KTA Second Round: Hong Kong

img_5947_largeWell it has to be said that in the end typhoon Nida has had more than its fair share of input to the second round of the KTA. Nida, which appeared in the region last week has twisted the regions weather patterns, which at the competition venue in Hong Kong has meant wind directions varying from bang on North through to South East and even beyond due South at times. In the end this sadly resulted in only one solid day of competition, which did allow the course racing to achieve results but did not give the opportunity for any freestyle to take place.

Still the KTA Hong Kong had seen a good entry again with 38 riders registering from 14 different countries’, which included this time, Egypt, the UK, Spain and Germany.

On the cards for the event were both national and international level competitions, with the final leg of the KTA Greater China freestyle and course racing championships alongside the continuing KTA tour disciplines.

Following a traditional Chinese opening ceremony for good luck conducted by the events headline local sponsors the KHKA, the wind appeared on day two giving the event 25kt North winds that dropped into the bay from the Lantau mountains. Earlier forecasts for the week have been giving the event cross-shore Easterly winds at around the 20kt area, but with arrival of Nida the outlook of stable good wind conditions became a bit hopeful.

For the competition beach at Cheung Sha a North wind would mean offshore conditions and a tough day for riders and organisers alike. It was clear from the start that the winds would not be stable enough on the inside to run freestyle, but out into the bay the things cleaned up and did allow for some quality course racing

So with the marker buoys set the men’s fleet gathered for the first start. Unfortunately as the first riders cleared the start line it was clear that there had been a mass false starts and the race was recalled. The second start was a good one with the main pack of racers taking off on a right tack, with only a few heading out on the left side. Port tack was the call though as Hong Kong local, Cabrinha’s Mike Raper came through the first mark ahead of the fleet. Though at this point Mike caught a lull and Taner Kurt from Turkey blasted through towards the downwind mark, followed closely by the first round course race winner Yo from Thailand and the Philippines Douqe De la Santos.

However, Mike was not finished yet and once again showed the advantage of being on home turf as he again took a wide left hand run to slingshot back into the downwind mark taking the lead back for the crosswind leg. This he then held through to the finish line with Taner holding the second spot over Yo. It was interesting to note that both first and second place riders were on directional race boards, which seemed to give an advantage over the rest of the fleet who were all riding twin-tips.

In the Greater China national event there was again a closely fought race, particularly between the first two riders throughout the course. In the end Hoi Tin from Hong Kong, came in ahead of Dennis Wong from China with Matthew Spragg taking the third slot. Dennis was in the end however moved into first place following a post race protest committee, which ruled that Hoi Tin had not crossed the finishing line correctly.

For the women’s course race all riders made a clean start on the first green flag with the lead changing several times between Calra Delmoral from Spain, local rider Hill Siu, Japan’s Reiko Kimura and Kathrin Borgwardt from Germany, as they tacked to the upwind buoy. In the end it was to be Hill that took the mark first followed by Katherin, the fight was then on between the pair of them to the downwind turn with Carla and Reiko battling for the next two spots. Hill again made the mark first and in the crosswind section finally pulled away from Kathrin to secure her first place position. Kathrin then crossed the line in second with Reiko taking a clean third. The main battle was now between Carla and Aiyah (Japan) who had taken the downwind mark in front of Carla, but on the reach Carla hit the gas on her Ozone and pulled away from the half way stage to secure the fourth position.

Despite the lack of wind for the remaining days the KTA ‘no wind’ plan worked well with riders competing in a very popular and well contested SUP racing event - which for the men gave a great win for Yo of Thailand over New Zealand’s Mike Raper as he snuck in and turned tigher on the final buoy. It was an Aussie win for the women as Ali Dudfield  beat Kathrin Bogwardt in a surf SUP final with 3 waves to 1. Big thanks to KTA tour sponsor Cabrinha for supplying the event with its new range of SUP boards, which provide one of the tours key ‘no wind’ competition alternatives.

The day was then completed with a well appreciated and very interactive pro-riders clinic given by Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha) and Julien Hosp (F1), both of whom are PKRA riders with Alberto of course recently making all the headlines by putting five times world champion Aaron Hadlow out of the running for his sixth consecutive world title. The last day also saw a second riders clinic given by Cabrinha’s chief designer alongside David Hastilow the company’s top test rider, who together fielded a whole range of questions from the riders on kite development.

For the full race results, video and photo’s from the KTA Hong Kong tour stop go to the KTA official website – www.kiteboardtour.asia

Christophe Martin Shows Off the Handikite



French Cabrinha rider Christophe Martin demonstrates how he kites without the use of his legs on a specially made board during a French Freestyle competition. He hopes to compete in the wave competition in 2010. Check out the inspiring photos here and visit his website.

New American Speed Records



Congratulations to Cabrinha riders Rob Douglas and Melissa Gil for bringing home American speed records at the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009.

2009 Luderitz Speed Challenge Records
Alex Caizergues (F-One) – World kiteboard speed record: 50.98 knots

Rob Douglas (Cabrinha) – USA outright speed sailing record: 50.95knots

Jernej Privsek (Jägermeister) – Slovenian outright speed sailing record: 44.59 knots

Felipe Johannpeter (Genetrix) – Brazil outright speed record: 42.14 knots

Melissa Gil (Cabrinha) – USA woman’s national speed record: 38.00 knots

Get all the updates on this year's event here.

Asia’s first international kiteboard tour goes to Hong Kong


The KTA Second Round in association with Evason Six Senses Spa and the KHKA

The world’s fastest growing and newest watersports phenomenon is set to come to the shores of high tech Hong Kong at the start of December.

