Kiteboard Asia KTA Cook Islands Adventure 2013 Manureva Aquafest kite asia

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Kiteboard Asia KTA Cook Islands Adventure 2013  Manureva Aquafest

Kiteboard Asia KTA Cook Islands Adventure 2013 Manureva Aquafest

Combine some of the most beautiful islands of Polynesia (home to a fun-loving, incredibly welcoming and generous people) with an eclectic crew of kiteboarders and watersport competitors and it can mean only one thing. The Manureva Aquafest has returned to the Cook Islands.

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The Cook Islands is a place that not so many of us over in the Northern hemisphere have really come across and certainly not the most immediate destination you would think of when packing your bags to go kiting. Well ok in KTA circles you perhaps would have as its been on everybody’s tick list since our first event over there last season, so it was great to be returning for the 2nd Manureva Aquafest with a bigger team and a bigger programme of events.

The Manureva International Aquafest took place from the 10 – 14 June 2013 and marked the second year of collaboration between the Asian Kiteboard Tour team from the KTA and the Cook Islands Kitesurf Association. Although primarily focused around a kiteboard competition, the Manureva Aquafest did as the title suggests, it threw in a few other water challenges during the week. Competitors found themselves not only needing to meet their normal event challenges in freestyle and course racing under their kites, but also other ‘waterman’ skills in the local Vaka outrigger canoes and stand-up paddle board racing.

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Cook Islands Rarotonga , an amazingly stunning location for a welcome drink for the KTA team aboard the sailing scooner the Picton Castle

The event is heavily supported and sponsored by the Cook Islands Tourism Department and Air Rarotonga. Their aim is to see activity-based tourism increase in the islands, particularly in the area of watersports, for which the country is blessed with many perfect locations.

Cook Islands Kitesurf Association organiser Paka Worthington underlined that to discover the traditions and culture of the Cook Islands and its people was a key factor in the overall experience of the competitors, to fully understand the uniqueness of the event.

‘Our ancestors dreamed of being able to fly’ said Worthington ‘and this week at the Manureva we will be fulfilling their dreams as the kiters take to the air, bridging the gap between past and present’.

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The KTA linked up with the Cook Islands Kitesurfing Association to develop new competition opportunities for both local and international riders alike. Having established the competition last year, the event has grown for 2013 with the inclusion of the KTA Kite Kids that introduced around 40 youngsters from local Rarotonga and Atutaki schools to kiteboarding for the first time. The KTA Kite Kids sponsorship support continues from Maelstorm and Ozone, with international Neil Pryde subsidiary Cabrinha, who are supporting the programme for the first time to provide the boards and water kites to take the classes further. The classes were led over the four days by Kathrin Borgwardt who has pioneer the KTA Kite Kids throughout the season, with support from Cabrinha’s Lison Albouy. Key to these sessions and their progression after the KTA has gone the local support also from the Atutaki Kiteboard Club and KITESUP the kite school in Rarotonga. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm for kiteboarding from both the kids and local volunteers alike and perfect to be able to support them further by gifting them the trainer kites from Ozone and boards from Cabrinha.

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Cook Islands ,Rarotonga , KTA Kite Kids in action, Instructor Kathrin Borgwardt and Lison Albouy guest instructor sent by Cabrinha Sponsors: Cabrinha, Maelstorm, Ozone

The kiteboard competition itself was put together to encourage riders to take part in both freestyle and TT racing. Riders could just take part in only one or the other of the events, but there was also an overall winner’s prize package based on the combination of the points from each event – a double chance then to go home well-rewarded. Almost all of the 28 riders (3 non-scorers) from 8 countries represented did so.

The Cook Islands themselves are the secret of the Pacific – a place where you can breathe in the fresh pure air and wade into the cool, calm blue lagoons; calm that is except for those dynamic moments of competition that saw the kiters blasting from the water in head-to-head competition. Reigning Asian Champion and one of the visiting international riders at the event, Yo Narapichit Pudla took on allcomers in both the freestyle and race. In the end his wealth of experience bore him through to win, but not before some high class challenges were dealt out by the locals. Tahiti’s Tetuatau Levervd and Rarotnga’s Pauro in particular shone through in the freestyle event while fellow Cook Islander Evarima Koteka showed great talent in the TT racing, even managing to take a win off of Pudla, something seldom achieved this season by any rider.

