2009 PKRA Portimão 

The morning started with a light drizzle on the beach but the rain clouds eventually dissipated. Overcast skies dominated the first half of the day with onshore winds which made the temperature seem quite chilly compared to the past few days.

The scheduled riders meeting of 1:00 pm went right on time and the start of the 4th race happened at around 2:00 pm which according to race director Olaf Van Tol, “turned out to be a good decision because we had a good window of an hour with wind.”

Excitement and controversy marked the second day of events. With the onshore winds, the riders started much closer to the beach, giving the crowd an impressive spectacle to watch as the 35 kites jockeyed for position. The first race was completed without incident. After the first race, the wind started shifting and after a little break, the wind continued to shift more so the race director announced a lunch break before the next race. The second race of the day (Race #5 of the event) got underway at around 4:15 pm. From the perspective of the people on the beach, it looked like another good race was about to unfold for the day. However, the wind gradually died down and by the end of the race, only nine guys and one lady crossed the finish line and many competitors had to be rescued in the waters. After much discussion on the beach about the validity of the second race due to less than 50% of the competitors finishing, it was decided the race would stand since the PKRA is now operating under ISAF/IKA racing rules and not under its own previous rules which the riders had become accustomed to in the past.

So after finishing another two races, the leader board still shows Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) on top with 2.8 total points followed by Abel Lago (RRD, ESP) in second with 13.7 points and Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) in third place with 14 points.

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KPWT Tarifa

For the 1st year, the city of Tarifa has chosen to host the KPWT Kiteboard Official World Championship Tour, sanctioned by ISAF/IKA.

This year the KPWT became the official world championship tour sanctioned by ISAF/IKA. It’s a Super Grand Slam 6star.

The Kiteboard Pro World Tour and Club 2 Vientos Tarifa are pleased to bring you the Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa, Kiteboard World Cup to be held in Tarifa, Spanish playground.

Movistar has emerged as one of Spanish most enthusiastic sponsors of sport in this country. It's a long term strategy between the KPWT and Club 2 Vientos Tarifa.

The Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa, Kiteboard World Cup takes place from 1st – 5th July 2009 at Ensenada De Valdevaqueros (registration 30th June), the venue opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean where we will be enjoying all the fun in the sun over this very event full week.

The Action on the beach will consist of excellent kiteboarding at Spanish and Europeen premier kiteboarding beach with loads of fun and games provided by our sponsors. The evenings will consist of parties and concert.

Spanish riders are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the best international riders from the Kiteboard Pro World Tour and are ready to take them on in the battle for the top honour.

The people of Tarifa welcome the KPWT and all the best international riders to the wonderful country of what we are sure will be the first of many visits to Tarifa Spanish playground.

Tarifa is the most popular kiteboarding destination in Europe. On a regular summer day you can see hundreds of kiteboarders out in the water.

Exceptional place and best international riders will contribute to the success of this world cup event.

Bruno Sroka 

The much anticipated start of the prestigious Kite Masters World Tour 2009 kicks off with a thrilling display of speed and power courtesy of the PKRA racers who participated in the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009. 

Perfect weather conditions greeted the crowd at the beach along with the athletes although the much sought-after wind which fuels the games arrived later during the race. After a long period of waiting, the event got underway at approximately 2:00 pm and was participated by the crème de la crème of kiteboard racing. 

The wind was particular light during the first two races but gradually picked up after the 45-minute break for the third and final race of the day which concluded at 5:00 pm. The first race of the day lasted approximately 23 minutes and progressively got faster with the final race only taking 17 minutes. Most of the competitors started on their largest kites (15m / 16m for the men) but eventually switched down one size for the final race.

Bringing the crowd on their feet and leading the race after day one is Cabrinha’s Bruno Sroka (FRA) who is making a comeback after taking a break from last year’s racing events. The French racer dominated all three races with convincing wins. It was apparent that Sroka have been busy training and has worked very hard on his board and speed during the off-season. Unfortunately, last year’s champion Charles Deleau (North, FRA) is racing on borrowed gear due to lost luggage. The French rider is hoping to get his gear later today so he can climb his way back up to the top to defend his world championship title against Sroka who was World Champion in 2007. Meanwhile, American Jesse Richman, another Cabrinha rider is currently in second place while North’s Sean Farley (MEX) completes the top three.

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