- 17 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) have won the first single elimination of the KPWT Freestyle at Sylt, Germany. After 9 hours of judging the finals were held in almost perfect conditions in front of the scenic Westerland Beach.
After the opening ceremony with a stylish flag parade the skippers meeting were held and the first heats drawn. Due to the high number of entries some pre-qualification runs were necessary in the mens fleet before the start of the first round.
With some surprises on the way, the two german top riders Mario Rodwald and Stefan Permien (Kitefactory) made it into the final, amongst others defeating KPWT wave world champion Monteiro, then Volpe, Auriol and Tyukjevich, who was able to beat 2008 world champion Jesse Richman.
In the women's fleet, Kristin Boese (GER, Best) made her way to the final against Thompson and Adrien, facing Gisela Pulido then who defeated Schibevaag and Jones in some spectacular heats before.
Both finals were exciting, with highest technical difficulties and stylish performance. In the end Rodwald and Pulido had the better end, but have to defend their positions in the double elimination during the upcoming days.
- 16 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
Welcome to Germany and the highly anticipated SEAT Kitesurf World Cup, the first stop on the KPWT 2009.
63 men and 12 female professional riders from across the globe have arrived and registered for this World Cup event, sanctioned by ISAF/IKA.
The event will host four disciplines: Freestyle, Wave-Riding, Kiteloop and Course-Racing, boasting an overall prize money of 50 000 euros.
KPWT welcomes back Gisela Pulido from Spain, who started with the tour back in 2004 and we are all looking forward to paying close attention to how she performs amongst some tough competition.
Kirsty Jones (KPWT Wave-Master Champion 2008), Kristin Boese (KPWT World Champion 2007) and Ainhoa Garcia (Spain) have all arrived and are eager to impress once more.
Amongst the men: Leander Vyvey (Belgium), Antoine Auriol (France), Jess Richman (KPWT World Champion 2008), Mitu Monteiro (KPWT Wave-Master Champion 2008) Jose Luengo (Spain), Sean Farley (MEX), Bruno Sroka (FRA) all looked energized to be back competing again on the “First World Tour”.
Mario Rodwald is a local rider eager to perform well in the Freestyle discipline, so watch out for him! KPWT are pleased to announce that 3 wild cards have been granted to Armin Loose, Nolkel Henning and Rodwald Roy for their contribution to the sport.
This evening the local organizers have arranged a beach barbecue for the KPWT team and all riders for the event. This is a great opportunity to relax and develop a positive feeling leading into the first event.
Skippers meeting will be tomorrow morning at 08h30 after breakfast, with the forecast looking positive to commence with the first heats within the freestyle discipline.
Thank you again to the sponsors namely Seat, Swatch, Smint and Roadsign Australia for their contributions and support for this World Cup event.
The local organizers, Brands Guide and Thilo Trez have done nothing but impress, and KPWT look forward to the rest of the event and working with them in the future.
- 15 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
For eight years in a row, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the world’s leading professional kiteboarding organization – is bringing the events back to Fuerteventura soil.
The event dubbed “Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2009,” will be a five-day event of extreme kiteboarding action. The highlights will include Freestyle and Kite-Loop Competition to be participated in by professional riders from more than 18 different countries.
Organized by Pro Center René Egli through its owner René Egli, featuring €33,000 in total prize money, the Fuerteventura event is well-known as the most extreme PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour event be cause of guaranteed strong winds.
The kick-off games will start on July 17, 2009 with the Inscription & the Welcome Party and will run until July 22. Expect to see some of the best freestyle kiteboarders live in action performing their biggest jumps and difficult tricks, push ing themselves in the extreme conditions.
In addition to the freestyle this year will feature a kite-loop competition which guarantee spectacular extremely high jumps as the riders get that extra lift created as they loop their kite while in mid-air.
The venue will be Playa Sotavento, without a doubt the best beach in Fuerteventura and a paradise of immense ecological prosperity. The area abounds with sunny weather condition and strong winds blowing at an average of 18 to 35 knots.
These, combined with an average water temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and a general wind direction of side offshore to side shore makes the beaches of Sotavento a perfect and spectacular setting for the PKRA Grand Slam event.