Andre Phillip 

Friday, June 5th saw the final day of the 2009 Triple-S Invitational in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Strong SW winds buffeted the Outer Banks and a full day of kiting and partying was on tap for everyone involved.

The final Triple-S riders meeting was held under the Red Bull tent and the schedule was set for Slicks (flat water freestyle) from 11:30am to 1:30pm and then Surf from 2pm until 5pm. Riders immediately rigged and then headed up to The Slick for flatwater action. Kevin Langeree, Brandon Scheid, Greg Norman, Susi Mai, Clarissa Hempel. Bruna Kajiya and Shannon Best lit up North Point in The Slick with an unbelievable freestyle session including powered handle passes, kite loops and massive airs (Shannon jumped all of North Point taking off at Waller’s Pier !). Winds were so strong that the girls were eventually blown off of 6 and 7m kites and the guys were lit to the gills on 7m and 8m’s ! A large crowd assembled to watch the action, many of them ducking in the reeds as Shannon flew over the entire event !

At 2pm, the entire event packed up and headed to Ramp 27 (4 miles south of Salvo) for some surf action. Local kiter Brad Doehr of Avon had spotted a new sandbar here earlier in the week and with strong SW winds and a chest high SE groundswell it was on like donkey kong ! Riders hit the water using 5m-7m kites, all on surfboards. Santa Barbara wildcard winner Ian Alldredge stunned the crowd with his powerful wave riding style, mixed with all the lip slides, transition tricks, and strapless airs you have never seen before. Triple-S guest rider Reo Stevens from Oahu showed his powerful frontside attack, as did Sam Bell of Cape Hatteras. Jon Modica of Florida (winner of 2008 Triple-S Surf) showed why he is always at the top with a great mix of aggressive wave rides, tricks and airs that would bring him into the upper mix for the day. With the winds being so strong, it was definitely a handle for the ladies. Clarissa Hempel of Brazil, locked and loaded with a 5m kite, tore apart the surf with her strapped surfboard, showing great down the line style and timing.

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PKRA adds Australia to the 2010 World Tour

After the announcement of the new Tour stop in New Caledonia this coming November, The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA), will be adding one more exciting venue to next year’s World Tour. Mauricio Toscano, President of the PKRA after his meeting with the event organizer said that next year’s World Tour will be extended until December as a result of this new development.

“The 2010 World Tour will be one of the most if not THE most exciting tour we’ve had in the history of the PKRA. We’ve just signed a five-year deal with Anton Richardson and Sebastien Talem of Minotaur Sports Management in Queensland, Australia to organize the Australian tour stop at the end of 2010. This event will serve as the yearly final tour event and will be a grand slam event which will have Freestyle, Racing and Wave events,” said Toscano.

The partnership with Minotaur Sports Management will be a long term commitment to bring the PKRA for five years to Australia. This will expand the PKRA World Tour to the new island continent.

The venue will be the world–famous beach of the Australian Gold Coast – Queensland’s most famous stretch of 70-kilometer beach. This stunning piece of landscape is home to some of Gold Coast’s spectacular sporting events including the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. These significant contests consistently attract tens of thousands of spectators annually. The addition of the PKRA World Tour as a calendar mainstay of Gold Coast events further revitalizes the region’s foothold as Australia’s event capital as well as PKRA’s reputation as the world’s leading professional association of kiteboarders.

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KPWT Portugal will be held in Santa Cruz

KPWT returns to Santa Cruz for the Ocean Spirit Grand Slam 2009. 

Santa Cruz is one of the most popular places in Europe for Wave Riding and boasts perfect conditions for all water-sport enthusiasts.

It is situated on the southeastern shore of the sunny Madeira Island, with beaches stretching over 20 kms.

It has a solid beach break with the North Westerly bringing in the swell.

The ideal wind for this region is the easterly and the water temperature ranges between 15-19 degrees Celsius, which is perfect in the summer heat.

This year, the likes of Jesse Richman, Antoine Auriol, Jan Marcos Riviera, Mitu Monteiro « World champion 2008 » and many more local and top wave-riders will fight for the waves title.

In the womens division Santa Cruz welcomes back Ainhoa Garcia, Anna Grezlinska and Kirsty Jones « World Champion 2008 », all having a super 2008 season in the Waves and eager to compete for the 15 000 euro prize money on offer.

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