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

The seventh day of the competition started out with wind changing directions and blowing onshore again rather than the forecasted offshore direction. Overcast skies dominated the skyline while the temperature was a bit warmer (18°C) than it has been in the past days.

As the day wore on, the wind steadily picked up speed to near gale-force winds reaching up to 40 knots, forming moderately high waves. Due to safety concerns for both competitors and rescue crew, the race director decided not to run the last three remaining races. So the competition for kiteboarding is now officially over.

The French debut of the PKRA 2008 World Tour comes to a close with a series of successful kiteboarding games under its belt. This PKRA stop, the second in a series of destinations in and around North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, saw the most number of kiteboarding races held so far in a single stop.

The Freestyle event concluded in a record three days and has once again showcased some of the best kiteboarding athletes in the world. Organized by the Office de Tourisme de Leucate in partnership with VW Utilitaires and Portail Orange, the PKRA World Tour competition in France was held side by side with the Mondial du Vent, the most prestigious and longest-running kiteboarding and windsurfing competition in Europe.

The Freestyle events were held from April 12 to 14 and were greeted by varying conditions, from light winds to gust of up to 35 knots. The top-ranked PKRA kiteboarders once again made it to the top and the classic Aaron Hadlow – Kevin Langeree match-up provided the highlights of the event in the men’s division.

Spain’s Gisela Pulido once again pulled off her big moves to defeat Bruna Kajiya in the final events in the women’s division.

In kiteboard racing scene, it was Mexico’s and one of North’s pride, Sean Farley who has been at the top since the start of the Racing on April 12. Farley, who had a successful start by winning the first race, never looked back and dominated much of the games, ending his record here in France with six 1st place finishes and a total of 15.2 points.

Another North racer, Charles Deleau came in second overall with a total of 16.28 points, finishing his record with four 1st places finishes throughout the competition. In total, the North team won a record 10 races out of 13 in the men’s division and 8 out of 13 races in the women’s division.

Dirk Hanel of North Kiteboarding commented, “It was really great to test the new North gear here in Leucate. Sean, Ken, Sky and I have been testing the 2-fin board on the same testing ground together while Charles tests a 4-fin board. As the race results have shown, I think that working in two directions as far as the board is concerned, is a big advantage for the whole team.”

After France, the PKRA 2008 World Tour goes to El Yaque, Margarita and El Coche island in Venezuela for the third stop. The competitions will be held from April 30 to May 4, 2008 with a total of $40,000 price money at stake. Congratulations to Sean Farley and Steph Bridge!

Overall Race Results:

Men’s Division: (Top 5)

1. Sean Farley (North, Mexico), 15.2 pts.
2. Charles Deleau (North, France), 16.28 pts.
3. Sami Gali (Best, Spain), 28.67 pts.
4. Julien Kerneur (France), 34.4 pts.
5. Dirk Hanel (North, Germany), 50 pts.

Women’s Division: (Top 5)

1. Steph Bridge (North, UK), 9.6 pts.
2. Gina Esteva (Best, Spain), 19.4 pts.
3. Fabienne D’ortoli (Cabrinha, France), 24.1 pts.
4. Caroline Adrien (Naish, France), 41 pts.
5. Johara Sikes-Davis (Flexifoil, UK), 70 pts.

Source: PKRA

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Ian M. Huschle, CEO of Best, commented: "Bruno's original work gave birth to kiteboarding and his ongoing innovations have made the sport one of the most exciting ever invented. We're delighted to support his groundbreaking efforts and to do our part to make kiteboarding more fun, more accessible, and safer than ever before."

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