PKRA in New Cal.

albynewcalAlby In New Cal... looking forward to the last stop of the PKRA on the Gold Coast.

KTA Round Two- China

china styleBaijin KTA China

Round Two of the Kiteboard Tour Asia

Baijin KTA China, the event at one point looked like it might be canceled due the areas recent typhoon damage and flooding, However luck was on our side... it turned out to be an absolute classic event in the end with...

 

 

 

  • the largest field of riders at a KTA event to date – 81 riders from 17 countries.
  • a huge Chinese style opening ceremony, with fireworks and the army in attendance
  • a kicking freestyle comp
  • 60 course racers
  • full on TT Class
  • a race Clinic from World Champion Bruno Sroka
Topped off with a cracking awards night and pool party, and even more fireworks!

 

The location for the second round of the KTA 10/11 was on the island of Hainan that sits off the south coast of mainland China, the only truly tropical part of the country - something much appreciated by us all, as with palm trees and sun, you can’t go too far wrong. So, with all stops being pulled out by the Hainan and Wenchang local governments, in the wake of their recent flooding nightmares, they somehow managed to fully support the Baijin KTA China making us the only event still allowed to run this side of the New Year.

Wenchang is a new kiteboard location discovery and what a perfect one it is too - long wide sandy beaches, a large flat water bay protected by a reef around 2km out to sea, wind all year round and the 5 Star Baijin Holiday Hotel backing it all up as the title sponsor for China. Although in reality the wind could have been kinder and did not quite reach the forecasted

20kts as much as we would have liked, the venue still provided us with competition each day.

Things began pre-competition with the Bruno Sroka race clinic, supported by KTA head judge Stephan Hertig and the IKA’s Markus Schwentner who gave the race rules and Olympic bid updates to kick things off. Then it was over to Bruno for the rest of the afternoon for a wide ranging clinic that took the riders not only through the practical on water race skills, but also race strategy and the preparation that goes into becoming a world champion racer. Sponsored by the KTA’s tile brand sponsor Cabrinha, Bruno also joined all the races as a non-scoring rider, showing the rest of the fleet the level they need to be aiming for. Perhaps not surprisingly Bruno did actually win each race.

The first day of competition began with a formal Chinese opening ceremony with speeches from the top government officials to welcome the KTA and wish everyone luck, watched and applauded by some 1000 spectators on the beach. Then with an explosion and a bang the air filled with multicolored smoke fireworks and the Baijin KTA China hit the water for the first racing of the event.

With the TT and race board classes together, both the men’s and women’s fleets raced at the same time. The current Asian and KTA tour champions Yo (Narapichit Pudla), Hong Kong’s Hill Siu and Kathrin Borgwardt from Germany were again to show that they were still on top of their game, but new faces also emerged into the top slots throughout the afternoon – Aya Oshima from Japan and Dennis Wong out of Hong Kong both making an impression in the TT class and showing the shape of things to come.

Day two opened with better wind so attention was turned to the men’s freestyle which began well, but a change in wind direction was to turn the heats into a rider and judge’s nightmare. After the successful opening heats we reached a point where Francios Bacquet and William Bourget must have thought they were in ‘Groundhog Day’ as three times their heat began and was then abandoned. Happily for them the head judge and race officer decided enough was enough and after a short break moved back into racing, which ended with a mass two-leg downwind race as the days wind finally dropped out – quite a spectacle 60 riders setting off from either the beach or the water, a start we know that our water crews will not be forgetting quickly. Still in the end with all riders home safely the KTA headed into Wenchang town for a taste of the local nightlife and party magic.

Into day three and the conditions finally allowed Franc and William to complete their heat, with the win going to William. Things then progressed smoothly as faces from past KTA events and new kids on the block fought it out in some spectacular rounds of freestyle as we moved towards the single eliminator finals. Yo, this time struggling from injury, was to still battle it through to the finals against Nobile team rider Mike Blomvall and Hiro Nakano the 16 year champion from Japan was also showing well as was Kin Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, but in the end Mike was to prove just a bit too experienced for the Asian riders and took himself into first place. In a smaller women’s field, Marielle Van De Riet from Holland, Nao Degawa and Aya Oshima from Japan where to give the current KTA champion Kathrin Borgwardt a hard run through to the finals. However this time it was to be Aye … in what turned out to be an amazingly overall medals performance in China, who was to push Kathrin into unusual second place.

With the freestylers resting, the race fleets took back to the water again in the mid-afternoon to also enjoy the stronger wind conditions and gave the local crowds new to the art of kiteboarding some of the best racing action of the week.

