KTE Côte d’Azur nby MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 next to St.Tropez welcome the first European Tour stop in Kitesurfing

Hyères/ Alamanarre, June 3rd – With the two first days of wind, sun, 95 riders from over 14 countries coming to the South of France – Almanarre Kitemasters finished with a full freestyle event and 8 counted course races. The tour starts with 46 racers – 39 men and 7 women – as well as 49 freestylers – 37 men and 12 women. The first edition of the European tour stop on the Côte d’Azur, was a great event with a parallel execution of the two disciplines.

 

KTE Côte d’Azur  nby MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 next to St.Tropez welcome the first European Tour stop in Kitesurfing

KTE Côte d’Azur nby MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 next to St.Tropez welcome the first European Tour stop in Kitesurfing

The first day brought strong 30-35 knots. The action was intense right from the beginning and we started early in the morning with both competitions. Freestylers were riding with 7 meters kites and after to get used to the conditions, the spectators could seen some awesome tricks. Riders like Stefan Spiessberger (Austria), who was kicked-off in round 4 in the single elimination, went straight through the doubles and won unstoppable six heats until the quarter final, when he was beaten by Liam Whaley (Spain).
The final in the doubles, featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Whaley. Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the wintertime. That heat was full of power, variety and action for the beach crowd. With a great powerful double S-Bend Pass and a Low Mobe 5, Mario got it and won the first European tour stop. The final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (Germany) and title-holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (Netherlands), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announced and finally the first women tour stop title goes to Germany as well – Sabrina Lutz (NKB).
Focusing on course racing, the first two competition days were quite eventful. Racers entered the water early, hungry for days full of racing action. With regard to the rough sea, the course provided tactical challenges that made not only spectacular for racing, but excellent spectating as well.
On day one, French rider Maxime Nocher (NKB) won three of four races following by Julien Kerneur, also from France. British race women Steph Bridge from UK, holds first place positioning, while Dutch rider Katja Roose followed her on second place. The riders were always quite close and handled out arresting battles. The second day was a smoother running. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another. With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher, Julien Kerneur, Blazej Ozog and Florian Gruber were riding closed to each other in rotational positioning. Day three and four, brought a bout of very light, or better, no wind.
The course director, Markus Schwendtner, adapted due to these light conditions. But unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize. The wind didn’t picked up on these two last days.
In a nutshell, ten races were sailed, with two discards in total. French riders Maxime Nocher and Julien Kerneur, managed to achieved top placements, with Maxime on first, Julien on second and Blazej Ozog on third position.

The women fleet, was leading by Steph Bridge (UK). Steph crossed fifth time the finish line first, followed by Katja Roose (NED). Aga Grzymska (POL) earned a third placement.
The end of the first MINI KTE event was marked with the closing ceremony and the distribution of the trophies and prize money. We could not have a better way to start the season with a greatful event and tough conditions in the beginning.

The next stop of the season is on the German island Sylt. The rough Northern Sea and strong winds will be a perfect spot for the 2nd stop of the year, from 2nd July to 7th July.
Go to www.kitesurftour.eu to see the latest contest news and schedule information.

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.

 

PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

On June 19th the PKRA will start the second Slalom event of the season in Turkey on Burc Beach near Istanbul. This will be the second year that the PKRA is in Turkey, this year with a slalom-racing event. The past year the winds of Burc beach provided a perfect venue for racing and freestyle. The Slalom racing takes place on the Black Sea that gets a thermal wind every day or a front will come through to give the competitors winds up to 30 knots. A PKRA Kitemasters freestyle competition will also take place during the event with great prize money for the top 6.

PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

For more information click HERE.

After one slalom event in Mexico and 6 more to come throughout the world, the season will be amazing. After 7 events an ISAF-IKA Slalom world champion will be crowned. If you missed some the action in Mexico make sure you look at the race videos and event videos.

Top riders from all over the world like Bryan Lake and the 2012 Slalom world champion Julien Kerneur will be there. With Slalom racing, the action is intense form the start to the finish every race.

Freestyle Kitesurf World Cup Marsala 2013-June 25th-30th.

KTA Cook Islands Manureva kitesurf Paradise

We are excited to be going back to the Cook Islands again this year and hope that you will join us.

KTA Cook Islands Manureva kitesurf Paradise

KTA Cook Islands Manureva kitesurf Paradise

Registration for this Event is now open and it will take us back to the most beautiful place in the World for Kiteboarding. We received a very warm welcome last year from the locals and had an amazing time there.

We hope that many of you will join us this year again for what will be another great KTA Event in an already great kiteboarding season.

Looking forward to seeing you all here.

For Full Event info and details on the area please click HERE!

Naish Kitesurf video DNA NKTV S03E01

Season 3 is officially here!

