And so it begins, half way around the world at the birth place of the sport, new adventures abound as he joins our international team.
True to form the PKRA in Leucate delivered some spectacular competition and a wind forecast to match any. The event opened up with a day of 30-40 knot winds blowing offshore at the comp site. Our speed team arrived early and eager to break records in the Leucate’s excellent racing conditions. The freestyle team fresh from their recent Hawaiian exploits in Maui, geared up grudgingly with thick wetsuits and tiny kites.
The Switchblade Speed Team: Rob Douglas, Morgan Douglas, Jamie Douglas and Damien LeRoy saw great Sosh Cup Results. 50 minutes into the first heat, Rob Douglas set a new speed record for Leaucate with a blistering 44.61 kt average. Antoine Albeau 20 time world champion windsurfer answered back in heat 2 with a bullet. In the end Rob came in 1st in kiteboarding and 2nd overall with the best speed over 500m of 44.61 knots. Damien LeRoy found his groove after a neck cracking fall and managed to hold on to 3rd place which landed him 5th overall. Morgan and Jamie made their climb up the leader board as Morgan came in 6th kite and 11th overall with Jamie in 9th kite and 15th overall.
In the freestyle mens division our man Alby Rondina had to retire early after an injury made it impossible to compete. Liam Whaley had an impressive start showing experience in the strong and gusty winds defeating Ewan Jaspan but faced the eventual winner Alex Pastor in Heat 3. Liam had a strong heat but lost out to his fellow Tarifian competitor.
In the ladies division Annabel Van Westerop went up against Manuela Jungo for the 4/5th showdown in the singles, unfortunately she lost out but stood in a strong position going into the doubles on the following day.
The doubles competition came around on the final day of wind and with sand flying and gusts up to 40knts it was clear that the only choice for kites would be the smallest kites available. WIth Alby retired early it was down to Liam to march forward. Round 3 saw Liam vs Christop Tack in the battle to move up the ladder into the final 8. It was a close heat but Christoph advanced leaving Liam in a final position of 9th. Annabel advanced through her first 2 heats to face Manuela Jungo again. She managed an impressive heat and advanced to face Bruna Kajiya and battle for a podium position. In winds normally thought too dangerous for girls, Annabel powered through on her 5.5m Chaos kite and ended up a solid 4th position overall. This puts her now tied for 4th position in the overall rankings and ready for the next tour stop in Italy.
The Kiteboard Tour Asia is heading back to Pingtan Island in China for the second year running for the 4th and final stop of the 2013 KTA season - co-sponsored by Cabrinha.
The event will run from 8 to 12 May in what is renowned as a windy spot on the China coast in the Taiwan Strait. The event there last year drew 130000 spectators over the 5 days. You can check the event report here - www.kiteboardtour.asia/news/kta-china-pingtan-island-wrap-up/
There is US$30000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs as well as Kites and boards from Cabrinha. Entries are limited to 120 participants as the red carpet is laid on for all comers with accommodation, transfers and meals paid for.
Registration is open now - www.kiteboardtour.asia/event/kta-china-pingtan-island-2013/
We are pleased to announce James Boulding has joined our international team. James comes to us with a solid background in the industry riding cable, kiting kickers, sliders and rails. He and his crew threw themselves into the movement depicted as 'wake style'. He has more than a keen interest in filming and has used video making as a tool to document his trips and projects. A native of Newcastle UK, James is constantly traveling in search of sun and good times. We are stoked to welcome James to the team!
Maui HI- February 1, 2013- The Velocity VMG race kite represents the pinnacle of racing efficiency on all points of sail. Developed over an entire season with designer Pat Goodman, Damien Leroy and PKRA World Tour Racing Champion Bryan Lake, the Velocity VMG is podium proven. The Velocity is based on a bow kite plan form for the highest power to drag ratio. Its upwind ability is only matched by its ability to fly on all points of sail off the wind due to its full, powerful profiles.
The Velocity features a light weight construction using only 5 micro struts with .06mm TPU bladders and modified panel layout with no dacron and no chafe protectors. Its power production is optimized by keeping the area focused where the arc is flatter and the aerodynamic forces contribute the most towards forward speed.
The interactive trim of the Velocity kite is made possible by our all new Quicklink SLF (single line flag) Racing control system. The Quicklink SLF uses a 4:1 Clam Cleat trim system with 30cm of adjustment, giving you the feeling that you have an entire crew onboard to optimize your kite trim while on the fly.
The control system has a fully spinning SLF safety system with an independent swiveling harness loop and leash attachment.
The Cabrinha Race Board is made with one purpose in mind: to win tactical course races in all conditions. It features a single shot superlite EPS foam core, wrapped in a PVC / carbon / innegra sandwich construction. This exotic super light weight race machine is finished with custom cut deck traction and 3 computer foiled G10 race fins.
The 2013 Cabrinha Race Collection is registered with the IKA.
With strong ties to the island of Oahu Pete Cabrinha, Twig Baker, Keahi de Aboitiz and Reo Stevens kick it up a notch with some great kitsufing at the birth place of surfing. Sit back and enjoy this extended edit of the boys kicking it on Oahu's North Shore.