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  1. 28 Seconds Kite Jump - Buggy Tow Up

  2. What’s In A Name?

    The action of 'What's in a Name' takes place 'somewhere in Africa, then 'somewhere in Brazil', then, again, 'somewhere in Africa', and so on. Starring some kiteboarding girls and guys. That's how an incredibly insensitive to beauty person would describe the following video on the basis of the words appearing on the screen. While watching it, however, you'll quickly realize that we are dealing with some of the most beautiful kiting spots in the world and people you're watching belong to the world top class riders. If you don't have 20 minutes to watch 'What's in a Name', find them!
  3. The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions

    There could not have been a more perfect ending to our 2016 season than this final at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro in New Caledonia. This location provided the World Kiteboarding League athletes with optimal conditions to demonstrate their power and talent. Throughout the year we have seen an unbelievable level of riding, that keeps raising the standard of freestyle kiteboarding to another level. 3rd Overall Men - Alex Pastor As a former World Champion, Alex Pastor from Spain knew what he wanted to work towards this year. He has demonstrated skill and talent, and is always certain to add plenty of style to his riding. He had some unfortunate luck in his final heat here in New Caledonia, injuring his hand, and did not ride as well as he had been anticipating. However, his good results through the year lead him to this 3rd position in the overall rankings. 1). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 2nd Overall Men - Youri Zoon Youri Zoon, 2x former World Champion from the Netherlands also had his eye on the number one position this year. His last World Title was back in 2011, and this was his opportunity to get back to the top. He has been riding unbelievably well throughout the year, and put on an extremely impressive performance in this final in New Caledonia. Unfortunately that number one spot was not quite within his grasp, but 2nd overall is a demonstration of his talent and perseverance. 2). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 1st Overall Men - Carlos Mario To describe the level of riding that Carlos Mario has achieved throughout this year is no easy feat. He has shown such incredible talent and performs every trick with such ease that there are times when he seems almost super-human. This young rider from Cauipe is fully deserving of this years Overall Title, and we are excited to see how will continue to push the level of competitive kiteboarding in 2017. 3). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 3rd Overall Women - Annabel Van Westerop 2016 was a year of many changes for Annabel Van Westerop of Aruba. Changing sponsors, starting University and learning how to combine student life with competitive kiteboarding. We are delighted to see that this female athlete has what it takes to manage all of those elements and still stay at the very top of the kiteboarding elite. We look forward to seeing her climb even higher in 2017. 4). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 2nd Overall Women - Hannah Whiteley It was great to have Hannah Whiteley from the UK at every stop of the tour this year. She has shown us that she is a force to be reckoned with. Lots of power and strength go into Hannah's riding, and it has certainly paid off giving her this 2nd position overall. 5). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 1st Overall Women - Bruna Kajiya Simply said, Bruna Kajiya from Brazil has raised the bar for Women's kiteboarding. Pushing herself and her fellow competitors, it has been nothing short of spectacular watching her fight to maintain her top position throughout this year. We are extremely happy to see her achieve this year's Overall title. 6). The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions 2016 was an incredible year, and an opportunity for the WKL to gradually build up the foundation for a high quality World Kiteboarding Tour. 2017 will be our opportunity to perfect that. We look forward to a variety of stops across the globe, and to providing you with the opportunity to follow and enjoy the best level of competitive kiteboarding available. We take this opportunity to wish all of our athletes, friends and followers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Photos and texts by: WKL Media