Join NKTV for yet another epic season of ridiculous bumping, jumping, traveling and team shenanigans.

We’re kicking off the season with Episode 1-Naish DNA…Watch killer airs and crazy sweet tricks as loads of adrenalin are unleashed on the South African sea by the Langeree & Richman siblings and “The Boss” during their recent trip to the RedBull King of the Air Contest.

Strap in, watch and get stoked as the Naish team takes kiteboarding on endless adventures to newly charted territories around the world with style.

Title: Naish DNA
Producer: Naish
Director: EyeForce (vimeo.com/eyeforce)
Riders: Kevin Langeree, Jalou Langeree, Robby Naish, Shawn Richman, Jesse Richman
Equipment: Boards-dub, Monarch, Global / Kites-Torch, Park / Harnesses-KL Pro, Mafia, Mission 3D

Caribbean Quest Cabrinha Catamaran Kiteboard trip

Had an amazing time hanging out on the Cabrinha Quest boat in the San Blas Islands a remote archipalego inhabited by the Kuna Indians off Panamas east coast. From there spent a few days in the clear waters of the Turks and Caicos with the Big Blue Unlimited crew. Even got lucky and scored a little swell in both locations!

Kitesurf world tour KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

Maui, Hawaii — March 30, 2013: Following the IKA release from March 25, 2013 the KSP is pleased to announce their wildcard picks, completing the slate of this years KSP tour riders. The KSP’s seven board members made their decision, taking into account several factors such as the riding level and future potential of each rider. Following a long deliberation and a very close decision by votes, the KSP board members agreed to award the coveted KSP wild card slots to the following riders:

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

Jose Silva (CPV): Having won the Cape Verdian National Title in 2011 and guest starring at the Cascais Kite Surf Pro 2012 as a Wild Card Entry, Jose Silva is no stranger to competition and shining amongst some of the most talented riders in the world. With the density of riding level on the small island chain of Cape Verde possibly being higher than anywhere else in the world, Jose Silva will have the chance to show just how well he can do on the World Tour.

Kalia Aguera (HAW): Kalia Aguera is the youngest female kite surfer ever to compete at a KSP World Tour event and made her debut at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro 2012. At only 16 years of age, she has shown some raw talent and motivation. With Maui’s North Shore being her home and with a dad that has made history in the sport of kiteboarding, Kalia Aguera promises to impress in the future and the World Tour will be the perfect platform for her to unfold her talent further.

KSP board member Mitu Monteiro states: “I am very happy about the decision the board members took on the 2 KSP wild cards for this season. A young surfer with a lot of potential and a rider from an emerging nation that will receive a chance to show his talent on the international circuit. Now I can’t wait to see the action they will deliver on the water.”

The 2 KSP wild card riders will join the pre-qualified riders from last year’s overall KSP Tour rankings as well as the riders that received a KSP tour card as decided by the IKA and national associations and c

For a full list of riders qualified for the 2013 KSP world championship tour season please click HERE

http://www.kspworldtour.com

Slingshot New Website Launches Soon

COMMITTED TO DELIVERING THE BEST PRODUCT EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY.

We’re planning to launch a completely new online experience at the end of March. It’s been some time since we’ve had a new website and finally we will have a platform built with modern technology and latest web standards. Coupled with a powerful content management system, we’ll be able to focus on giving our riders the best product experience yet. Not only will all the necessary information be there, but a deeper look into our technology and innovations as well as educational videos. Video will play a large part of the site as we begin to integrate all the work we’ve been doing to create interesting and entertaining content. Now we have another platform to share this with everyone.

Slingshot New Website Launches Soon

Slingshot New Website Launches Soon

We’ll also have sections in the site that speak more to our culture and what we believe in. There will be great inside information on our Team riders, a look inside our Factory as well as our History. We’ll be building a new Support section that will be filled with helpful answers and a library of product information. A new Warranty process and Product Registration will highlight our best-in-class Customer Service. The new site will be a great example of the current brand movement and messaging for everyone to follow. It fits right in line with the current ad campaigns as well as our other visual channels. Our goal is to create one brand experience that connects our different sports and shows our true commitment to being a top watersports company.

Of course, this will all be tied together with the latest social sharing tools and optimized for the best SEO performance. The mobile experience will be much improved as well since more and more users are experiencing our site through these devices.

We’re excited to share the new site with you and the industry. Our hope is that it becomes an invaluable tool for everyone and the one place you can go to find out what Slingshot is all about.

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

Maui, Hawaii — February 1, 2013: Following it’s second consecutive season, which saw competitive kite surfing being pushed to epic new heights, the KSP is pleased to announce the schedule for it’s highly anticipated 2013 Tour.

