Kitesurfing action in the 2009 KPWT Germany in Sylt

Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) and Kristin Boese (GER, Best) are in the lead after three course races at the KPWT stop in Sylt, Germany.

After a windless morning, the wind picked up around noon and allowed some thrilling racing directly in front of the many spectators at the promenade of Westerland Beach.

The race committee had set a pure up and downwind course in the unusual south wind, with the windward and leeward mark set very close to the beach so that the spectators were able to follow the racing only a few meters away from the shore. Also the finish was set directly at the beach, whic allowed for spectacular finishing directly in fornt of the event area.

In the mens fleet, it was very close racing between Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), winning the first race of the day, and Bruno Sroka, who won the next two races. Sean Farley (MEX, North) in third.

In the womens fleet, Kristin Boese was able to win all three races sailed back to back, before the wind changed to offshore and died down. The forecast for tomorrow is promising, with a skippersmeeting at 0900. Stay tuned!

IKO launches online kiteboard learning

IKO is ever evolving into the source of higher learning for Kiteboarding around the world! 

Now anyone interested in continuing to better their skills on the water can sign up for downloadable courses through our Online Education area. Here you will find a variety of Knowledge-Based and Hands-On courses for all disciplines and levels, with more courses being added all the time.

Knowledge-Based Courses now available:

International Kiteboarding Signs, which will teach you the necessary hand signals to communicate quickly and effectively with fellow kiters.
1. Right of Way Rules (ROW), are designed to instruct how to safely and confidently practice in populated areas without fear of collision.
2. Stretching for Kiters, has been developed to help prevent injuries, strengthen muscles, and even elongate the muscle fibers.

Hands-On section contains:

1. The Self-Rescue & Pack-Down is a relatively simple yet extremely important procedure that all kiteboarders must master before kiting independently.

You do not need to be a professional to benefit from the tools provided in these lessons, just possess the drive to better your proficiency in the exciting sport of Kiteboarding! Go to the Online Education section now to start to develop into the well rounded Kiteboarder we all strive to be!

Also coming soon, How to choose second Hand gear, Weather and Tide, Introduction to Jumping, and Advanced Jumping techniques, so stay tuned!

Source: IKO

Gisela Pulido

Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) have won the first single elimination of the KPWT Freestyle at Sylt, Germany. After 9 hours of judging the finals were held in almost perfect conditions in front of the scenic Westerland Beach.

After the opening ceremony with a stylish flag parade the skippers meeting were held and the first heats drawn. Due to the high number of entries some pre-qualification runs were necessary in the mens fleet before the start of the first round.

With some surprises on the way, the two german top riders Mario Rodwald and Stefan Permien (Kitefactory) made it into the final, amongst others defeating KPWT wave world champion Monteiro, then Volpe, Auriol and Tyukjevich, who was able to beat 2008 world champion Jesse Richman.

In the women's fleet, Kristin Boese (GER, Best) made her way to the final against Thompson and Adrien, facing Gisela Pulido then who defeated Schibevaag and Jones in some spectacular heats before.

Both finals were exciting, with highest technical difficulties and stylish performance. In the end Rodwald and Pulido had the better end, but have to defend their positions in the double elimination during the upcoming days.