The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) which is staging the second round of its five stop international competition tour in Hong Kong from the 2 – 5 December 09. The event will be based on the beautiful Cheung Sha beach on South Lantau at the new purpose built, Palm Beach watersports centre.

A good local rider turnout is anticipated for the Hong Kong tour stop along with a strong international field from countries across not only Asia but further a field also. Competition will take place between 10am – 5pm each day with competitors displaying their talents in both the freestyle and course racing events – all sanctioned for world ranking points under the IKA and ISAF.

Whilst the KTA tour promises to be a unique sporting spectacle as it travels around the region over the next few months, it also has another target it is determined to fulfil and that is to create new opportunities and chances for local riders, an opportunity not only to compete on an international stage in Asia, but to been seen and recognised by the wider watersports community worldwide. In support of this the KTA has put in place a Riders Grant scheme, details of which can be found on the KTA website.

The KTA Hong Kong is strongly support by its local organiser and sponsors the KHKA, who are one of Hong Kong’s leading kiteboard groups and schools, along with kiteboard industry leaders the Hong Kong based Cabrinha Kites and the Evason Six Sense Spa as the KTA tour headline sponsor.

For the full information on all the KTA Hong Kong tour stop and all the other countries it will be visiting please go to the official website www.kiteboardtour.asia Here you can also view the KTA in action during its first round event in Xiamen China in early November on the KTA You Tube Channel.

Podium Finishes for Cabrinha KPWT Brazil


Congratulations to Jesse Richman, Susi Mai, and Bruno Sroka for their solid performances at SUPERKITE BRAZIL 2009

Junior Freestyle Results:
1st  Eudazio Silva (BRA, LIQUID FORCE)
2nd Set Gomes (BRA, LIQUID FORCE)
3rd  Julien Kerner (FRA, TAKOON)

Freestyle Men:
1. Evandro Da Silva (BRA, RRD)
2. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
3. Tomas Teixeira (BRA, RRD)

Freestyle Women:
1. Karolina Winkowska (POL, NAISH)
2. Susi Mai (GER, CABRINHA)
3. Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH)

Wave Master Men:
1. Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES)
2. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
3. Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH)

Wave Master Women:
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH)
3. Jalou Langeree (HOL,NAISH)

Course Racing Men:
1. Pedro Carvalho (BRA, BEST)
2. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA)
3. Julien Kerner (FRA, TAKOON)

Course Racing Women:
1. Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST)
2. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
3. Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)

French Cabrinha rider Caroline Adrien wins!

In Wimereux between October 24-28, 2009 the French Freestyle Championship scored three days of winds between 20-30 knots. After a single elimination for junior and men and double elimination women, we are proud to announce Cabrinha rider Caroline Adrien's win and Sarah Demdoum's 3rd place. Mathieu Judic (Cabrinha) finished the 4th place. Congratulations to all the riders that participated!

Australian Champion Keahi de Aboitiz Visits Japan

Australian Champion KEAHI de ABOITIZ recently took part in a local wave and freestyle contest in Japan. Due to a nearby typhoon, he scored some great waves with a 16-20 knots sideshore wind.  Spectators were treated to Keahi’s huge boosts and pro surf style.

The wave category gave Keahi an opportunity to battle against Taka, a professional windsurfer with local knowledge and experience.  But the very talented young Australian champ ripped and was awarded the title. Keahi also rose up the ladder in the freestyle category all the way to the final heat. His final heat was against Hiro, a 15 year old local prodigy.  This heat was another battle with Keahi again pulling off the win. For more photos, click here.

Asia's first ever Kiteboard Competition Tour

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Asia's first ever Kiteboard Competition Tour

The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) has officially launched the first kiteboard competition tour to be based solely in the Asia region. The tour, which will be visiting five countries over the 09/10 Asian winter monsoon season, is a pro/am series of events open to male and female riders.

The KTA tour has been sanctioned by the International Kiteboard Association (IKA), the official world governing body for kiteboarding under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). ISAF govern sailing events globally from national level competitions, through to events such as the Volvo world offshore ocean races and sailing and windsurfing in the Olympics.

Dan Sweeney Wins Junior British Kitesurfing Championships

16 year old Cabrinha Team Rider and 2008 Youth Empire Winner Dan Sweeney takes the overall win for the Juniors 2009 British Kitesurfing Surfing Freestyle Championships.

The British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) hold 6 events across the UK where kitesurfers show off their skills by jumping over 40-ft in the air with a combination of spins, twists and tricks that involve looping the kite in the air generating an amazing amount of power.  Truly a sport that's not for the faint hearted.  Dan was awarded the title at the end of year championships in Redcar on October 10th 2009. 

Last year Dan won the ‘Youth Empire’ support by showing that he had the dedication and motivate in becoming a professional kitesurfer beating 25 other talented young kitesurfers under 18 in the UK.  Dan won a full years support on Cabrinha Kitesurfing products as well as help with mentoring and training.  Since then Dan has been involved in moving the Youth Empire program forward and helping other young people reach their goals and dreams in kitesurfing.

This year Dan travelled to Barbados with the new 2009 Cabrinha Nomad kites to get a little training in and test ride the new Cabrinha 2010 kites.  Since then Dan has been asked to go back with the support of Virgin Airlines to help promote the other islands.  Dan has become a international star.

For 2010 Dan has secured national sponsorship from Cabrinha UK as a team rider and he now moves into the UK professional circuit container for the 2010 professional title.

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