Hopes were high then as we headed into the fourth and final day of competition to complete the freestyle double eliminators at the Baijin KTA China, but as you might know, when it comes to the wind gods, the best forecast for the week in reality turned out to be the worst in reality. There was however enough in the end for some further racing to take place which thankfully brought the competition to its close in the way that should, out on the water.

Then in the fading light of the afternoon the riders, supporters, beach crowds and officials all gathered for the closing ceremony. Attended by the head of the Hainan province Communist Party, the dignitaries and government members thanked and toasted the riders and KTA for introducing them all to the new sports world of kiteboarding and pledge future support and welcome to kiteboarders from the world over for further competitions in the future. The results were then read and the winning riders brought to the stage to receive flowers, trophies and a great deal of clapping, giving the KTA a very official and different finish to an event.

However, as the night fell, the beach BBQs sprang into life and everyone gathered for the final prize giving award and party. This time more familiar to one and all and of course being a robe and pool party, the riders and locals saw out the end of the event in true KTA fashion. Much more could be said of course, but hey you should have been there……

So don’t miss the next one.

See you in Vietnam!

Baijin KTA China Results

Top Three Places

Men’s Freestyle

1. Mike Blomvall - Sweden

2. Yo – Narapichit Pudla - Thailand

3. Hironobu Nakano - Japan

Women’s Freestyle

1. Aya Oshima - Japan

2. Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany

3. Nao Degawa - Japan

Men’s Course Race

1. Yo – Narapichit Pudla - Thailand

2. Deivis Miaciulis - Lithuania

3. Kazumasa Sugihara - Japan

Women’s Course Race

1. Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany

2. Aya Oshima - Japan

3. Hill Siu – Hong Kong

Men’s TT Race Class

1. Dennis Wong – Hong Kong

2. Deng Xiao Chen - China

3. Kin Nguyen Ngoc - Vietnam

Women’s TT Race Class

1. Aya Oshima - Japan

2. Nao Degawa - Japan

3. Eileen Teo - China


Bruno's Heading to China

bruno race video1The big news of the KTA is that Bruno Sroka the world champ course racer will be the special guest rider for the Baijin KTA China event. After weeks of behind the scenes work they finally got the Frenchmen in. With tickets, visa’s and boards all in place, Bruno is on his way to China. read more at KTA.

Outright World Speed Sailing Record

webrdwin Rob Does It Again…Recaptures Outright World Speedsailing Record.
OCTOBER 28TH, 2010

Call it amazing…call it ballsy…call it, “The Duel In the Desert Trench.” Drama personified in Ludertiz yesterday resulted in success for Team NASSP. Mission Accompished. Rob Douglas (USA 55 / Blue Leader) has accomplished exactly what he set out to do…he proudly and courageosly recaptured the Outright World Speed Sailing Record yesterday in the Ludertiz, 2nd Lagoon Trench.

With winds in excess of 45 knots and sand storms and sea spray all around, Rob entered The Trench. Riding his 9m Switchblade and speed board of choice, wearing his helmet and all additional padding and protection, Rob sailed down the Ludertiz Trench into a very questionable finishing area (completely closed and close to rocks and sand banks). He has once again sailed into the annals of sailing history…World Record Speed of 55.65 knots !

On Rob’s second run he got fouled up during the finish and fractured his right wrist. The NASSP Team has decided to have Rob return prematurely to Boston, MA. to undergo necessary medical procedures. On his return flight Rob will be accompanied by NASSP founding sponsor Bill Lynch (USA 52 / Green Leader).

Meanwhile, Jamie and Morgan will keep the kites in the sky as the high wind continues to pound the 2nd Lagoon. Coach Gebhardt will remain with The Boys.

Watch the video here.

SOURCE: NASSP

 

Final results of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge:

Rank

No.

Name

Nat.

Speed

1

55

Rob Douglas (WR & NR)

USA

55.65

2

69

Sebastien Cattelan (NR)

FRA

55.49

3

21

Alex Caizergues

FRA

54.93

4

64

Sebastien Salerno

FRA

54.28

5

53

Sylvain Hoceini

FRA

52.90

6

11

Gavin Broadbent (NR)

NZ

50.93

7

45

Basil Cambanis (NR)

ZA

50.75

8

1

Taro Niehaus

ZA

50.62

9

4

Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR)

FRA

50.43

10

57

Morgan Douglas

USA

49.69

11

56

Jamie Douglas

USA

49.46

12

19

Stefan Metzger (NR)

NAM

49.28

13

13

Manu Taub

FRA

49.09

14

40

Patrice Menossi

FRA

48.74

15

7

Sophie Routaboul

FRA

48.64

16

46

Marc Avella (NR)

ESP

48.55

17

9

Christophe Prin-Guenon

FRA

47.18

18

14

Fred Kloren

NL

46.93

19

18

Tim Pumpa (NR)

