- 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.
- 05 July 2009 | Kiteboarding
In the women’s racing discipline, Fabienne D'Ortoli, Licariao Aguiar and Kari Schibevaag held the top 3 spots after the first four races.
The wind increased through the morning and a quick switch was made to start the double elimination heats for the men's freestyle at 15h00. Michael Schitzhoffer (AUS, JN) and Vincent Tiger (FRA, F-ONE) were looking good in the rounds and setting high standards for the rider’s to pay some serious attention to.
Both riders progressed to the quarter-finals. The wind dropped off late in the afternoon and the competition will have to continue tomorrow.