Kitespeed World Championship 

The 2009 Kitespeed Worlds will be hosted in Port Saint Louis du Rhone from 29.03.2009 till 05.04.2009. 

Plage Napoleon offers nuking winds during spring, last year up to 60 knots blasted the riders down the 500m course.

The elite of kitespeed is expected to take part in this battle, including world record holder and local Alexandre Caizergues, Sebastien Catellan, the first man over 50 knots ever, and hotshot Robert Douglas from the USA.

On the womens side, the battle will be close between world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA) and defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA).

Due to the world wide economical crisis, it is unfortunately not possible to run a full world tour in 2009. The remaining events of the 2009 kitespeed season will count toward the world ranking 2009 and will also give points towards the overall kiteboarding world title.

The venues under review currently are Walvis Bay (NAM) for the African continental championship, Dungarvan (IRL) for the European continental hampionship and probably an event in the states.

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Islamorada Invitational 2009 

Kiteboarders from around the country are set to kick it into high gear as they skim and slide during the Islamorada Invitational '09 March 6-15 at Whale Harbor Marina, mile marker 83.5 in Islamorada.

Dubbed the "II '09" and hosted by Islamorada's Seven Sports, a part of Islamorada Watersports Co., the weeklong festival attracts pro and amateur thrill-seekers who come for the love of the sport and the rush of competition. Newbies to the sport as well as festival spectators have discovered that kiteboarding is a truly unique way to discover the Florida Keys.

Ray LeRoy of Seven Sports said all competitors are welcome.

The week is set to feature six events including a Boarder Cross, Kite Race, Freestyle Competition, Park Competition, Big Air & Kite Loop Competition and an ongoing Overall Impression best-photo contest.

Riders' meetings are scheduled daily at 9 a.m. with 'boarding action to start no later than 10 a.m., weather permitting.

Cost is expected to be approximately $80 per participant for the week's events.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission to the exciting annual competition is free.

Food and beverages are to be available each day, with DJ entertainment and live music during day and evening hours.

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MEAK Extreme Cup 

The event is run by Prosurf Kenya and is in its fourth year.  It has such an awesome vibe as the whole idea is to raise as much money as possible for the Medical & Educational Aid for Kenya charity and to have as much fun on and off the water as possible.  M.E.A.K. is such an awesome charity to raise money for as they run projects such as heart and cataract operations all across Kenya and every penny of the money we raise go straight to the people who need it. 

So after fighting my post Alps flu, I headed out to Kenya with Turbulence Angel Sheryl and the winner of the Trad Film competition Andrew Cockcroft.  Courtesy of Turbulence, his mission for the week was to document the event and find out the nitty gritty on why kitesurfing is the sport for me…!

After worrying amounts of flights were cancelled out of Heathrow due to the snow, ours seemed to be the only one to leave much to our relief!  We were greeted and provided a beautiful room for the week by the Nyali Beach Hotel, which overlooks Prosurf extreme and the event spot.  We had a couple of days to acclimatize, get my new pink AH Pros sandy and get some riding footage done before the event kicked off.  We were also graced with the presence of Major Brian Bloor a.k.a. Turbulence grom rider Elis Bloor’s father/chauffeur as he is on exercise in Kenya.  It was awesome to see him and he had a great couple of days break, although I think we sent him back more exhausted than when he arrived!  He had only just managed to check into the hotel before we marched him to the Prosurf office and made him enter the competition.  He took it all in great spirit and almost won the first round of the downwind course race until there this was a little issue with the second to last bouy!

You know the more fun you have, the quicker the time goes…!  Well this week has seemed like one day!  It’s been crazy!  We’ve had super nice wind, an amazing group of kiters of all abilities who mingled together really well, and we’ve raised loads of money for MEAK.   Fundraising missions by the riders have included half of Eamon Armstrong’s head being shaved, Keenan Perrin having a reverse Mohawk shaved and Jenny Kinnear donating proceeds from her beautiful silver and gold jewelry sales. 

The competition was blessed with perfect wind each day.  After the head shaving, the event commenced with a downwind course race.  It was so good to have such a big Flexifoil contingent at the event, we were taking over thanks to the Irish crew!  There were some hectic moments and spectacular crashes, with some unexpected results that were so good to see.  Anyone could take the lead, whether amateur or pro, which was so refreshing.  In the evening we headed to the Tamarind Casino for some roulette action.  I had never tried gambling before and was a little hesitant to begin with, but once I got started I loved it and came out £25 up with two awesome pink chips that I didn’t want to have to cash in!

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