover the Florida Keys.

Ray LeRoy of Seven Sports said all competitors are welcome.

The week is set to feature six events including a Boarder Cross, Kite Race, Freestyle Competition, Park Competition, Big Air & Kite Loop Competition and an ongoing Overall Impression best-photo contest.

Riders' meetings are scheduled daily at 9 a.m. with 'boarding action to start no later than 10 a.m., weather permitting.

Cost is expected to be approximately $80 per participant for the week's events.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission to the exciting annual competition is free.

Food and beverages are to be available each day, with DJ entertainment and live music during day and evening hours.

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