Second Consecutive Lay Day For The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Irland

Achill Island, Ireland – October 23, 2012: A lay day was called today for day 5 of the Are Lingus Kite Surf Pro due to lack of contestable conditions.

Second Consecutive Lay Day For The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro

Second Consecutive Lay Day For The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro

“We are looking at improving conditions over the next couple of days and a potentially big swell towards the end of the holding period,” said KSP Tour Manager Kristin Boese. “Hopefully we can get a lot of heats done this week and hold the finals in the best conditions over the 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)

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Aer Lingus Looks To Commence Tomorrow

Achill Island, Ireland – October 20, 2012: Wind and swell maps are calling for a potentially ideal scenario of strong winds and large surf starting early Sunday morning, day 3 of the 10 day holding period of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland. Preparations are underway for a long day of competition tomorrow.

Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland Looks To Commence Tomorrow

Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland Looks To Commence Tomorrow

“Local riders like Ryan Coote are saying that this is exactly the type of forecast they normally look for,” said KSP live stream commentator Ben Meyer. “We anticipate starting the contest as early as possible tomorrow to take advantage of the expected conditions.”

KSP riders kept busy today at Keel Beach, Achill Island’s most popular kite spot, where a small expression session was held for local media and the public to get a glimpse of what can be expected when the main competition begins. On the men’s side, Matchu Almeida Lopez (CPV, North) took the win with a big un-hooked full rotation 360 over Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North). Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) took the win over fellow female competitors Milla Ferreira (BRA) and Lilian Malschaert (NED) with a big strapless air.

An earlier than usual riders meeting will be held tomorrow morning in hopes of getting the event started without delay. Tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live at 9:30am Ireland time for a first possible start of Men’s Round 1.

 

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, 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 1: Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Ryan Coote (IRL)
Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Jakop Appel (DEN)
Heat 3: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Lee Harvey (GBR, North), Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best)
Heat 4: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Gonzalo Gomes (POR), Keith McGeown (IRL)
Heat 5: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Cameron Biehl (USA)
Heat 6: Filippe Ferreira (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), Mark Moore (CAN)
Heat 7: Sky Solbach (USA, North), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD),
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)

Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

Achill Island, Ireland – October 19, 2012: The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland has been called off for the day due to small waves and light wind. Contest directors are optimistic for a first start this weekend.

 

Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

“The forecast was not looking great for wind or waves today,” said Brad Price, Head Judge for the KSP world championship tour. “We are working closely with our dedicated team of locals and monitoring the forecast charts carefully. Conditions are looking very promising at the moment for a possible start tomorrow afternoon or Sunday.”

Event organizers will reconvene at dawn tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a 10:00am first possible start for men’s heat one, which promises to be an explosive start to the competition.

Tune in live at 10am Ireland time on www.kspworldtour.com/live tomorrow morning for the morning show and a first possible start of Men’s Round 1.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, 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 1: Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Ryan Coote (IRL)

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Jakop Appel (DEN)

Heat 3: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Lee Harvey (GBR, North), Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best)

Heat 4: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Gonzalo Gomes (POR), Keith McGeown (IRL)

Heat 5: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Cameron Biehl (USA)

Heat 6: Filippe Ferreira (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), Mark Moore (CAN)

Heat 7: Sky Solbach (USA, North), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD),

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)

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off Achill Island Aer Lingus

Achill Island, Ireland – October 18, 2012: The world’s best kite surfers are on standby for the 3rd stop of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour, the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro, running from October 19 – 29, 2012. 36 riders from 19 countries have come together on Achill Island and are gearing up to face the frigid Atlantic waters on Ireland’s rugged west coast.

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), current KSP world number one following his breakout victory at One Eye, looks to retain his tour lead in the cold surf of Ireland. Female frontrunner Ninja Bichler (GER, North) also continues her 2012 world championship campaign following her victory at One Eye in September.

Joining the KSP tour riders will be local wildcards Ryan Coote and Keith McGewon. KSP tour rider Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha) was forced to pull out of the competition at the last minute due to a shoulder injury and will be replaced by local Irish rider Mark Barry. The local female wildcard will be Jade O’Conner. Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One) will replace Ainhoa Garcia (ESP) due to her last minute drop out and tour rider Marie Gautron sustained a broken foot just last week and passes her spot on to Lilian Malschert (NED).

The unique mobile format of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro will be a very exciting one, capable of showcasing each day’s action at the best possible wind and wave locations. Rider’s and crew will be based out of the Pure Magic Lodge on Achill Island, within perfect striking distance of a handful of high-quality spots.

