Mini Kite tour KTE Scheveningen Holland Europe

Only a few more days to go for the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe at Scheveningen. Don’t miss the chance to meet Europe’s best Kiteboarder at the third stop of the KTE.

Mini Kite tour KTE Scheveningen Holland Europe

Mini Kite tour KTE Scheveningen Holland Europe

The truck with 12 tons of event equipment is already on the road to Scheveningen. At Scheveningen you can expect a great program and hopefully a good competition as well. Two events are done and two are more to go. Last weekend Scheveningen was already the location for one stop of the Dutch Nationals. Annelous Lammerts and Jerrie van de Kop won the stop in the Freestyle discipline.

Here you will find the official program for the MINI KTE in Holland

 

Wednesday 25th September

 

15:00 – 17:30 Registration for the Riders

18:00 Welcome Drink at the Riders Lounge

 

Thursday 26th September

 

10:00 – 18:00 Competition Freestyle or Course Racing

17:00 – 18:00 MINI Riders Signature

18:00 – 22:00 Beach Lounge

 

Friday 27th September

 

10:00 – 18:00 Competition Freestyle or Course Racing

13:00 – 18:00 MINI Trainer Kite Area

17:00 – 18:00 MINI Riders Signature

19:30              Beach Lounge with DJ

 

Saturday 28th September

 

10:00 – 18:00 Competition Freestyle or Course Racing

10:00 – 18:00 MINI Holland Street Test Drive

13:00 – 18:00 MINI Trainer Kite Area

17:00 – 18:00 MINI Riders Signature

19:30              Beach Party with DJ/Live Music

 

Sunday 29th September

 

10:00 – 15:00 Competition Freestyle or Course Racing

10:00 – 17:00 MINI Holland Street Test Drive

11:00 – 16:00 MINI Trainer Kite Area

15:00 – 16:00 MINI Riders Signature

16:00              Price Giving Ceremony

 

KTE Holland – Scheveningen – September 26th-29th

Event History
The Kitesurf Tour Europe will visit Scheveningen for the first time.

 

The event will be held at Scheveningen. Scheveningen is one of the eight districts of The Hague, as well as a subdistrict of that city. Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, and a lighthouse. The beach is popular for water sports such as windsurfing andkiteboarding.

Local Website:   http://thehaguekitesurf.com/

The Spot
Scheveningen offers typical conditions of the northern sea – not too bad tides; waves from chop to “heavy”.  The water temperature can vary between 13° and 20° Celsius. The air temperature will be about 20°C. Please expect side to onshore conditions from SW – W and winds between 3 – 8 Bft.

Event Schedule

They schedule may change!
Wednesday September 25th
15:00 – 17:30 Registration

18:00 Welcome drink and “ceremony” for the riders (mandatory for all riders)

Thursday September 26th
10:00 Skippersmeeting
11:00 First possible start

??:?? Lunch
19:00 Riders Dinner

Friday September 27th
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start

??:?? Lunch
19:00 Riders Dinner

19:30 Beach Lounge with DJ

Saturday September 28th 
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start

??:?? Lunch
19:00 Riders Dinner

19:30 Beach Lounge with DJ and Beachparty

Sunday September 29th
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start

??:?? Lunch
16:00 Price Giving Ceremony (mandatory for all riders)

Travel Info

By Plane
Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) is one of the largest airports in the world:www.schiphol.nl Check low cost carrier to get there.

There is a direct connection by train from the airport Schiphol to ‘The Hague Holland Spoor’. From ’The Hague Holland Spoor’ you need to get on the tram line 1 to the  ‘Keizerstraat’ which also stops at jorplace.

 

By Car

Please find a detailed description via google maps here.

If you have a navigation system please type in following address:

Zeekant 18 or Strandweg 3

Scheveningen Badplaats

The Hague

The Netherlands

Arriving there you will find signs with the direction to the event side and the parking area.

Accommodation / Parking

Jorplace Beach Hostel is a surfer style hostel near the beach and just 10 minutes walking distance from the event area! It’s famous because of it’s laidback atmosphere. We have a bar, guest kitchen, garden with fireplace and a party basement! All the rooms have a sink and you share the toilets and bathrooms at the hallways. See you soon!