  4. After a day of high emotions in New Caledonia, the World Kiteboarding League 2016 Overall Champions were crowned. We were delighted to crown the following athletes: Men: 1st Carlos Mario 2nd Youri Zoon 3rd Alex Pastor 1). World Kiteboarding League 2016 Women: 1st Bruna Kajiya 2nd Hannah Whiteley 3rd Annabel Van Westerop 2). World Kiteboarding League 2016 2016 has been an incredible year for the World Kiteboarding League, and we are looking forward to an exciting year in 2017 with even more action and adrenaline. Let’s stay connected: Facebook Page - World Kiteboarding League Instagram - World Kiteboarding League Twitter - OfficialWKL Snapchat - WKLofficial Live Feed - World Kiteboarding League Website - World Kiteboarding League Media Enquiries - Media@Worldkiteboardingleague.com Photos and texts by: WKL Media
  5. The final day at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro was full of adrenaline and high emotions. Both the Men's and Women's finals were completed, and the day ended with the crowning of this year's World Kiteboarding League Overall Champions. The Women's final saw Bruna Kajiya start off strong and dominate the heat with her style and power. The brazilian rider landed a perfectly executed 315, Heart Attack and KGB. The other three athletes in the heat were fighting hard for the remaining podium positions, and the 2nd position went to Annabel Van Westerop from Aruba who rode an extremely strong heat, Hannah Whiteley taking 3rd and Paula Novotna in 4th. 1). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Final Day The Men's final was a festival of double handle passes, with the men showing an insane level of riding right from the start of the heat. All of the competitors went for 317's and Backside 7's, but it was Carlos Mario from Brazil who was determined to win this competition and pulled a nearly perfect Heart Attack 7 which left all the spectators speechless. He continued with amazing high-scoring tricks like a Hinterberger 9, Slim 9, KGB7 and the first ever 3110 landed in competition, which unfortunately did not have a solid landing so did not score as high as the spectators were anticipating. Former World Champion Youri Zoon demonstrated some incredible power and focus by landing and very clean Slim7 and Backside 317 gaining a 2nd position. Set Teixeira from Brasil showed some outstanding talent during this final heat, and landed a 317, KGB7 and Heart Attack 5, giving him 3rd place at this event. Marc Jacobs from New Zealand rode extremely well but needed a few higher scoring tricks to get on the podium. He was followed by Alex Pastor from Spain who took several unfortunate crashes and injured his hand, complicating the heat for him. David Tonijuan from Spain also landed several great doubles, and he finished this event in 5th position. 2). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Final Day The final results for the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro in New Caledonia are: Women: 1st - Bruna Kajiya 2nd - Annabel Van Westerop 3rd - Hannah Whiteley 4th - Paula Novotona 3). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Final Day Men: 1st - Carlos Mario 2nd - Youri Zoon 3rd - Set Teixeira 4th - Marc Jacobs 5th - Alex Pastor 6th - David Tonijuan 4). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Final Day We would like to thank all of our event partners and sponsors, as well as all the spectators and fans who tuned into our amazing live stream on Facebook. Let’s stay connected: Facebook Page - World Kiteboarding League Instagram - World Kiteboarding League Twitter - OfficialWKL Snapchat - WKLofficial Live Feed - World Kiteboarding League Website - World Kiteboarding League Photos and texts by: WKL Media
  6. Day 5 at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro saw the completion of Men's Round 3, Heat 7 and 8, as well as the mini final. This means that both Men's and Women's finals will both be run tomorrow. 1). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Day 5 The day started off with slightly lighter wind conditions. The race director wanted to ensure that these Men's heats were run in optimal conditions so the start was slightly delayed until we had the best wind possible. 2). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Day 5 Heat 7 saw Alex Pastor from Spain and Youri Zoon from the Netherlands dominate the heat with many doubles. The both went back and forth from 1st position to 2nd position by landing KGB5's, 317's, Backside 7's and Heart Attack 5's but Youri managed to edge his way to the top and take the win. David Tonijuan also showed some perfectly executed tricks, landing a nice Heart Attack, Hinterberger 5 and Crow Mobe 5. This positive result gave him a spot in tomorrow's final alongside Pastor and Zoon. 3). