KiteGen Research

Italian company KiteGen Research developed a 200-square-foot prototype kite that will produce 40 KW, at 2,600 feet altitude.

The future of energy and personal power devices is being rehearsed as KiteGen Research already is building a machine that flies a 1.500-square-foot kite and will produce enough power to feed 9.000 homes.

Founded in 2007, KiteGen Research is a privately held company, with headquarters in Chieri, near Torino.

KiteGen Research wants, together with the sister company Sequoia Automation S.r.l., to offer more efficient solutions to the severe energy shortage of the planet: cheap renewable energy, in large quantity, with no GHG emission and low land use.

Kite Gen Research owns more than 20 internationally registered patents.

PKRA Brazil

The Teri Kite Pro 2009, November 25 - 29 will be the next and final event of the 2009 PKRA World Tour, since the Brazil ExtremeKite event had to cancel due to problems getting the necessary Brazilian Government support to hold the event.

The 9th Edition of the Teri Kite Surf Pro 2009 will take place from the 25th to the 29th of November 2009 on Pointe Magnin, Nouméa, New Caledonia, home to the world’s largest enclosed lagoon.

However the 2010 Freestyle Tour Season is looking very promising with interesting locations applying including:

New Caledonia

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Sebastien Cattelan

Sebastien Cattelan, the driving force behind the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, has just returned from a preparation and testing session where he once again exceeded 60 knots.

He reached 61.77 knots last year just after the 2008 Challenge ended after the run was closed, and also recorded a speed of 60.5 knots early last year during training.

This serves as convincing evidence that Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2009 will see new records (some just a few months old) tumble.

Cattelan reached 60.67 knots on his 9m Genetrix kite at second lagoon with an average speed of 53.37 on the GPS track, with the wind doing a strong, steady 40 knots.

There was no chop-killer mounted in the lagoon at the time. While the chop-killer helps in some respects, it also creates some of its own problems -- some smooth water and some very rough created by chop killer interacting with surface waves. A chop-killer will be implemented at Luderitz Speed 2009 (note:  this story has been updated, it previously gave the impression that the 2009 event would not have the chop-killer installed).

Interest is starting to peak, with most of the top sailors from last year registered for the event, and a number of exciting new additions.