PKRA kiteboarders head to Portimao in Portugal

After the overwhelming success of the 2008 event, the alluring city of Portimao, Portugal will host again, two of the most electrifying and action-packed kiteboard competitions of the year. The Kite Masters World Tour and the Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour.

The Kite Masters World Tour 2009 will showcase the world’s top freestylers competing with one another for a chance to be crowned this year’s Kite Master. Sixteen of the best progressive freestyle riders of the world (male and female) along with four top Portuguese riders will battle it out in challenging conditions to prove who is the greatest.

The athletes will also have a chance at a generous amount of prize money, not to mention another day at the beach to challenge last year’s champions Kevin Langeree (NED) and Susi Mai (GER).

In conjunction with the freestyle event, the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009 will feature the best of breed kiteboard racers in the world for a series of extreme racing events using different course formats.

In 2008, two North riders dominated the racing events, grabbing the top two podium spots led by 2008 PKRA World racing champion Charles Deleau and teammate Sean Farley of Mexico who won the last two races in dramatic fashion.

Presented by The Gest Group under the leadership of Director General Erich Steffen and Event Coordinator Eduardo Piloni, these premium kiteboarding events will run from June 24 – 28, 2009 at Praia de Alvor, Portimao.

These events will be hosted by the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization and now sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and - International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Each year, the PKRA organizes the “PKRA World Tour”, - a series of professional freestyle kiteboarding tournaments held in different countries from South America to Europe to determine the world ranking. Every competitor starts with zero points at the beginning of the World Tour. The rider who collects the most points at the end of the season is ranked World Number One.

For the Kite Masters, the top ten male and the top six female riders will be divided into groups and will compete in special round-robin matches each against the other competitors in the group. The riders with the best records in each group get to compete with each other in the semi-final round, with the semi-final winners meeting in the final round to determine the champion.

The PKRA World Tour typically runs from April to October. However, the 2009 season will mark the debut of a new host – the French “sui generis” collectivity of New Caledonia, located in the southwest Pacific, so the competition this year will run until November.

As the fastest growing water sports today, kiteboarding takes a lot of physical and mental discipline to master, not to mention a lot of dedication, training and love for the water. Only the proficient, skilled, and innovative in the art of kiteboarding has the right to be crowned the master of the sport.

With the Kite Masters and ISAF-IKA sanctioning, the PKRA is hopeful that kiteboarding will soon become an Olympic sport for the world to enjoy.

Source: PKRA

Davey Blair joins the Ocean Rodeo team

Ocean Rodeo Sports Inc, a world leader in the production and design of innovative, high quality kiteboarding and surf related equipment is today incredibly proud and excited to announce the addition of Davey Blair as its newest team rider.

The addition of Davey to the Ocean Rodeo Crew is phenomenal news for Ocean Rodeo. Davey joins our already incredibly strong team of Jeremie Tronet and Bryan Lake and brings with him an incredible career of experience and enthusiasm as well as amazing market recognition as one of the largest names in kiteboarding today.

Davey's initial focus as the newest Ocean Rodeo team rider will be with Bryan Lake in Hawaii and on the East Coast of the United States, helping use his massive popularity and good will to further expose Ocean Rodeo\'s top of the line equipment to these markets.

However, as with Bryan before him and Jeremie before that Ocean Rodeo is committed to Davey for the long haul and very much looks forward to working with Davey for years to come and in a variety of new and innovative ways.

Davey was born and raised in Charleston ‘Chucktown' South Carolina, has spent time living in Cabarete and most recently now calls the North Shore of Oahu his home.

Davey's first kite was a high school graduation present from his mother and in the time since Davey has translated his love for kites and boards into a full time passion that has brought him name recognition throughout the United States and, indeed, the world over.

Davey's commitment to Ocean Rodeo will give him the ability to fulfill his goal of helping to shape the sport of kiteboarding now and well into the future by working with a dynamic and responsive team known for innovation, quality and customer support.

Source: Ocean Rodeo

Alex Caizergues confirmed in the Battle for the Bay in Dublin

This June bank holiday sees the 3rd annual Battle for the Bay windfestival get under way, featuring the very best of Irish and international kitesurfers and windsurfers on Dollymount Strand in Dublin.

The festival will feature freestyle competitions and course racing and is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Dublin to see what kitesurfers get up to on their beach when the wind blows. This year’s festival will feature the presence of Alex Caizergues the fastest man across the water and triple world champion and Irish windsurfing speed champion John Kenny.

Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing if not the fastest growing watersport in the world and Dollymount is home to the biggest community of kitesurfers in Ireland. Last year’s festival was a huge success and provided some great entertainment to visitors to Dollymount Strand between freestyle demonstrations and the comparatively new sport of kitesurf racing.

This year’s festival promises to be even bigger featuring action to suit everyone from young to old. The competitive schedule includes the Irish Kitesurfing Championship freestyle competitions which should see national champion Eamon Armstrong battle for the right to retain his title against young guns Sean Murphy and Ross Harte.

This year will see the 2008 ladies’ champion, Dominika Kupciw fight to defend her title against Aleks Bondareva, the 2007 ladies champion after last year’s closely fought battles between the pair. There are also a number of speed races planned and if last year is anything to go by, these should provide much entertainment both on and off the water.

A star attraction this year will be a speed battle between Ireland’s speed windsurfing hero John Kenny and world champion kitespeeder, Alex Caizergues.

There will be plenty to entertain on the beach between stunt kite demonstrations, powerkite demonstrations, introductory lessons with qualified instructors and other beach games such as beach volleyball. This year there will also be stand up paddle demonstrations.

For visitors it is a fantastic opportunity to get to know more about kitesports and the people involved in them.

Not only that, the sun has always shone on the Battle for the Bay. Further information is available from Francois Colussi at Pure Magic Kitesurfing.