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Day 5 Heat 8 saw local rider Arthur Guillebert show some great riding, with a wonderful home crowd to support him on the beach. Carlos Mario from Brazil put on an outstanding display, showing us all exactly why he is currently in that number 1 position. He landed 6 double handle passes for his heat including a Backside 319, which didn't have the cleanest landing, so lost points, but was extremely impressive non the less. He landed three tricks that scored over a 9 in this heat, the highest score we have seen during the event so far. New Zealand rider Marc Jacobs will also be joining him in the finals alongside Set Teixeira who initially struggled during his heat and crashed his first three attempts, but then managed to regain territory landing a Slim7 and 317. 4). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Day 5 The Men's Mini Final saw Stefan Spiessberger, Jerome Cloetens, Val Garat and Antoine Fermon battle against each other, but it was Stefan Spiessberger who landed a big 317 as well as a nice grabbed Slim5 and Backmobe 5. This gave him 7th place overall for this competition, followed by Antoine Fermon who was very happy with his 8th position at this event. Jerome Cloetens put on a solid display of riding throughout the day giving him 9th position, and Val Garat 10th. Tomorrow will be a big day with the completion of both the Men's and Women's finals. Live Stream will be running as from 12 midday, so tune in to see our interviews with all of the finalists and some fantastic live coverage of the heats. This will also be the day for the crowning of this year's World Kiteboarding League 2016 Champions, so be sure not to miss it. 5). World Kiteboarding League - New Caledonia, Day 5 Let’s stay connected: Facebook Page - World Kiteboarding League Instagram - World Kiteboarding League Twitter - OfficialWKL Snapchat - WKLofficial Live Feed - World Kiteboarding League Website - World Kiteboarding League Media Enquiries - Media@Worldkiteboardingleague.com Photos and texts by: WKL Media
  7. Day two at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro started with a bang at approximately 12.30 pm once the typical New Caledonian winds kicked in. Women's Round 1 Heats 1 and 2 were completed, and after a two hour break to wait for the tide to come back in, Men's Round 1 Heat 1 was was also completed. 1). World Kiteboarding League, New Caledonia Hannah Whiteley from the UK dominated the first women's heat, landing a KGB that gave a high score of 8.27. Annabel Van Westerop followed close behind also landing a impressive display of tricks including a nice S-bend to Blind. Both girls now pass through directly to Round Three. Local riders Pauline Valesa and Marine Duprat will pass through to Round Two. 2). World Kiteboarding League, New Caledonia In the second heat of the day it was current leader Bruna Kajiya from Brasil who was on fire, making every trick look easy as she pulled out a KGB and Slim Chance giving her a good advantage over her competitors. Paula Novotna followed her through to Round Three after starting slowly but gaining better scores towards the end of her heat. Rita Arnaus landed a high scoring Back to Blind towards the end of her heat, and she will be going through to Round 2 with local rider Maureen Castelle. 3). World Kiteboarding League, New Caledonia Once the tide had filled in, the Men's Round 1 Heat 1 commenced, and it was former World Champion Alex Pastor who mastered his heat, with a massive Heart Attack 7, showing a huge amount of commitment in all of his doubles. The icing on the cake was his grabbed KGB5 that gave him the win. Antoine Fermon from France and Austrian Rider Stefan Spiessberger both fought hard for the second spot in order to jump straight through to Round 3, but it was Fermon who cruised through with a powerful Front Blind Mobe and a Double Heart Attack. Spiessberger landed a nice Frontside 7 and a Backside 315 but just missed out on the 2nd position by 0.2 points. He will pass through to Round 2 with French rider Victor Hays who managed to overcome his recent knee injury and landed a clean KGB and Slim5. 4). World Kiteboarding League, New Caledonia By the end of the first Men’s heat the sun was starting to set. A successful first day of competition on the beautiful shores of New Caledonia. Skipper’s meeting has been called tomorrow for 10am with a first possible start at 11am. Be sure to tune into our live stream which will be running from 9am to 5pm local time. (11pm to 7am CET) Let’s stay connected: Facebook Page – World Kiteboarding League Instagram – World Kiteboarding League Twitter – OfficialWKL Snapchat – WKLofficial Live Feed – World Kiteboarding League Website – World Kiteboarding League Media Enquiries – Media@Worldkiteboardingleague.com Photos and texts by: WKL Media
