Kiteboard Mag NZ Issue No 6 now online

Surf’s up this issue, we take a look at the KSP Mauritius event at “One Eye” with insane action from the green room. We have some of the first images from the Big wave spot “Jaws” in Hawaii including a late drop from a 16 year old surfer. Insane! Matt taggart & Dave Robertson tell us about the 2012 World Championships of Kiteracing held in Sardinia recently while Torrin Bright takes us through the Backmobe in “Teach me Tozza”, & Cynthia “Cynbad” Brown in her Strapless kitesurf techniques column “Strapless Brah” attacks Ollie grabs.
We have bucketloads of spray in the froth gallery highlighting action from around the globe just minutes after it happened! And “No wind” showcasing the many sports we take up when there is no wind dare I say, SUP, Surf, Wake, Cable, MTB, hoolaa hoop and more Throw in all the regular features and you have issue 6 of www.NZkiteboardmag.com !

Read magazine here: http://www.nzkiteboardmag.com/page/home.html

Issue 6 is out NOW!! with National and International kiteboard and kitesurf action! Surf’s up this issue, we take a look at the KSP Mauritius event at “One Eye” with insane action from the green room. We have some of the first images from the Big wave spot “Jaws” in Hawaii including a late drop from a 16 year old surfer. Insane! Matt taggart & Dave Robertson tell us about the 2012 World Championships of Kiteracing held in Sardinia recently while Torrin Bright takes us through the Backmobe in “Teach me Tozza”, & Cynthia “Cynbad” Brown in her Strapless kitesurf techniques column “Strapless Brah” attacks Ollie grabs.

We have bucketloads of spray in the froth gallery highlighting action from around the globe just minutes after it happened! And “No wind” showcasing the many sports we take up when there is no wind dare I say, SUP, Surf, Wake, Cable, MTB, hoolaa hoop and more

Kiteboard Mag NZ Issue No 6 now online

Kiteboard Mag NZ Issue No 6 now online

Throw in all the regular features and you have issue 5 of NZkiteboardmag.com! Can I also mention our Custom kiteboard offer we have going, just Subscribe, Like & Share our facebook page and go into the draw to win your very own kiteboard, made just for YOU.

 

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today

The fourth day of the Hainan Island PKRA world tour stop brought an unexpected bout of no wind, which surprised riders who arrived early to the beach, ready to begin the double eliminations. The forecast for this day looked promising, and as such, all competitors remained amped and excited to continue the action – some looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves.

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today beach

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today beach

The hot and humid day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with Sudoku games, social media, and lounge time in the rider’s area of the event site, competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. In the afternoon, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their kites in preparation.

pkra riders

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up. The race director, Erik Troostheide, remained hopeful and set up hourly announcements until 2:30, at which time the day was called with an unfavorable forecast for the remainder of the afternoon.

In loo of competition, riders spent their free time soaking in the hotel pools and exploring the city, which many find quite captivating. A few riders even traveled to a nearby temple, enjoying the many cultural wonders of the region. The judges also took advantage of this break in competition to deliberate over the rules for the 2013 season.

judges pkra

Reflecting on this day without competition, Manuela Jungo (SVE) commented that she wished the riders could have at least done some slalom races, as it was a really great way to spend a light wind day.

For tomorrow, the forecast is expected to be good in the morning for the beginning of the double eliminations. Keeping their finger’s crossed, the riders will spend the night in anticipation, hoping to continue the hard fought battle into this second round.

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

The newest Olympic sailing discipline is now a part of the HIHO Race. Kitesurfers may compete during several of the events planned races, plus enjoy ripping at some of the best kitesailing destinations in the Caribbean. Kitesurfers must compete on raceboards and we are offering a foil division. Kiters competing may be required to wear tracking devices too. We are pleased to include kite savvy captains to our list of event crew.

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

Highland Spring HIHO 2013 will combine watersports, sailing with great food & entertainment. The weeklong event offers a wonderful combination of adventure, racing and island discovery. Starting June 30 your home will be a luxury captained catamaran supplied by The Moorings. In the company of participants from around the World you will begin an odyssey through the beautiful British Virgin Islands. The HIHO fleet willvisit Virgin Gorda, Anegada, The Baths, Beef Island, Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke, and more.

Competitors can choose to participate in the SUP, wind or kite class. SUP racing takes place in either open or the Fanatic One Design class in which racers all use board we provide. Windsurfers compete on Techno 2 boards and Neil Pryde rigs which we also provide. Kiters should bring their own race equipment. Racing is almost always from island-to-island and mostly downwind.

The HIHO event is an all-inclusive vacation with one price covering accommodations, lunch & dinner, a race fee, equipment rental, HIHO apparel and all taxes & fees.

