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- 23 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Sotavento Beach saw another epic battle today, with the better end for Sebastien Cattelan. Two races were completed today, varying from 20 knots and flat water to 30 knots and killer chop.
It was again Cattelan, Douglas and Roberts who fought for the event lead. Christophe Prin-Guenon is also still in reach of the podium. Cattelan managed two bullets today, and Prin-Guenon together with Robert Douglas short behind.
The first race was started in app. 20 knots of wind and perfect water conditions. With two extensions it was clear that the conditions improved over the duration of the leg. The second leg was started for the afternoon session then, with the winds picking up to almost 30 knots,and it was again a fight between the "big three" for the lead.
In the end it was again Cattelan ahead of Douglas and Caizergues, who snatched victory in one of his last runs. Cattelan is leading the event scoring now clearly, ahead of Douglas and Caizerues. With probably one or two legs left it will be hard to stop him.
The ladies fleet saw a new face on the first place, Sjoukje Bredenkamp finally managed to defeat Charlotte Consorti. Katja Roose in third again.
There are also two new records set today: Robert Douglas managed to to rise his record from yesterday by another 0.03 knots, and Jemma Grobbelaar set a new british womens kitespee record.
- 22 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Day four of the 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam saw one of the most thrilling kitespeed races of all times. The first leg brought some big surprises, but todays second heat outperformed everything looked at before.
The first heat started in winds averaging 20 knots, gusting 25, but on a much broader angle than yesterdays races. The favorites seemed to have not big enough kites for such conditions, and so it was up to Robert Douglas from the USA to get the victory.
The favourites, first of all Alex Caizergues and Sebastien Cattelan struggeled with the conditions, and so it was up to Robert Douglas (USA) to snatch the victory ahead of Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) and Christophe Prin-Guenon (FRA).
The second heat was postponed for one and a half hour to get hold of the best wind conditions of the day in the afternoon. What followed now was a race in really tough conditions, 25 knots average wind gusting 30, and quite rough water. With a wind angle of app. 145 degree it was hard for most of the riders to make the course.
- 16 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Fuerteventura once again will host a Grand Slam Event of the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour. It will hold 3 official disciplines Freestyle, Racing, and Speed for over $77,000 USD in Prize Money.
Fuerteventura is well known as the most extreme PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour event due to the guaranteed strong winds encounter at this location.
Here you can expect to see some of the best Kiteboarding action with the biggest jumps, top speeds, and most spectacular crashes, as riders push themselves in these very windy conditions.
PKRA Freestyle + Course Racing Grand Slam:
Kiteboarding PKRA Freestyle + Course Racing Grand Slam: 29.07.-02.08.
Inscription & Opening ceremony: 28.07.
Prize giving ceremony: 02.08.
Prize money: 45.000 €
Freestyle: The tops stars of the kite surfing scene use wind power to make jumps up to 15 m high and 70 m long. Just as in windsurfing, the craziest moves, jumps and wave rides are judged.
Course Racing: Course Racing is the “formula one” of Kiteboarding. Thrilling high speed races around a triangle course will feature the world’s kiteboarding elite battling for the world cup title.
PKRA Speed Grand Slam:
Kiteboarding PKRA Speed Grand Slam: 19.07.-23.07.
Inscription & Opening ceremony: 18.07.
Prize giving ceremony: 23.07.
Prize money: 10.000 €
Info: Like in Windsurfing the world elite of speed kiters will compete alongside amateurs for the best times over a 500 metre course.