PKRA will publish a 2009 schedule

The PKRA 2009 World Tour Schedule will be published on February 10th.

The information has been confirmed in the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association website.

Which means that the kiteboarding scene will still have two world circuits - PKRA and KPWT - despite talks between the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the PKRA circuit lead by Mauricio Toscano.

In December, Executive Secretary of IKA Markus Schwendtner, urged PKRA to "immediately stop all activities that potentially bypass national and international kiteboarding bodies interests and lead to a fragmentation of kiteboarding".

Chances of having an unified Kitboarding World Tour in 2009 are still very remote.

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RNLI

Tired kitesurfer is grateful to see Hoylake Lifeboat speeding to his rescue.

Whilst en-route back to Hoylake after exercising in the River Mersey, RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat this afternoon, intercepted a radio transmission between Liverpool Coastguard at Crosby and a Coastguard mobile unit stating that a kitesurfer was in the water off the North Wirral coast in the vicinity of New Brighton, the Lifeboat immediately turned around and headed for the area just as Liverpool Coastguard tasked the Lifeboat to the incident.

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2009 Triple-S Invitational 

The Triple-S Invitational is the international free ride "world championships" of kiteboarding, held every year in Cape Hatteras, NC.

2009 marks the 4th year of the Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for May 30th to June 5th 2009. After three extremely successful Triple-S events, this has become a highly anticipated event on the pro kiteboarding calendar.

Mark your calendars now with excellent spectating, event parties and award ceremonies open to the public, you cannot miss any of the Surf, Slicks and Sliders action. The Triple-S will feature some of the top pro riders in the world riding for their prospective kite and board manufacturers. A total of 24 athletes will be scheduled to participate in the 2009 Triple-S Invitational.

This years break down is as follows: 20 athletes will be receiving invitations, with 4 alternates in place. This year 4 spots will be allotted to wild card invitations, these will be given to the best 4 rider videos received by March 1st.

Invited Riders:
Aaron Hadlow - United Kingdom
Andre Phillip - Antigua
Andy Hurdman - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Bertrand Fleury - France
Billy Parker - St. Pete, FL, USA
Brandon Scheid - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Bruna Kajiya - Brazil
Clarissa Hempel - Brazil
Davey Blair - Oahu, HI, USA
Denver Coon - Maui, HI, USA
Dylan Thompson - Hood River, OR, USA
Jake Kelsick - Antigua
Jason Slezak - Charleroi, PA, USA
Joby Cook - White Salmon, WA, USA
Kevin Langree - Holland
Mauricio Abreu - Brazil
Moe Goold - Tahiti
Ruben Lenten - Holland
Sam Bell - Avon, NC, USA
Susi Mai - Germany

Alternates:
Damien LeRoy - FL, USA
Tom Court - Australia
Shannon Best - Australia
Madison Van Heurck - US Virgin Islands

* 3 Open Wild Card Spots remain

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