- 11 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
An incredible event came to an end yesterday, seeing Sean Farley (MEX) and Sandy Parker (USA) on top after 20 races in winds averaging 30 knots.
Sean Farley seemed the man to beat at these first official North American Course Racing Championships, but the battle was full on for the places 2-5 between Damien Leroy, Jesse Richman, Sky Solbach and Chip Wasson.
Solbach was clearly in second after the first races of the event, holding down 2008 KPWT Racing Champion Jesse Richman and Damien Leroy. Chip Wasson and Abel Lago battling for 5th and 6th.
With more races during the 4 day event Damien made more pace up to the top, winning some races agains Farley and making his way up to the second place. It came down to the last day of racing, when the race committee scheduled "only" another four races, with 5 points between places 2 and 5.
Richman had a good start, while Solbach struggled on this final day and lost the pace. The decision for second and third had to be taken in the very last race between Leroy and Richman, where finally Leroy had the better and and defeated Richman by only three points after 20 races. With only one discard allowed there was no room for mistakes, and so this event will be memorized for a long time.
In the womens fleet, it was a close battle between Melissa Gil (PUE) and Sandy Parker (USA), with the better end for Sandy. After 20 races, only 3 points separated the first three women, with Melissa and Kristin Boese (GER) tied in points but due to the higher number of better results for Melissa Kristin "only" third in the end.
- 11 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
The Grand Prix Petit Navire has kept all its promises for the staging of the first official European Course Racing Championships, even when there was no more racing on the final day of the competition due to lack of wind.
After 12 rounds of racing, Bruno Sroka and Fabienne D'Ortoli (both France) are the new Champions of Europe.
Flawless organization, great race management, many rounds raced, and an adaption of the new ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing made this a great event for the 97 competitors from all over Europe.
- 10 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
The State Wave Titles have been moved to winter this year to make the most of the colder frontal weather and hopefully some serious wave action.
To ensure that we get a result, we’ve taken the unprecedented step of locking in the 4 weekends of June 20/21 + 27/28 & July 4/5 + 11/12.
The first weekend with appropriate wind forecasts will be the day the event is held and it’ll be an early start (around 8am).
The general location will be on the Mid coast with a backup on the South Central coast; we’ll announce specific locations closer to the event.
All of the usual categories will be available: Open Mens & Women's, Masters, Amateurs & Juniors.
There will be an early bird registration incentive for those who sign up at the Media swap night or in the following week, so for all the die-hard wave riders, keep those dates free.