We made a special offer for the Riders from the Kitesurftour Europe.
Choose your room: 2-pers bunkroom/ 2-pers double room/ 6-pers dorm
Choose the amount of nights: 4 nights, 5 nights (5% discount) or 6 nights (10% discount)

Including: Healthy, fresh breakfast, tourist tax, sheets & cleaning!
Book now! Click here
Quoting: “Kitesurftour Europe 2013″

 

Parking

Do not want to park your car in the busy area of Scheveningen? Park your car in the harbour! Many parking places are here for free and it is also not as busy compared to the boulevard. Most tourists and day visitors do not know about this area and its (free) parking facilities. Check it out:

 

Free parking
Parking in the harbour of Scheveningen is often still for free! Check out the following places:

·        Dr. Lelykade: +/- 250 free parking spots.

·        Treilerweg: +/- 100 free parking spots.

·        Vissershavenstraat: (nursing home) +/- 20 free parking spots.

·        Korbootstraat: +/- 20 free parking spots.

·        Windroos: +/-  50 free parking spots.

·        Tarbotstraat, Zalmstraat, Schol(vis)straat: +/- 20 free parking spots.

 

Paid parking Scheveningen harbour
Are you not comfortable leaving your car unattended? You can then best park your car in the secured Apcoa parking garage next to the Gamma. The prices of this parking garage are a lot lower then in any other garage in Scheveningen.

 

Apcoa parking garage

Dr. Lelykade 220

Amount of parking places: 93

Opening times:Monday – Sunday 07:00- 00:00

Wind & Weather

Check here for the windforecast

 

 

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.

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

The KTE 2013 season officially started this morning with the 1st skippers meeting hold by course director Markus Schwendtner and freestyle head judge Bas Koole. The tour starts in France/ Almanarre with 46 Racers – 39 men and 7 women – as well as 49 Freestylers – 37 men and 12 women. This first edition of the European tour stop on the Côte d’Azur, is going to be a great event with a parallel execution of the two disciplines.

The registration was hold yesterday afternoon with over 95 riders from 14 countries coming to compete in the bay of Hyères. The riders has had more than 6 month to train and to learn new tricks to prepare. The best European riders are here to claim the 2013 European title in Freestyle or to get points for the IKA World Ranking in Course Racings as well to take home a part of the 10.000€ prize money.

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

The first day brought strong 30-35 knots. The action was intense right from the beginning. We started with the men’s single elimination and right from the start we could see that the they trained hard over the winterbreak.

The men were riding with 7 meters kites and after to get used to the conditions, the spectators could seen some spectacular tricks. MINI KTE 2012 title holder Mario Rodwald from Germany (NKB) and German starlet Sabrina Lutz (NKB) won the Single Elimination. With eyes wide open the spectators got a glimpse of a pretty bright kitesurfing future. The day ended with heat #34 in the double elimination. All of the riders demonstrated incredible progression and will go on tomorrow morning.

Focusing on course racing, the competition day proved to be actionful as well. Racers entered the water in the morning, hungry for a day full of racing action. At the end of the first day, French rider Maxime Nocher (NKB) won 3 of four races following by Julien Kerneur (RRD). The riders were always quite close and handled out arresting battles. British race women Steph Bridge from UK (NKB) holds first place positioning by winning 2 of 3 races and hopes to keep it that way for the following competition days. On second place after three races, Katja Roose from Netherlands is fighting to get the leading position, too.

We could not have a better way to start the season with a grateful opening ceremony and perfect conditions to run Freestyle heats and Course Racing legs. Tomorrow nonstop action is planned. With competitors of an high level, the action is going to be top graded.

KTE Thanks for another great success

Thanks to all riders and followers for another great time @MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe! The 4th tour stop proved to be a giant success, with major wins and amazing on- and off-water battles. After another event in an ideal location of France, and after crowning the winners at the village stage, one might be tempted to ask – who will win the overall MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 in Freestyle and Course Racing ? Preparation for the last tour stop is running…See u in Barcelona! Castedellfels : 1st – 4th of November

KTE  Thanks for another great success

KTE Thanks for another great success

KTE La Baule France day 4 Results kitesurf tour Europe

The 4th leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe was set up on the popular beach of La Baule, near Nantes, were 117 riders out of 20 nations were ready to show their best on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With an ideal event site and the side-event of the famous french Derby Kite, the four days were an eventful and exciting tour stop, filled with the biggest names in kiteboarding.

KTE La BAule France day 4  Results kitesurf tour  europe

KTE La BAule France day 4 Results kitesurf tour europe

The conditions proved to be difficult during the four days of competition with highly varying and shifting winds that allowed races only to be held during the first days. During the competition days 12 races in total were run, four races for each of the three groups. Varied and light winds with around 7-12 knots provided the biggest challenge for competitors and the race committee, that had to adjust the course to the new wind directions.

