The Prince Edward Island: you should try it

The Prince Edward Island (PEI) is becoming one of the finest kiteboarding destinations in the world.

Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, PEI has only 141,000 residents. Kiteboarders have started to flock to the Prince Edward Island in the last decade.

PEI has a lot of temperature swings due to its geographic coordinates, storms and blizzards.

It is one of the windiest locations in Canada. SurferToday.com recommends a relaxed kiteboarding session along the PEI shores. And that's why the kiteboarding business is starting to grow in the island.

PEI Kiteboarding, established in Cavendish and run by David Macneill, is one the obligatory stops for kiteboarders from all over the world.

PKRA: a dynamic kiteboarding organization

During the PKRA Germany event last week the riders met with IKA Executive Secretary, Markus Schwendtner, and PKRA tour manager Mauricio Toscano and requested by unanimous vote to revert the freestyle and wave ranking point system to the traditional point system as it is easier to understand and points for competitions can be estimated in advance, independent from the number of riders participating.

Also during this meeting it has been discussed that there is no need for an overall ranking and that it is the riders unanimous wish to drop such ranking with immediate effect.

The meeting was a great success and it was determined that for the freestyle and wave disciplines the top riders competing at the highest level, and therefore the riders competing at the PKRA tour, will continue to be the driving force behind the freestyle and wave competition rules.

PKRA Freestyle and Wave ranking system:
Full Freestyle events, Prize money 40,000 – Factor 8.

Place Points
1 1000
2 885
3 790
4 710
5 650
6 610
7 585
9 530
13 485
17 440
25 400
32 360

Factor 7 – (27,000 to 34,999) Multiply by 87.5%
Factor 6 – (21,000 to 26,999) Multiply by 75%
Factor 5 – ( 15,000 to 20,999) Multiply by 62.5%
Factor 4 – (10,000, to 14,999) Multiply by 50%

The PKRA 2011 objective is to return to all freestyle events to factor 8 and all wave events to factor 5.

PKRA Ording: more than 20 nationalities in competition

This year has been the most fantastic year for wind and weather conditions here in St. Peter-Ording, Germany. The sun has been out nearly every day and record-breaking temperatures have embraced hundreds of fans, spectators, locals as well as vacationers from all around the world.

More than 114 competitors from 20 different nationalities competed in a total of 3 disciplines such as freestyle, race and board off.

Race director Olaf Van Tol set the final course for racing this morning. A total of 2 races were raced today, marking the end of a very successful event here in Germany.

It was the first time that all competitors were able to cross the start line at the same time, which caused a little bit of confusion and lots of tangles. French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) would have finished first in the first race of the day however he crossed the finish line incorrectly.

This error made it possible for Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) to overtake the lead finishing first followed by Bjorn Rune Jensen (Cabrinha, DEN) in second and Ozog Blazei (North, POL) in third. In the second race of the day, Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) managed to take the lead once again followed by Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) in second place and Pedro Montenegro (Best, BRA) in third.

In the women’s division, Steph Bridge (North, GBR) rushed her way across the finish line first in both races of the day followed by Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) who finished in second in both races. German rider Kristin Boese (Best, GER) managed to finish third in the first race of the day however Nayara Nicarinoo (Best, BRA) took the third place position in the last race of the competition.

The closing ceremony was held on the beach where hundreds of people had the chance to see the best kiteboarding riders in the world.

COMPETITION RESULTS

FREESTYLE SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

MEN

1. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)
2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
3. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
4. Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)
3. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
4. Angela Peral (North, ESP)

FREESTYLE DOUBLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

MEN

1. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)
2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
3. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

BOARD OFF RESULTS

MEN

1. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA)
2. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
3. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (Airush, NED)

WOMEN

1. Hannah Whiteley (JN Kites, GBR)
2. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
3. Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA)