- 09 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
The first annual Luciano Gonzalez Kitesurfing Pro Open kicks off today, but on a much smaller scale than originally hoped for.
But Gonzales, professional kitesurfer and founder of the charity organization, The Wishspring Foundation, remains optimistic, “Our goal is to be bigger next year, with more international bands and a tour of kitesurfing professionals from around the world. The global economy is just too bad this year.”
Which is too bad, indeed. Though the competition still goes on, with a small pot of prize money as well as donated prizes from local stores and restaurants for the surfers, it will not be the grand event that Gonzales himself is used to participating in.
Gonzales, a Cabarete local, has traveled the world as a professional kitesurfer for the last eight years, so he knows how expensive it can get to put this type of event on, “Professional kitesurfers charge around 50,000 Euros to travel to an event.” He hopes to bring in several of these pros next year.
Most of the monetary proceeds of this year’s competition will go to the Centro de Enseñanza Coral, a struggling school in Cabarete.
The goal of the Wishspring Foundation is to raise money for different schools from the area each year. The parent company of Wishspring and Gonzales’s baby, LG Cabarete, aims to fundraise year-round to assist local schools in having more modern and higher quality levels of education.
Registration for this year’s kitesurfing event begins today, July 8th, at the hotel/resort Paradiso del Sol and continues through Thursday morning, the 9th. The cost of registration is 500 pesos and opens to all.
- 07 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
South Australia – Kiteboard for Cancer is a great initiative kicked off by SA kiter Ben Howlett. Bens request for WAKSA support was received just as we were planning to begin an ongoing charity sponsorship program of our own. Coincidentally the cancer charities had already been considered the most appropriate given the support offered to WAKSA by Healthways.
NB: If you havent already heard Healthways contributed an extremely healthy $5000 to Kitestock 08 which we put to very good, very appropriate and very much appreciated use by purchasing the two instant shades which were set up, centre stage at the Kitesock event. These shades will continue to provide protection and spread the Healthways/SunSmart message at future WAKSA events.
Whilst Ben has elected to support the Cancer Council SA with his event the WAKSA committee has resolved to begin seeking out an appropriate charity before committing to what we envisage will be an ongoing sponsorship program of our own. REDKITE is one such charity which has approached us in the past. It was also the charity independently selected by Graham Baker as the recipient of funds raised at last years Course Racing event at South Beach Fremantle. Given this background; the obvious common link of the name ‘Redkite’ and that Redkite is involved with projects related to kids with cancer (pretty apro for us youthful kiters!) it seems obvious our investigation should start there.
- 07 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
Welcome to the last day of competition and the end to another step on the KPWT 2009 tour. All riders, sponsor and organizers had an out of this world celebration last night at Café Del Mar to commemorate this successful event in Tarifa.
KPWT Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa started the day with a skippers meeting at 11h00.
Course Racing kicked things off, followed by the double elimination rounds for men and women. The wind had picked up nicely by 13h30 and the riders were gladly using it to their advantage.
Prize giving was held at 19h00 on the stage in front of Tangana, bringing the event to a close. Trophies were handed to the top 3 placed riders within each discipline.
The KPWT team would like to thank the local organizers, Last Lap. They were always smiling and enthusiastic to help with whatever task. And proved their competence in hosting a super event at such a perfect location, Tarifa! We look forward to working with you in the future.