Richard Branson with Denni Parkinson 

Sir Richard Branson has decided to kiteboard with the naked model Denni Parkinson on his back.

The world entrepreneur, owner of the Virgin Group, thought his female friend was in her bikini. At least, it was the official explanation by Branson.

The images were later published in the Vanity Fair magazine.

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Kiteboarding is kicking off in China

China has just had it’s first ever Kitesurfing Competition, held in China’s Tropical Island  – Hainan -  The event was a great success.

Cabrinha International Team Rider David Hastilow was there as a special guest and was extremely impressed with the organization of the event. 

As with all competitions, the only thing you can’t control is the weather and unfortunately the wind didn’t quite hold for the event.  Despite this each rider persevered with what wind they had, creating a spectacle for the massive media representation.

The event was covered on many news channels, magazines and newspapers throughout China.

Dave Hastilow:  ‘This was an epic event, in a perfect location. The weather was 35 degrees each day.  The kiters from China were awesome and I’d like to thank the event organizers for being so accommodating and great people with a real passion to have China as a big kite event location.  Can’t wait to go back!!!’

The organizers of the event are planning to repeat the event in December, which is the guaranteed windy season in Hainan.  The media will again be there in full force and it is promised to be a spectacular event.

ISAF wants to halt the 2009 PKRA World Tour

We regret to announce, that the PKRA has declared not to accept the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) mediation result after more than one month of intense negotiations.

This has forced ISAF Secretary General, Mr. Jerome Pels, to issue this formal statement to PKRA president Mauricio Toscano:

“Dear Mr Toscano,

It is with regret that I understand the PKRA has decided to decline any further involvement in the mediation process to reach agreement with our recognized member, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). ISAF have invested a lot of time and effort in this process and your reasoning does not seem consistent with the negotiations that have taken place. If there is anything further that ISAF can do to restart this process and come to agreement then we would urge you to reconsider.

If you proceed, as indicated in the email from Mr Paul Caswell dated 29 March 2009, then the ramifications of this decision are as follows:

ISAF will not recognize the PKRA “World” Tour and as such ISAF will make this fact clear to our Member National Authorities.

According to ISAF regulation 19.4.1(c) the PKRA tour is a prohibited event if it continues to use the word “world”, either in the title of the event or

Sailors who participate in the PKRA Tour may have difficulty entering and competing in the ISAF recognized IKA World Tour or other National events
as they may have their ISAF eligibility suspended according to ISAF regulation 19.4.

Yours sincerely
Jerome Pels
Secretary General“

It is expected, that the latest PKRA announcement to be recognised by a surfing association now, will only be a short intermezzo, as ISAF has already taken all necessary action to protect its rights against illegimite use.

Note: Regarding the first PKRA event starting on the 11th of April in Leucate, France, due to the short notice there will be no action taken against competiting riders.