After the two days course racing action on the water, Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the 2012 Course Racing European Champions. Adam Koch (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) won the open Europeans, with Leccese in second and Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD) in third. Bridge was on top of her game this week with Caroline Adrien (FRA, Aguera/Cabrinha) and Katja Roose (NED, Airush) close behind.

Unfortunately all freestyle riders didn’t get any chance to hit the water on that event. They were chilling on the beach or in the event village, where kite brand companies displayed their gear and stuff. Most of the freestyle riders tried their best skills on Golf Competition, E-Skating Challenging and SUP-Action.

On the final day, the awards ceremony took place on the stage at the event site, where fans, friends, and spectators gathered to see the final unveiling of the official winners. Proudly accepting their awards and accolades, each winner looked over the audience with big smiles and much appreciation.

Our partner MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sportspeople and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI is the official title sponsor of the Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012.

KTE No Wind Action Day in France Day 3

The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe in France carried on today with no wind and a sense of brief relaxation matched with anticipation and funny games on the beach. Racing participants prepared their gear for some promising action on the water, while freestyle riders could be seen scattered throughout the event site, catching up with friends and enjoying the sunny day.

KTE No Wind Action Day in France  Day 3

KTE No Wind Action Day in France Day 3

An announcement was made throughout the day as riders and crew eagerly awaited the wind to pick up in strength however ceased to do so. Unfortunately wind didn’t picked up, so riders stayed on land and discussed the rules of the racing discipline and how it should best be utilized to help progress the sport until the release at 5pm.

Lining the outer edges of the Derby Kite village, kite schools and partner MINI displayed their gear and play host to lounging and relaxation, while clothing companies, and DJ’s maked up a portion of the area as well. With a golf competition, skate ramps, numerous tents and a SUP-race organized by the Derby Kite, the spectators and riders had a good choice entertaining themselves throughout the day.

Tomorrow, riders will arrive to the beach at 10am for the first skipper’s meeting. Wind is expected to range from 5-9 knots. Racing may prove to be the focus for the day with the prize-giving ceremony at 3pm. The forecast for La Baule has made planning difficult in such light conditions.

For the last day tomorrow, join the MINI KTE 2012 on day four via Facebook for the latest updates, photos, and insights.

Slight breeze throughout Day 2 at the MINI KTE France Europe

Light wind characterized the second day of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe in La Baule, France. The focus of the day was on course racing. The race set up was adapted due to these light winds. Race competitors gathered for the first possible signs of wind and suitable conditions. The breeze did begin to pick up slightly throughout the day to 7-10 knots, giving riders the time they needed to begin pumping up their kites and readying their gear.

 

Slight breeze throughout Day 2 at the MINI KTE France

Slight breeze throughout Day 2 at the MINI KTE France

With 7-12 knots of wind, racers entered the water in the morning at 12:15 pm, hungry for a day full of racing action. At this point, Adam Koch (USA) and Steph Bridge (GBR) held first place positioning, and hoped to keep it that way. Mostly all competitors raced with kites up to 17 meters.

For rider Adam Koch (Ozone, USA) it was another great day on the water, finishing first in the fifth race. So, Koch is holding his first place in the current overall standing, followed by Julien Kerneur (FRA) on second and Riccardo Leccese (COL) on place three.

In the girls division, the first race of the day and the fifth in total, Steph Bridge (UK, North) got beaten by Caroline Adrien (FRA, Cabrinha) on first, Elena Kalinina (RUS) on second and Katja Roose (NED) on third. Taking a big risk, Steph Bridge continued to hold her placement in front. With Caroline Adrien close behind and Katja Roose on third.

During the women fleet, the wind died slowly. Disappointed by the wind variability, competitors returned to the beach and the meeting area to wait once more, enjoying lunch and the french atmosphere. As the day continued on, there were brief moments where it looked as if the wind might pick up – only to die back down again.

To attract and to animate visitors and fans on the beach, we organised some E-Skating Competition powered by Gliss Evolution. Spectators also checked out the varied products of MINI on the boardwalk.

Tomorrow, wind is expected of up to 12 knots, so competitors will arrive to the meeting place at 9am for the day’s first meeting. Stay tuned Facebook for the latest information throughout the day. To view pictures of the day, check out the daily pictures link below.

Photogallery of Day 2 HERE

Results for MINI European Course Racing
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Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules

The purpose of this Code is the improvement of safety standards and the standardization of the rules of the road for kitesurfing. The Rules of the Code are based on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs), state regulations, yachting rules and generally accepted regulations operating in the kiteboarding and kitesurfing  world.

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules susi may kite beach photo zanzibar

The Code applies to all persons practicing kitesurfing on any body of water. The Rules do not replace any special regulations concerning specific situations or kitesurfing spots such as reservoirs, rivers, overcrowded spots, or kitesurfing competitions.

