A new generation of kite festivals is being born, and Flexifoil have announced a major involvement. Atmosphere 08 is a truly inclusive event which will encourage participation from all those who enjoy harnessing the power of the wind with the power of a kite, whether on land or water.

Genuinely the first event of its kind, Atmosphere 08 will ‘open skies and open minds’. Flexifoil are supporting the event at the highest level, and most of their team riders, both land and water based, ill be taking part in the festival.

Catering for every kiter, whether they are experienced or a novice, whatever their discipline, there will be plenty of opportunities to get flying, and enjoy a unique festival vibe both on and off the beach. From chilled out free ride zones to competitions galore; from checking out the latest kit to learning new tricks from the pro’s Atmosphere 08 will offer all this, alongside live bands, top dj’s and plenty of other entertainment every evening.

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The first Speed:World:Cup of the 2008 season in Port St. Louis, France, ended with the victory of the defending world champions Alexandre Caizergues and Charlotte Consorti, both from France. An amazing start into the new season, with conditions from light winds up to hurricane force, and some impressive top speeds.

For the fourth time in a row, Port St. Louis proved to be a perfect competition venue. Even when the conditions have been light in the last year, this time PSL showed again the full potential of Plage Napoleon, one of the fastest natural speedsailing spots in the world.

After three days without wind during the qualification trials, the main event started on 01.04.2008 with a total of 39 riders from 6 nations. All eyes were set on the reigning wolrd champions from France, Alexandre Caizergue and Charlotte Consorti, as well as on outright speedsailing record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp from South Africa.

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Epic conditions today in Port St. Louis, with three legs held in 30-40 knots of wind the race committee tested all skills of the riders, technical as well as physical. Alex Caizergues was the man of the day, with three bullets clearly in the lead now. In the womens fleet, Charlotte Consorti has also a perfect score with 4 out of 5 victories. 

Skippers meeting was held at 9:00 and the first start scheduled for 10:15 hours. Alex took the lead from the very beginning, only challenged Sebastien Cattelan. Manu Taub showed his skills with a third place. The overall leader from yesterday, Rolf van der Vlugt, finished only 6th. Charlotte Consorti dominated the first round ahead of Sjoukje Bredenkamp again, Katja Roose in third.

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