- 12 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
An unknown floatplane pilot has rescued a kitesurfer spotted drifting in Turnagain Arm, Alaska, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
Apparently, a kitesurfer was found in distress offshore from McHugh Creek, at 17h15, Monday. As the kite was in the water, the troubled kitesurfer started waving to get attention.
When state troopers and firefighters found out that the tide wouldn't let them get a boat in the water, a mysterious floatplane landed nearby and rescued the troubled kiteboarder.
Turnagain Arm is known for its famous bore tide that occurs just outside Anchorage. It climbs up to 6–10 feet tall and can reach speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour.
Turnagain Arm's Bore Tide is one of the biggest in the world.
- 11 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
The ARSA Kiteboarding Classic is on again for 2009. Running for the 3rd year, this unique event is designed to encourage maximum participation among all Australian kiteboarders. This year the event will be staged over 2 days, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of June.
This weekend is a long weekend allowing the Public holiday Monday to either travel home, or stay around for an extra day of kiting.
This year the event will again be split into 2 divisions, Pro and Open, allowing all competitors a chance to compete in a level they feel comfortable with.
The focus of the ARSA Kiteboarding Classic is simply to have fun kiting in a relaxed atmosphere, meet new people and party hard. We are inviting all kiters of every level and style of riding to come and join us. Whether you are just riding up wind, or you are ripping it up at competition level, this event is for you!
In 2008 we introduced Board-a-X racing to the event, an event style that hasnt really been offered in Australia so far, and it went off with a bang. After the success in 2008, we are going to make racing a larger part of this event, making use of the prime flat water conditions and perfect spectator views. We plan to have the best race format seen in Oz yet.
This year, the Adrenalin Rush Sports Australia Kiteboarding Classic will be a free event! Yep.... a free event. The only thing we ask of you is to come with a ripper attitude, lots of kites, heaps of good times, perfect wind, and of course your dancing shoes ready to party!
- 11 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
An incredible event came to an end yesterday, seeing Sean Farley (MEX) and Sandy Parker (USA) on top after 20 races in winds averaging 30 knots.
Sean Farley seemed the man to beat at these first official North American Course Racing Championships, but the battle was full on for the places 2-5 between Damien Leroy, Jesse Richman, Sky Solbach and Chip Wasson.
Solbach was clearly in second after the first races of the event, holding down 2008 KPWT Racing Champion Jesse Richman and Damien Leroy. Chip Wasson and Abel Lago battling for 5th and 6th.
With more races during the 4 day event Damien made more pace up to the top, winning some races agains Farley and making his way up to the second place. It came down to the last day of racing, when the race committee scheduled "only" another four races, with 5 points between places 2 and 5.
Richman had a good start, while Solbach struggled on this final day and lost the pace. The decision for second and third had to be taken in the very last race between Leroy and Richman, where finally Leroy had the better and and defeated Richman by only three points after 20 races. With only one discard allowed there was no room for mistakes, and so this event will be memorized for a long time.
In the womens fleet, it was a close battle between Melissa Gil (PUE) and Sandy Parker (USA), with the better end for Sandy. After 20 races, only 3 points separated the first three women, with Melissa and Kristin Boese (GER) tied in points but due to the higher number of better results for Melissa Kristin "only" third in the end.