Kitty Hawk Kiteboarding Resort 

After opening the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Waves, NC last fall, Kitty Hawk Kites is planning to host the inaugural kiteboarding race, beginning April 25 and continuing through May 2. 

Kitty Hawk Kites and KiteUS are co-sponsoring this week long event and are expecting a large number of participants. Kiteboarders from across the country will be in attendance to compete on Hatteras Island, one of the best locations in the country for kiteboarding. The races will begin on Sunday, April 26, and continue through the following Saturday. Spectators are encouraged to come out and view the course races throughout the week at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Waves. Races will take place on the Pamlico Sound, directly behind Kitty Hawk Kites.

The daily course races will be divided based on skill level. The levels set for these races include expert, intermediate, amateur, and women. Points, awarded by the panel of judges, will be given for the top three riders in each race. Each race will host six to ten riders and last between 20-30 minutes. The races scheduled each day will be based on wind speed and direction. A “day winner” will be determined each afternoon by the judges.

To register for this event, visit www.kiteus.com/racing. Participants must register, either in advance or at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort during the week of the event, to be added to the roster. Participating kiteboarders and spectators are encouraged to register to receive the latest information regarding the first annual Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Race. Registration is free, thanks in part to our sponsors: KiteUS and Monster Energy Drink.

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IKA introduces team rankings in the 2009 season 

The International Kiteboarding Association has introduced Team Rankings for each individual discipline as well as for the Overall Ranking for the 2009 season.

This shall encourage sponsors from outside the industry to support teams - on a local, national and international base. Of course the kiteboarding industry itself is also more than welcome to nominate their teams.

With immediate effect, riders can register their teams by sending an email to the IKA office, including the name of the team and the teamleader. For additional team members, the teamleaders must give their approval.

The rankings will be based on the results of the best three men and the best woman in each discipline and the overall.

Sponsors from outside the kiteboarding industry thus get the possibility to better promote themselves and their riders, while all current sponsors are still listed as the riders personal supporters.

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Richard Branson enjoys kiteboarding with Denni Parkinson

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group, explained 'The Mail on Sunday' his kiteboarding skills and what happened when he decided to carry model Denni Parkinson naked clinging to his back.

"What can you say if you are asked to pose with a naked lady? I only wish I had eyes in the back of my head", he told the newspaper.

It seems the idea came from photographer Stephane Gautronneau. He was shooting Branson in his private Caribbean island, Necker, and thought of asking girlfriend Denni to pose with the the Virgin mogul in an unorthodox way.

The 5ft 9in model and Richard Branson went kiteboarding while Richard’s children Sam and Holly enjoyed the ride from the beach.

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