kiteboarding Race Lake and Boenniger Win the Slalom in Turkey

The last day of the Burn Kitesurf World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey started late to let everyone rest after an amazing concert from Duman.  After a stretching session and an SUP race, the slalom got underway.  Bryan Lake finished 2nd  behind Bridge in the race but it was enough to secure his victory, Boenniger also finished second but it was enough to get the event Win by one pooint.  Elena won the race and tied Boenniger in victories but the Boenniger was more consistent throughout the event.  The event had great wind throughout the week, with amazing races.  Ariel Corniel and Ozen were also rewarded for winning the Kite masters.

The day started with a stretching session for the all the racers and freestyles, followed by an SUP race while the racers were waiting for the wind to pick up.  It was a great beach day with players from the Turkish soccer club Fenerbache, Webo and Meireles coming out to check the kitesurfing.

The mens ladders were setup with two semifinals and an eight man final.  The first semifinal was won by Kerneur after Romain Castel who had been leading the whole way, missed the finish line.  Vannucci, Smith and Cakir were the other three riders to advance.  The second semifinal; Lake was leading the whole way followed by Bridge, Gruber and Biniasch.

The Final was very exciting with Oliver Bridge getting a great start and taking the lead.  Right after the start Smith, Biniasch, Vannucci and Iyigun tangled with Vannucci getting disqualified and the other three riders getting a redress.  Bridge was able to hold off Lake, who was on his tail the whole race.  The race finished this way with Grubber getting 3rd.

The final of the women’s race was dominated by Elena Kalinina who lead the way followed by Christine Boenniger in second and with Ceylan in 3rd and Ozturk in 4th.  The top girls had some great races throughout the event.

The kite masters was a great success with Ariel Corniel winning for the men, followed by Paul Serin, Oswald Smith and Johnno Scholte.  On the women side it was Gisil Ozen who won, followed by Merve Ceylan and Berna Ozturk.  All the riders put on a great show throughout the event with massive board offs and superpowerful handle passes.

The Burn Kitesurf World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey was a great success with some spectacular freestyle and tight racing.  The venue was great for the riders with wind every day and a great beach atmosphere.  All the riders and the PKRA are looking forward to returning next year for this great event.  Make sure you check out all the photos and latest news onFacebook and

Kitesurf World Cup Burn Turkey A Explosive PKRA start

PKRA Explosive start to the Burn Kitesurf World Cup, Turkey

Kitesurf World Cup Burn Turkey PKRA

Kitesurf World Cup Burn Turkey PKRA


Ariel Corniel from the Domincan republic and Gisil Ozen from Turkey won the kite Masters at the Burn Kitesurf World cup in Turkey.  Corniel put a great show combining big air tricks and new school moves.  Bryan lake got his first win in Slalom and Boenniger kept on winning.  The conditions were slightly lighter then yesterday, with men and women riding 12 to 14 meter kites.  The waves were still here to offer a great playground to the riders.  The focus will now shift to slalom for the next three days.

The competition started with the completion of the last 12 heats of the round robin to determine the top six men and the four riders that would advance into the semifinal.  Serin and Sholte had to complete another heat to break the tie and seed them accordingly. Serin was the winner of that exchange and went up against Smith in the semifinals.  The heat was very close but Paul Serin landed some great board-offs and a few technical moves to defeat Smith.  The other semifinal was between Corniel and Scholte, Scholte started well but could not keep up with Ariel who was landing trick after trick and got an easy win.


Thte battle for 5th and 6th place was between Kerneur from France and Taner Aykurt form Turkey.  Taner was solid from the start with a nice 360 board off, back mobe and 313.  Kerneur had a response, but did not have the intensity of the local and had to settle for 6th, while Aykurt was the top Turkish finisher.  Smith and Scholte took to the water next with Scholte getting more tricks in, but Smith was riding extremely stylishly with a perfect 315, S-mobe and one footer to secure the final podium spot.

The Final between Corniel and Serin very close, Serin landed a good BJ, 313, Slim, S-1 and a few board offs.  Coniel landed a perfect front blind and had a little more power in his back mobe and other handle passes.  His board offs were good enough to get him the win a title and a large cash prize.  The girl’s final was setup with three heats with Gisil Ozen defeating Berna Ozturk and Merve Ceylan, with some clean back rolls, S-bends and blind judge.

The slalom races took a few minutes to get underway with large swells pulling the boat and the marks off position.  Once the racing got underway it was extremely exciting with all the riders battling for a position into the next round.  The ladder was setup with three heats in the first round, two semifinals and a four men final to give all the riders ample room to navigate the course and not collide with each other.  In the first round all the favorite’s advanced and the competition really heated up in the semifinals.  The first semifinal lake easily won and Castel got second on the last leg while Cakir and Grubber tangled.  The second semifinal Kerneur was over early and disqualified from the race while Smith and Vanucci went on to win.

The womens final was very fun, when all the girls missed a mark and realized that they had not completed the course and needed to round the last 2 marks of the course to finish the race.  Christine Boenniger won again followed by Ozturk and Ceylan.

The men final was intense, with waves hitting the first mark, strategy was a key factor.  Lake and Smith exchanged first places a few times but in the end it was the American Lake who got the win, Smith finished second and may have been a little tired from all the heats he completed in the morning.  Grubber and Simone Vannucci battle for third until the second to last leg when Grubber took third place.

Video of Mens Final Race 3

The freestylers are done for the week but will be here to provide some great entertainment and keep the parties going, while the Slalom racers will have to keep fighting to see who will win the Burn Kitesurf World Cup Slalom in Istanbul.  Follow us on Facebook and twitter to get the latest news and make sure you check out the LIVE.


PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

On June 19th the PKRA will start the second Slalom event of the season in Turkey on Burc Beach near Istanbul. This will be the second year that the PKRA is in Turkey, this year with a slalom-racing event. The past year the winds of Burc beach provided a perfect venue for racing and freestyle. The Slalom racing takes place on the Black Sea that gets a thermal wind every day or a front will come through to give the competitors winds up to 30 knots. A PKRA Kitemasters freestyle competition will also take place during the event with great prize money for the top 6.

PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

PKRA Next 3 events aTurkey, Italy and Spain Burn Kitesurf World Cup June 19th-23

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After one slalom event in Mexico and 6 more to come throughout the world, the season will be amazing. After 7 events an ISAF-IKA Slalom world champion will be crowned. If you missed some the action in Mexico make sure you look at the race videos and event videos.

Top riders from all over the world like Bryan Lake and the 2012 Slalom world champion Julien Kerneur will be there. With Slalom racing, the action is intense form the start to the finish every race.

Freestyle Kitesurf World Cup Marsala 2013-June 25th-30th.