- 22 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Day four of the 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam saw one of the most thrilling kitespeed races of all times. The first leg brought some big surprises, but todays second heat outperformed everything looked at before.
The first heat started in winds averaging 20 knots, gusting 25, but on a much broader angle than yesterdays races. The favorites seemed to have not big enough kites for such conditions, and so it was up to Robert Douglas from the USA to get the victory.
The favourites, first of all Alex Caizergues and Sebastien Cattelan struggeled with the conditions, and so it was up to Robert Douglas (USA) to snatch the victory ahead of Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) and Christophe Prin-Guenon (FRA).
The second heat was postponed for one and a half hour to get hold of the best wind conditions of the day in the afternoon. What followed now was a race in really tough conditions, 25 knots average wind gusting 30, and quite rough water. With a wind angle of app. 145 degree it was hard for most of the riders to make the course.
- 16 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Fuerteventura once again will host a Grand Slam Event of the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour. It will hold 3 official disciplines Freestyle, Racing, and Speed for over $77,000 USD in Prize Money. Fuerteventura is well known as the most extreme PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour event due to the guaranteed strong winds encounter at this location.
Here you can expect to see some of the best Kiteboarding action with the biggest jumps, top speeds, and most spectacular crashes, as riders push themselves in these very windy conditions.
PKRA Freestyle + Course Racing Grand Slam:
Kiteboarding PKRA Freestyle + Course Racing Grand Slam: 29.07.-02.08.
Inscription & Opening ceremony: 28.07.
Prize giving ceremony: 02.08.
Prize money: 45.000 €
- 14 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
A team of rowers saved the day after a kitesurfer became separated from his kite. They retrieved £700-worth of kitesurfing equipment, which was lost by Pete Jennings in Portland Harbour. The visiting American, 37, got into difficulty when his kite was blown away by strong winds.
The crew of Weymouth Rowing Club gig Sir Tristan responded to a Coastguard appeal to help retrieve the 12-metre surfing kite. Chris Barsky, trainee coxswain of Sir Tristan, said: "We were the only craft which responded and it was quite an achievement because we are just a rowing boat.
"With so much rope trailing behind the kite, it could have endangered fishing boats. We guided our gig to intercept the kite. We were in the right place at the right time."