Kauai

A 50-year-old Kalaheo man was pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital Saturday night after nearly drowning at Gillins Beach, just east of Punahoa Pt. near Mahaulepu Beach in Po'ipu, Kaua'i.

According to a preliminary report, Irving Corbett had been kite surfing at the south shore spot, said Kaua'i County spokeswoman Mary Daubert

Someone called police dispatch at 4:01 p.m. Saturday to report that Corbett was lying on the beach unresponsive, but breathing.

Rescue specialists from the Lihu'e fire station who were in Po'ipu on another rescue call left that scene and responded to Gillins Beach. When they arrived, the rescue specialists took over performing CPR from bystanders.

Then medics took over and continued with CPR while en route to Wilcox Hospital. Corbett was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

The 2008 New Zealand Kiteboarding Nationals is to be run in Ruakaka, Northland from the 20th to 24th of March 2008 (Easter long weekend). Ruakaka is 1.5hrs N of Auckland and 35 minutes SE of Whangarei.

Proposed program as follows:
Thursday 20th - evening registration
Friday 21st to Monday 24th competition days
Monday 24th - evening prize giving

Major details should all be similar to previous Nationals - with freestyle being the main event, time and wind dependant we may run a best trick, hang time and/or downwind race. There will be a party night in there too - details once confirmed.

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IKO site

The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) has debuted a brand new site. The new online center has a Kiteboarder Zone, an IKO Pro Network and an IKO Pro Zone.

There are tons of information regarding safety procedures, Kiteboarding surfspots, a progression DVD, all about certified kite schools and much more.

Since 2001, IKO has developed a network of more than 130 affiliated kiteboarding centers worldwide (38 countries), 18 examiners, more than 3000 instructors and has certified over 40.000 kiteboarders.

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