KiteFest Alaska

Once again the annual KiteFest Alaska is upon us. This year our unofficial motto will be, ‘Bigger, better and actually organized’.

Seriously though, this year's event will build on the enormous success of last year with classes, clinics, food, demo gear, competitions, partying, and loads of kitesurfing!

We are even hosting an hour long Friday night film fest in a local theater to get our stoke on for the weekend. This years event will feature lots of classes for those just starting out as well as intermediate and advanced classes for those already ripping.

Be sure to register by sending us an email so we know to expect you! Last years event was amazing, with more than 75 participants from all over the world!

Kiters and those wanting to learn came out of the wood work and all left better kiters, stuffed with knowledge and totally exhausted.


The Great Kite Pump
Who can inflate a large (18m +) kite as quickly as possible to a certain pressure. Prizes.

The Drag
Competitors will body drag from the beach out to an anchored buoy, then back with only themselves and their kite. Prizes.

Spit Race
This will be a slightly more competitive race with competitors racing from the base of the spit to the end. A judge will be placed at Mariner Park and at the end of the spit. Judges will use lines of sight to determine who wins. Prizes.

Source: Kitesurf Alaska

US Kiteboarding Nationals survives Swine flu

Officials with local sports marketing firm Epic Sports & Entertainment are following the lead of other organizations and group governing agencies, like the University Interscholastic League,  taking precautionary measures to suspend all athletic events until further notice.

EPIC management confirmed this morning that all land events for the US Wind and Water Open, including the USWWO 5K,  USWWO Volleyball Tournament and Vendor Village, have been cancelled for the May 8-10th event at McGee Beach.

However, all water events will continue as scheduled, including the 2009 US Kiteboarding National Championship & The Corpus Christi Windsurfing Classic.

“Epic Sports & Entertainment is committed to hosting events built on community and friendship,” Karina Paris, Director of Operations, said.  “Our concerns about the recent threat of the Swine Flu virus echo those of our community.  We have decided to follow the lead of the U.I.L. and we have cancelled all US Wind & Water Open land events to minimize the risks associated with this recent outbreak of the flu.”

Registrants of the USWWO 5K will receive a full refund of fees by Friday, May 1st.  Those who have registered for land events should call Karina Paris at 361-885-0393.

The Kiteboarding National Championships, which are being hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, will go on as planned.  Over 27 of the world’s best kiteboarders have confirmed their participation in the event, including the number one ranked woman in the world, and four of the top ten men in the world.

“The competition will be unbelievable,” said Nils Stolzlechner – ranked #5 nationally in kiteboarding and also General Manager of Omni Corpus Christi Hotels.  “This is the highest ever level of competition to be held in the continental US ever.  

This is also the highest ranked event in the World for the month of May,” he added.

Several accidents with kitesurfers are happening worldwide

In the last days, several accidents happened with kitesurfers worldwide. There are many safety procedures to learn before getting into the water.

In the Westward Ho! beach, a man has been flown to the North Devon District Hospital after being knocked unconscious during a kitesurfing competition.

He was marshalling the Atmospher'09, a power kite festival held in the UK.

In the Okaloosa Island, rescue workers found a capsized kite and feared that the surfer had drowned. Later, they found out that the man, Rob Corazza, had swum to shore after trying to bring a friend's board back.

On Saturday, a Skegness lifeboat was called to help a kitesurfer that was struggling with broken equipment about 100m off the shore, south of Central Beach.

Be sure to respect the kitesurfing safety procedures and always try to kitesurf with a friend. Check our video section for more kitesurfing accidents.