Kiteboard world tour PKRA Marsala Italia Freestyle World Cup 2013, June 25th

The next PKRA freestyle tour stop will take place in Sicily, Italy.  The lagoons and thermal winds of the town of Marsala will be the perfect venue for the third stop of the year.  The lagoons are famous in the world of kite surfing and around Italy for having 28° water and 20 knot thermals every afternoon.  The region is made famous by its sweet Marsala wine and for a rich history and a great place to visit and enjoy.  The town of Marsala is rolling out the red carpet for the best kiteboarders in the world and celebrities that will be in town for the Marsala Freestyle World Cup 2013.

The first two freestyle events of the season took place in Morocco and France. Once again the freestyle level of the men and the women of the PKRA has improved for the top 24 men and 12 women that compete at every event. On the men’s side of competition Alex pastor from Spain has been the dominant force, winning the first two events. Mark Jacobs from New Zealand has finished second the first two events but could challenge Alex pastor with this powerful riding. Youri Zoon from Holland and current world champion has had a tough year, being disqualified in Morocco and then drawing Aaron Hadlow from England in the second round of France.  The return of Aaron Hadlow is also very exciting we will see if he joins us in Italy.  Young riders like Christophe Tack and Liam Whaley have been very impressive and tour veterans like Alberto Rondina and Sebastien Garat been having a tough time keeping their top 10 spots.

With the level this high and so much new talent coming from all over the world, just to qualify into the main PKRA event is a challenge and accomplishment. Once a rider qualifies for the main event the heats are intense right from the beginning and anyone can win.


On the women side of competition Gisele Pulido put an end to Karolina Winkowska’s four consecutive wins and put herself right back in the chase for another world title. Bruna kajiya is also in the hunt even though she finished third at the first two events of the season. Up and comers Novotna from Czech Republic and Anabel Van Wes Trop from Aruba are slowly becoming new challengers to the top three women.

The livestream and live scoring system have become part of the competition and competitors and kite surfing fans can follow closely all the PKRA action.  Make sure you visit www.Prokitetour.com for all that it is videos and pictures and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Visit local organizers website with all the sponsors and schedule of events HERE.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers.

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are  still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers. Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20-25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions. -25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions.

Day three of the MINI KTE tour stop in France brought an bout of very light, or better, no wind. The double elimination in Freestyle was already effected, while Mario Rodwald (GER) and Sabrina Lutz (GER) captured victory of that 1st european tour stop. The focus of the day was concentrated on course racing.

The sunny day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with laying in the sun for a fresh-faced sun teint by savoring a lolli-pop of Chupa Chups, enjoying a fresh RedBull, chatting in social medias or educating oneself in Wifi time in the rider’s area of the event site.

That while, all race competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. Course director, Markus Schwendtner, adapted due to these light conditions.

Some racers are looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves. For the last possible start, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their 17m kites in preparation.

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up.

Freestyle riders like Hannah Whiteley, Liam Whaley and Bram Bast sat around the rider’s area to enjoy and to relax for another upcoming party night of Hyères, nearby St Tropez. For a refreshing moment in the afternoon, head judge Bas Koole, announced an incredible wakeboarding session, which spanish rider Liam Whaley obtained. During that time, the race crew was waiting outside for any mermaids, those who didn’t appear and finally released the riders around 6pm.

Tomorrow, racers arrive to the beach at 10am for the first skipper’s meeting of the day. Wind is expected to be light as well.

 

KTA China final report 2013 Tour Finals

After the whirlwind start to the season that gave us rounds one to three in just six weeks everyone had the chance to kick back for a month, repair and recover before psyching themselves up for the finals in Pingtan China.

KTA China final report 2013 Tour Finals

KTA China final report 2013 Tour Finals

Running from the 8 -12 May the KTA finals marked the second visit to Pingtan Island for the tour in what is regarded as China’s windiest location. Regular wind speeds of over 30kts are recorded over the winter monsoon season here and it’s so windy in fact that all of the island’s old traditional style stone houses need to have rocks placed on top of their tiled roofs to keep them in place when it blows.

The island is being trust forward as one of China’s economic development zones, which in the case of Pingtan due to its location gives it a focus on being the gateway into China for Taiwan. Which means for this formally somewhat forgotten part of the country it is now at full speed in its rebirth, with construction taking place at every corner that will turn Pingtan into a slick hi-tech business and commerce location over the next five years, something which even in the space of one year we could all see is moving at quite a pace.