AUS

46.78

20

59

Jernej Privsek (NR)

SL

46.60

21

10

Anders Bringdal (NR) [W]

SWE

44.80

22

5

Sjoukje Bredenkamp

ZA

44.25

23

6

Zsolt Lenkei (NR)

HUN

43.65

24

52

Bill Lynch

USA

42.32

25

81

Farrel O-Shea [W]

UK

41.02

26

2

Afrit Foued (NR)

ALB

39.81

27

800

Nick Vardalaxos [W]

GR

38.06

28

223

Andrea Baldini [W]

IT

37.21

29

47

Zara Davis (PR) [W]

UK

36.99

30

3

Leila Nouar

FRA

34.71


Lake Bariloche.... or should we say Burrrriloche

alby barilocheAlby Rondina spent the week in San Carlos de Bariloche for the highly anticipated PKRA tour stop. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Bariloche is a small enchanting town surrounded by hills, woods and mountaintops covered with snow. The crystal clear water lake, soaring mountains and stunning glaciers are enough to mesmerize anyone who visits.
Ably says "It was definitely a "different" competition. Conditions were pretty hard, riding the 5.5m with 5.3 wetsuit, boots, gloves and hoodie wasn't very easy... especially after a month in warm Brazil! The water temperature was 6°C, outside was around 10°C so the biggest deal was to stay warm while competing!"
Bad luck in the single, releasing the kite in front of the rocks left Alby off the podium.  But some solid heats in the double, against Rodwald, Zabala, Bakker and Hebert after 4 heats in a row left Alby frozen...but happy with 5th.
"I'm stoked because I'm in the top 5 in the overall ranking! I'll be working hard to keep it up and maybe improve it in the last 2 events." Alby Rondina
Read more about the PKRA here:

Caroline Adrien finishes 1st

p1170822The town of San Carlos de Bariloche welcomed competitors from all over the world today as the highly anticipated PKRA tour stop finally made its debut after months of preparation and organization.

In the women’s division, French rider Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) was no stranger to the cold water finishing first in both races today.

SOURCE:Surfer Today

Duel In the Desert Trench

rob_douglas_team_201_1Rob Does It Again…Recaptures Outright World Speedsailing Record.

OCTOBER 28TH, 2010

Call it amazing…call it ballsy…call it, “The Duel In the Desert Trench.” Drama personified in Ludertiz yesterday resulted in success for Team NASSP. Mission Accompished. Rob Douglas (USA 55 / Blue Leader) has accomplished exactly what he set out to do…he proudly and courageosly recaptured the Outright World Speed Sailing Record yesterday in the Ludertiz, 2nd Lagoon Trench.

With winds in excess of 45 knots and sand storms and sea spray all around, Rob entered The Trench. Riding his 9m Switchblade and speed board of choice, wearing his helmet and all additional padding and protection, Rob sailed down the Ludertiz Trench into a very questionable finishing area (completely closed and close to rocks and sand banks). He has once again sailed into the annals of sailing history…World Record Speed of 55.65 knots !

On Rob’s second run he got fouled up during the finish and fractured his right wrist. The NASSP Team has decided to have Rob return prematurely to Boston, MA. to undergo necessary medical procedures. On his return flight Rob will be accompanied by NASSP founding sponsor Bill Lynch (USA 52 / Green Leader).

Meanwhile, Jamie and Morgan will keep the kites in the sky as the high wind continues to pound the 2nd Lagoon. Coach Gebhardt will remain with The Boys.

Watch the video here.

SOURCE: NASSP

 

Final results of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge:

Rank

No.

Name

Nat.

Speed

1

55

Rob Douglas (WR & NR)

USA

55.65

2

69

Sebastien Cattelan (NR)

FRA

55.49

3

21

Alex Caizergues

FRA

54.93

4

64

Sebastien Salerno

FRA

54.28

5

53

Sylvain Hoceini

FRA

52.90

6

11

Gavin Broadbent (NR)

NZ

50.93

7

45

Basil Cambanis (NR)

ZA

50.75

8

1

Taro Niehaus

ZA

50.62

9

4

Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR)

FRA

50.43

10

57

Morgan Douglas

USA

49.69

11

56

Jamie Douglas

USA

49.46

12

19

Stefan Metzger (NR)

NAM

49.28

13

13

Manu Taub

FRA

49.09

14

40

Patrice Menossi

FRA

48.74

15

7

Sophie Routaboul

FRA

48.64

16

46

Marc Avella (NR)

ESP

48.55

17

9

Christophe Prin-Guenon

FRA

47.18

18

14

Fred Kloren

NL

46.93

19

18

Tim Pumpa (NR)

AUS

46.78

20

59

Jernej Privsek (NR)

