- 01 August 2008 | Kiteboarding
After several accidents occurring in the estuary this year, Maritime Police have prohibited kitesurfing and windsurfing as a preventative measure, much to the displeasure of the sport enthusiasts.
The high-speed sports have been causing problems to vessels crossing the estuary and many other injuries have occurred due to these adrenaline fuelled sports.
Two days before the document prohibiting the sports was issued (July 9th), a woman was almost decapitated and a few weeks prior to that a windsurfer hit a small boat and was taken to Intensive Care at S. José Hospital with serious injuries, where he remains to this day.
These are only two examples of the several accidents that have taken place in the Formosa Estuary.
The Maritime Police say they do not object to the creation of “areas to practice these sports as long as safety measures are taken.”
SOURCE: Portugal News
- 24 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
The 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam came to an end today with another two exciting races in conditions from 25-35 knots. It was again a hard fight between Sebastien Cattelan, Robert Douglas and Alex Caizergues.
Cattelan ended the event with two more bullets and clearly took the event win, but it was very close between the second and the third place. The better end was then for Robert Douglas, only one point ahead of Alex Caizergues, and also rewarded by a new american kitespeed record of 40.21 knots.
In the womens fleet both Sjoukje Bredenkamp and Charlotte Consorti took one victory, leaving Charlotte with a perfect score after 8 races. Katja Roose came in third.
The 2008 Fuerteventura Speed:World:Cup continues from Friday on with the ISWC Speed WIndsurfing World Championship, running til the 2nd of August and presenting the top 70 speed windsurfers of the world.
- 23 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Sotavento Beach saw another epic battle today, with the better end for Sebastien Cattelan. Two races were completed today, varying from 20 knots and flat water to 30 knots and killer chop.
It was again Cattelan, Douglas and Roberts who fought for the event lead. Christophe Prin-Guenon is also still in reach of the podium. Cattelan managed two bullets today, and Prin-Guenon together with Robert Douglas short behind.
The first race was started in app. 20 knots of wind and perfect water conditions. With two extensions it was clear that the conditions improved over the duration of the leg. The second leg was started for the afternoon session then, with the winds picking up to almost 30 knots,and it was again a fight between the "big three" for the lead.