If you are a visiting kiter or new to a launch site, ALWAYS introduce yourself to the locals, inquire about any hazards and local guidelines for the area.

Rule 1 – Responsibility
1.1.  All hazards and special circumstances shall be taken into account when applying these Rules, which may mean a departure from them if deemed necessary in order to avoid a collision.
1.2. Every rider shall be aware of kitesurfing dangers to him/her and others in his/her vicinity. The rider is liable for all damage caused by him/her and his/her equipment.
1.3. Every rider shall obey the local rules which may override these Rules.
1.4. Kiteboarders sometimes depend on each other on the water, and it is the duty of every rider to give all possible assistance to anyone in danger. Kiters have been known to perform many heroic rescues, however, if you are not experienced enough for an effective rescue, you may find yourself in danger as well.

Rule 2 – Definitions
2.1. Port tack – the wind blows from the left side in relation to the sailing direction, and the left hand is the front one, so-called “port”.
2.2. Starboard tack – the wind blows from the right in relation to the sailing direction, and the right hand is the front one, so-called “starboard”.
2.3. Windward rider – a rider sailing closer to the “source” of wind; sailing “above” in relation to another rider during the meeting, so-called “upwind rider”.
2.4. Leeward rider – a rider sailing further from the “source” of wind; sailing “below” in relation to another rider during the meeting, so-called “downwind rider”.
2.5. Give-way maneuver – an alternation of course or speed carried out to avoid a collision by a give-way rider.
2.6. Give-way rider – a rider obliged to give way during the meeting.
2.7. Stand-on rider – a rider who has right of way and is obliged to maintain his/her course during the meeting.
2.8. Maneuver – a jump, a trick, or a change of course or speed.
2.9. Meeting – a situation on the water when riders meet each other and one of them must give way in order to avoid a dangerous situation or collision.
2.10. Dangerous situation – a situation which endangers both users in the water and on the shore. A development of a dangerous situation leads to a collision.
2.11. Collision – a situation when riders, or their equipment, collide or they collide with other users on water or ashore.
2.12. Safe distance – a distance that shall be maintained in order to avoid a dangerous situation.
2.13. Kitesurfing on waves – surfing on breaking waves usually in a shore-break zone, so-called „wave”.

2.14. Good Kitesurfing Practice (GKP) – a set of generally accepted principles of safety, based on many years in kitesurfing community.
3.3. A rider who is in the water, holding a kite at zenith(12:00), swimming to a lost board, or re-launching a kite from the water has the right of way.

Rule 4-  On The Water
4.1. Head-on situation (opposite tacks) – a port tack rider gives way to a starboard tack rider.
4.2. Similar courses (same tacks) – a windward rider gives way to a leeward rider.
4.3. Overtaking – anyone overtaking (faster) keeps out of way of anyone being overtaken (slower).
4.4. Position of kites during the meeting – a windward rider raises his/her kite above 45 degrees and a leeward rider lowers his/her kite below 30 degrees.

Rule 5 – Multiperson meeting (Rule 4 is not applicable)
5.1. The most upwind rider raises his/her kite to the highest point and the most downwind rider lowers his/her kite to the lowest point. Other riders passing between the riders at the extremes set their kites in intermediate positions in order to avoid kite tangling.
5.2. It is recommended that meetings involving more than two riders be avoided whenever possible.

Rule 6 – Jumping
6.1. Before performing any maneuver, ensure that such an action will not endanger anyone.
6.2. The downwind area for a landing place shall be checked before commencing a jump.
6.3. In particular it is recommended to double check the area “behind” before performing a manoeuvre.

Rule 7 – Surfing on waves – Wave (Rules 4 & 5 are not applicable)
7.1. A rider surfing on waves has right of way irrespective of tack.
7.2. If there are two or more riders on the same wave, right of way has a rider surfing closer to the breaking part of the wave or a rider who got first on the wave.

Rule 8 – Action by a give-way rider
8.1. A safe distance shall be maintained during a give-way manoeuvre.
8.2. Any action taken to avoid a collision shall be positive, readily visible to others and made in ample time and with due regard to the rules applicable on the water.

Rule 9 – Action by a stand-on rider
9.1. A stand-on rider shall maintain his/her course until collision is unavoidable without his/her own manoeuvre.
9.2. The same rider shall fly his/her kite in a position specified by Rule 4.4.
9.3. This Rule does not relieve a give-way rider of his/her obligation of giving way.

