2009 Kitespeed World Championship

After two rounds of racing yesterday, Alex Caizergues (FRA, F-One) and Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha) have taken the lead in this years speed world championship, held in Port St. Louis, France.

In total, 35 competitors registered for the first event of the season, and although the weather forecast is not brilliant for the upcoming days, there is hope for the weekend to bring more wind to allow for more racing.

The first heat of the competition was won by Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), the first kiter that broke the speedsailing dominance of the windsurfers last year in Luderitz, and one of the three kiteboarders that made it over 50 knots.

Heat two was then won by World Record Holder Alex Caizergues. Second in both legs was Sylvain Hoceini, ensuring him a second place in the overall ranking as well. Rob Douglas is in third overall, and US course racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) on an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition. In fifth, local hero Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One).

In the womens fleet, newcomer Melissa Gil was able to defeat reigning world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One), they are both tied in points but Melissa with a slightly better top speed. In third then reigning world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish).

Racing continues until Sunday, fifth of April, with daily racing from 10:00 hours.

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Emmanuel Rondón

Emmanuel Rondón and Kirsty Jones have won the Master Of The Ocean 2009, a surf, windsurf and kiteboard triathlon competition held in Cabarete, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Rondón got the best overall score and won it for the second consecutive year. In each category, there were also winners. Winston Martinez was the best windsurfer, followed by Oscar de la Cruz, Nino Rodríguez and Samuel Pérez.

In the surfing discipline, Manuel Selman showed top skills defeating surfers like Pedro Fernández, Iván Herrera and Brandon Sanford. Finally, Luis Alberto, Ariel Corniel and Félix Antonio were the best kitesurfers in the Master of Ocean 2009.

The high level of competition was always present in the seventh edition of this unique water sport challenge.

Master of the Ocean 2009

1st: Emmanuel David Rondon
2nd: Luciano Gonzalez

1st: Kirsty Jones
2nd: Lucía Carolina

PKRA World Tour

Due to the close proximity of the starting date of the Mexico Kiteboard World Cup 2009, and some delays that had put the organizer behind schedule, it has being decided the event will be moved to November 11 – 15, 2009. 

This change of dates will set the event in a better wind period, and allow the organizers more time to follow all the necessary preparations to comply with the high standards of the PKRA World Tour.

The 2009 PKRA World Tour schedule:

Mondial du Vent | Apr-11-2009 - Apr-16-200
Cabarete World Cup | Jun-09-2009 - Jun-14-2009
Kite Masters | Jun-24-2009 - Jun-28-2009
Tarifa Kite Pro | Jul-01-2009 - Jul-05-2009
Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam | Jul-18-2009 - Jul-22-2009
Colgate Kitesurf World Cup | Jul-25-2009 - Aug-02-2009
Kite-Racing Brasil | Aug-12-2009 - Aug-16-2009
Kite-Xtreme Brasil | Aug-26-2009 - Aug-30-2009
Kiteboard World Cup Mexico | Nov-11-2009 - Nov-15-2009
Teri Kite Pro | Nov-25-2009 - Nov-29-2009