Our hosts and sponsors for the event were the Management Committee of Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone (the local provincial government) who provided not only the richest cash prize package of the season for the KTA China round itself at USD30,000 but also free accommodation and food for all the riders. This combined with our regular tour support and sponsorship from Cabrinha that adds an equipment prize table of USD15,000 worth of kit made this the richest KTA event ever. So as you might imagine this combination with the finals attracted a healthy slice of attention from riders far and wide. For the first time the KTA hit its max registration limit with 120 riders from 30 countries signing up well before the deadline date.

The event began with a formal but spectacular opening ceremony with all the riders lined up behind their country flags Olympic style, which with 30 this year formed an impressive sight. Speeches then followed to the thousands of people crowded onto the beach from a stage filled with the provinces top government officials, surreal but an amazing experience for us all once again and all topped off by a blast of fireworks to signal the event was underway. Well sort of as unfortunately day one was not to see any wind as it turned out.

Luckily though it did not stay this way for the whole week, although it’s fair to say that the wind did not live up to expectations for the location and unfortunately made things touch frustrating for the riders and hard work for the competition team.

Day two though greeted us with warm sunshine and a steady cross-offshore wind of around 16kts. So a tricky day for the freestylers who stayed firmly on the beach, but a high speed flat water heaven for the racers, who headed out to show the gathering crowds how we race kite style. With riders from New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada and Europe joining the Asia crew it was the largest men and women’s combined raceboard (RB) fleet we have seen that led off proceedings with the first of the week’s back-to-back races.

All eyes were on the KTA tours top RB riders Yo Narapichit Pudla (THA) and Ken Nacor (PHL) in the men’s fleet and Kathrin Borgwardt and Fon Benyapa Jantawan (THA) on the women’s side, to see how they would compare to the big names joining this event – Katja Roose (HOL), Nura Goma (SPN), Torrin Bright (NZL) and Climent Hermandez Alejando (SPN) to name a few. Certainly for the women’s fleet Roose was showing her world class level and dominated those first races, as she was to continue to do over the rest of the competition also. Both Borgwardt and Jantawan pushed again and again, but could not find the extra edge to get them passed Roose.

For the guys though a different but familiar story as Yo (Narapichit Pudla, THA) blasted away from start line in most races leaving the rest of the fleet well and truly in his wake. Yo has dominated the Asian RB class all season and even with the rest of the world in town, he still showed that he too was now a world level player. He did not however quite achieve a straight line of ‘bullets’ as Roose did, with Nacor and Alejandro both taking races off him, but overall from the shape of the racing as it unfolded there was never going to be any doubt of who be standing on top of the podium at the end of the week.

With 66 men and 9 women TT racers registered the KTA race team had elected for a staggered start with the women’s fleet leading off to add some control to the start line dash, for KTA’s most popular discipline. Chinese interest was high for the TT racing with two very local Pingtan and Xiamen riders in the mix. Both 13yrs old Jing Yue Chen and Xiao Cheng Deng had made quite an impact on their first appearance into the KTA during the 2nd round of the season as they both took podium positions, which they then repeated in the 3rd round. Chen was also the poster girl for the KTA China round so it was clear that all eyes in Pingtan were on her as she took to the water.

Although only racing one lap in comparison to the RB two lap races, TT is just as hard fought at every level. At the front of the fleet you will see riders dedicated to TT racing and every bit as competitive as the RB fleet, while a little further back you can witness the private battles of the new comers and the not so serious that make TT class racing the open door class for every kiter to be part of the KTA experience. At the top though for men the season’s battle royal continued with the Philippine, Norway, China mix as Jay Ortiz (PHL), Atte Kapel (NOR), Doque Delos Santos (PHL) and Xiao Cheng Deng (CHN) again locked horns. Unfortunately, for the TT class the wind that began its fade on their first day of racing was to in the end keep them off the water for the remainder of the event, leaving them to complete only for races – in those though Delos Santos was to take three wins and Kappel one, giving them the lead on the pack for this round.

