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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

St. Peter Ording saw a massive crowd gather to enjoy the best freestyle kiteboarding action today with epic conditions: wind, flat water, and sunshine. After finishing the few heats that were left of the trials, the PKRA organized the Junior championships and moved on to the Freestyle single elimination.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

For the sixth day of action here in St Peter Ording, Germany, the conditions didn’t look promising. Instead of taking to the water, the kiteboarders of the PKRA decided to hold meetings about the judging system in the Freestyle discipline and the rules applying to Course Racing. By the middle of the afternoon the wind picked up to around 8 knots, which was enough to start the only race of the day, Race 11.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 5: Racing in the Fog

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 5: Racing in the Fog

Foggy weather welcomed the racers to this fifth day in St Peter Ording. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (NED, Airush) commented that he could barely see the buoys on the water while racing, “I had to really focus in order to maintain balance on my board instead of looking for the buoys!”

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 4: Trials and More Racing

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 4: Trials and More Racing

The fourth day in St Peter Ording began with clouds and rain resulting in an action-free morning for the PKRA. Towards midday the clouds began to clear and the wind picked up leaving us with a beautiful sunny beach to begin the first race of the day (Race 7). As the spot was perfectly flat a three buoy course was set with a starting line far out to sea.

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Cynthia ‘Cynbad’ Brown Joins FireWire

Cynthia 'Cynbad' Brown, a longtime kiteboarder and strapless rider has joined Firewire. She has been kitboarding since when kites had two lines, no chicken loops, no safety release, and it truly was an extreme sport. She is passionate about all aspects of kiting, whether it be freestyle, big air, racing, or surfing.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 3: More Light Wind Racing

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 3: More Light Wind Racing

Day three provided very light winds for us here in St Peter Ording, Germany. The focus of the day was on course racing. The race set up was adapted due to these conditions and the decision was made to start the day with a long course in a square box.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 2: Light Wind Racing

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 2: Light Wind Racing

The forty five male and six female course riders were welcomed to St Peter Ording today by beautiful sunshine and flat water. The first race of the day started in light wind conditions, the competitors raced with kites up to 18 meters and extended lines.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 1: Freestyle Trials

The PKRA riders where very impressed by the conditions in St Peter Ording, Germany today. They hope that it will stay this way the entire week as we enjoyed perfect sunshine and strong winds, with conditions starting from 9-12 knots this morning and improving to 16-18 knots toward the middle of the trials.

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Skunked but Stoked in the Land of Left Point Breaks

Skunked but Stoked in the Land of Left Point Breaks

I chose Peru for this holiday in October as my partner on the trip, Holt Alden, an aspiring kiter, was a surfer who is as stoked getting tubed now as he was 30 years ago as a teenager. I am goofy foot so the thought of experiencing the endless left point breaks that I have heard so much about had me excited to try out my recently conquered strapless board riding skills.

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VIDEO: 2012 Best GP C-Kite: Back to the Future

The GP C-kite from Best will take you back to the future, back to when all that mattered was raw performance and nailing every new trick you tried. The GP is team rider designed, tuned, and tested and delivers an unbeatable combination of pop, responsive steering, and amazing unhooked feel.

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Distinct Motion featuring Adam Super

Distinct Motion featuring Adam Super

Adam Super has been kiteboarding since April, 2009. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and now resides in the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Adam is the Eastern Technical Representitive for Roberto Ricci Designs (RRD) and Mystic Kiteboarding.

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PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Results

PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Results

This was a beautiful week of wind and sunshine in El Medano, Tenerife. We’ve had five days of action in which to pick the best four male and best two female riders who got into the finals today. The competition started with 25 knots side shore winds and nice waves rolling into the bay.

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PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Day 4 Update

PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Day 4 Update

It has been a long day of action here in Tenerife, with the wind quickly picking up to 25-30 knots for the fourth day of Kite Master’s action. Head Judge Sami Gali was impressed by the amount of high jumps, which resulted from the conditions, “Height and power are the most important factors in this competition and we saw some great displays of both today.”

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PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Update: Youri Zoon Lands 900

Today another 16 heats of the Tenerife Kite Masters 2011 were disputed here in El Medano. According to Race Director Olaf Van Tol the riders are now getting used to the conditions, “This afternoon we began to see some higher board offs as the riders used the nice kickers which line the spot.”

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TKRA Tenerife Kite Masters: Update after 22 Heats

TKRA Tenerife Kite Masters: Update after 22 Heats

The stronger the wind got, the higher the kitesurfers jumped. The high jumps allowed the riders to perform great boards off. They also executed handle passes which are considered as the most technical tricks, and are also referred to as wakeboard tricks.

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