kitesurf pro tour KSP update and introduction of new tour manager

You may not have received many news from the KSP lately other than the press releases about the events in Portugal and on Gran Canaria being canceled. We would like to give you a quick update on the newest developments on the KSP front and most importantly introduce you to our newest team member.

kitesurf pro tour KSP update and introduction of new tour manager hookipa maui hawaii surf

kitesurf pro tour KSP update and introduction of new tour manager hookipa maui hawaii surf

After the first 2 events of the season had been canceled the KSP board held an online conference and evaluated the associations situation. In this meeting 2 main things were decided: 1) to cut all expenses and let tour manager Terry McKenna go and 2) to put as much focus and energy into making at least 2 events happen in this 2013 season.

In the board meeting we also discussed possible locations for the 2nd event (the event on Maui is set, however Puerto Rico will not happen), the possibility of having a “one off” world championship in case all goes wrong and the possibility of bringing a new tour manager on board.

While we are in contact with 2 venues that are interested in holding a KSP event at the same dates as the Puerto Rico event was scheduled for (October 31 to November 9), we are also very delighted to have found an incredibly successful business man and passionate kiteboarder to spearhead the KSP as the new tour manager.

Nicholas Thiede, founder and former CEO of Germany’s biggest online seminar platform Semigator, will take on the position as of today and will be putting his incredible passion, energy and experience into making the KSP a successful association and world tour for the years to come. Saying that, Nico will be entirely volunteering his time and efforts for this job. We all agreed that this does not need to be made a public fact, but we would like to send out an extra special shout out and thanks to Nico simply for supporting the KSP in the way he is.
Nicholas Thiede who now lives in Tanzania, exclaims: “I am super excited to contribute to the success of this exceptional tour. Watching the world’s top wave riders compete on the KSP world tour is the best our sport has to offer to me. I am looking forward to being part of the team and will be discovering Africa’s best wave spots between KSP tour stops for possible future events.”
In the name of all of the KSP board members I am sending you all the very best for now.

Thanks everyone for your continued and amazing support,
Kristin

http://www.kspworldtour.com

IKSURF Magazine Issue 39

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KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 6, 2012: The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw strong side-offshore winds and consistent head high surf today on day 8 of the 10-day holding period. Men’s and women’s round 1 was completed as well as 7 heats of men’s round 2.

KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

In a 10AM rider’s meeting, contest directors officially announced the implementation of the KSP’s alternate “short dingle elimination” ladder. Used for the first time in a KSP competition today, the short dingle elimination was originally designed in conjunction with the riders to reduce competition time to ensure an event result when conditions do not permit the use of the standard double consolidation ladder.

Competition kicked off in the early afternoon with the last remaining heat of men’s round 1, pitting local Maui boy and current KSP World Championship Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) against Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN). With his world title hopes on the line, Mclaughlin prevailed in a nerve-racking, but relatively low scoring heat.

Women’s round 1 saw some hotly contested battles, but no major upsets in the world title race. Local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) continued to impress with the highest heat score total of the women’s competition thus far, a 14.17. Other riders advancing from women’s round 1 included Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) and Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish).

In round 2 of the men, reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino later (ITA, North) nailed the highest heat score of the day with a 15.83 two-wave combined total. Male riders advancing out of round 2 included world number 3 Sebastain Ribeiro (BRA), (CPV, F-One) as well as Guilly Brandao (BRA), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One). Competition was called off for the day falling short of just one heat of men’s round 2.

To see the pictures of the day click here! 

To watch a clip of yesterday’s action click here!

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD)

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)

Heat 2: Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)  

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Ines Correia (POR, RRD)

Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

Kahului, Hawaii – December 4, 2012: Following another windless morning on Maui’s North Shore, the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro World Championship final got underway in the early afternoon in gusty wind and clean, overhead surf. Today saw incredible action and the near-completion of men’s round 1.

 Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

“The wind conditions were not ideal with the wind being lighter than usual and slightly offshore”, said local rider and hometown favorite Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) following his second place finish in his round 1 heat. “But that was still definitely the best kitesurfing I’ve seen at Ho’okipa.”

Today’s highest heat score came from tour standout Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One) with a 16.17 two-wave total. Riding forehand on his natural stance, Monteiro dominated his round 1 heat with solid hacks and vertical top to bottom surfing. Other heat winners in round 1 included Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Guilly Brandao (BRA), Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha), Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One).

The final heat of Men’s round 1 was abandoned due to deteriorating wind conditions late in the afternoon. All forecasts point to a significant increase in wind strength heading into the weekend and a slight decrease in swell height. When competition resumes, hometown favorite and current KSP World Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) will face Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN).

To see the pictures of the day click HERE!

Clip of yesterday’s action:

 

 

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live .

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), Top Hat (HI)

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)
Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro

Kahului, Hawaii – December 3, 2012: Unpredictable Kona Winds prevented a start of the Ho’okipa Kitesurf Pro again this morning. A solid swell forecast and improving wind direction promise contestable conditions as soon as tomorrow and holding strong for the remainder of the competition window.

