The Kite and Windsurfing Guide: the Bible of wind fanatics

After four years of hard work, "The World Kite and Windsurfing Guide" is now available.

This book is the first comprehensive spot guide to planet Earth's finest kite and windsurfing regions. Introducing almost 100 regions in nine continental chapters, it features over 1,200 of the world's best spots.

Fully illustrated with 700 breathtaking photos and detailed maps of every region, there's in-depth analysis of wind, wave and weather conditions throughout the year to highlight the best times to visit.

The Guide also offers real-world travel information with essential tips on what to expect in each region and handy hints for a successful trip. Last but not least there are contact details for local shops, shapers, schools and kit hire as well as accommodation, restaurants, rental cars and other insider knowledge.

Featured continental chapters: Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean, East Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, North America, Central America & Caribbean, and South America.

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The "Wall of Fame" is adorned with names like Antoine Albeau, Kristin Boese, Pete Cabrinha, Björn Dunkerbeck, Aaron Hadlow, Robby Naish, Ruben Lenten, Ben Wilson and many, many more - a real who's who of the global kite and windsurfing scene.

And finally the archives of the world's hundred leading photographers had to be scoured - out of 20,000 action and scenic shots, the best 700 pictures were selected for the book.

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Kristin Boese: a moving kitesurf school

Going into its 8th year World Champion Kristin Boese is set to hold her camp for female kiteboarders at Fischland/Darss in Germany from August 20 – 21, 2010.

Kristin’s original idea behind organizing this annual event was to support females in the sport and to motivate them to compete in national and international competitions, which has proved very successful in Germany. Because of its tremendous success and dramatically growing demand the event also resulted in the idea to launch the KB4girls world tour.

With KB4girls launching at the beginning of 2010 the Girls Camp in Germany, the destination now also becomes a KB4girls tour stop and will be a very special event in the calendar of the tour. Not only because it represents the origin of the tour but also because the venue of Wustrow/Darss is where Kristin first experienced the sport of kiteboarding while working at the Surfcenter Wustrow as a windsurfing instructor.

The Surfcenter Wustrow has also been the main support behind this girls kiteboarding camp since 2003, supplying event site, free camp sites, food and refreshments.

Kristin Boese says: “The Surfcenter Wustrow is very special to me since it basically is the birth place of my kiting career. To have the support of the guys from the Center means a lot to me since I still feel very connected to the time when I used to work there but also very much enjoy to come back here every year for the event. On top of that the Fischland/Darss offers amazing kiting conditions and is the perfect place for our event.”

Another very special and meaningful collaboration is the one with the “Silke Gorldt Foundation” which was created in honor of the German kiter Silke Gorldt who died in a tragic kite accident in 2002. Silke was a great friend to Kristin and a great motivator for her and inspired her to get into the competition circuit.

To keep Silke’s spirit alive in her kiting events is important to Kristin and cooperating with the Silke Gorldt Foundation therefore is a priority too.

With a fully booked clinic and 50 girls attending, the KB4girls event in Germany will be the biggest one of this year’s tour and certainly a very special event to look forward to attending.

Upcoming KB4girls events:

Fischland, Germany / August 20th - 22nd, 2010
Malmo, Sweden / August 28th - 29th, 2010
Hood River, USA / September 4th, 2010
Montauk/NY, USA / September 24th - 26th, 2010
Lancing, UK / October 8th - 10th, 2010

2010 PKRA Essaouira: great winds, great palm trees

The wind began to pick up in strength fairly early this morning, making it possible for an 11:30am start. The double eliminations resumed with women’s heat #15, Jalou Langeree (Naish, NED) against Ania Grzelinska (North, POL).

Grzelinska did not continue onto the following heat against Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB) due to an injury she obtained in her previous heat. Sykes-Davies moves on to compete against Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) but loses in a 3-0-judge decision. Litwin goes on to face Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB) in the semi final.

Wilson pulls off some awesome tricks such as kite loops, handle passes, blind-judge, and railey to blind, while Litwin struggle to complete an air pass. In the final heat of the women’s double eliminations, Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) was up against Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB).

Pulido defeats Wilson in a 3-0-judge decision.Pulido pulls off many technical tricks with greater power such as 313, slim, blind-judge, and front mobe to name while Wilson’s handle passes and blind-judge 3 were not quite enough to win her the event title.

Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) jumped his way through his first two heats today eliminating Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) as well as Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT). Yates defeated Schitzhofer in a very close heat, however Yates had cleaner execution and a powered switch slim.

Yates moves on to compete against Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA). Rondina put an end to Yates’ winning streak and moves on to the semi final against Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED). Everyone on the beach thought that Rondina would be the winner of this heat for sure because of his extremely clean landings, his style and variety of tricks however, Zoon defeats Rondina in a 2-1-judges decision.

Zoon moved on to the final against fellow Dutchmen Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED). Langeree manages to pull off more technical tricks than Zoon, which will earn him the Essaouira event title.

Congratulations to all the winners!

WAVE RESULTS

MEN RESULTS:

1. Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA)

2. Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV)

3. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

4. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)

WOMEN RESULTS:

1. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

2. Kirsty Jones (North, GRB)

3. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

4. Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP)

DOUBLE ELMINATIONS

MEN RESULTS:

1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)

2. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

4. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)

WOMEN RESULTS:

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB)

3. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)

4. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB)

Locals, Moroccan government officials, organizers, crew members and riders were all present on the beach where the official award ceremony took place.

The Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010 is sponsored in part by L’Association Essaouira Mogador, Province d’Essaouira, L’Association Marocaine de Kitsurf, kitemorocco.com, ONMT, Sprite SAEMOG and the Atlas Hotel Essaouira.