For the women things faired a little better and being lighter they manage to pull out 7 races in total for the week. Chen on home water came ‘into her own’ and began to control the girls TT racing. Her season’s rivals though were not to let her have it all her own way as Anny Barlow (USA) and Rebecka Maudal (NOR) both took wins from Chen. Also guesting in the TT mix for China was a familiar RB face Kathrin Borgwardt, who showed she was equally at home on the small board and also took a top slot during the week. In the end though despite her young years Chen kept a cool head and brought home the gold for Pingtan and China – certainly a rider then to be looking out for in the future.

Following an overnight storm the KTA woke to a complete wind shift for day three and freezing conditions. It did however mean with the wind was back blowing onshore and getting up to around 20kts, meaning the freestylers could finally break loose. The men’s freestyle in particular was eagerly awaited with the likes of Victor Borsuk (POL), Nicolas Gambier (FRA), Michaeal Khromykh (UKR) ready to face off with the top Asian’s Ken Nacor, Yo Narapichit Pulda, Japan’s Hironobu Nakano and Vietnam’s Long Nguyen Duc.

For the women the medal hunt was on between the season leader so far Kristin Oja (EST), the UK’s Polly Crathorne, Aya Oshima (JPN) and Rachel Baglin (AUS). It was the women who took first heats out onto water and things looked good with the girls landing their passes and nailing the switches, but it was soon to become evident that the forecast was going to be right as wind speed begun to slowly fade. Not before however Oja again demonstrated she is the force to be reckoned with this season as she powered her way through to the finals that should have seen her up against Oshima. Oshima who has been improving round by round as the tour as unfolded was looking for that first win of the season, but it was a final battle we were robbed of in the end as the wind fell below 10kts in the early afternoon.

For the men the story was the same wind wise of course. The riders though began with so much promise and the battles we all had hoped for started to emerge. In the early morning strong winds Khromykh and Borsuk were displaying great skill and power in their mobes and passes as they headed smoothly through towards the final rounds. The top Asian’s were also on fire with Nakano as consistent as ever, seeming landing every move with minimal effort and Yo as always pulling out an insane combination or 5 just when it was needed. Only Long seemed to be struggling a little with the cold conditions, missing passes he sticks a thousand times over as numb fingers refused to catch the bar. In end however the wind was the left the master of the games and left the guys high a dry before they could complete their final rounds.

So a little disappointing for all concern that we did not even make it through a full single eliminator for the freestylers, the first time this has ever happened on the Asian Tour. On the positive side of things a valid result had still been achieved as enough rounds in total had been completed, although it did leave the rather bizarre outcome of four guys in 1st place, with two of the girls on 1st and two in equal 3rd.

The KTA competition team was determined as always to squeeze the most it could out the day and once again in lighting time set a new race course and managed to deliver another RB class race before the wind finally did disappeared completely. This meant once again the skills of the KTA rescue crews were back in action, something they had fine-tuned only the day earlier with a 40 TT rider rescue when the wind stopped completely in the space of 10 minutes during the final race of that day. The Pingtan finals where certainly proving to be a challenge to riders and race team alike, but everyone was meeting it fair and square and enjoying it to the max.

The last day for the KTA 12/13 Asian Tour, thankfully appeared with much warmer weather in tow, sadly though the wind was not choosing to come along with it. However, it did at least hold enough strength to allow a further blast of racing and thankfully with a Sunday beach crowd of thousands and a wind direction that allowed the race officer to set a ‘close to shore’ course, a great morning’s competition unfolded.

Both the RB and the women’s TT saw action, giving some riders the opportunity to consolidate their earlier positions, while others changed their fortunes and pulled themselves back up the rankings. For the RB men though it was still Pudla, Alejandro and Nacor who controlled the pack, while in the women’s fleet Roose remained dominant over Borgwardt and Jantawan. For TT though it was Chen all the way as she put in some crushing wins to seal the deal on a much loved local home win for China.

Still in the end this was Pingtan and what do you do in Pingtan when the sun is out and the wind has gone – the KTA is in town and thousands of people are crowded onto the waterfront to see the action? Well its easy you teach them how to dance!

Yes once again the KTA dance and this time crowd singing phenomena erupted and the atmosphere for day and for the whole event was left on a fantastic high with riders and locals joining together to enjoy an afternoon in the sun.

What an event then from bikini’s to snowboard jackets and back again. A challenging event to end an amazing KTA season, one with many new friends made who we all hope to see again next season for the KTA 13/14 Asia Tour – see you then ……….

Special thanks to all our sponsors and partners listed below who help make the KTA events happen, not a chance it would be this cool without you all.

