PKRA Germany: watch out for the pier

The weather here in St. Peter-Ording is always unpredictable. During this morning’s riders meeting the race director, Olaf Van Tol announced that he would not run the competition until the wind conditions picked up in strength. Organizers as well as crew members had extra time this morning to prepare and tie up loose ends.

At 3:00pm the weather had begun to shift from sunny blue skies and near windless conditions to cloudy grey skies with storm like winds. Van Tol announced that he would begin with the men’s freestyle trials eliminations. The wind strength was up and down most of the afternoon, with rain squalls, however the show must go on.

Event organizers would not allow the judges to enter the tower because it was not stable enough, therefore three vehicles provided by the ACT agency were used to encompass the judges in warmth and style while judging the first set of heats. An hour into the first round of heats the organizers announced that the judges tower was secure and safe for the judging to proceed from there.

Eight men from the first round of heats as well as eight men from the second round of heats will move on to the men’s freestyle main event which will commence tomorrow.

It is the first time in PKRA history that as many as 114 competitors registered for a single event.

Congratulations to all the men freestyle riders who will continue on to the men’s freestyle main event.

Tomorrow’s mandatory skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 10:00am.

Men’s Freestyle Trial Elimination Winners advancing into the Main event are:

Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)
Bram Bast (JN-Kites, NED)
Niklas Imaz De Zavella (North, GER)
Mike Blomvall (Nobile, SWE)
Tom Schuller (North, GER)
Christopher Tach (Liquid Force, BEL)
Alexandre Neto (Liquid Force, BRA)
Jerrie Van de Kop (Flexifoil, NED)
Tijn Van Esch (Advance Kites, NED)
Johnno Scholte (Slingshot, NED)
Christian Winkenjohann (Flexifoil, GER)
Forest Bakker (Flexifoil, FRA)
Olly Bridge (North, GBR)
Marian Hund (North, GER)
Nils Wesch (Naish, GER)
Miguel Castro (Core, GER)

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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