Apr 30, 2009

How NOT to Kitesurf!!!

Waveriding team Wainman (foto album)


Pro Limit 2009 site


Andre Phillip, Surf & Wake

Andre Phillip, Surf & Wake from Grégory Mignard on Vimeo.

Apr 24, 2009



The Kiteboarder April09 Online

The MarchApril09 issue of The Kiteboarder Magazine is now available for download at http://www.theringmedia.com/thekiteboarder/archive.php

Kiteloop World Tour

This year the KPWT wants to be more spectacular than ever. We know that an engaged Kiteloop is the most spectacular trick. It’s why we will organize a new Kiteloop World Tour in our 2009 calendar.

The First Kiteloop contest 2009 will be organized during the Seat Kitesurf World Cup in Germany 16th / 21th June 2009 in the beautifull place of Sylt. Registration 15th June 2009.
For this event, the prize money will be 8000 euros. Winner Men 3000 euros, Winner Women 1000 euros

Kiteloop Contest : All pro competitors are judging according the new KPWT rules book.
The rider who show the highest engagement, combined with power, speed and clean landing are the ones that should win.

The Kiteloop judging criteria is:
10 points Technical Difficulty considering:
- height (rider above kite)
- risk = likelihood of failure X consequence
- the power kite is delivering at critical points (body inverted, unhooked, etc)

10 points Overall Impression considering :
- innovation
- style
- clean landings

[Source: KPWT]

Apr 18, 2009

Cabrinha Announces Cabrinha Race Series


Cabrinha KiteBoarding is pleased to announce season FOUR of the prestigious Cabrinha Race Series. They make this announcement along with it’s proud partners and sponsors, Ozone Travel, Adventure Sports Miami, and the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Four years ago, John Gomes, local SF Bay kiter pitched the idea of kite racing to the St. Francis Yacht Club… “Most of them thought I was crazy,” but in 2005 a handful of kiters gave it a try. After a successful experiment, John and the St. Francis teamed up with Steve Gunn of Cabrinha and the Cabrinha Race Series was launched. The Cabrinha Race Series has demonstrated to the world the viability and popularity of a new and exciting discipline; Kite Course Racing.

Kite racing then quickly expanded to top notch venues like Helm’s King of the Bay, Corpus Christi’s Wind and Water Open, and the Gorge Games. Both professional World Tours (PKRA and KPWT) have also embraced the discipline, each crowning a champion. In 2007, the first ever US National Championships were conducted and in 2008 the US Sailing Association sanctioned the 2008 US National Championships. In 2009, the International Sailing Federation has also added their stamp of approval, and the first ever World’s will be conducted by the St. Francis where it all started just a mere 4 years ago in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kite racing also expanded to Mexico with the La Ventana Classic, to Europe with events like the Belgium Open, the European Championship in Douarnenez, the Swiss Championship in Silvaplana, the Cabrinha Race Series in Denmark and in the USA with the Cabrinha Race Series in Corpus and East Coast, and racing at the Miami Kiteboarding Masters and the Islamorada Invitational plus snowkiting events and others.

The Cabrinha Race Series has grown to include a series of 12 nights of racing consisting of 3-4 races an evening with some sixty competitors. This years dates are April 9 and 23, May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, August 20 and September 10, 17, and 24. Not all participants need to do the entire series as “drop ins” are welcomed on any race night. Within the entire series, three mini series are conducted involving only four nights of racing for those that cannot devote an entire summer.

This year something new has been added. In addition to the Open Class, four additional classes will be established if there are a minimum of 5 racers; Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), women, and Juniors (<20).

Vari kites, presentation video

Juan Ricci, Liquid Force rider in Indonesia

Juan Ricci, Liquid Force rider...Tripin in Indo from Dabel Em Productions on Vimeo.

Bruna Kajiya New Felxifoil Team Rider

This season Bruna Kajiya will be riding for Flexifoil!!!
Flexifoil couldn’t have a better start with Bruna and Aaron winning both events : )
Congrats to Flexi and Bruna!

Flexifoil ION4

The new Flexifoil ION4 will be available during May 2009.

Flexifoil ION4 performance features:

  • New 6 Strut Layout Pattern
  • Multiple Front & Rear Tow Point Connections
  • Optimised Leading Edge Tube
  • Refined Aerofoil Shape
  • Simplified Bridle System
  • Multiple Front & Rear Tow Point Connections
  • Anti Flutter Trailing Edge Battens

Mondial du Vent 2009 (PKRA France)

Apr 3, 2009

PKRA Becomes a Member of the ISA

Pkra LogoThe Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) announced today that starting with the 2009 season, all PKRA events will be sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

In a formal letter sent to PKRA President Mauricio Toscano and PKRA Vice President Paul Caswell, ISA President Fernando Aguerre expressed delight in welcoming the PKRA under its wing. In addition to being recognized as an association member, ISA also granted sanctioning to the PKRA World Tour events.

“This ISA recognition will further enhance PKRA’s solid footing in Professional Kitesurfing and we consider this as another step forward in further uplifting the level of the sport of kitesurfing worldwide,” said Toscano.

The ISA recognition will not only adjoin more professional value to the PKRA events and activities but it will also create a new level of confidence to event organizers as far as government support and industry recognition is concerned.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing and all surf-riding activities, including short board, long board, body board, knee board, skim board, tow in and stand up paddle surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World Championships since 1980.

Since 2000, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has been in the forefront of professional kitesurfing, organizing world-class, professional kitesurfing events and the PKRA World Tour. Over the years of running professional kitesurfing events around the world, PKRA has developed a competition format largely with the input of the competitors, with a riders’ committee in charge of reviewing current competition rules and formats. PKRA membership includes some of the best National Kitesurfing Bodies in worldwide. Its headquarters is located in Maui, Hawaii. It is presided by PKRA President Mauricio Toscano.

[Source: PKRA]

Naish House video, il trailer


Kite Beach Kookout 5