- 05 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
Today invited 30 of the world’s top international riders to a sublime spot for freestyle. Lagoa de Cauipe is a renowned spot for excellent conditions with strong wind, flat shallow water and provided the perfect setting for the KPWT Superkite freestyle single elimination.
Local media teams, hoards of local spectators and travelling kiteboarders all crowded the lagoon to enjoy the exhilarating freestyle competition that was on show today. Conditions were great today, with a wind averaging 20 knots, hardly any chop on the water and the race director began the first heats at 09h20.
Petr Tyushkevich: “I am really happy to be here. I arrived 2 weeks ago to begin my training and to get used to the conditions. The draw looks to be tough, with some good Brazilian riders here, so I will do my best and work as hard as I can.”
Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN) was eliminated in the early rounds to the local rider Evandro Da Silva (BRA, RRD) who is a strong competitor. He keeps his kite low on the power moves and holds the kite super high to push himself when looping.
A surprise in the women’s competition was the early elimination of Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) to Karolina Winkowska (POL, NAISH). Karolina showed good variety in her moves performing a 313, blind judge and some big kiteloops. At the end of the heat she pushed herself towards a massive KGB, but crashed to the disappointment of the screaming spectators who were treated to a super heat.
- 04 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
The 7th stage of the KPWT 2009 started today with junior freestyle.
Conditions were good and the youngsters took to the water on their 7 metre kites.
The wind was blowing from an easterly direction and averaging 18 knots, with a slight chop on the water due to some swell that seems to be building.
The level of the young riders is increasing and they put on a great exhibition for the many spectators on the beach. 14 year old Forest Bakker (SPA, FLEXIFOIL) and overall junior freestyle leader of the KPWT 2009, was looking strong again and is deserved of the attention he is receiving this year.
Unfortunately for Forest he met a young exciting local rider Set Gomes (BRA, LIQUID FORCE) in the semi final and had to settle for 4th in the single elimination. Eudazio Silva (BRA, LIQUID FORCE) has blasted onto the Kitesurfing scene today, with some excellent freestyle riding. He has a comfortable, free-flowing style and able to land his power moves with great kite position. Two young Brazilians in the final, both locals to the area and both strong upcoming riders, put on a great show for all on the beach.
After the single elimination, the race director called a lunch break, so the riders could rest and rejuvenate before the double elimination began at 3pm.
- 03 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
Following in the footsteps of the event being planned in SA, WAKSA is organising a fund raising downwinder to support Redkite – a charity supporting children and young people through cancer.
The inaugural WAKSA Redkite Downwinder will be held on Sunday 6th December 2009 and will give participants an opportunity to raise $$ for Redkite.
In order to make fundraising quick and easy, we have set up a website to coordinate the process and to make collecting all monies raised really simple. If you or your crew are keen to win some really decent prizes CLICK HERE to go to the site and then click on the ‘Build Fundraising Page Now’ button to enter your details and start raising money.
The meeting point for the event will be at Brighton and we plan to start once we get a sense of what the wind is doing on the day, but as usual expect that to be anytime from 2.30/3.00pm. Kiters will have two course options, depending upon the wind obviously, and their skills and experience – starting at either Leighton Beach and finishing at Brighton Beach, or for the newer kiters out there, starting at City Beach and kiting straight up the coast to finish at Brighton.
In order to participate, kiters will be asked to contribute a $20 entry fee (small change really isn’t it???) but for those keen to raise extra funds for Redkite, WAKSA has arranged a number of shops, to contribute prizes which will be awarded to participants. It might be the individual kiter or a team of kiters who raises the most $$$ for the event, it might be for the kiter in the most outrageous costume on the day, it could be for the kiter to finish the down winder first (with the exception of Ian Young of course ;-) ….)