KTA China Event Results

http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-china-rb/
http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-china-tt/
http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-china-freestyle/

Asian Freestyle Championship

http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-overall-asian-champion/

KTA Asian Kiteboard Championship Tour Results

http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-overall-rb/
http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-overall-tt/
http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-overall-freestyle/

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

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

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.kspworldtour.com

KTA Bintan Island in Indonesia kiteboard tour asia 2013

For the first time ever Bintan Island in Indonesia will host the opening leg of the Asian Championship Tour – KTA 2013 in association with Bintan regency and Agro beach Resort.  Situated less than an hour away via comfortable catamarans from the modern and culturally vibrant city of Singapore, Bintan Resorts is located on the largest of Indonesia’s enchanting Riau islands in the South China Sea. Experience endless beaches, a wide variety of international-class resorts, and a refreshing host of tropical holiday activities.  Bintan hosts many International events per year including 2 iron man competitions and the Tour De Bintan so they are well equipped and experienced in handling more than its fair share of international athletes each year.

KTA Bintan Island in Indonesia kiteboard tour asia 2013

KTA Bintan Island in Indonesia kiteboard tour asia 2013

The KTA Indonesia, US$ 15,000 of prizes shared between Freestyle, Raceboard and TT classes.

Prize placings 1st to 3rd – male and female.

The KTA Asian Kiteboard Championship Tour is fully IKA and ISAF sanctioned and as such carries the following World ranking points:

- ISAF Course Racing 50 Point World Ranking Event

- IKA Freestyle 200 Point Word Ranking Event

On the Indonesia Schedule we need to add in the KTA Kite Kids   19th & 20th       and    Weekend Warriors Fun Race to  23rd & 24th

http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/riau-archipelago/bintan.html - Tourist Info

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION INCLUDES: entry to all social functions including free finger food for the weekday events and buffet dinner for the closing ceremony, there may also be free lunches throughout the week but we will confirm that at a later date. registration also includes the riders pack which has your riders jersey and relevant info for the event

 

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

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

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

KSP Releases 2013 Kitesurf World Championship Tour Schedule

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2013 KSP World Championship Tour Schedule:

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

 

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

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New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui Hawaii

KSP World Tour manager Terry McKenna recently travelled to Maui to discuss the upcoming season with KSP President Kristin Boese and several key riders including former and current world champions Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North, 2011 World Champion) and Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha, 2012 World Champion).

New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui

New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui

Terry discussed venues and technical aspects of the upcoming season and looked at ways to push this exciting genre of wave riding to the next level.

“I think that this could be one of the fastest movers in the actions sports market” said McKenna.

“The technical aspect of kite control combined with the pure grace of surfing puts this sport in a powerful position,” he added.

McKenna will be using his vast collection of global contacts to source new venues for the KSP as the tour enters its third competition season.

“Seeing guys like Airton & Patri riding in Maui really gave me a great first hand look at the cutting edge of the sport, and I was so impressed.” said McKenna.

The 2013 KSP Calendar will be launched on Feb 1st and behind the scenes the team is busy looking at new venues and formats for the upcoming season.

A recent poll on facebook asked fans which venues they would like to see the tour head to and Portugal’s Guincho Beach came out on top, closely followed by Ponta Preta on Cape Verde and One Eye on Mauritius – a clear indication that both “down the line” power surfing as well as the progressive aerial side of the sport is important to the fraternity.

Kitesurf world tour Terry McKenna Signs As KSP Tour Manager

Berlin, Germany — January 1, 2013: Just in time for its 3rd season, the KSP (Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour) today announces the signing of its new World Tour Manager Terry McKenna. McKenna will take his new position with immediate effect, relieving former Tour Manager Kristin Boese.

Kitesurf  world tour Terry McKenna Signs As KSO Tour Manager

Kitesurf world tour Terry McKenna Signs As KSO Tour Manager

KSP President and Former KSP Tour Manager Kristin Boese states: “We could not be any more excited to welcome Terry on board. With his passion and drive Terry will be an incredible fit to the KSP crew and with his vast expertise will be a great asset to the tour. Having been a mentor to me over the past two years, Terry has already influenced the KSP more than he may realize. Taking over the tour management position I am certain he will now be able to steer the KSP forward even further.”

