Red Bull Danish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

Two coasts, 40 kilometers and over 200 competitors. Red Bull Coast 2 Coast, taking place on September 7th 2013, is one of the gnarliest and most incredible Kitesurf races of all time.

Red Bull Denish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

Red Bull Denish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

A distance of 40 kilometer from Niobe, Fehmarn to Lalandia at the Denish coast and back has to be ridden. Everybody whether beginner or pro can registrate for the race on www.redbull.de/coast2coast. But only the fastes one can win at Red Bull Coast 2 Coast. Link to Registration: http://www.redbull.com/de/de/events/1331599921537/red-bull-coast-2-coast/form Link to Trailer: http://www.redbull.com/de/de/stories/1331604252059/red-bull-coast-2-coast-der-trailer Rules: • All competitors start at the same time on water and have to cross a line between buoys, which is not allowed to cross before the start • Starting point is the Niobe beach Fehmarn, then a 20-kilometer distance has to be ridden to a turn buoy, which is located about 100 meters off the coast of Rodbyhavn (Lalandia, Denmark) • Each participant must kite around the turn buoy and then the same distance back to the starting point • The finish line again is built by the line between the two buoys • The competitor, who has crossed the finish line first with his board, wins the race • The route to kite is accompanied by several boats and lifeboats to guaranty the safety of all competitors

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

The Kiteboarding World Cup in Soma Bay 2013 has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled in 2013. The PKRA is looking forward to having an event in Egypt next year. Egypt is a great place to kitesurf and the perfect venue for a PKRA World Cup to feature the best kitesurfers in the world.

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

The Junior world championships in Costa Brava will be starting on Wednesday. Five world titles will be given in three boy’s age group and two girls age group. This is the first time the PKRA will be giving a junior world title and the opportunities for young riders to learn from pros like Gisela Pulido. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.prokitetour.com for the latest news on the kitesurfing world tour.

Registration at the PKRA IKA Freestyle Jr’s Europe kiteboard championship

The registration at the PKRA/IKA Kiteboarding Freestyle Junior World Championships took place at the camping La Ballena Alegre, San Pere Pescador, Costa Brava, Spain.  Costa Brava has been hosting events for many years, it is a great venue and a perfect place for the first Kiteboarding JR World Championships.  43 riders registered from 17 countries.  The thermal winds picked up to solid 15 knots all afternoon and many riders took advantage of the conditions to warm up.  A beautiful opening ceremony welcomed all the riders.

The riders are from all over the world and are adapting to the local conditions.  The wind here is usually the strong Tramontane out of the north or the warm thermal from the south west.  This time of year the thermal is the dominant wind. The competition will have two classes of boys 8-14 and 15-16 and two classes of girls 8-13 and 14-16.  This means that 4 World titles will be given.  Only two kids under 11 registered so they will join the older class.

Throughout the week the PKRA along with many pro’s like Gisela Pulido and Alvaro Onieva will be doing clinics to educate the young riders.  The goal of these clinics will be to teach up and coming riders how to compete, train, media relationships and sponsors.

The level will be very high, especially in the 15-16 age group, with many competitors having already kited for many years.  The European champions are here to see if they can claim a World title.  The competition will start in the morning at 10:30am .  You can follow all the action on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


 

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.

IKSURF Magazine Issue 39

IKSURF Magazine Issue 39 Featured Latest Kitesurfing Magazine information   Wakestyle tome court kitesurfing originaltravel panama egypte  North true Kiteboarding f-one best kiteboarding nobile slingshoot go pro hero 3 etc

IKSURF Magazine Issue 39 Featured Latest Kitesurfing Magazine information Wakestyle tome court kitesurfing originaltravel panama egypte North true Kiteboarding f-one best kiteboarding nobile slingshoot go pro hero 3 etc

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.

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.