PKRA 2008

PKRA has published some information regarding the schedule for the 2008 World Tour, as well as the release of the new PKRA four DVD.

The latest news available show an 11 stage tour, from March to October. It is possible that some of theses dates are to be changed in the future.

Here's the preliminary schedule available at the PKRA website:

Mexico Mar-05-2008 - Mar-09-2008
France Apr-12-2008 - Apr-18-2008
Italy Jun-11-2008 - Jun-15-2008
Cabarete Jun-25-2008 - Jun-29-2008
Tarifa Jul-02-2008 - Jul-06-2008
Portugal Jul-15-2008 - Jul-20-2008
Fuerteventura Jul-19-2008 - Jul-23-2008
Fuerteventura Jul-29-2008 - Aug-02-2008
Fuerteventura Jul-29-2008 - Aug-02-2008
Germany Aug-23-2008 - Aug-31-2008
Germany Aug-23-2008 - Aug-31-2008
Canada Sep-09-2008 - Sep-13-2008
Brazil Sep-24-2008 - Sep-28-2008
Chile Sep-30-2008 - Oct-05-2008
Chile Sep-30-2008 - Oct-05-2008

 Festival de Dakhla

Organized by the Association “Mer et Désert”, this transcultural event will present various artists on stage to more than 30,000 people in exotic Morocco.

The 2008 festival will also feature Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Surfing events, including a 40 km downwind race organized by Philippe Bru of Defi Wind fame.

Team Naish will be well represented by Sjoukje Bredenkamp and Manu Taub for Kitesurfing and Gerald Pelleau, Pascal Tosseli and Marion Raisi for Windsurfing. They will be taking on the challenging conditions with ‘08 production gear.

Naish France is playing a major role, serving as partner for the event and working to introduce Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddling to the local Morrocan population.

There is no question that the Dakhla Festival is fast becoming a “must go” event for international water players.

Source: Naish

The Hawaiian Senate is to prohibit and ban kitesurfing and sailboarding athletes from approaching within 200 feet of a swimmer or surfer in the ocean.

The proposed bill refers that "kiteboards and sailboards are much heavier and faster and could cause serious injury if they were to collide with a swimmer or surfer".

North American authorities and other european countries are also discussing similar procedures in order to ensure maximum swimmer protection. Further news are to be developed in SurferToday.com. The Senate's bill is transcribed below:

Report Title: Ocean Recreation; Sailboards

Description: Prohibits operators of sailboards from approaching within 200 feet of a swimmer or surfer in the ocean.

THE SENATE
S.B. NO.
2091

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

STATE OF HAWAII

A BILL FOR AN ACT

RELATING TO SAILBOARDS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that surfers and swimmers using Hawaii's oceans for recreation face a danger from operators of sailboards and kiteboards. Sailboarders and kiteboarders often operate their craft at high speeds in areas crowded with surfers and swimmers. Kiteboards and sailboards are much heavier and faster and could cause serious injury if they were to collide with a swimmer or surfer. The purpose of this Act is to ensure water safety by prohibiting the operator of a sailboard or kiteboard from approaching within two hundred feet of a swimmer or surfer in the water.

SECTION 2. Chapter 200, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part II to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"§200- Operation of sailboards and kiteboards. No person shall operate a sailboard or kiteboard within two hundred feet of another person swimming or using a surfboard within the waters of the State.

For the purposes of this section, "sailboard or kiteboard" means any type of board that is propelled by a detachable sail or kite apparatus.

For the purposes of this section, "surfboard" means any type of board that is used for the sport of surf-riding and includes boards commonly known as "body boards"."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before its effective date.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

The Chilean big wave surf break of Punta de Lobos and the idyllic Australian point break of Noosa have been officially declared the 9th and 10th World Surfing Reserves, respectively.

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