Last Monday, 31st of March 2008, the IKO, Dream and IKO volunteer instructors successfully launched a new project aimed at teaching Dominican children how to kiteboard!

Dream Project volunteer instructor Pablito has been teaching children how to swim for a few months so they would be ready to learn how to kite. More than 6 IKO instructors volunteered for the job. The kids have been split in small groups and the IKO instructors will take turns with them every week for 2 hours.

The volunteers are: Jonathan Robert, Cornelio Perez Burgos, Juan Carlos Morel, Miguel Soler, Lilo, Alex Soto, Jose Louis, and IKO Examiner Jon Dodds. The IKO will give out IKO Assistant Instructor packs for free for the kids that are over 15 so that they can train as Assistants in 6 months time (once they know how to kite), giving them the opportunity to get a job as assistant instructors in IKO affiliated centers in Cabarete.

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Cabarete is thrilled to be hosting what is sure to be another spectacular kiteboarding event. Our event will be the fourth of ten stops on the PKRA (Professional Kiteboard Riders Association) 2008 World Tour.

Cabarete is known for hosting the most spectacular kiteboarding events. Unbelievable conditions ensure the best in the world will be here to show their stuff. You'll see the highest air and the latest tricks while competitors vie for $40,000 US dollars in prize money .

As anyone who has been to Cabarete knows, this place is what fun in the sun and kiteboarding dreams are made of. And it doesn't stop when the sun goes down... The event's nightly parties promise to be hotter than ever. See you in Cabarete!

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On this last day of competition everybody on the beach has the same word coming to their mind : Great! Fabulous! Ideal conditions at the beginning! Can't wait to be next year! The 2008 Vendee Kitesurf Pro will definitely stay in everybody's memory:

About 50 competitors coming from all around the world. More than 20 nationalities (Australia, France, Republic Dominican, US, Norway,) 4 disciplines run in 6 days (Freestyle, Wave, Course Racing, Best trick), numerous trophies, and nn extraordinary show.

The most famous stars of Kitesurfing made the journey to Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie and guaranteed the show on the water. At the beginning of this season, a phenomena stands out: new talents arrive on the Kiteboard Pro World Tour and shake the top of the ranking.

The American Jesse Richman, is astonishing: just 15 and already winner of one event of the KPWT! Let's also congratulate the excellent performance of Mitu Monteiro from Cabo Verde! A special thank you to the guys from Cabarete - A great spirit and what a talent!

On the women side, Kirsty Jones from UK really surprised everybody in the Waves. And Ania Grzelinska from Poland also stands out all through the competition. Looking at the results of this first event we can expect and imagine an exciting season 2008 on the KPWT! Keep in touch and see you on the next round in Greece, Paros, from the 19th to the 25th of June.

VENDEE KITESURF PRO 2008 RESULTS

FREESTYLE MEN
1. Ariel CORNIEL (REP DOM) EH
2. Jesse RICHMAN (US) CABRINHA
3. Antoine AURIOL (FR) KITELOOSE
WAVE MASTERS MEN
1. Abel LAGO (SPA) RRD
2. Mitu MONTEIRO (Cabo Verde) F-ONE
3. Jan Marcos RIVIERAS (REP DOM)
COURSE RACING MEN
1. Jesse RICHMAN (US) CABRINHA
2. Soufiane HAMAINI (MOR) NORTH KITEBOARDING
3. Abel LAGO (SPA) RRD
FREESTYLE WOMEN
1. Ania GRZELINSKA (POL) NORTH KITEBOARDING
2. Ainhoa GARCIA (SPA) AIRUSH
3. Marine SUDRE (AUSTR) CABRINHA
WAVE MASTERS WOMEN
1. Kirsty JONES (UK) FLEXIFOIL
2. Ania GRZELINSKA (POL) NORTH KITEBOARDING
3. Ainhoa GARCIA (SPA)AIRUSH
COURSE RACING WOMEN
1. Kari SCHIBEVAAG (NOR) OZONE
2. Helen THOMPSON (UK) NORTH KITEBOARDING
3. Ainhoa GARCIA (SPA) AIRUSH
OVERALL RANKING MEN
1. Jesse RICHMAN (US) CABRINHA
2. Abel LAGO (SPA) RRD
3. Antoine AURIOL (FRA) KITELOOSE
OVERALL RANKING WOMEN
1. Ania GRZELINSKA (POL) NORTH KITEBOARDING
2. Ainhoa  GARCIA (SPA) AIRUSH
3. Kari SCHIBEVAAG (NOR) OZONE
FREESTYLE MEN JUNIOR
1. Ariel CORNIEL (REP DOM) EH
2. Jesse RICHMAN (US) CABRINHA
3. Erik VOLPE (ITA) CHALLENGERS

BEST TRICK RESULTS

MEN
1.Thomas PARIS (FR) North Kites
2. Emmanuel RONDON (RD) EH Kiteboarding
3. Leander VYVEY (BEL) JN-Kites
WOMEN
1.Cne COLLAUD (SWI) Slingshot
2.Carina Eibl (AUSTRIA) Slingshot
3.Marine SUDRE (AUS) Cabrinha

Source: KPWT