SL

46.60

21

10

Anders Bringdal (NR) [W]

SWE

44.80

22

5

Sjoukje Bredenkamp

ZA

44.25

23

6

Zsolt Lenkei (NR)

HUN

43.65

24

52

Bill Lynch

USA

42.32

25

81

Farrel O-Shea [W]

UK

41.02

26

2

Afrit Foued (NR)

ALB

39.81

27

800

Nick Vardalaxos [W]

GR

38.06

28

223

Andrea Baldini [W]

IT

37.21

29

47

Zara Davis (PR) [W]

UK

36.99

30

3

Leila Nouar

FRA

34.71


 

Susi Mai and A All Chicks Camp in the Philippines

chicks camp boracayPAGUDPUD is located at the northern tip of the Philippines. It's white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water make it a haven for tourists (mainly surfers) from all over the world. Maira-Ira Point is an emerging attraction with its secluded beach known as the Blue Lagoon and is the most popular surf spot in the area. Strong winds brought by the Amihan season make the paddle out difficult, however those winds make this an ideal kitesurfing spot.

The region of Bicol in Luzon is regarded as the extreme sports mecca of the Philippines due in part to the emergence of the Camsur Watersports Complex. CWC offers a 6-point cable system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands for viewing.

SECO ISLAND once secret, is now the most popular kitesurfing safari destination in the Philippines. Accessible by boat only, the island gets is name from it's resemblance of an elbow (“siko” in native tongue) and boasts 400m of pure white sand in the middle of the ocean with the tallest shrub standing only a few feet high. It is regarded as the best kite spot in the country because of the consistent winds, the tranquility and the scenery in the surrounding area.

Boracay is a tropical island located approximately 315 km to (200 miles) south of Manila and 2 km to the north-western tip of the island of Panay in Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. This is one of the famous destination for tourists in the country. It is regarded as #6 in the top 10 beaches of the world with it’s infamous white sand and the breathtaking sunset view. It is regarded as the Ibiza of the Philippines, It houses the biggest beach resorts in the country and even national / international franchises around the island.

 

 

 

Not Afraid

jesseheli-09-10aJesse Richman the 2 time KPWT World Champ, at the ripe old age of 18, has turned in his gloves. “This year I decided to leave the contest scene. I had a great few years traveling around and competing and overall it was a really fun experience.  I am stoked to have the titles. But I am done with the world tour for now... I feel like it’s just too much of the same. We need to get some excitement back into it. Contest are about pushing the riders and the sport... and having fun.  And I do plan on being part of the comps that are doing that. There is movement in that direction and we all need to get behind it.”
So what has Jesse been up to since he walked away from the world tour?
“I learned some valuable life lessons this summer.
Rule of life number 1.  Don’t be the first one over the Falls....
Some of the Cabrinha crew went to the Gorge this summer.  We had some nuts 50 knots plus riding, fun mini bike rallying and did a few stupid things we probably shouldn't have been doing.  One of the great ideas was to check out some waterfalls. The one we stopped at was a massive 80 footer and the plan was to jump off.  We went down to scope it from the bottom first.  At this point we got the brilliant idea to go up river and float off the waterfall.  After a lot of encouragement from the local crew I found myself the first one...heading towards the falls, with nothing but my boardshorts.  Hind site is 20/20... I should have let someone try this out before me in a kayak or something.  On the way down I smacked a rock with my heel and then got held down totally submerged for an eternity.  I came up about 100 yards down stream with everyone super relieved to see me.  And me even happier to breath again.  After recovering from shock and a trip to the familiar Hood River ER I ended up on crutches for a month with a bruised heel and some stress fractures.
Rule of life number 2.   Water is softer than land.
jesse2One of my favorite things to do on land is mountain bike.  The thing is, when you fall off a bike you hit dirt, rock, trees, pavement... something hard.  It’s not as nice as a water landing.  A few months back I was riding a trail in the Makawao Forest. There is a wooden bridge you hit on the trial.  I’ve done it 100 times before.  But this time one of the boards broke just as I crossed, I went down pretty hard and when I got up my hand did not look right at all. I ended up having to get 3 metal pins stuck in to various bones in my hand and was out of the game for another 4 weeks. I was going a bit crazy so I actually started running, it was the only thing I could do.
I am very happy to be able to kite again, it has been a long summer with a lot of injuries and hospital visits. I am amping up for winter on Maui and glad to be riding again. I plan on going to the Core Jam, and the Wind or no Wind Jam.  Would love to do the BVI Jam but haven’t got that all dialed in yet.
I am also very happy to say that coming out soon will be the long awaited travel stories of Cam and Jesse, the movie "Modernistic".  We plan on having a premier party and I’ll get all of the details out soon.”

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