Discover the BVI

Virgin Gorda, Anegada, The Baths, Scrub Island, Last Resort pirate party, great racing, delicious food, fun parties, Red Stripe… Highland Spring HIHO is a great blend of an odyssey through the BVI’s, great racing and good times.

Meet people from all over the World and relax while you are escorted through the islands aboard a luxury yacht. The Highland Spring HIHO is a unique event with something for everyone.

 

ISAF Conference Committee votes to re-instate Olympic Windsurfing

The Events Committee of the International Sailing Federation has voted to re-instate Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio de Janeiro.

ISAF Conference- Committee votes to re-instate Olympic Windsurfing

ISAF Conference- Committee votes to re-instate Olympic Windsurfing

The meeting is the first by the ISAF Committee since the ISAF Council decision to drop Windsurfing and substitute the new sport of Kiteboarding.

In May, at its Mid-Year Meeting, the Events Committee voted by a 17-2 majority to retain Windsurfing as an Olympic Event, however that was overturned by the ISAF Council, who decided to insert Kiteboarding into the Olympic program.

On the basis of such an overwhelming vote in May at the Events Committee, the latest decision is hardly surprising. It will go onto Council for review.

In the end, despite a raft of submissions from national authorities and other bodies for the return of windsurfing, the Events Committee selected and approved a single submission 055-12, from the International Raceboard Class Association which would see Men’s and Women’s Windsurfing back in the 2016 Olympics and using the RS:X. The full submission can be read http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/055122016OlympicEventsandEquipmentRegulation23.1.4-[13514].pdf!by_clicking_here

Under ISAF regulations, the Council will first have to vote to re-open the issue of the 2016 Olympic Events by a 75% majority. It is not clear if that threshold will be reached, in which case the Events Committee recommendation will be of no effect and the decision reached in May will stand.

It is expected that proponents of the Kiteboard will oppose the re-opening of the May decision, however if there is substantial support for the matter to be re-opened (well above 50%) it seems hard to believe that supporters of an Event would be so lacking in confidence in that Event, that their best course of action is to shut down further debate.

This year being the quadrennial, the ISAF Annual General Meeting is held and as the the ISAF itself noted in a recent media release the final twist in the tail could be seen at the Annual General Meeting of the ISAF Member National Authorities on 10 November. The members present at the AGM review any Regulations made or amended in any substantive way by the Council since the last Ordinary Meeting which was in November 2011. As defined in the Articles of ISAF, decisions at the General Meeting shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of those present and entitled to vote.

Moves to block the matter being re-opened at 36 member Council level, would if successful trigger a discussion by all national authorities present at the next and final level, being the ISAF Annual General Meeting.

Against this backdrop lobbying continues ahead of the ISAF Presidential election, with three candidates from Europe, South America and Australia, all seeming to be involved in a close contest. That matter too will be considered at the Annual General Meeting, as well as the election of Vice Presidents for the World body. There are 14 candidates vying for the seven positions, which are usually determined with a strong regional flavour.

by Richard Gladwell

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

As the month of November nears, PKRA fans and competitors grow more excited by the day for the first ever Professional Kiteboarding World Tour stop in Haikou, Hainan Island, China.  Never before has such a large-scale kiting event seen the wonders of the Chinese landscape, and this will surely mark kiteboarding’s official entrance into the region with unmatched excitement and exhilaration.

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

Nearing the end of the 2012 season, no location could be more fitting for such a momentous event than the land where kites were invented over 3,000 years ago. This region of the country is more than just a windy kite destination; in fact, many refer to it as the “Hawaii of China”, as it is defined by its extraordinary scenic beauty and abundance of lush landscapes.

This tropical oasis, which is surrounded by some 200 islands, remains a well known and highly visited tourist attraction. Hainan Island, which translates to “south of the sea” is located in the South China Sea, and will provide both freestyle and racing competitors the ultimate conditions for battling it out in this landmark event. The best riders in the world will descend on this faraway region and begin competition on November 12th through the 18th.

With the battle for World Championship titles incredibly close, the stakes are higher than ever. Top contenders including Alex Pastor (ESP), Youri Zoon (NED), Gisela Pulido (ESP), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), and many more, will all vie for top positioning in order to have the greatest advantage going into the last event of the year in New Caledonia.

For this event, the live stream will continue to bring all the action to the thousands of PKRA fans around the globe. For more information in the coming days leading up to the event, keep informed through the PKRA Facebook fan page and Twitter feed. Fans can also continue to find the latest news through the PKRA homepage at www.prokitetour.com.

China will be hosting the first ever Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop, between 12th-19th November, in Haikou, Hainan Island.