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP contest director Ian Ponting states: “It’s unusual for Maui to be windless for long periods of time. The forecast continues to look really promising for the end of the holding period. In the meantime Maui continues to offer amazing surf and hopefully the competitors are still functional in both body and equipment when the real action starts.”

With an outside chance of the trade winds starting to kick in tomorrow, contest officials will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a first possible start. Stay tuned for a first possible start and watch the call live on www.kspworldtour.com/live at 9am tomorrow morning.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

KSP At Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

Kahului, Hawaii – December 2, 2012: Kona wind flow has forced the fourth consecutive lay day at the KSP World Championship tour final on Maui. International competitors from 18 countries remain on standby for the first possible start of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro as soon as wind conditions permit.

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

“The wave is really good here in Ho’okipa,” said reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) following his interview in this morning’s live broadcast. “The forecast looks better for the end of the week and I really hope we make the finals in the best conditions.”

Contest directors will reconvene at Ho’okipa to assess conditions tomorrow morning for a first possible start. Tune in at 9am to watch the live call and morning show on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

Click here for the Day 3 video including an introduction to the traditional Hawaiian Hula Dance.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1
Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)
Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)
Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2
Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)
Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)
Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)
Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3
HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)
Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 1, 2012: Contest officials have declared another lay day for the final event of the 2012 KSP World Championship tour, the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro. All signs point to an improving wind forecast for early next week.

Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

“It’s another beautiful day on Maui”, said KSP competitor and live stream commentator Sky Solbach. “The forecast is looking great for waves throughout the rest of the holding period and it looks like the trade winds will return to the islands next week.”

Contest directors will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make an official call. Tune in at 9am to watch the live call and morning show at 9am onwww.kspworldtour.com/live.

Check out the Day 2 clip including an interview with Pete Cabrinha 

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

Kitebording World Champions Crowned at the REEF Kitesurf Pro

Today, on the biggest day of the year, the 2012 Freestyle World Champion was decided, and what an incredible day it was. In fact, no one could have anticipated how close the final results would actually be – and this day went down in history, providing some of the most epic final battles ever witnessed.

While the wind looked lighter than expected in the morning, there was still just something in the air that hinted at greatness. Some worried that the expected conditions would not materialize, but others remained confident that the battle for the title would continue on this last day at the REEF Kitesurf Pro. Finally, around 11am, the wish for wind came to fruition, and kites began to dance above the turquoise tinted water.

Beach New Cal

The early rounds of the double eliminations brought no huge surprises. Johnno Scholte (NED), Stefan Speissberger (AUT), an Michael Schitzhoffer (AUT) advanced, among others, and even the local rider, Michael Dinclaux went on to the next round.  Several close heats kept the focus on the beach, which only heightened the excited energy of the day.

The most intense action began with the incredible heat between Christophe Tack (BEL) and Alberto Rondina (ITA). Both men carried out a very strong battle. Tack hit a nice inverted Front Blind Mobe in the first half of his heat, followed by a high scoring Late Back Mobe, showing a Crow Mobe right before stomping a Slim. Rondina, on the other hand, rode powerful as always with a KGB grab, and an impressive Back Mobe as well as a Front Blind Mobe. Unfortunately for Rondina, he crashed some of his bigger tricks, and thus lost to Tack, who rode with greater consistency and executions.

Tack then went up against Marc Jacobs (NZE), and still opened up with some great maneuvers, especially considering that he had already competed in four heats. Considering this, Jacobs took the lead with a higher overall point score after nailing a Late Back Mobe and Slim 5, with 9 other solid tricks in his heat. While this ended Tack’s climb up the ladder, he demonstrated just how talented a rider he really is.

Youri Zoon

The women also put on an amazing performance, showcasing the highest level of kiting we have seen all year. During the semi-final heat, as the two familiar adversaries – Gisela Pulido (ESP) and Bruna Kajiya (BRA) – battled it out, it became clear that Kajiya was riding with greater consistency. Both competitors suffered a few crashes; however, Bruna’s 313 and S3 won out over Gisela’s Slim and 313.  They both attempted nine tricks, which ended in a 21.4- 12.8 point spread.

Now, after Jacobs’s last heat, he was obviously on fire, and he took this energy into his heat against Youri Zoon (NED). Both of these riders exhibit the same ‘go big or go home’ style, which favors strong wind and high-speed tricks. Going full out right from the start, Jacobs stomped a Late Back Mobe, Slim 5 grab, and S3. Zoon then answered back with a fluid Front Mobe, Slim 5, and Double Back Mobe, among others.  By the end of this heat, no one quite new who the winner would be, and by less than a point (42.57 – 41.72), Youri took the win.

Judges PKRA

The final women’s heat now took center stage, with Bruna Kajiya and Karolina Winkowska (POL) in an intense battle to the end. With sheer determination on their faces, they entered the water with complete focus and resolve. Kajiya opened up with a 313 and Winkowska responded with a 313 as well. Bruna seemed to hit more tricks straight off the start, while Winkowska built up her trick tally with an impressive Blind Judge 3 and huge S3. Kajiya even earned the highest scoring trick in this competition for the women, with a S3, scored at 7.03. At the heat’s end, and with a point spread of 28.56 to 21.52, Winkowska came out victorious, claiming the World Championship title for 2012. Coming of the water with a huge smile and an unbelievable year behind her, Karolina seemed to be walking on air once notified of her win. Her spectacular performance earned her the deserved win for the women as she claimed this title for the first time ever. This was a big day for Karolina indeed.