  8. Alex Pastor was crowned Men's GKA Freestyle Rider of the Year after the Germany WKL event and an incredibly close run contest with Aaron Hadlow over the season. This is the story of how the five event GKA Grand Slam Freestyle series played out! 1). Caption: Alex training at one of his favourite spots, Cumbuco, Brazil @Photo: Andre Magarao / Airush In 2015 Liam Whaley and Gisela Pulido were the overall freestyle champions when the tour was run by the WKT (previously VKWC), but due to conflicting association politics and poor organisation a string of events were cancelled at the end of the season. Liam and Gisela never actually got to stand on a podium as champions. Sadly they were notified of their titles via email. That capped off a tumultuous and damaging couple of seasons for the image of the freestyle competition world, resulting in the GKA devising the 'Rider of the Year' ranking to ensure that, regardless of which freestyle event associations sanctioned the events, there would be five 'freestyle based' 'Grand Slam' events on the calendar that were guaranteed to be run by good local organisers who have proved to be well organised, have sufficient prize money and infrastructure for riders. As a GKA Grand Slam event, the GKA member brands would ensure support by making sure that their team riders attend. The 'Grand Slam' calendar of events for the GKA Rider of the Year championship was set up before the birth of the World Kiteboarding League, and included a variety of freestyle events to find the most all-round rider. The series lined up like this: RED BULL KING OF THE AIR, SOUTH AFRICA (Men only) 30th January - 14th February 2016 MONDIAL DU VENT, LEUCATE, FRANCE (IKA) 15th - 22nd April 2016 WIND VOYAGER TRIPLE-S INVITATIONAL, CAPE HATTERAS, USA 4th - 10th June 2016 MAITAI CABARETE FREESTYLE INVITATIONAL (WKL) 12th - 17th July 2016 PRINGLES WORLD CUP, FEHMARN, GERMANY (WKL) 26th August - 4th September 2016 Heading into the last event in Germany, Alex Pastor led the rankings, but if five events were completed, riders could discard their worst result from the season. In that instance, it looked most likely that Aaron Hadlow would become Rider of the Year. All Aaron had to do was make sure that he didn't finish more than five positions behind Alex... The Germany event therefore took on a great significance. It has the longest waiting period on the calendar (ten days) and the winds were really light for nine-and-a-half days. By the final day only the trials and a few early rounds had been run. At the eleventh hour and just before the event was to be called off, there was suddenly enough wind to run a few hours of competition. We already knew that Aaron had gone out of the event, finishing a very surprising 13th, but if the winds didn't come through for further rounds, the event would be called a non-event... Alex needed the wind to hold for at least a couple of hours and to make sure that he also wasn't surprisingly knocked out... 2). Alex Pastor - GKA Freestyle Rider of the Year Alex Pastor: My year becoming GKA Rider Of The Year THE INTERVIEW The GKA's five event Grand Slam series kicked off in January with the Red Bull King of the Air. This was a new event for you. Was it an event that you've always wanted to compete in, or did you already have half an eye on the GKA Freestyle Rider of the Year title? I usually go to Australia to train hard for the freestyle season, but the World Kiteboarding League wasn't formed by then and we weren't sure what was happening with freestyle events, so I ended up not going to Australia. The King of the Air is really spectacular and gets a lot of interest. Plus, big air is always fun, but with a lot of riders picking up injuries at the event I had always been unsure about entering it just before the freestyle season. It was a really great experience though and I think I'll do it again next year, although obviously I hope to do better. 