Having started his career as a competitor on the IPS Surfing World Tour some 30 years ago, McKenna has been involved in wave riding sports ever since. No matter if as a surfing coach, ASP event commentator, team manager, sports administrator or Lifestyle Reporter, McKenna has shone in every challenge he was given.

Most recently however the Australian helmed the IBA (International Bodyboard Tour), resurrecting the sport of Bodyboarding by implementing modernistic formats and developing new events around the globe. After steering the IBA (International Bodyboard Association) to new heights during his 7-year rein from 2007 till 2012, McKenna has now signed a contract to become the KSP World Tour manager.

When asked about his work with the IBA and his goals for the KSP, McKenna explains: “My work with the IBA was a great challenge and the team we assembled was amazing. I am very proud to have been a part of this evolution for the sport of Bodyboarding, but I needed a fresh start, something that I could get passionate about again, and I have found this with the KSP World Tour. It’s an amazing genre of wave riding and I can’t wait to work closely with all the crew at the KSP.“

McKenna’s expertise in the field of event management & media will immensely help promote the sport of kite surfing to the masses.

In 2012 the KSP World Championship Tour traveled to Portugal, Mauritius, Ireland and Maui, following its mission to supply the world’s top kite surfers with a series of events in prime locations and to promote kiting surfing to mainstream media and the public.

Launched in 2011 by a core group of surf-focused riders, driven by passion and vision and established as a grass-roots non-profit association, the KSP provides a professional platform for both, established and aspiring kite surfers to showcase the pinnacle of high-performance kite surfing in some of the world’s best waves, enabling them to set the performance standard for competitive kite surfing for years to come. Sanctioned by the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) and governed by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) the KSP is the World Championship Tour of kite surfing.

Stay tuned for the 2013 KSP schedule to be released on February 1, 2013 and sign up for the KSP newsletter at www.kspworldtour.com.

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KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

Kahului, HI – December 9, 2012: The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw first-time KSP World Tour event winners and some major shake-ups in the world title race. Following yesterday’s finals on Maui, official results for the 4th and final round of the 2012 Fantasy KSP powered by Fantastar.com have now been determined.

KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw regular footers dominate the men’s podium in the only contestable right-hander on this year’s KSP World Championship tour. With the 4 top ranked riders heading into the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro all faltering in the quarterfinals or earlier, the event and World Championship title were suddenly opened up to the three 5th place ranked men, who coincidentally all happened to be regular footers. When the smoke cleared, standing on the men’s podium for the first time this year were Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) 1st, Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One) 2nd and Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best) 3rd. With this incredible come-from-behind victory, De Abotiz claimed his first ever KSP World Championship tour victory.

The female world title race remained relatively unchanged with the exception of world number 4 Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) trading positions with world number 5 Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One). While KSP World Tour front- runner Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish) secured her first ever KSP World Title on Maui she was defeated in the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro women’s finals by on-fire local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) who came out of left field, taking KSP Fantasy players in a surprise attack and establishing herself as a top contender for the 2013 season.

Fantasy KSP players displayed remarkable expertise in selecting winning teams by choosing riders most suited to the powerful right handers at Ho’okipa. As one could expect, forehand power surfing dominated the competition on Maui’s north shore.

The results and corresponding prizes are as follows:
1. Pasty Power (Two Nights for 2 at Hotel Wailea)
2. Rebels (Naish Kites Back Pack)
3. Kunkelii Strapless Surf (Best Kites Laptop Sleeve)
4. Crap Surfing (Cabrinha Kites Hoodie)
5. 1st Place Losers (North Kites T-Shirt)
6. Rabbit Gang (ION T-Shirt)
A special KSP Fantasy prize is also awarded to the overall Fantasy KSP player winner for the 2012 season:
1st Place Losers (Naish Wake Skate)
The winners will be contacted via e-mail for further info on how to claim their prizes.

Watch the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro wrap-up clip here.

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. Log onto www.kspworldtour.com/fantasyleague to learn more about the game and how to create your fantasy team!

Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Men’s Final Results:
1. Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2. Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3. Guilly Brandao (BRA)
4. Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Women’s Final Results:
1. Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha)
2. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
3. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
4. Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
KSP Men’s Overall World Championship Results:
1. Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2. Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3. Airton Cozzolino (CPV, North)

KSP Women’s Overall World Championship Results:
1. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
2. Ines Correia (POR, RRD)
3. Ninja Bichler (GER, North)
The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro has been 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.