PKRA Portugal

With an awesome support from the kiteboarding community around the world, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization is once again here in Portugal to host two major kiteboarding events – the Kite Masters Portimão World Tour 2008 and the second annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour.

The former, dubbed the “most challenging” kiteboarding competition brings together some of the best freestyle kiteboarders competing in a different group format while the course racing competition is a true test of wit and endurance where some of the hardest-hitting kiteboard-racing actions of the PKRA World Tour unfolds.  These premium events will run until the 13th of July here at Praia de Alvor, Portimão, south of Portugal.

Today marked the opening day of these prestigious events with a warm, perfect weather greeting the competition, although the much sought-after wind which fuels the games was late to arrive. After a long period of waiting, the games started at 4:00 pm with the course racing events hitting the waters, finishing the first to last race over a period of 3 hours. The races took about 15 – 20 minutes each under light and variable winds of 8-16 knots.

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KPWT Turkey 2008

The beautiful spot of Burc Beach, Istambul, is set to host, for the 7th consecutive year, the Jim Beam Kiteboard World Cup, an event co-organized with our partner Playmakert, and sponsored by Jim Beam.

Following the first stages in France, Greece, Italy, the Jim Beam Kiteboard World Cup is the 4th leg of this year KPWT circuit and sure to be one of the highlights of the 2008 kiteboard World Cup season, with the best riders in the world.

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Competitors from all over the UK descended on the Lifestyles Festival for 3 days of kitesurfing competition. The Sun was out on the Friday with no wind - competitors amused themselves on the Skate Ramps many of whom having had a background in Skateboarding and BMX enjoying the sessions.

Saturday dawned with more competitors registering for the event taking the total to 43. The wind was up until the rain came in however after clearing the wind picked up to 25 knots allowing the event to get underway finishing at 6.30pm.

Saturday night saw some great bands playing on the seafront. Sunday dawned again windy but wet - competition started at 1pm. Competition was firece in all categories however the rain did not let up.

In the Pro’s division Ali Barrett from Lytham St Annes came up against Lewis Crathern – UK number one – who had a difficult last heat - breaking a board before his final - and Sam Light loving the lighter gusty winds put in 10 moves to win the Pro Divison.

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