Kiteboarding: new rules for the sport

The future official equipment for kiteboarding has been decided. Changes were made on boards and kites. The new rules already apply for the 2011 competitions.

So, the International Kiteboarding Association delegates (IKA) decided that racing will take place in an Open Division and in a Production Division.

Each kiteboarder will only be allowed to register one board and three kites at each event.

Board rules:

Max Length: 190 cm
Max Width: 70 cm
Max Fin Length: 50 cm (no change from current class rules)
Min Weight: 4 kg (for directional boards only)
Max Boards per event: 1

Kite rules:

Max Kite Size: 19 sqm (no change from current class rules)
Max Line Length: 45 m from bar to top of kite (no change from current class rules)
Max Kites per event: 3

IKA believes the limitation to box-rule restricted racing equipment will boost the sport and makes it affordable and accessible for a wider audience.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz: watch for strong winds

A 24-year-old French kitesurfer has lost his life after crashing against a nine-storey building, in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

The young sportsman was getting the most of a strong wind day, when the accident happened. After crashing, the kitesurfer went over the hotel building, got pulled higher and finally fell down.

Tragic kiteboarding news seem to be around too much. Please, make sure to respect all safety procedures. Learn a bit more about the Beaufort Scale of the winds and kite rules.

Youri Zoon: loop mode

It was a spectacular fourth day of competition here in Lake Nahuel Huapi. The men’s and women’s freestyle double eliminations got underway exactly on time at 11:00am this morning.

The wind was yet again in full force and competitors were out on their smallest kite sizes, mostly on 7m. Dutch rider Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) had nothing less than a successful day defeating fellow slingshot teammate and single eliminations winner, Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) twice in the men’s double elimination final.

Zoon wins his first full PKRA event title this season here in Bariloche by executing super powerful tricks in his stylish fashion such as a risky mega loop with a late 360 rotation.

The wind conditions today were forceful to say the least making some tricks extremely dangerous for all competitors. Yates, rode powerful heats but unfortunately crashed a few times during the final earning him second place in the doubles. French rider Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA) also had a rewarding day by impressing the judges in two consecutive heats with his clean executions in risky wind conditions earns a third place title.

In the women’s division, freestyle single eliminations winner Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) defeats Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) in the double elimination final. Both riders are no stranger to powerful tricks however Pulido earns yet another event title while Kajiya takes second place here in Bariloche, Argentina.

Polish rider Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) had a few nifty tricks up her sleeve landing complex tricks such as a 313 and blind judge in her heat against Kajiya but would not be enough to move her up the ladder. Winkowska will be taking home third place.

The final discipline of the day was the long distance race. Racers rushed out on the extremely choppy water in hopes of speeding across the finish line first. What a site to see watching these brave racers overpowered on 7m kites skimming above the water surface at high speeds.

These fierce and gnarly racing conditions did not stop John Heineken (Ozone, USA) or Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) who managed to cross the finish line first. Out of the six regular races and the one long distance race held today, both Heineken and Adrien managed to finish first in six of the combined seven races.

The wind forecast for tomorrow is predicting excessively strong wind speeds ranging anywhere from 40 to 50 knots. Let’s see what’s in store at the skippers meeting tomorrow morning at 10:00am.

Freestyle Double Elimination Results

Men Results:

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
3. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA)

Women Results:

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