- 31 October 2008 | Kiteboarding
Morocco will host the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup, final of the 2008 KPWT, from the 1st to the 9th of November.
There are a thousand reasons to come to Essaouira. Its festivals Gnawa and Andalusian, the Portuguese style of its magnificent ramparts, the unique bustle of its medina. Its always pleasant, temperate climate. And of course, the beaches !
The beaches outside the town are just as magnificent. Sidi Kaouki, 14 km south of the town is know as a good surfing spot, as is Moulay Bouzerktoune, 25 km to the north of Essaouira, which also offers very good waves.
Located on the Atlantic, Essaouira -and Morocco at the same time- are well-known to be one of the best watersport's place in the world.
Moreover, the city of Essaouira owns the Blue Flag label, which prove the good spots quality, its dynamism about all watersports and also its ability to hold an International event like the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup
Born in 2001, with the Brunotti Essaouira Pro , the kiteboard World Cup has built a strong reputation in the world of Kiteboard since then. The participation of the best international kiteboarders in the 2006, 2007, editions reported on TV on a worldwide basis of more than 300 countries spread and strengthened the paradisiacal image of Morocco as a water sports playground all over the world.
Essaouira benefits by various wind directions, from South to North, with variations between 15 to 35 knots, perfect conditions for Freestyle and Course Racing.. Moreover, the Wave masters -attractive waveriding riders- which will held on Moulay. Its beach break is famous, with waves about 2 meters high, the swell coming from various directions -NW, W, S.
- 24 October 2008 | Kiteboarding
Riders came from as far as Norfolk and South Wales to compete in the final round of the BKSA Wave Masters.
The forecast was for no wind on the Friday – with the waves and wind building during the weekend
Friday we were all greeted with a lovely swell and riders had a great time surfing and paddle boarding in the glassy conditions.
Lee Harvey (Local fisherman and competitor) excitedly came down the beach that afternoon promising the best ever forecast for Sunday!!
Saturday the wind was light onshore meaning the surf that was there to be blown out – however by 3pm the wind was strong enough for riders to go out – an expression session was run in the small 2 ft waves.
Sam Moore put a good effort in on a 5ft Freestyle fish to win the juniors. Jackie and Debbie were next up in the ladies both going for backloops on their directional boards and catching a few waves.
The seniors saw Trevor Hale (last years champ) go for some big Kiteloops – however it was Paul Stebbing winning with his featherweight frame making the advantage of the light wind.
In the Men’s fleet seasoned competitor Denzil Williams made the most on his freestyle fish doing some fancy tricks and riding to take the win ahead of Will Bennett (who made a late recovery) and Mike Perry.
Saturday night was spent in the Sandsifter where all riders enjoyed the food laid on together with the DJ’s, which played on till 2pm!
- 21 October 2008 | Kiteboarding
What an amazing weekend!! Everyone got behind the spirit of the event and we saw some fantastic costumes, some amazing kiting and some spectacular wipeouts.
Well done and thank you to all 12 teams who competed with such enthusiasm and team spirit. Thanks also to our hosts Searles Leisure Resort who were absolutely amazing from beginning to end and to organisers Hunstanton Sailing Club and The Borough Council - you were brilliant!
Of course, the event would not have been possible without the support of our fantastic sponsors - a huge thank you goes out to Hunters Land Rover King's Lynn (AWESOME vehicles), Searles Sea Tours (the DUKW rocked!), Kite Kit (prizes), Turbulence (prizes), JN (prizes), SignTech (signs!) and Mansells (sign boards).
TEAM TOURNAMENT RESULTS
1st: The Whiteley Clan
2nd: Bad to the Bone
3rd: The Fantastic 3
4th: The Ex Presidents
5th: The Feisty Fairies