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Photographer:   Gilles Calvet             Rider:  Kirsty Jones / North

To learn more about the possible event venues, kite surfing in Ireland and the first possible start of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland, tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live at 10am Ireland time tomorrow morning.

The KSP and Freeride are proud to announce their sponsors and local partners for the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, which include 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.

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

Kahului, Hawaii – October 13, 2012: Next up on the KSP world championship tour schedule is Europe’s secret kite surfing jewel and home to some of the planet’s biggest surf, Ireland. Kicking off in less than a week and running from October 19 to 28, the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro will incorporate a unique mobile format, capable of showcasing each day’s action at the choicest of locations on the country’s wild and swell-abundant west coast.

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

Home base for competitors and contest officials will be the Pure Magic Lodge on Achill Island in the county of Mayo. From here, a number of prime wave spots are within close reach. Conditions at each of the spots will be evaluated each morning to select the best possible condtitions for the event.

Local organizer, Kieran Sammon of Freeride, says: “Bringing the KSP tour to the West Coast of Ireland is a win-win situation.  The riders will get to see some of the best conditions in Europe nestled in the beautiful landscape of the West Coast of Ireland and the people of Ireland can showcase the hospitality of the Irish. There is real power behind the heavy swell of the Atlantic, its a force to be reckoned with, challenging the skills of the riders. The craic will be mighty!”.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012 the KSP also announces round 3 of the 2012 Fantasy KSP powered by Fantastar.com. Open as of today, the round will remain open until midnight on October 18, 2012 (GMT), just hours before the start of the Irish leg of the tour.

Fantasy KSP enables fans and kitesurfers from around the world to participate in the KSP World Tour by assembling their own dream team of tour riders prior to each world championship tour event and “betting” on them to win awesome prizes. Fantasy KSP is free, fun, and open for all to play.

Meet the pro kiteboarder of the virgin Jam Maui Hawaii

We’re stoked to announce Cabrinha team riders: Pete Cabrinha, Andre Phillip, Jason Stone and Annabel van Westerop who will be out on the water with you, holding clinics, sharing tricks and technique, and hanging with the Kite Jam crowd!

Meet the pro kiteboarder of the  virgin Jam Maui  Hawaii

Meet the pro kiteboarder of the virgin Jam Maui Hawaii

Virgin Kite Jam events aim to bring together like-minded people to showcase one of the world´s fastest growing  and thrilling watersports. By getting involved in this exciting event, you’ll learn new skills from the world’s best, meet new people and most of all have FUN! So don’t worry about your kitesurfing ability, just come along and  join in!

KSP Mauritius Third Consecutive Lay Day Called at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

Le Morne, Mauritius – September 12, 2012: Event number 2 of 4 of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour, the One Eye Kite Surf Pro, has called its third consecutive lay day.

 

KSP Mauritius Third Consecutive Lay Day Called at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

KSP Mauritius Third Consecutive Lay Day Called at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

“There was no swell this morning,” Bruno DeWannemaker, KSP Contest Director, said. “But with the forecast for the next days being what it is we are simply holding off for another day and come back tomorrow to assess conditions.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 10:00am to assess conditions for a possible 10:30am start.

The KSP would like to thank the sponsors of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro; MTPA, St. Regis Hotel, Monster and North Kiteboarding  as well as event partners Emtel, Ion, Adamas, Club Mistral, Le Gall, Enso, Afix, GoPro, Multibox, Habit, Silent Partners, Hydro Energy, Fun Adventure, St Aubin and media partners Radio One, L’ Express and Equipe.

Highlights from the One Eye Kite Surf Pro are available here.

The pictures of the day are available here.

Tune in to watch all the live action, brought to you by Emtel, when it unfolds at www.kspworldtour.com/live.

Final One Eye Kite Surf Pro martch-ups:

Men’s 3rd place final: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) vs. Luke McGillewie (RRD, RSA)

Women’s final: Ninja Bichler (GER, North) vs. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)

Men’s final: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) vs. Patri McLaughlin (HI, North)

 

Photographer:  Richard Mellon             Venue: One Eye / Le Morne, Mauritius

 

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

 

KSP Mauritius Finalists Determined at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

Le Morne, Mauritius – September 9, 2012: The day began with overcast skies and all forecasts pointing towards a rapid decline in surf and failing winds. KSP officials assessed conditions and made the call to resume competition late in the morning, opening the door to an afternoon of unforgettable performances.