Rule 10 – Meeting with other water users (not being kitesurfers or windsurfers)
Every kitesurfer gives way to all other water users except the power-driven crafts under 7 metres. It is recommended that passing and overtaking of such water users should take place on their leeside and at a safe distance.


On the Beach

 

kiteboarding rules on the beach Adlow and len ten

kiteboarding rules on the beach Aaron Hadlow and Ruben lenten rigging kite on beach south africa

Please do not fly your kite on crowded beaches. There are many uncrowded places around here to ride, give us a shout and we’ll help you find a good spot!

  • If you are a newer kiter, a visiting kiter, or just new to the launch site, please introduce yourself to the local kiters and inquire about local conditions, hazards and regulations. This is common courtesy on any beach, and goes a long way with the locals.
  • Always wind up your lines when your kite is on the beach.
  • Do not hang around the launch area with your kite in the air- “Keep it Low and Go!”
  • Observe the “flow” of traffic before you launch your kite. You will notice “lanes” of upwind and downwind riders sharing the same areas. There’s also usually a freestyle area and lesson area, so get familiar with what’s going on in the water before you launch.
  • Give immediate assistance to kiters launching and landing. If someone is coming in towards the beach and tapping their head, they need to land their kite ASAP. If you are able, please assist them and stay with the kite until it is secured with sand or a board.
  • Before launching do a preflight check of all safety releases. An improperly rigged safety can kill you. You should have a minimum of 2 quick releases on your system- 1 for releasing the kite from you to the leash, and 1 for releasing the entire rig.
  • Do not use a kite without a leash or lacking a proper safety system.
  • Launch kite towards the water whenever possible.
  • Do not fly your kite over beach goers, swimmers, or surfers.
  • Do not launch or land UPWIND of anything that can hurt you or sue you.
  • Do not use an inexperienced person to launch or land your kite.
  • If you take on the responsibility of catching someone’s kite, make sure to stay with it until they weight it down with a board or something. Do not leave the kite unattended as it may take off unexpectedly.

 

On the Water

kiteboarding rules on the water

kiteboarding rules on the water girl kiteboarding

GIVE WAY TO ALL WATER USERS, INCLUDING SWIMMERS, SURFERS, AND BOATERS. NO EXCEPTIONS!

PLEASE DO NOT KITE IN THE SWIM AREAS ALONG ANY OF OUR BEACHES!

  • Always stay 300 ft. or 3 line lengths away from shore, especially in onshore winds.
  • Always stay out of swim areas. New kiters should body drag out past the swim area to start, especially in onshore winds.
  • Please give extra room to instructors with students and new kiters.
  • Kiters launching and entering the water have right of way over kiters already on the water.
  • Kiter on Starboard tack (RIGHT hand forward) has the right of way.
  • Upwind rider- Kite HIGH
  • Downwind rider- Kite LOW
  • Slapping hands with another kiter is not fun when someone loses their edge and crashes into you. Save the hand slapping for the beach!

When Jumping

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules jumping

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules jumping

  • Look all around you before you jump, make sure you have a clear area downwind of you and make sure that you will not land on, or near anyone, or in their path. Now send it!
  • Jumps and Transitions should be done a safe distance from shore and NEVER near swimmers, surfers, windsurfers, boats, fishermen, etc. This is the single biggest problem in this sport and many areas are being banned for the actions of a few. Please stay out of the swim areas everywhere you ride, and do not jump or transition near shore.

Kiteboarding self Rescue

Kiteboarding self Rescue photo kite kiteboarder

Kiteboarding self Rescue photo kite kiteboarder

In kiting, there WILL become a time when you run into a bad situation. Gear failure or sudden weather changes are two examples where knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life!

Be sure to practice this with each kite you own, as all kites have slight differences and require different hand positioning for an effective rescue.

Safety Tips

  • NEVER GO OUT FURTHER THAT YOU CAN SWIM!
  • NEVER DEFLATE YOUR KITE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!
  • DO NOT RIDE WITHOUT A KITE KNIFE!
  • HELMET AND FLOTATION RECOMMENDED!
  • ONE PUMP USERS: ALWAYS LOCK OFF YOUR STRUTS WHEN SETTING UP!
  • AVOID KITING ALONE!

Here’s 3 Methods of Self Rescue:

Standard Self Rescue

Activate safety system to flag the kite out on one line

Pull yourself up the line to the bar

Wrap (the line you just pulled yourself to the bar with) at least one kite length (20-30’)on the bar to prevent relaunch, then wrap the rest of the lines until you reach the kite.

If able, detach the lines from the kite and stow the bar.

