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2010 IKA World Kite Racing Championship: Most of European Riders Made It!

After waiting at the airport for three days, North team rider Dirk Hanel finally made it out of Germany on Tuesday on one of the last flights out before his airport was shut down. Four transfers and 17 hours later, he finally made it to Corpus and was met by teammate Steph Bridge who also went through considerable hoops to get to TX.

Things are shaping up for the start of the 2010 IKA World Racing Championship in Corpus Christi, TX, April 22-25. Despite the chaos in air travel due to volcanic ash, all except eight riders made it from Europe! These riders had to go through quite a lot to get here so major props to them all for their commitment and dedication!


After a little under a week of no wind,  the wind is back today in Corpus and is forecast to be good for at least the next three days. Press conference at 2:30p today and set up in preparation for tomorrow’s start.

The event is taking place in conjunction with the Texas International Boat Show which attracts over 30,000 visitors. A new kite-specific boat is supposed to be here so more on that as well when the Boat Show start

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  1. I made everything was possible , but still in France . I’ll miss this event . I’m badly disappointed , like three other french guys who are in my case

  2. We are so bummed that you guys can’t make it out. Looks like French, Dutch competitors won’t be making it out. Hope to meet you at another race this year! Marina

  3. Most Euroes……….?

    Danish team are also not comming.

  4. What do they mean with most Europeans made it?! According to the Registered Riders list it’s only 4 Riders from Europe who are competing.

  5. Eight European riders made it and we were stoked that they got out in time to make the event. Some were trying to make it out on Thursday so they could compete in Friday through Sunday races but in end, this did not happen. On the roster of sign ups, 14 competitors from outside the US did not make it. Two from the US were also no shows.

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