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

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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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VIDEO: PKRA Germany Beetle Kitesurf World Cup

This is the presentation video for the 2011 Beetle Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter-Ording, Germany, organized by the PKRA.

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

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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

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

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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

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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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Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

Mens podium from left to right: Adam Koch (USA), John Heineken (USA), Bryan Lake (USA) , courtesy REEMEDIA Axel Reese

After 12 races and 3 discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!

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July 1 Report from Chip Wasson at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Here in Sylt, July 1st came in with a bang in the kiteboard racing department at the 2011 World Championships. I don't know about the other riders out there but today offered up some of the most challenging racing conditions I have ever competed in! 6-8 foot breaking waves and swell that was all over the place accompanied a 30+ knot breeze. In these conditions the race committee could not even anchor their start boats which motored in place all day long always in fear of getting rolled.

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Day 3 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

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Yesterday we had 3 more races in really nasty conditions. A lot of the game was finding the weather mark which was a small yellow cone in head high chop. The first race I started conservatively on starboard near the pin (favored). Andy crushed the port tack start, crossing with about 10 other guys. From there I rounded behind Sky, Damo, and Julien, passing them all on the downwind leg.

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Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

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The racers went out for three races in strong winds and 2-3 meter waves - not really easy conditions to handle with a race board. Nevertheless, the picture on the water did not change from yesterday. The US-team races in another league with only a few Europeans who can follow the speed of John Heineken, Andy Koch, and Sky Solbach.

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Day 1 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Six of the top seven are Americans and almost all of the Mike's Lab boards are in the top 10...pretty cool. Today the wind was kind of backwards from normal. It started side-off and really puffy and the kite call was super hard to make because figuring out how windy it was out there was next to impossible.

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Kiteboarding to be Included in 2016 Olympics as an Evaluation

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics.

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VIDEO: Kite Race Fin Tech

Here's a very interesting video about kite race fin technology and design from Ristafins.com

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Close Up: Adam Koch

If you’ve been following kiteboarding for a number of years then you have probably heard of Adam Koch.

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VIDEO: TKB Trick Tips: Tacking a Race Board

Kasey Campbell walks us through the steps of tacking a kiteboarding course racing board.

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