Grab what will be your UPPER wingtip or bridle, (depending on direction of travel) and work your way to other wingtip by sliding leading edge under your arm with the other hand. (hold bridle and push L.E. away from you)

Fill the sail with wind to pull yourself back to shore.

Practice this on the beach, or in shallow water to find correct hand positioning-BEFORE YOU NEED IT!

Offshore/Upwind Method

This technique works very well if caught in offshore winds, or for going upwind to retrieve your board.

Remember: NEVER deflate your kite unless absolutely necessary!

This technique also keeps you more visible to rescue personnel.

Here’s how you do it: lay on leading edge of kite (wingtips in the air), with legs extended down center strut. At this point, your upper body will be hanging over the leading edge, so you can easily overhand swim or “dog paddle” to your board.

From there you can swim to shore or use traditional self rescue technique.

Both methods should be known and practiced before you need them.

Raft Method

Use this method if your leading edge deflates.

This will happen if the leading edge bladder pops or the deflate valve opens, so make sure to lock down those velcro tabs around the valves! If you remembered to lock down your one pump strut clips, there will still be air in the struts.

Roll the kite ends to middle and secure it into a “raft” with your leash, harness, lines, or whatever you have.

If you didn’t lock off your struts, you will have a nice long swim with a giant sea anchor, or be kissing your kite goodbye.LOCK DOWN YOUR STRUTS!

The author of these rules ,Marek Rowinski, hopes that the work presented above will be widely accepted and will improve safety in kitesurfing.content : kiteboardingtampabay.com

kiteboading Racing fever at the MINI KTE 2012 Brouwersdam Europe

 

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Light wind characterised the first day of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe and Kitegatta 2012 in Netherlands. In preparation for the competition, competitors arrived to the event site yesterday evening for the registration and to analyse the dutch conditions before the event begins.

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kiteboading Racing fever on the 1st day at the MINI KTE 2012 Brouwersdam Europe

For the racing and freestyle discipline, 101 riders will make up the event by representing 15 nationalities, At this event, 42 male and a great participation of 18 female riders will compete in Freestyle action and 41 riders in Course Racings. With the best kiteboarding talents here in Netherlands, the 3rd leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe will certainly provide a full range of high action, amazing tricks and nippy speeds in one of the most fantastic kiting location in Holland – Brouwersdam.

Beginning today at 10am with the first skippers meeting, competitors gathered for the first possible signs of wind and suitable conditions. The breeze seemed to hold on, giving riders the possibility pumping up their kites and readying their gear for the first Course Racings. After the sound of the horn, racers battled for perfect positioning and lead spots.

After 3 full races, Florian Gruber (GER) took first leading position with Riccardo Leccese (Columbia) not far behind on second place and others such as Maxime Nocher (FRA) and local rider Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) finishing on place third and fourth.

In the women fleet, Stephanie Bridge (UK) happily earned first for the women with Christine Bönniger (GER) on second and local rider Katja Roose (NED) on third.

As racing has just recently been announced as an Olympic sport for the 2016 games in Rio de Jeneiro, all riders report an increased interest in the sport of kiteboarding, and more specifically kite racing.

For the next 3 days ahead, the wind forecast looks light. But hopefully, it should provide enough breeze for racing and freestyle disciplines to take place. In the meantime, competitors enjoy the Kitegatta area by testing 2013 material or checking out the awesome benefits of a MINI Cooper and a MINI Roadster.

For the latest updates, visit the Kitesurf Tour Europe Facebook page. Tour and title partner MINI has thus far proved to be an integral component of this successfull third tour stop of the KTE 2012 season.

Download Course Racings results Day 1

http://www.kitesurftour.eu

Day two in Holland provided a little bit more wind than the day prior. With acceptable wind conditions and the race competitors ready, it was time to head into another day of racings battles on the water. Measuring 7-14 knots throughout the morning and afternoon, competitors entered the water around 10:30, more determined than ever to improve their placements and claim greater leads.

After 6 amazing races during the competition day, columbian course racer Riccardo Leccese dominated the men fleet and earned the current first place of this event. Florian Gruber (GER) and Maxime Nocher (FRA) were riding very constantly by changing placements during the races. Finally, Florian remembered pushing on the board to gain some more speed against Maxime and managed to gain second place.
In the girls division, Steph Bridge (UK) was happy to finish first again. The british power woman rode very consistently throughout the day, with a strong and powered approach .
Others such as Christine Bönniger (GER) and Katja Roose (NED) put forth their strongest efforts, holding their ground for the duration of the races and finishing second and third.