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For the girls it was fully international affair as the Cook Islands is still looking for its first female competitor to emerge. KTA Open race champion Kathrin Borgwardt from Germany was to claim the title this time, showing she had not forgotten all her freestyle moves either. Thailand’s Fon Benyapa and New Zealand’s Anderson Romero were hot on her heels though throughout, making sure it was a hard fought competition all the way to the finish.

The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, scattered across 2.2 million square kilometers of ocean, boasting rare beauty and an idyllic climate. The Cook Islands are Paradise and a dream for any kiter to compete at, but this was no normal kiteboard competition and soon competitors more used to the power of the wind found themselves battling the elements from another angle at the end of a paddle.

Vaka outrigger canoes are the original mode of water transport across Polynesia. The former lifeblood of the Maori, both in travel and food gathering, has been transformed today into slick racing craft. For the Aquafest, teams of six paddlers took to the crystal waters for a day of fast sprint Vaka action. The local teams as you might expect came out on top, with some of the kiters looking less than their usual coordinated selves for once, but great fun and competition was had by all.

Like so much about this event even the Aquafest day was a meeting of old and new, so as the day unfolded not only were the paddles of the Vaka in action but also the new paddle phenomena SUP. In stand-up-paddle the kiters were to fair much better and looked a lot more at home as they fought it out around the course. This section of the event was being sponsored by Naish with its master of ceremonies Luke Thompson ensuring that things ran smoothly and fair play was observed by all.

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Luke had also be taking care of the tunes all week with some cool on beach mixing for both the kite and paddle competitions, but being Aquafest and being the KTA it needed to have one final twist to proceedings which was to come in the form of the first Cook Islands Harlem Shake. So sit back watch and enjoy ….

Kiteboard Tour Asia – Harlem Shake Cook Islands from Kiteboard Tour Asia on Vimeo.

The 2103 Manureva International Aquafest was counted by all involved as a great success. The event had seen an increase in both local and international competitors, showing that the event and the sport of kiteboarding is on the increase within the region and for the Cook Islands in particular, prompting confidence in the future for bigger and better things to come, but as we said from the beginning of this report this was a very different event one that mixed both watersport competition and a step into the Cook Islands way of life and some very unique experiences for us all to take away with us.

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The Cook Islands is a very traditional religious area, everything closes on Sunday with no exceptions and everyone heads to church to take in a sermon with the local minister. The thing then that is so unique to Cook Island churches is the way they sing the local hymns, to hear this is quite an experience, high pitched harmonizing voices mixed with the deep voices of the men resonating around a church that has seaward views to blow you away and yes all the kiters went along, not something you are going to see too often at a kite competition.

In addition to this unlikely surprise in our Cook Islands adventure we were also lucky enough to be in Atutaki for the creation of a new tribal chief. This does happen too often as you might imagine being a hereditary thing, so our timing was perfect. The ceremonies that began at 4am (very noisily I might add) carrying on throughout the day and helped us understand more about what culture and tradition means to the Cook Island people.

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It was amazing to see the warriors and the council members all in traditional clothing performing the ceremonies with hundreds of people watching on also geared up with coconut leave headdresses or flowers that are worn by everyone on a day to day basis also. Then following all the formalities it was time for the dancing and pretty awesome it was too, from the knee knocking frenzy of the guys doing their thing to the beauty of the girls performing hula dances, the latter of which for some reason held the attentions of the KTA photographers for quite some time. All of which was followed by a feast to remember; tons of food of all sort that had cooked over hot stones in leaf covered pits in the ground was piled onto tables for an ‘eat as much as you can’ extravaganza.

Once again the KTA Team and competitors had the best time in the Cook Islands and very well worth the long travel. What a great end to our 12/13 season at a location that promises a lot of potential for the future and even now plans are afoot for next year’s event, one which if it goes as we hope, will raise the bar again for kiteboarding in the region.

