Festival de Dakhla

Organized by the Association “Mer et Désert du ”, this transcultural event will present various artists on stage to more than 30,000 people in exotic Morocco. The 2008 festival will also feature Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Surfing events, including a 40 km downwind race organized by Philippe Bru of Defi Wind fame.

Team Naish will be well represented by Sjoukje Bredenkamp and Manu Taub for Kitesurfing and Gerald Pelleau, Pascal Tosseli and Marion Raisi for Windsurfing. They will be taking on the challenging conditions with ‘08 production gear.

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The Hawaiian Senate is to prohibit and ban kitesurfing and sailboarding athletes from approaching within 200 feet of a swimmer or surfer in the ocean.

The proposed bill refers that "kiteboards and sailboards are much heavier and faster and could cause serious injury if they were to collide with a swimmer or surfer".

North American authorities and other european countries are also discussing similar procedures in order to ensure maximum swimmer protection. Further news are to be developed in SurferToday.com. The Senate's bill is transcribed below:

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MS Beluga Skysails 

The MS Beluga Skysails, a cargo vessel that uses a towing kite system to achieve better shipping fuel economy, completed its first shipment this week.

Global DHL Forwarding used the vessel to deliver 71 containers from Germany to Venezuela as part of a larger effort of creating a less-carbon intensive transport and logistics network. The ship's wind propulsion feature allows it to either travel faster or use up to 20 percent less fuel.

The maiden voyage was completed at a time when ship-related greenhouse gas emissions are under fire from several fronts. Earlier this week, a report commissioned by the U.N. International Maritime Organization surfaced, finding that ship-related emissions, at 3.5 percent of global carbon emissions, were grossly underestimated and nearly double than previous estimates of 1.4 percent.

Carbon emissions could rise another 30 percent by 2030 because of predicted increases in world seaborne trade, an industry responsible for shipping more than 90 percent of traded goods by volume, according to Reuters.

At the same time, the Bush Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are facing pressure from lawmakers and environmentalists to tighten pollution laws at U.S. ports, the Associated Press reported.

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