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

 

The 2013 KSP World Championship Tour is set to kick off at Guincho Beach, Portugal, winner of KSP’s recent Facebook poll, and will again feature the birthplace of kite surfing, Maui, Hawaii. Two exciting new venues will also be included in the 2013 Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour – Gran Canaria and Puerto Rico. With these exciting destinations on the map, the 2013 KSP season once again promises nothing short of phenomenal surf conditions for the world’s kite surfing elite to battle it out for the coveted IKA-sanctioned World Championship title.

 

Just as last year, the 2013 KSP Tour will kick off at Europe’s premier kitesurfing beach break, Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal, from June 27 to July 6. The powerful right-hand beach break and strong side-onshore winds at Guincho are ideal to elevate the level of exciting and progressive aerial surfing to the forefront of competition.

 

Next up will be another perfect playground for progressive above-the-lip kitesurfing, offering strong side-onshore winds from the left and punchy surf – Jinamar Beach on Gran Canaria. The Canary Island will welcome the KSP to its windy and wave-rich shores for the first time when riders battle it out for the event title from July 25 to August 2, 2013.

 

Stop three takes the KSP to another new and exciting venue – the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. From October 31 to November 9, 2013 Shacks Beach will become the epicenter of the kite surfing world and show why Puerto Rico is widely considered the secret kite surfing jewel of the Caribbean.

 

Bringing the Kite Surf Pro World Championship tour to a close for the second year in a row, Maui’s legendary North Shore will host the 2013 KSP World Tour finals from November 22 to December 1. With near-perfect down-the-line surfing conditions, Ho’okipa will once again offer an ideal stage for the culmination of the dramatic KSP World Title race.

 

“It’s shaping up to be an awesome year,” says Tour Manager Terry McKenna. “It’s going to be a well-rounded tour with a good variety of venues that will cater to the diversity of styles. Guincho and Gran Canaria will showcase the progressive aerial aspect of the sport whilst Ho’okipa and Puerto Rico will offer the purists a chance to illustrate a more power-based style of on-rail surfing. I’m really looking forward to meeting and working closely with local organizers and to make this a memorable year for the KSP,” Mckenna added.

 

As reigning World Champions Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) and Jalou Langeree (NED/Naish) look to defend their titles amidst a field of the top 24 men and 12 women umpired by an International Surfing Association-accredited panel of judges, each KSP event will once again feature live webcast with live scoring, broadcasting the heat-by-heat action in real time.

 

To receive all updates about the KSP World Championship Tour please sign up for the KSP newsletter at www.kspworldtour.com. Follow the KSP on Facebook at facebook.com/KSPworldtour or on Twitter at twitter.com/KSPworldtour.

 

For high quality media pictures or any other media related requests please contact media@kspworldtour.com.

 

2013 KSP World Championship Tour Schedule:

  • June 27 to July 6, 2013  —  Guincho, Cascais/Portugal
  • July 25 to August 2, 2013 — Jinamar, Gran Canaria/Spain
  • October 31 to November 9, 2013 — Shacks/Puerto Rico
  • November 22 to December 1, 2013 — Ho’okipa, Maui/USA

 

Photographer:  Hugo Valente              Rider: Matchu Lopes Almeida (CPV/North)

For any further info please visit www.kspworldtour.com or contact us at info@kspworldtour.com

KTA Kite Kidstour is taking off everyone can kite

Free Powerkiteclinics for local kids in each tourstop of the Kitetour Asia

KTA Kite Kidstour is taking off  everyone can kite

KTA Kite Kidstour is taking off everyone can kite

Kitekids is a new training program initiated by Kitetour Asia and Cabrinha Rider and 3 times KTA Tour Champion in Racing Kathrin Borgwardt to put something back into each location and country that the kite competition visit.

Local kids get the opportunity to join a powerkite class for free and take those first steps towards perhaps becoming future kiteboarding Champions. The Kite Kids tour will introduce local children to kiteboarding by teaching them the fundamental skills through power kiteflying, while at the same time getting them to understand the importance of safety while they are having fun. Having many years of experience and skill as qualified instructor Kathrin Borgwardt will bringing her teaching skill and well as her competition background to the KTA Kite Kids program, which itself is based on kids camps and courses she has successfully been running over in Europe.

The KTA Kite Kids classes will be run just before each round of the KTA Asia Tour over two day period and will be supported by local instructors and kiters to ensure lots of help is on hand for the kids to get the max out of their flying session. Thanks to OZONE Kites and Maelstorm there will a be a local kids kiting club established in each destination, so the kids can continue to kite and there will be follow up clinics like full beginner courses for the kids in the water. The kids will have the possibility during the competition to stay with the riders and to ask all their questions and keep in touch on the kitekidstour Facebook page.

The first event for the tour will be Bintan/ Indonesia in February with following events in Pranburi/Thailand, Boracay/ Philippines and Pingtan/ China.

More details on www.kitekidstour.com