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KiteBoarding Race Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

The Crissy Field beach looked like a psychedelic tent city, with dozens of colorful kite-boarding kites strung along the shore. Seventy-five kite boarders representing 22 countries slipped into white and blue jerseys as an air horn summoned them to the ready.

The scene was part of the Northern American Kite Board Racing Championships, a four-day kite board course race which originally began at the St. Francis Yacht Club five years ago.

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

“Our group here, the local fleet and the St. Francis Yacht Club figured out how to get these boards to begin to sail upwind,” said regatta chairman Jim Kiriakis, “and then sail in a classic upwind downwind sailing, yachting format.”

Just a month before the America’s Cup Yacht Race begins in the frigid bay waters, dozens of riders were zipping along just as fast – strapped to kites and boards instead of million-dollar yachts.

“You’re basically standing on this board, harnessing the power of the wind,” said racer Sky Solbach, who traveled from Hawaii for the competition. “Flying around the water, it’s a blast.”

The competition began this week with two days of qualifying heats, with finals on Thursday and Friday.

The colorful sails looked like gnats hovering around Alcatraz as the heat of 40 racers began bearing down on a course of buoys stretching out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The home court advantage in the competition may go to Larkspur’s Erika and Johnny Heineken, the brother-and-sister racers who currently wear the titles of men’s and women’s kite boarding world champions.

“We go out almost every day and sail against each other in summer,” said Erika Heineken. “So we’ve got a ton of local knowledge and support.”

In the first of the days qualifying heats, Johnny Heineken demonstrated the difference between a world champion and everyone else, blasting past the field of riders and smoothly gliding into shore well in front of the closest competitor.

“It’s super fun to have everybody come to us for once,” he said. “It’s the one time in the year we get the little bit of advantage.”

The sport of kite boarding has evolved since the early days when the big thrill for riders was launching into the air, carried by a floating kite. Now riders travel the world racing on highly competitive courses.

But the sport was dealt a recent setback when it was denied a slot in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Kiriakis believes kite boarding’s day will come sometime soon.

“We believe by 2020, there will be kite boarding Olympic sailing class,” Kiriakis said. “There’s a high probability that happens.”

For now, the racers will have to be content zipping along at the same speed as the America’s Cup Racing Yachts, hoping the winds of progress will help the young sport finally catch air.

Source: nbcbayarea.com

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers.

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are  still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers. Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20-25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions. -25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions.

Day three of the MINI KTE tour stop in France brought an bout of very light, or better, no wind. The double elimination in Freestyle was already effected, while Mario Rodwald (GER) and Sabrina Lutz (GER) captured victory of that 1st european tour stop. The focus of the day was concentrated on course racing.

The sunny day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with laying in the sun for a fresh-faced sun teint by savoring a lolli-pop of Chupa Chups, enjoying a fresh RedBull, chatting in social medias or educating oneself in Wifi time in the rider’s area of the event site.

That while, all race competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. Course director, Markus Schwendtner, adapted due to these light conditions.

Some racers are looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves. For the last possible start, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their 17m kites in preparation.

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up.

Freestyle riders like Hannah Whiteley, Liam Whaley and Bram Bast sat around the rider’s area to enjoy and to relax for another upcoming party night of Hyères, nearby St Tropez. For a refreshing moment in the afternoon, head judge Bas Koole, announced an incredible wakeboarding session, which spanish rider Liam Whaley obtained. During that time, the race crew was waiting outside for any mermaids, those who didn’t appear and finally released the riders around 6pm.

Tomorrow, racers arrive to the beach at 10am for the first skipper’s meeting of the day. Wind is expected to be light as well.

 

Extreme Air Kiteboarding Competition – Red Bull King of the Air 2013 South Africa

After an 8-year hiatus Red Bull King of the Air has returned with a new format, new location and the mission to bring back the wow factor to kiteboarding.

Cape Town’s famed Table Mountain was the perfect backdrop for the world’s top 24 kiteboarders to face-off in the unique ‘flag out’ competition format. In the end it was Jesse Richman from the USA who managed to edge out Sam Light and Nick Jacobsen to emerge victorious.

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