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Photo Courtesy Playa Central

Photo Courtesy Playa Central Beach Club

The first stop of the second annual KiteFoil Gold Cup 2015 (KFGC) will be held on March 22 – 28, 2015, in La Ventana, Mexico. Sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), Playa Central Beach Club will host the world’s top hydrofoil kiteboarders, various hydrofoil brands and kite brands attending the Expo, on March 22-23. The Expo will feature top brands’ latest products and technologies. Manufacturers attending the event include: F4, Taaroa, Levitaz, Ozone, F-One, Sword, with more participants pending confirmation.


Robbie Dean is Technical Director of the IKA and Race Director for the regatta, alongside Jessica
Barhydt as Race Secretary and Grant Baldwin, Head of Jury. Top kiteboard racing photographer Michael Petrivok will also be flying in from Amsterdam to capture the highlights of the event.

The tour will kick off with the sound of the Mexican national anthem performed by the Mexican
Navy. The KFGC is supported by local authorities in La Ventana and all are looking forward to how
this event will evolve, bringing more and more international riders to the Sea of Cortez in
the future. Governor Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villasenor, Mayor Esthela Ponce of Baja California
Sur, and Director of Tourism Sandra Felix, are impressed by the event and have been invited to attend the races to gain knowledge on the sport and how it can stimulate local tourism for the state.

International athletes from 10 countries have registered so far representing Mexico, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Great Britain, France, Austria, Spain, and Uruguay. Early registration
closes March 8, but Playa Central will still be registering competitors until Monday, March 23, 2015.

International competitor Adam Withington's passion for foilboarding brought the KiteFoil Gold Cup to his backyard in La Ventana.

International competitor Adam Withington’s passion for foilboarding is responsible for bringing the KiteFoil Gold Cup to  La Ventana, along with the support of his family’s business, Playa Central, and Baja Tourism.

The KiteFoil Gold Cup 2015 in La Ventana is managed and organized by Playa Central – a venue
dedicated to the sport of kiteboarding which caters to wind seekers in the middle of the bay. Playa
Central opened in October 2010 and has since become a host for World Class and International
competitions for kiteboarding.

La Ventana has become the inaugural home of this circuit. This perfectly carved bay attracts the top
hydrofoilers to train and compete in ideal conditions. A consistent breeze, sandy beaches, perfect
water depth and the mountain/desert view create a paradise for beginner, amateur and
professional kiteboarders.

List of competitors registered as of 3/18/15:

Adam Withington MEXICO

Maxime NocherFRANCE

Andoni UrrutiaSPAIN

Bryan LakeUSA

Adrian Geislinger AUSTRIA


Julien KerneurFRANCE

Benjamin PetitFRANCE

Chip WassonUSA

Axel MazellaFRANCE

Alexia FancelliFRANCE

Alvaro CadenaCOLOMBIA

Daniela MorozUSA

Nico LandauerCHARRUA

Leopoldo TurcoVENEZUELA

Andrew McManusMEXICO


Martin TurbilFRENCH

Santiago RamirezMEXICO

Erika HeinekenUSA

Andrew WongCANADA

Joey PasquliUSA

Cynthia BrownUSA

Kyle TouheyCANADA

Peter MillerGERMANY

Ludovic DonatiFRANCE

Colin ErnstCANADA

Nicolas ParlierFRANCE

Catherine DufourCANADA

Herve RousseauFRANCE

Nicholas LeasonPUERTO RICO

Rivaud Jean Guillaumer FRANCE

Adam KochUSA

Jon Von Tesmar USA

Stefaans ViljoenSOUTH AFRICA

Xantos Villegas MEXICO

For more information contact:
Olivia Withington
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.playacentralkiteboarding.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playacentralkiteboarding