FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2008
Location: Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008, Canary Islands, Spain
The name of the game is outright speed and Fuerteventura is a windy unforgiving place. The shoreline looks like a moonscape of dried wind blown rocks and sand leading into the Atlantic. The strong offshore winds are like clock work in Fuerteventura during the summer months with daily averages between 20 and 40 knots. Rough choppy waters, gusty winds, and sometimes waist high waves work against any speed junkie from attaining top speeds in Fuerteventura. The location is widely known to be one of, if the not the most difficult stop on the speed tour. Welcome to the Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008. Rob Douglas, CEO of Black Dog, recently started Speed Kiting after realizing his own potential versus his sponsored team riders. On a recent Black Dog apparel photo shoot to Costa Rica (also known for it's high winds), "Big Dog" punished Cabrinha and Black Dog sponsored team riders Damien Leroy (2008 US Kite Racing National Champion) and Mike "Gebi" Gebhardt (two-time Olympic medalist) in non-official speed races. Leroy was so impressed that he urged Douglas to get involved in Kite Speed and at least train to see whether he might have what it takes to be a player at a major competition.