KSP Mauritius Finalists Determined at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

KSP Mauritius Finalists Determined at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

Round 5 of the men’s draw began with pumping overhead surf and cranking winds.  On a day defined by upsets, the men’s bracket was shaken up in the quarterfinal when young gun Luke McGillewie (RSA) took out event favorite Mitu Montiero (F-One, CPV) in a hotly contested battle. In another quarter final matchup, Patri Mclaughlin (North, USA), pulling into seemingly un-makeable barrels, defeated Guilly Brandao (Best, BRA) to advance into the semi-finals and continue the upset trend.

KSP Mauritius Finalists Determined at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

KSP Mauritius Finalists Determined at One Eye Kite Surf Pro

Airton Cozzolino (North, ITA) took down Keahi De Aboittiz (AUS) and Sebastian Ribiero (Best, BRA) on his way to the men’s final and will face the white-hot Hawaiian rider Mclaughlin in the finals of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour Event when competition resumes.

On the women’s side, round 5, the semi-finals, and the 3rd place final were all contested in some of the best conditions seen on tour this year.  Though the men began the day’s heats charging, the women did not disappoint in some of the most committed riding of the day.  The increasing swell and strong wind did not intimidate standouts Ninja Bichler (North, GER) and Jalou Langeree (Naish, NED) who soundly defeated Ines Correia (POR) and Kirsty Jones (North, GBR), respectively, in the women’s semi-finals. Bichler and Langeree will meet in the final as soon as conditions allow. Jones handily defeated Correia in the 3rd place final to secure her position on the podium.

First call is at 10am tomorrow morning to continue the men’s and women’s finals (losers final?) to crown the champions of the 2012 One Eye Kite Surf Pro Mauritius.

To see the video of the day please click here: One Eye Kite Surf Pro clip – Day 3

To see the pictures of the day please click here: One Eye Kite Surf Pro pictures – Day 3

The KSP would like to thank the sponsors of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro; MTPA, St. Regis Hotel, Monster and North Kiteboarding  as well as event partners Emtel, Ion, Adamas, Club Mistral, Le Gall, Enso, Afix, GoPro, Multibox, Habit, Silent Partners, Hydro Energy, St Aubin and media partners Radio One, L’ Express and Equipe.

Tune in to watch all the live action as it unfolds at www.kspworldtour.com/live powered by Emtel.

Photographer:  John Bilderback               Rider:  Juan Pablo Diban (CHI)

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

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf

Le Morne, Mauritius – September 7, 2012: Day one of the 2012 One Eye Kite Surf Pro started off with a bang today in solid surf, blustery weather and strong winds in excess of thirty knots. Round one of the men’s and women’s elimination were completed during the full day of competition.

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf

Competitors nervously pumped their smallest kites following the 10am riders meeting where the call was made to get the competition underway in the near extreme wind and wave conditions. Intermittent rain, gusty wind and unpredictable set waves made for an exciting day of competition. “It’s pretty crazy out there, but I had one of the best sessions I’ve ever had at One Eye”, explained Patri Mclaughlin (North, HI) during the live stream broadcast.

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf raibow

Standouts of day one included the winner of last year’s One Eye Pro, Ninja Bichler (North, GER) and Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) both scoring the highest heat scores of the day for men and women respectively. Bichler, a Mauritian resident, used her local knowledge of the break at One Eye to secure a 16-point heat score total, the highest of the event so far with committed turns on the biggest set waves. On the men’s side, Monteiro demonstrated why he is a favorite at this event with flowing turns and a stylish repertoire of maneuvers, earning him the second highest heat score total of day one with a 15.66 in his opening heat.

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf kitesurf wave

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf kitesurf wave

Contest directors expect similar conditions tomorrow with a slight decrease in wave height. The first call of the day will be made at 10AM local time and the competition will resume shortly thereafter, weather permitting. Organizers and riders are looking forward to an action packed weekend with stellar conditions.

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf rainbow

Mauritius KSP One Eye Pro starts off with a bang in solid surf rainbow

To see the pictures of the day please click here: One Eye Kite Surf Pro 2012 – Day 1 pictures

The KSP would like to thank the sponsors of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro; MTPA, St. Regis Hotel, Monster and North Kiteboarding  as well as event partners Emtel, Ion, Adamas, Club Mistral, Le Gall, Enso, Afix, GoPro, Multibox, Habit, Silent Partners, Hydro Energy, St Aubin and media partners Radio One, L’ Express and Equipe.

Tune in to watch all the live action as it unfolds at www.kspworldtour.com/live brought to you by Emtel.

Photographer:   John Bilderback             Rider: Milla Ferreira (BRA)

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