The 2009 KPWT Germany kicks off in Sylt

Welcome to Germany and the highly anticipated SEAT Kitesurf World Cup, the first stop on the KPWT 2009.

63 men and 12 female professional riders from across the globe have arrived and registered for this World Cup event, sanctioned by ISAF/IKA.

The event will host four disciplines: Freestyle, Wave-Riding, Kiteloop and Course-Racing, boasting an overall prize money of 50 000 euros.

KPWT welcomes back Gisela Pulido from Spain, who started with the tour back in 2004 and we are all looking forward to paying close attention to how she performs amongst some tough competition.

Kirsty Jones (KPWT Wave-Master Champion 2008), Kristin Boese (KPWT World Champion 2007) and Ainhoa Garcia (Spain) have all arrived and are eager to impress once more.

Amongst the men: Leander Vyvey (Belgium), Antoine Auriol (France), Jess Richman (KPWT World Champion 2008), Mitu Monteiro (KPWT Wave-Master Champion 2008) Jose Luengo (Spain), Sean Farley (MEX), Bruno Sroka (FRA) all looked energized to be back competing again on the “First World Tour”.

Mario Rodwald is a local rider eager to perform well in the Freestyle discipline, so watch out for him!  KPWT are pleased to announce that 3 wild cards have been granted to Armin Loose, Nolkel Henning and Rodwald Roy for their contribution to the sport.

This evening the local organizers have arranged a beach barbecue for the KPWT team and all riders for the event. This is a great opportunity to relax and develop a positive feeling leading into the first event.

Skippers meeting will be tomorrow morning at 08h30 after breakfast, with the forecast looking positive to commence with the first heats within the freestyle discipline.

Thank you again to the sponsors namely Seat, Swatch, Smint and Roadsign Australia for their contributions and support for this World Cup event.

The local organizers, Brands Guide and Thilo Trez have done nothing but impress, and KPWT look forward to the rest of the event and working with them in the future.

2009 PKRA Fuerteventura

For eight years in a row, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the world’s leading professional kiteboarding organization –  is bringing the events back to Fuerteventura soil.

The event dubbed “Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2009,” will be a five-day event of extreme kiteboarding action. The highlights will include Freestyle and Kite-Loop Competition to be participated in by professional riders from more than 18 different countries.

Organized by Pro Center René Egli through its owner René Egli, featuring €33,000 in total prize money, the Fuerteventura event is well-known as the most extreme PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour event be cause of guaranteed strong winds.

The kick-off games will start on July 17, 2009 with the Inscription & the Welcome Party and will run until July 22. Expect to see some of the best freestyle kiteboarders live in action performing their biggest jumps and difficult tricks, push ing themselves in the extreme conditions.

In addition to the freestyle this year will feature a kite-loop competition which guarantee spectacular extremely high jumps as the riders get that extra lift created as they loop their kite while in mid-air.

The venue will be Playa Sotavento, without a doubt the best beach in Fuerteventura and a paradise of immense ecological prosperity. The area abounds with sunny weather condition and strong winds blowing at an average of 18 to 35 knots.

These, combined with an average water temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and a general wind direction of side offshore to side shore makes the beaches of Sotavento a perfect and spectacular setting for the PKRA Grand Slam event.

Read more ...

2009 Oxbow Kite Race

The 2009 Oxbow Kite Open Race will be held between 26th-28th June, on the beach of the RBSC of Duinbergen, Belgium.

On program:
Longue Distance
Slalom Race
Oxbow Kite Festival will be born for the first time in Belgium at this event.

The reason of the Oxbow Kite Open Race II is to develop and make known the kiteboarding with the eyes of Belgian general public, according to qualitative and professional standards. This second edition is based on 1 event on the Belgian coast.

This event will get together all the Belgian amateurs in this very spectacular discipline and completely in the wind which is the kitesurf.

With its 63 km of coast, this country offers a superb place of practice with very good conditions of wind, beautiful great beaches and the reception of the local population is more often very cordial.

Belgium also has a population of approximately 1.500 practises in perpetual increase. Best Belgian Riders will come to make the spectacle.

Everything is joined to do the OXBOW Kite Open Race a success. The objective is to decree the titles: Miss and Mister OXBOW Kite open Race and to put Belgium like the country of Kitesurf.

During 2 days, the public will be invited to take part in the first Kite festival

to discover:
the technical innovations 2009 of the various brands of kite:
Cabrinha, Flysurfer, Flyboard, Bestkiteboarding, Ozone, Nobile, JN , North, Liquid Force

of the demonstrations:
kitesurf freestyle with the champion of Belgium Steve Verelst
Blokart and katalyst (catamaran for blokart!)
Kitewing with Ronald Verhaegen (World Top rider )
Padle Surfing

of initiations:
Padle Surfing