Aberavon Beach 

Two injured kiteboarders were airlifted from Aberavon Beach at the weekend. The pair were rescued on Saturday after separate incidents within minutes of each other. In the first incident, a teenager from Cardiff University received facial and arm injuries after his kite was blown into the promenade at the western end of the beach, throwing him head first onto the rocks.

The second incident saw a man blown 20ft into the air. A Port Talbot Coastguard spokesman said: “Luckily the casualties in both incidents were wearing protective equipment, or the outcome may have been a lot different.

“In the first incident, the teenager received treatment by paramedics before being flown to Morriston Hospital. “A short time later the coastguard was again alerted by air ambulance to another incident.

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Rhino 08

Designed for intermediate to expert riders, the all new Rhino is pushing the limits of kite performance to new levels. The '08 Rhino's flat delta geometry boasts the widest wind range, fastest flying speed and most precise angle of attack control in the North kite range.

An increased number of canopy segments gives the '08 Rhino extreme profile stability making it the ultimate upwind racing machine. The deep canopy profile gives the Rhino extreme low-end power and amazing lift for long lofty jumps.

By utilizing stronger, more stable cloth and better strut distribution near tips we have further enhanced the Rhino's extreme stability and ridged structure. The reduction and repositioning of the struts makes the Rhino's turning smooth, light and direct while also reducing the overall weight of the kite.

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KPWT 2008 

This year KPWT will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the KPWT 1998. Every community in kitesurf is invited to participate in this year-long celebration of KPWT'S. We welcome you to St Gilles Croix de Vie, Vendee, France, for the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro, and only french stage of the 2008 KPWT season.

This french stage of the 2008 KPWT will be the third time in St Gilles Croix de Vie. Launched in 1999, the Kiteboard Pro World Tour is the professional world cup of Kiteboarding that promotes the sport and its star riders on an international level. The 2008 series of 8 events crowns the men and women world champions, for Senior and Junior divisions.

Congratulations on being invited to be a part of this event, which we hope we’ll be memorable for you both, athletes and medias.

The city of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and Vendee to a wider extent are well-known for being part of the best water sports centers in France. St Gilles Croix de Vie bears in particular the « France Station Nautique » label, which proves the city’s dynamism in water and extreme sports and capacity to offer the required infrastructures to host an international event such as the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro.

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