Mario Rodwald

Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) confirmed their podium places from the single elimination in perfect conditions today.

With the judging zone set closer to the land, the riders were able to pull out their moves directly in the breaking waves and in front of the thousands of spectators at the Westerland Beach promenade.

The biggest surprises of the day were Vincent Tiger (FRA), who made it through the double elimination with six victories in a row, but ended up with Peter Tyukjevich (RUS) who secured his place on the podium, and Nils Wesch who defeated 2008 KPWT champion Jesse Richman.

In the men’s final Rodwald was once again up against Permien, in a well-contested heat. Rodwald performed a front and low mobe followed by a crisp “board off” which proved tobe too much for Permien and taking the SEAT Freestyle 2009 title.

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Kitesurfing action in the 2009 KPWT Germany in Sylt

Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) and Kristin Boese (GER, Best) are in the lead after three course races at the KPWT stop in Sylt, Germany.

After a windless morning, the wind picked up around noon and allowed some thrilling racing directly in front of the many spectators at the promenade of Westerland Beach.

The race committee had set a pure up and downwind course in the unusual south wind, with the windward and leeward mark set very close to the beach so that the spectators were able to follow the racing only a few meters away from the shore. Also the finish was set directly at the beach, whic allowed for spectacular finishing directly in fornt of the event area.

In the mens fleet, it was very close racing between Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), winning the first race of the day, and Bruno Sroka, who won the next two races. Sean Farley (MEX, North) in third.

In the womens fleet, Kristin Boese was able to win all three races sailed back to back, before the wind changed to offshore and died down. The forecast for tomorrow is promising, with a skippersmeeting at 0900. Stay tuned!

IKO launches online kiteboard learning

IKO is ever evolving into the source of higher learning for Kiteboarding around the world! 

Now anyone interested in continuing to better their skills on the water can sign up for downloadable courses through our Online Education area. Here you will find a variety of Knowledge-Based and Hands-On courses for all disciplines and levels, with more courses being added all the time.

Knowledge-Based Courses now available:

International Kiteboarding Signs, which will teach you the necessary hand signals to communicate quickly and effectively with fellow kiters.
1. Right of Way Rules (ROW), are designed to instruct how to safely and confidently practice in populated areas without fear of collision.
2. Stretching for Kiters, has been developed to help prevent injuries, strengthen muscles, and even elongate the muscle fibers.

Hands-On section contains:

1. The Self-Rescue & Pack-Down is a relatively simple yet extremely important procedure that all kiteboarders must master before kiting independently.

You do not need to be a professional to benefit from the tools provided in these lessons, just possess the drive to better your proficiency in the exciting sport of Kiteboarding! Go to the Online Education section now to start to develop into the well rounded Kiteboarder we all strive to be!

Also coming soon, How to choose second Hand gear, Weather and Tide, Introduction to Jumping, and Advanced Jumping techniques, so stay tuned!

Source: IKO