- 22 April 2008 | Kiteboarding
The seventh day of the competition started out with wind changing directions and blowing onshore again rather than the forecasted offshore direction. Overcast skies dominated the skyline while the temperature was a bit warmer (18°C) than it has been in the past days.
As the day wore on, the wind steadily picked up speed to near gale-force winds reaching up to 40 knots, forming moderately high waves. Due to safety concerns for both competitors and rescue crew, the race director decided not to run the last three remaining races. So the competition for kiteboarding is now officially over.
The French debut of the PKRA 2008 World Tour comes to a close with a series of successful kiteboarding games under its belt. This PKRA stop, the second in a series of destinations in and around North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, saw the most number of kiteboarding races held so far in a single stop.
The Freestyle event concluded in a record three days and has once again showcased some of the best kiteboarding athletes in the world. Organized by the Office de Tourisme de Leucate in partnership with VW Utilitaires and Portail Orange, the PKRA World Tour competition in France was held side by side with the Mondial du Vent, the most prestigious and longest-running kiteboarding and windsurfing competition in Europe. Official sponsors include Fosters Beer, Veolia Eau, Cool Shoe Corporation and Julbo sunglasses.
- 21 April 2008 | Kiteboarding
Diamond White and Bruno Legaignoux are pleased to announce that they have entered into an ongoing intellectual property licensing agreement with Best Kiteboarding, one of the leading brands.
The licensing agreement settles all intellectual property rights between the parties for inflatable kites and control systems, past and present.
Ian M. Huschle, CEO of Best, commented: "Bruno's original work gave birth to kiteboarding and his ongoing innovations have made the sport one of the most exciting ever invented. We're delighted to support his groundbreaking efforts and to do our part to make kiteboarding more fun, more accessible, and safer than ever before."