Kiteboard world tour PKRA Schedule Update for China and New Caledonia

The dates for the both PKRA’s in China have been modified and unfortunately the Slalom event is canceled for Hainan. The prize money for the Pingtan event has been increased to $80,000. The PKRA stop in New Caledonia is canceled; we are all hoping to see it back on the schedule next year because it is such a magical spot and kitesurf haven.

Kiteboard world tour PKRA Schedule Update for China and New Caledonia

Kiteboard world tour PKRA Schedule Update for China and New Caledonia


Pingtan Kieboarding World Cup will be October 21-27

Pingtan Island is the most consistent and strongest wind spot in China and is rapidly becoming the most popular kiteboarding destination in China. The PKRA Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup will make kiteboarding history by being the highest prize money event in the history of kiteboarding. $80,000 USD will be divided into the 3 official disciplines $55,000 for freestyle, $20,000 for Slalom and $5,000 for Long distance. There will be a lot at stake in Pingtan making the competition fierce.

FREE accomodations will be provided for all the competitors.

Contact Max Lia for your visa invitation letter and to book the hotels for Pingtan and Hainan.

For more information please visit the PKRA site.

Hainain International Kitesurf Festival will be November 3-9, 2013

The dates of the Hainan event have been moved closer to the Pingtan event to make travel easier for all the travelers and the Slalom World Cup event has been canceled.  This means that the last slalom stop of the year will be in Argentina.  The focus will be on the freestylers.

Contact Max Lia for your visa invitation letter and to book the hotels for Pingtan and Hainan.

For more information please visit the PKRA site.

PKRA new Caledonia Trials Commence & Suspense Builds Day 3

On day three, the Noumea region experienced a distinct weather transition, allowing the beginning of trials to commence. While this only lasted for a brief period, it looks to be the start of good things to come, with strong wind expected soon.

While the day began as what seemed to be another lay day, the breeze picked up around 2pm, at which time, riders started to prepare for the first trial heats of the REEF Kitesurf Pro. Beginning officially at 3:45, competitors put up their 10-15meter kites and entered the water.

Beach New Cal

The wind made appearance; however, only long enough to carry out the first four trial heats.  Seasoned PKRA competitors such as Ewan Jaspan (AUS), Victor Hays (FRA), Michael Schitzhoffer (AUT), and Mario Rodwald (GER), advanced with ease into the main event with first place finishes, while local riders, Michael Dinclaux, Terai Orava, Quentin Valesa, and Sebastian Nguyen advanced as well. Now, two heats left in the first round will leave six riders to fight for the remaining 3 spots open for the main event.

With the forecast now improving, the focus is clearly shifting to the 2012 world titles, and at this high level of competition, it remains incredibly difficult to say just who will have the advantage.

Ewan JaspanThe contenders for the men’s title will need to leverage the strengths of their individual riding styles to impress the judges in order to score higher. Alex Pastor (ESP) will need to execute his best tricks, combining power and variety with grabs – exemplifying the textbook execution that he is known for.  Youri  Zoon (NED), on the other hand, will need to leverage his big, aggressive riding style and raw power to put himself ahead of his competitors.

The women’s contenders are no different, as Bruna Kajiya’s (BRA) strong execution of technical tricks will need to differentiate her from her competitor Gisela Pulido (ESP), who’s consistent repertoire of tricks will need to be executed superior to those of her competitors. Karolina Winkowska (POL) too, will need to maintain her consistency that she demonstrated in the last two events by landing her solid variety of powered wakestyle moves, if she wants to earn top placement.

Tom Hebert

Each rider has his/her own unique riding style, and in the top 5, this couldn’t be more evident than in the battle for 3rd place between Alberto Rondina (ITA) and Kevin Langeree (NED). Alberto’s style showcases his polished versatility with many switch tricks and toe-side moves such as his Moby Dick 5.  Kevin’s go big style and trademark one-handed tricks are what really set him apart from his competitors. PKRA judging criteria is the same for everyone and is decided by the riders throughout each tour season.  It is ultimately up to the rider’s execution and interpretation of the tricks to set them apart in the eyes of the judges.

As in any event, the conditions may favor certain competitors. The perfect flat-water conditions present at the event site will give those riders who have been training during the mid-season break in flat-water spots a definite advantage.  Also, with the somewhat unpredictable wind forecast, it is basically a guessing game as to who will be better suited or accustomed to the wind conditions in the heat – thus kite size will remain an important factor.

When asked about strategy, Bruna revealed, “I think that you have to go into a competition believing that you are going to win, it is the right mindset. My way all the way to the semi finals is pretty mellow, but once I get to the semi-finals with Karolina and then Gisela, I just have to go, no holding back, and just go for it”.

As is apparent, this final competition is just as much about physical abilities and talent as it is a mental game of preparation and confidence. With the ultimate prize on the line – the World Championship title, there is no telling what surprises the next days will bring.  The biggest event of the year is now on deck, and it’s anyone’s game.

Over the next several days, keep in tune with the event as it happens at via the live stream, and stay updated through the PKRA homepage and Facebook/Twitter channels.


PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

Shortly after a successful stop in Haikou, Hainan Island, China, the best riders from all over the world arrived today for the REEF Kitesurf Pro here in Noumea, New Caledonia. With the welcome sight of lush palms, white sand beaches, and a generally exotic feel, competitors welcomed this familiar tour stop with expectations of an amazing week ahead.

While many riders did arrive as planned and on time, others were unlucky enough to miss connecting flights throughout parts of Asia, and the difficulties of traveling as a professional athlete with loads of excess baggage proved itself a hurdle for many to overcome on the way here. As a result, a number of riders were delayed in their attempts to reach their destination; however, this will only create an extended period for registration, and will not affect any other portion of the scheduled competition.

Those that did arrive to Noumea on time did so with a bit of jetlag and plane exhaustion, yet the site of luxurious accommodations, warm tropical air, and a chill island vibe did much to inspire renewed energy and good moods. Located in the South Pacific, New Caledonia stands as an overseas territory of France, which is located between Fiji and Australia in the Coral Sea. As the fourth consecutive year the PKRA has returned to this location, many riders consider it their favorite spot, where strong winds and ideal conditions always make for an incredible competition.

PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

This year in New Caledonia will prove to be especially outstanding, as the 2012 World Champion will be decided here in just a matter of days, and the race for the top has never been so close. The top men and women remain in hot pursuit of the world title, and it is up to this event to provide a winner.

For tomorrow, the forecast looks light with some expected rain showers; however, the conditions look to be strong later in the week and into the weekend. Emotions are running high and tensions are even higher in this final stop of the year, as every competitor and PKRA fan begs the question – who will be champion in 2012?