Kite Gen

Kite Gen is pioneering a revolution on how to produce clean energy from wind, with the aim not only to compete within the current wind industry but, as still too rarely happens with renewable sources, to move the battlefield into the territory of fossil fuels.

Today's technology is just capable of scratching the surface, in few favourable points, of the enormous energy field contained into the wind (see Wind data). Wind turbines cannot reach higher and touch altitude wind, they are already close to their dimensional limits: difficultly hubs can be positioned at more than 100 m above the ground, the holding structure grows exponentially heavier, more unstable and above all more expensive with the height.

This situation may be compared with what happened in oil drilling, where only after having found better and better solutions it was possible to move away from the ground - downwards, in this case - and to reach the deepest and most profitable fields.

To help visualizing the existing unexploited potential, just consider that the flight prohibited area over a nuclear power plant can easily get to contain 1 GW of wind power, equal to the power of the plant itself.

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Coconet Classic 

The Coconet Classic is over and it was a huge success. The event was held over Easter weekend at the Tannum Sands Esplande, with the BMX and skate event being held at Bray Park, Boyne Island, Australia.

Check out the final results:

Kiteboarding – Defence Force Recruiting Freeride Competition

Mens
1st – Andy Yates (Wurtulla Qld)
2nd – Luke Burke (Mackay Qld)
3rd – Dave Sorensen (NSW)
Womens
1st – Marine Sudre (Botany NSW)
2nd – Kirsty Bowe (Thonga)
3rd – Sarah Riepen (Mackay)
Groms
1st – Tom Ryan (Bokarina Qld)
2nd – Ryan Difflo (Tannum Sands Qld)
3rd – Zeke Hughes (Sunshine Coast Qld)
Masters
1st – Chris Wardell (Bowen, Qld)
2nd – Frank Zohar (Gold Coast, Qld)
3rd – Wade Goggan (Coolum, Qld)
Blade Kites Encouragement Award
1st – Jared Mercer
2nd – Lindsey Hobbs-Lowry
3rd – Lincoln Reeves

Source: Coconet Classic

KPWT France 2008 

You have to be at St Gilles Croix Vie World Cup 2008 to enjoy the Show. It isn't just the fascinating people you meet at KPWT. It's the overwhelming sense that together, you are part of something very special.

KPWT  offers:

- World championship competition with the best top 50 pro riders
- A top world class kiteboarding spot !  Freestyle, Course Racing, Wave Masters.
- “Stadium style” atmosphere for public and spectators
- Sports and games to complement kiteboarding, e.g
      - Anti-Gravity: trampoline, sky flying, …
      - Kite for All: kite-flying, buggying, sand-boarding, surfing …
      - Beach Games: volleyball, foot-volley, …
-  Non-stop party atmosphere on the beach
      - Music: top DJ, live radio program, song contest, …
      - Girls and Boys: pompom girls, fashion show, …
      - Freebies: samples, food and drinks, prize draws/contests, …

And at night
      - Networking: socializing with the VIPs, riders and guest stars, …
      - Cultural Program: discovering the best clubs, local traditions, …
      - Hospitaly ac
Podium/ Stage for Special Shows
         - Cultural
         - Fun
         - PR etc...

KPWT is too interesting to be missed. The St Gilles Croix Vie World Cup 2008 goes from April 29th - 4th May, at St Gilles, France. The prize money is worth € 27.000.

Source: KPWT