Top contenders including Alex Pastor, Youri Zoon, Gisela Pulido, Bruna Kajiya and many more will all aim for top positioning, in order to have the greatest advantage going into the last event of the year, in New Caledonia.

Never before has such a large-scale kiting event seen the wonders of the Chinese landscape and this will surely mark kiteboarding’s official entrance into the region with unmatched excitement and exhilaration.

This tropical oasis, which is surrounded by some 200 islands, remains a well known and highly visited tourist attraction.

Hainan Island, which translates to “south of the sea” is located in the South China Sea, and will provide both freestyle and racing competitors the ultimate conditions for battling it out in this landmark event.

Nearing the end of the 2012 season, no location could be more fitting for such a momentous event than the land where kites were invented over 2800 years ago.

This region of the country is more than just a windy kite destination. In fact, many refer to it as the “Hawaii of China”, as it is defined by its extraordinary scenic beauty and abundance of lush landscapes.

surfertoday.com kiteboarding

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The world’s best kiteboarders are heading to Australia for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, to be sailed from December 2nd-8th.

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The Sandringham Yacht Club will be invaded by kiteboarders before Christmas, to celebrate the announcement of the sport as part of the Olympic Sailing Competition for 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

Jonathan Keys, the Australian Kiteboarding champion, will be joined by both Men’s and Women’s kiteboarding events, on Port Phillip Bay. A course racing series will be followed by the medal race on the final day of competition.

Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.

Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition.

“Sailors can choose equipment appropriate for their body weight allowing more even competition over the entire range of conditions. The box rule promotes industry support of sailors”, explains John Heineken.

“One design eliminates all industry sponsorships which currently support top competitors. We have a successful formula that with some small tightening up allows for a competitive Olympic class to thrive worldwide”, he adds.

Kiteboarding has seen an exceptional growth in Victoria, since its inception, with Port Phillip Bay providing ideal wind conditions along a world class stretch of water.

Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

The Kiteboard Racing World Championship, which will conclude tomorrow at Poetto after four days with a high technical and competitive races expressed their top riders. Even today the scirocco made it to master the challenge of the Gold fleet male and the Women fleet, still in contention for the Medal Race. The stars of the four races of the day were Johnny Heineken (USA) and Steph Bridge (GB). But, once we uses the discard, the overall leader in the female is Erika Heineken.
Completed the fleets of ten riders each that tomorrow will play for the Medal Race and the jackpot.

Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

The Kiteboard Racing World Championship, which will conclude tomorrow at Poetto after four days with a high technical and competitive races expressed their top riders. Even today the scirocco made it to master the challenge of the Gold fleet male and the Women fleet, still in contention for the Medal Race. The stars of the four races of the day were Johnny Heineken (USA) and Steph Bridge (GB). But, once we uses the discard, the overall leader in the female is Erika Heineken.
Completed the fleets of ten riders each that tomorrow will play for the Medal Race and the jackpot.

Like in the last few days, the Poetto welcomed the competitors with flat water and no air. Nobody was worried as the various National Team had learned to know the secrets of the Bay of Angels. And you know that, suddenly, at least the famous thermal wind would rise. Instead, for the third consecutive day, the scirocco wanted to be in the game, gusty, with initial intensity of 16 knots going to fall in the final. The start around 12, while the audience began to populate the beach of the ‘sixth stop’ for a close encounter with samples from all over the world and observe their kites.

The two race courses were laid by the organizers of Yacht Club Cagliari.
Among the latter, the reigning world champion Steph Bridge – captain of the British and the mother of three children, the largest of which also involved him in the championship – has fielded all his talent, winning three out of four races against her opponent Erika Heineken. For five points, however, Erica, the U.S. Lady, stays in the lead of the group of the top ten admitted to the Medal race: after her, Steph Bridge (GB), Caroline Adrien (FRA), Katja Roose (NED), Nayara Licariao (BRA), Christine Boenniger (GER), Elena Kalinina (RUS), Alice Brunacci (ITA), Lilian De Geus (NED), Justina Sellers (NZL).

Five races in total instead of the Gold Fleet male. The first result is actually the position obtained during the qualifying races. En plein without appeal for Johnny Heineken. With him the access to the Medal arises: Andrea Riccardo Leccese (ITA), Adam Koch (USA), Florian Gruber (GER), Kerneur Julien (FRA), Bryan Lake (USA), Maxime Nocher (FRA), Wilson Veloso (BRA) Dave Robertson (NZL), Adam Victor (BRA).

The formula for the Medal race consists of three races for each group (the first one is already the achieved placement in Gold Fleet), via the shortest compared to what has been seen, and positioned in close proximity to the beach. And ‘provided for the inclusion of the mistral, to make it even more spectacular the final of the championship, which will be open to the public from the presentation of the twenty finalists.