Karolina New Cal

With the men’s finals on deck, all of the suspense from the entire year could now be released on the water. The intensity was palpable, and the two most talented riders in the world – Alex Pastor (ESP) and Youri Zoon – were ready to focus all their energy, hard work, and training on this one, crucial and defining moment. Pastor initially came out strong, landing a nice KGB with a grab. Unfortunately, however, he struggled to get substantial points on the board, especially with his Front Blind Mobe, which he usually executes flawlessly. When Pastor finally did manage to stomp this trick, it was too late, as he had already used up all of his trick attempts.

Zoon was obviously determined to go into a super final to secure the world title.  He threw down a huge Shifty 5 and an impressive KGB with his kite very low. Riding with more consistency and power, along with higher scores on his standard tricks, Zoon was able to take the win and push the competition into a Super Final.

Now, for the men, the pressure was really on. Spectators on the beach and other riders almost fell silent as this momentous heat began. The judging panel looked on with stone cold faces and the fans held their breath in anticipation. This was it – what the entire year had led up to.

Pastor came in first, full speed with a KGB that didn’t go as well as planned, while Zoon came in right behind and stomped a big Blind Judge 3. Pastor then went on to execute a well-done Slim 5, yet Youri came through with a massive SH5, landing toeside. The heat continued on with each rider giving it their all. These two competitors went hard, charging all of their best tricks.  Pastor went on to do another grab KGB as he did in the first final and Zoon kept going big. Alex’s incredible Slim 7 warranted a huge applause from the crowd, as it’s one of Alex’s best tricks.  As the heat progressed, it became apparent that this would be a very close heat. No one could tell who was winning, and nearly every trick seen on the water was big, fast, and impressive.

Pastor

Finally, the heat came to an end, and while both riders performed incredibly well – showing the world exactly why they are the two fiercest competitors in the world – Youri Zoon barely came out ahead by just .16 points (45.32 – 45.16). What an incredible and unbelievable show it was! No one could have expected such a close and action packed finale. Many commented that this was the most intense heat ever witnessed, and Zoon – the 2012 World Champion – was ecstatic to claim his title.

Speaking of his huge win, Zoon explained, “ In my first heat against Marc, we were both exploding with power and in the end I just won by .4 of a point, so I was really happy to keep my 2nd place and still be in the race for the world title. Then I came against Alex and yeah, he is an amazing rider and he’s riding phenomenal in almost every single condition. To ride against him in the final again was something special but I knew that I had to win, so I was giving everything that I had that I could do in those conditions.  In the end it turned out to be off by just 0.2 points which is almost nothing.”

After this incredible display of kiting action, the riders joined the fans at the awards ceremony, where the winners of the event and of the Word Titles were crowned. Even the winners of the Big Air competition were present to accept their congratulations. Here, the most talented men and women in the sport stood tall, accepting their awards and taking in this final moment of the 2012 PKRA World Tour Season. What an incredible season it was.

The PKRA would like to congratulate all the riders on a banner season, and especially the newly crowned 2012 World Champions – Youri Zoon and Karolina Winkowska!

 

New Cal Podium

Ladies Podium

Podium Men

Big Air

Final Event Results:

Men
1. Youri Zoon (NED)
2. Alex Pastor (ESP)
3. Marc Jacobs (NZE)

Women
1. Karolina Winkowska (POL)
2. Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3. Gisela Pulido (ESP)

Final World Ranking Results:

Men
1. Youri Zoon (NED)
2. Alex Pastor (ESP)
3. Alberto Rondina (ITA)

Women
1. Karolina Winkowska (POL)
2. Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3. Gisela Pulido (ESP)

Lay Day Called For Day 6 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro

Achill Island, Ireland – October 24, 2012: Another lay day was called today for day 6 of the Are Lingus Kite Surf Pro. The forecast is looking good for the days ahead and into the weekend.

Lay Day Called For Day 6 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro

Lay Day Called For Day 6 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro

“The wind returned today after a few days of light breeze”, said contest director Mark Wardt. “We’re closely watching the forecast for anywhere within driving distance and are confident we will be in the right place when conditions allow us to continue the event.”

Wave heights and wind speeds are expected to increase starting tomorrow and continue to build through the end of the holding period. Event organizers and competitors are optimistic they will be able to complete the early rounds in the coming days and finish the finals in what looks to be classic Irish conditions this weekend.

When competition resumes, men’s heat number 8 will be up first with Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha), World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) and local wildcard Mark Barry (IRL), followed by the commencement of women’s round 1.

Tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live tomorrow at 10 am to watch the morning show and receive the latest updates.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, is sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.

AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)

AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)