Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009

The wind over the past weekend wasn’t as fierce as it it usually is, but competitors didn’t seem to mind, as they were too busy enjoying many of the other actives Lüderitz has to offer.

Blowing between 15 to 25 knots, at times the wind was strong enough for speed runs, but sometimes competitors were just doing freestyle. That’s not to say that they weren’t kept busy, though.

What better way to pass the time than be renting a catamaran and getting an up-close view of the amazing maritime wildlife that surround this quaint Namibian town.

The waters off the coast of Lüderitz are teaming with some of the cutest animals you’re ever going to see, and the competitors on the catamaran were amazed at the amount of seals and penguins they saw during their scenic catamaran tour.

They were also lucky enough to see a whale and play with the many dolphins who had come by to introduce themselves.

With much stronger winds forecasted to blow, excitement is once again starting to build around this coming weekend. With some good speed runs and practice under their belts, competitors are now ready to finally break some records!

KPWT Brazil

Welcome to the last day of the KPWT SuperKite Brasil 2009!

The KPWT Superkite Brasil has hosted 4 disciplines over the 6 days of competition and seen some superb action on the water.

This morning started early on the wave spot, Pico das Almas to finish the double elimination competition.

The wind insisted the riders go out on their 9meter kites and the waves were a little choppy.

This didn’t stop Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)! He looked pumped today and wanted to push hard for his overall ranking in this discipline and hopefully take the title for 2009.

He defeated three Brazilians, Bruno Bordovsky (BRA, RRD), Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, Mormaii) and took second place from Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) to challenge Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) for the top spot on the podium. He fought all the way with smooth bottom turns, good airs and pushed hard at the lip to take Jan Marcos to another final.

Jan Marcos did not want to let his title go here in Brazil after winning this event in 2008 and took Jesse all the way. He looked to settle himself nicely and selected some good waves to gather enough score and edged Jesse back down to the second spot on the podium.

The ladies competition saw Jalou Langeree (HOL, NAISH) against Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) for the podium spot. Jalou rode well and edged Gisela off the podium to take on Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) for second position.

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Jemma Grobbelaar

Wind on the very last day brought finally results for the speed kiteboarders in Dungarvan, Ireland.

There was just enough time to complete a few fast runs along the speed strip, with the fastest speed of the event set by Dave Williams (GBR, Best) at 44.2 knots over 250m.

After two rounds completed, Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) and Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil) were on top in the end of a week of very varying conditions..

The event came to an end with the prize giving ceremony held in the Dungarvan Harbour Yacht Club, and a party that is lasting until the late night.

A big thank you goes out to all sponsors, supporters and volunteers that made this event happen.