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- 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.
- 14 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
A team of rowers saved the day after a kitesurfer became separated from his kite. They retrieved £700-worth of kitesurfing equipment, which was lost by Pete Jennings in Portland Harbour. The visiting American, 37, got into difficulty when his kite was blown away by strong winds.
The crew of Weymouth Rowing Club gig Sir Tristan responded to a Coastguard appeal to help retrieve the 12-metre surfing kite. Chris Barsky, trainee coxswain of Sir Tristan, said: "We were the only craft which responded and it was quite an achievement because we are just a rowing boat.
"With so much rope trailing behind the kite, it could have endangered fishing boats. We guided our gig to intercept the kite. We were in the right place at the right time."
- 14 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
The spectacular kiteboarding competition here in Portimão, Spain dubbed the Kite Masters Portimão World Tour 2008 continues on its 4th day with the wind averaging 15-20 knots under clear skies with the temperature pegged at 24° Celsius.
The course racing event got underway at 1:00 pm followed by the Freestyle tournament and one final race before concluding the day at 7:00 pm.
The Course Racing scoreboard is now a one-two North team on the top composed of Charles Deleau (FRA) in first place, who won today’s 1st and 2nd races and Sean Farley (MEX) now in second place after winning race #3 and coming in second in the other two races.
Farley overtook Best Kiteboarding’s Sami Gali (Spain) who is now in 3rd place overall after finishing 3rd in the first two races and coming in 4th in race #3. Another North racer – Dirk Hanel (GER) remains in 4th place overall while Takoon’s Bruno Sroka (FRA) completes the top 5.
No change in the women’s division racing scoreboard as North Kiteboarding’s Steph Bridge (GBR) still manages to cling onto the top position overall even after finishing 3rd in race #1 and 2nd in race #3. The North racer finished 1st in race #2 with a total of 11.2 points after 11 races.
Best Kiteboarding’s Gina Esteva (Spain) is still in second place with 15.7 points after finishing 2nd in race #1 and #2. Cabrinha’s Fabienne D’Ortoli (FRA) occupies third place with 17.1 points overall.