PKRA Mexico

Nothing beats the day than seeing these young, professional kiteboarding athletes go up against each other in a day of high-flying, wave-ripping, action-filled sports competition in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Warm weather, strong onshore wind plus the roaring crowd added to the excitement, as the freestyle event concluded with a huge success.

Today saw a lot more wind than yesterday, averaging 20-25 knots which began slightly onshore in the morning during the start of the first heat at 9:45 a.m., turning slightly more sideshore as the day wore on. The strong current caused a lot of difficulties for the Mexican crew particularly with the buoys.

The riders too had their share of intricacies at different intervals during the day staying upwind, but for the most part, it was just a problem of launching and landing as there wasn’t a whole lot of beach in the area. The beach was a bit crowded getting in and out but the riders made the best of it. The women went out with their 7s while the men were on 9s.

There was about shoulder-high waves coming in which made for good ramps for the riders to use for jumping and flat waters in between for landing tricks.

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To secure and guarantee the success of the tour events, the KPWT team has once again this year built partnerships with professional sport events organisers around the world.

For 2008, three disciplines for the World ranking points and each disciplines with a world champion: Waves, Freestyle, Course Racing. Hang Time, Best Tricks for the show.

Abel Lago (SP), Kristin Boese (Ger) and Antoine Auriol (FR), will be the 2008 riders member's committees. They are working on the new points systems, Rules Book, Events requirements.

This year a new team is joining the company: Event manager, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Sponsorship Manager, KPWT magazine manager.

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Aberavon Beach

Two injured kiteboarders were airlifted from Aberavon Beach at the weekend. The pair were rescued on Saturday after separate incidents within minutes of each other.

In the first incident, a teenager from Cardiff University received facial and arm injuries after his kite was blown into the promenade at the western end of the beach, throwing him head first onto the rocks.

The second incident saw a man blown 20ft into the air. A Port Talbot Coastguard spokesman said: “Luckily the casualties in both incidents were wearing protective equipment, or the outcome may have been a lot different.

“In the first incident, the teenager received treatment by paramedics before being flown to Morriston Hospital. “A short time later the coastguard was again alerted by air ambulance to another incident.

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