- 03 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
It turned out to be a ‘whitsunny’ weekend, during Hollands biggest kitesurf event on Notorious Beach in Noordwijk. This year, all the elements were right for the Kite Board Open (KBO). Professional kitesurfers, rookies and amateurs joined together with sun admirers and party people. And there was wind.
On Sunday may 31st the event started early in the morning, when kiters from all over Europe crawled out of their vans to get the gear on the beach and a big up of coffee in the sun. Although the wind started out offshore, the forecast predicted a change of direction in the afternoon.
It just gave everyone enough time to wake up and walk around the festival area, where the newest gear was ready to be tested, free surf- and kayak clinics were offered, breakfast was served and DJ’s were getting in the mood. And obviously, also the pros need some time to show up.
National and international professionals usually never tend to skip the KBO. It’s a party guaranteed, all about the sport and has a totally relaxed atmosphere. This year the event unfortunately missed out on some big pros because of the Triple S event on the US east coast. Nevertheless, there were enough pros around to watch and enjoy.
- 02 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
The 2009 Triple-S Invitational kicked off on Saturday, May 30th with the official Triple-S Welcome Dinner and Opening Ceremonies Party. The Triple-S Invited riders and the public were treated to a classic Carolina BBQ Pig Roast with all the trimmings outside right on the water at The Slick.
The Welcome Dinner started at 5pm and put the sun down as “DJ Chela” kicked up the music and the Triple-S Opening Ceremonies Party. As the crowd started to wind up, spectators were stoked with a 6 table Triple-S athlete autograph session on the official event poster.
Imagine being able to have one poster with signatures from Aaron Hadlow, Ruben Lenten, Robby Naish, Andre Phillip, Greg Norman Jr, Jason Slezak, Sam Bell, Brandon Scheid, Kevin Langeree, Susi Mai, Clarissa Hempel and all the Triple-S athletes, all on one poster !
The vibe during the autograph session was off the hook as the excitement (and music) kept building and building ! AT 9:10PM it was time to party and the tables were cleared and the dancing began….
The Triple-S Opening Ceremonies Party continued thru until 11pm with rider introductions and a speech from Robby Naish officially kicking off the event. Unbelievable music and dancing continued until 11pm at REAL and MOJOs, and then carried on to the after hours party where DJ Chela threw down until 4am ! Needless to say, everyone was loving the 11am riders meeting on Sunday morning!
- 30 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
After the overwhelming success of the 2008 event, the alluring city of Portimao, Portugal will host again, two of the most electrifying and action-packed kiteboard competitions of the year. The Kite Masters World Tour and the Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour.
The Kite Masters World Tour 2009 will showcase the world’s top freestylers competing with one another for a chance to be crowned this year’s Kite Master. Sixteen of the best progressive freestyle riders of the world (male and female) along with four top Portuguese riders will battle it out in challenging conditions to prove who is the greatest.
The athletes will also have a chance at a generous amount of prize money, not to mention another day at the beach to challenge last year’s champions Kevin Langeree (NED) and Susi Mai (GER).
In conjunction with the freestyle event, the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009 will feature the best of breed kiteboard racers in the world for a series of extreme racing events using different course formats.
In 2008, two North riders dominated the racing events, grabbing the top two podium spots led by 2008 PKRA World racing champion Charles Deleau and teammate Sean Farley of Mexico who won the last two races in dramatic fashion.
Presented by The Gest Group under the leadership of Director General Erich Steffen and Event Coordinator Eduardo Piloni, these premium kiteboarding events will run from June 24 – 28, 2009 at Praia de Alvor, Portimao.
These events will be hosted by the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization and now sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and - International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
Each year, the PKRA organizes the “PKRA World Tour”, - a series of professional freestyle kiteboarding tournaments held in different countries from South America to Europe to determine the world ranking. Every competitor starts with zero points at the beginning of the World Tour. The rider who collects the most points at the end of the season is ranked World Number One.
For the Kite Masters, the top ten male and the top six female riders will be divided into groups and will compete in special round-robin matches each against the other competitors in the group. The riders with the best records in each group get to compete with each other in the semi-final round, with the semi-final winners meeting in the final round to determine the champion.
The PKRA World Tour typically runs from April to October. However, the 2009 season will mark the debut of a new host – the French “sui generis” collectivity of New Caledonia, located in the southwest Pacific, so the competition this year will run until November.
As the fastest growing water sports today, kiteboarding takes a lot of physical and mental discipline to master, not to mention a lot of dedication, training and love for the water. Only the proficient, skilled, and innovative in the art of kiteboarding has the right to be crowned the master of the sport.
With the Kite Masters and ISAF-IKA sanctioning, the PKRA is hopeful that kiteboarding will soon become an Olympic sport for the world to enjoy.