In the afternoon, the wind noticeably were not picking up for some freestyle action. Disappointed by the wind, freestyle competitors relaxed on the beach and in the meeting area to wait once more, enjoying lunch and the dutch atmosphere until official releasement at 6pm. As the day continued on, there were brief moments where it looked as if the wind might pick up – only to die back down again, clouds and sun moving in with tropical temperatures..
In total, all 6 races were completed and no freestyle heats were run, as the wind proved to be too light for such competition. Freestyle riders like Mario Rodwald, Christopher Tack, Stefan Spiessberger, Sabrina Lutz, Annelouse Lammerts and Chiara Esposito sat patiently around the rider’s area waiting for wind and talking about the new material 2013.

Tomorrow, a light breeze is expected again of up to 13 knots, so competitors will arrive to the meeting place at 10am for the day’s first meeting. Hopefully, wind will compare, too. Stay tuned via social media for all the latest updates.

The scene was set on day three in Brouwersdam, Holland, as visitors and racers arrived around 10am to find out what was in store for the day. With light side-shore winds, race competitors pumped their kites for the first race of the of the day. At this time, winds measured around 12 knots on the water.

The horn sounded under a sunny sky with tropical temperatures and light wind conditions. Front-runners Riccardo Leccese (Columbia), Florian Gruber (GER) and Maxime Nocher (FRA) fought hard to gain a lead again. With most racers on their biggest kites, it was clear that every rider needed to take advantage of the best of their abilities in order to achieve top placement.
Moving onto the fifth race of the day and the 14 official race of Kitegatta 2012, Leccese finished clearly on first place. Nocher battled with Gruber and Kerneur for the following positions. As in all races, the angle of attack proved to be everything, allowing racers to edge up in placement and get ahead.
The first racer that crossed the daily finish line in all, after the wind dropped down and strong drift hedged about another sixth race, Riccardo Leccese came off the water with a big smile. Maxime Nocher proceeded to complete the current overall course ranking second, followed by Florian Gruber and Julien Kerneur (FRA).

For the women, Stephanie Bridge (UK) proudly finished first again, achieving a perfect placement for her first tour stop at the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012. Christine Bönniger (GER) earned second place shortly thereafter, followed by Katja Roose (NED) in third.
Despite the light wind conditions for freestyle, all riders took the opportunity to share in dutch holiday spirit by sharing a few laughs over a refreshing ice cream or some delicious cold drinks while conversing with friends and family about the new kiteboarding tricks and the new movie « Hidden Lines » by Kevin Langeree, Youri Zoon and Nick Jacobsen. A few multi-colored 2013 kites of many different shapes and sizes were able to lift off up into the warm air. As the day progressed around 4pm, the wind died completely. All riders were released for that third day. Thousands of visitors and all riders were finally chilling on the beach or refreshing in the water.

Tomorrow, join the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe at Kitegatta 2012 on day four via Facebook for the latest information throughout the day and information about the prize giving ceremony. To view pictures of the day.

KTE Mini europe Holland 2012 – Day 4 – Results
In the face of the upcoming olympic discipline – the 3rd leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe at Brouwersdam (Holland) was an inspired and cramed event of Course Racing action

Riccardo Leccese (COL) and Stephanie Bridge (UK) obtained the dutch event titles in Course Racings

Arriving for the first time in Holland, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe and its competitors passed by the dune landscape of Brouwersdam for a four days actionful event happening – the Kitegatta 2012. An amazing count of 101 total competitors in Freestyle and Race represented 15 countries. The best riders in Europe planed to create another great show on the water to showcase fastest speeds and tricky maneuvers, providing onlookers and participants with ultimate performances.

According to the wind forecast, light wind was announced for the majority event. Racing participants made sure that their gear was properly registered, while freestyle riders could be seen broadcasted throughout the event site, catching up with friends and enjoying the warm and sunny days. Riders and fans, discussed the new movie « Hidden Lines » by Kevin Langeree and Youri Zoon. During the whole event, wind conditions were too light for any freestyle action, but still good enough for racings.

With positive energy, just close after the Olympic Summer Games in London, all racers were motivated and full of power to show perfect kitesurfing skills and fastest speeds on the water. After fourteen completed races throughout the event days with different conditions, Ricccardo Leccese (Columbia) and Stephanie Bridge (UK) rode very consistently throughout the whole dutch event, with strong and powered approach and a final success with first podium positions. Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Christine Bönniger (GER) achieving second, Florian Gruber (GER) and Katja Roose (NED) coming in third.

