PKRA Brazil: Start of the Singles: The Top 10 Resist a Brazilian Attack

The start of the single eliminations was expected to be a good day of action as there was a Brazilian rider in almost every single heat for the PKRA tour stop in Barra Do Cunhau, Brazil. Most of the Brazilian riders are unknown and it was a surprise to see their level of riding going down today.

PKRA Brazil: Brazilian Rippers Dominate the Trials

The Kiteboarding World Tour started with Trials for the first day of competition in Barra Do Cunhau, Brazil. With ten Brazilian riders on form to enter the main event together with a lot of international riders, it promised to be a good day of action.
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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 9: Finals: Zoon and Pulido are World Champions for 2011

By winning this event and the fifth one in a row, Youri Zoon takes home his first world champion title! Youri commented “I couldn’t be happier, it’s hard to believe, I’ve been fighting for so long now, I had my knee injuries that have held me back for a while but now, finally I got it! Super stoked!” The same thing happened in the girls with Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) taking her fourth PKRA World Title.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

PKRA Fuerteventura 2011 Final Results

The last day of competition welcomed the competitors with the most extreme conditions a kiteboarder can expect in Fuerteventura: 35 to 45 knots in the ongoing gusts and choppy waters. As usual on the PKRA we were again surprised by the level the riders can reach in these conditions.
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PKRA Fuerteventura Day 3: Zoon and Pulido Win Single Eliminations

After two days of competition here in Fuerteventura for the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour, we entered the second part of the single eliminations. This was going to be the most exciting day with only the very best riders left to compete in the strong winds of Sotavento. The men’s division started with the quarter finals in 30 knots conditions which according to Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (BRA, North) made the spot a little choppy with a kicker on the inside.

2011 Athletes for Cancer Tenacity Games Recap/Results

The total funds raised in this weekend’s event have not been officially tallied yet, but funds raised by athletes alone were over $40,000. The proceeds will go to Athletes for Cancer’s Survivorship Camps, as well as regional cancer awareness, prevention, and survivorship organizations.

Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

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.

VIDEO: 2011 Kitaddict Slider Party

Check out this video from the 2011 Kiteaddict Slider Party in France featuring the riding of Aaron Hadlow, Billy Parker, Alex Fox, Sean Reyngoudt, Matt Sexton, and others.

Vote for 2011 Kiteboarder of the Year

Who do you think has been the best kiteboarder of 2011? Now through July 5 you can submit your vote now for the 2011 AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during Surf Expo on Friday, September 9, 2011.

2011 REAL Triple-S Results

Friday, June 10th, the final day of the Triple-S Invitational, saw strong SW winds and a full day (and night!) of action on and off the water. Riders hit the water at 10am for SLICKS freestyle action. This session lasted about 3 hours with riders throwing down every trick in the book in nearly perfect flatwater conditions!
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2011 REAL Triple S Update: SURF

Triple-S Thursday saw a full day of SURF action down on the southside at Ramp 55/Hatteras Ferry Docks. Kites were flying at 1pm with 12m and then 9m being the call.
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