On day fourth, the awards ceremony took place on the beach at the event site, where many spectators, friends, and fans gathered to see the final exposure of the official winners for racing. Proudly accepting their awards and the price money, each winner looked over the audience with big smiles and much appreciation. Unfortunately all 60 freestyle riders didn’t get any chance to hit the water. They were chilling on the beach or in the event village, where kite brand companies displayed their 2013 gear and play host to lounging and relaxation. DJ booths and animation made up a large portion of the area as well.

In all, the event in Holland was well received. Next up on tour, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe will take part in the Derby Kites of La Baule, France. Featuring racing and freestyle performances as well as a great event village with a trainer kite area, MINI showroom and MINI test rides. The French tour stop will host all European rider from 27th to 30th of september 2012.

Kite surf tour Europe KTE Netherlands – Browersdam – August 16th – 19th

Kite surf tour Europe KTE Netherlands - Browersdam - August 16th – 19th

Kite surf tour Europe KTE Netherlands - Browersdam - August 16th – 19th

Event History
The Kitesurf Tour Europe will visit Brouwersdam for the first time – the location is one of the most popular beaches for windsurfing and Kiteboarding in the Netherlands located 40 Minutes from Rotterdam but also 3 hours close to Cologne area in Germany. Kilometers of sandy beach will give all riders lot of space.

The Location
The location is one of the most popular beaches for windsurfing and Kiteboarding in the Netherlands. “De Kous” is a beach house located at the beach close to the road. We are hosted by Beware Beach wich has great experience in surfing, Beach sports, Summer Camps and Kitesurfing classes.

 

The formal address is:
Strandpaviljoen De Kous
Brouwersdam, 3253 AJ Ouddorp Zh, Niederlande
More Info: www.bewarebeach.nl

The Spot
Brouwersdam offers typical conditions of the northern sea – not too bad tides; waves from chop to “heavy”. We will have to move the judge tower for 250 meters between low and high tide, so please be aware of tidal changes when leaving you kite. The water temperature can vary between 16° and 20° Celsius. The air temperature will be from 20 – 25 degree Celsius. Please expect side to side onshore conditions from N – NW and S – SW Winds: 3 – 8 Bft.

Event Shedule

Wednesday August 15th.
18:00 – 20:00 Registration

Thursday August 16th.
10:00 Skippersmeeting
11:00 First possible start
19:00 Rider BBQ

Friday August 17th.
08:00 Breakfast Buffet
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start
19:00 Riders Dinner

Saturday August 18th.
08:00 Breakfast Buffet
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start
19:00 Riders Dinner
22:00 Beach Party

Sunday August 19th.
08:00 Breakfast Buffet
09:00 Skippersmeeting
10:00 First possible start
15:00 Price Giving Ceremony

Travel Info

By Plane
Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) is one of the largest Airports in the world:www.schiphol.nl Check low cost carrier to get there.

By Car
Brouwersdam is located right at the N57. There will be enough parking space for participants – for overnight stayings you have to use the camping. Wild Camping is very expensive!

From Rotterdam:
Follwow A15 direction Europoort. Take Exit Nr. 12 direction Hellevoetsluis (N57) and follow N57 northward direction Ouddorp. Take Exit „Noordzeestrand“ left towards Brouwersdamand you soon will see the „Strandpavillon De Kous”.

From Zierikzee:
Take N59 direction Renesse/Burgh Haamstede towards „Serooskerke“. Follow the N57 direction Ouddorp. After about 8 km you will see the Center Parcs/ Port Zeelande. Take the exit left to Brouwersdam and soon you will see “Strandpavillon De Kous”.

By Train
We would not recommend to use train, because it will be hard to get to the beach.

Accommodation / Parking
The dutch are used to camping – and it is the best solution to stay at the location. Attention: Wild camping is very expensive.

 

We received Info, that there will be no legal overight camping at the riders parking. The dutch poice refused permission for overight stayings becasue of another party event. Please use following alternate:
www.driveincamerpark.com

For Campers is High season 12 hours stay € 10,– (Thursday)Mid season 12 hours stay € 9,– (Friday to Sunday)
Caravans and tent Call www.Klepperstee.com and tell the reception that they you are attanding the KTE You will have 25% discount. Tax is € 0,81 per person a day

We recommend self-service camping “Klepperstee” at Ouddorp

Camping Recreatiepark De Klepperstee
Vrijheidswg 1
3253 Ouddorp
Tel.: 0187 681511
Fax: 0187 683060
Email: info@klepperstee.com
www.klepperstee.com

 

Other solutions could be

www.campingplatz-zeeland.de
www.duinenstrand.nl

More Informations are here www.vvvzeeland.nl/en/

If you need help please contact Gydo from Beware Beach
[31] 0618 47 69 05
info@bewarebeach.nl