3). Caption: Big Bay, Cape Town. Theatre of big air dreams at the Red Bull King of the Air @ Photo: Christian Black / Red Bull Content Pool You finished 13th at the KOTA. Not a position you're used to, but what was your favourite experience during the event? The first day was good for me, I got one of the highest scores when I did that double handle-pass and a couple of kite loops. The second day didn't line up so well and I was flagged out before I could find the conditions to do those tricks again. Riding at Big Bay in front of all those crowds is unbelievable though; you feel like a hero. There are so many people that come to watch from all over the world who really love kiteboarding. As a rider you don't want to miss experiences like that. 4). Caption: Aaron and Alex looking on at the action at the King of the Air. Their own battle for the GKA Freestyle Rider of the Year would go the distance... @ Photo: Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool The Mondial du Vent in Leucate came next. That was a tricky round because the winds were unusually light for that spot and it was also the last event run by the IKA that you would compete at. Although it was quite light there were some good sessions on nine metre kites. The wind died at the end of the competition so we ended up with four guys in joint first position, including me, which was good. Within about three weeks of that event we had already confirmed Cabarete as the first World Kiteboarding League event. The people from Mai Tai were really keen to help us create our own world tour and to change the way things had been run in the past. We all worked really hard to make it happen with their help. (Alex has been heavily involved in the creation of the KRU and the World Kiteboarding League. We interviewed him about that and you can read the feature here on the GKA website) Up next it was the Triple S. You were there, but didn't compete. What happened? Invites were based on the previous year's results and I didn't go last year because of a clash with events. So I had to go through the qualifiers which were run behind a jet-ski in the light winds. I got one of the highest scores on the rails but I fell off the kicker a couple of times as I'm not used to riding behind a jet-ski and I kept overtaking it when landing! 5). Caption: Alex, back on his kite and off the jet-ski, riding the Triple S park. He'll be back next year! @ Photo: Toby Bromwich / Wind Voyager Triple S Invitational Some people have criticised having invitational events such as the Triple S and the Red Bull King of the Air within the GKA Rider of the Year Grand Slam series, but we wanted to find an overall freestyle rider. What did you think of the event? Well, it was a problem for me in terms of Triple S qualification, but luckily I was able to make up ground on Aaron after the King of the Air and Triple S as we had more pure freestyle events overall. I really enjoyed riding the features in the Triple S park after the event. It's super fun and nice to do something different. I ride the cable a lot too, so I think I could do better and I plan to enter via the video contest next year instead of having to work through the trials. 6). Caption: Alex, negotiating tricky conditions in Cabarete where he made the final once more @ Photo: Svetlana Romantsova / WKL Cabarete came next; always a tough event for the established riders because the locals just want to take the big guns down don't they?! Yeah! And the conditions are difficult for competition. There's lots of chop and you have to get used to jumping from that small kicker close to shore. The wind is really onshore, so you ride downwind, wait for the kicker to line up and then cut upwind to hit the kicker, but when you're not used to it it's challenging. The new WKL format really worked out well at that event. Local rider Luis Alberto Cruz knew he needed a 9.5 from his final trick, which was really unexpected. You were in that final, how did it play out? It was unbelievable! He landed a Hinterberger 7 right at the end. He's so used to that kicker though and he got the timing just perfect. His kite was going down, he got amazing height and everything worked out for him. He got the 0.1 point difference that he needed to beat Bebe. It was crazy and a really exciting end to the final. I was so happy that the new format was working as I'd been really involved in the development. I was also happy that the live stream worked well. I was just really genuinely happy! I knew it would be really challenging to beat those guys in Cabarete, but I still got really good scores and made it through to the final. Youri actually lost in the first round and Aaron wasn't there, so yeah, ranking wise it was also good for me because the only rider who was ahead of me in the rankings and finished higher than me in Cabarete was Bebe, so it wasn't a bad result. 7). Caption: Cabarete local Luis Alberto Cruz edged to victory by just 0.1 of a point at the Mai Tai Cabarete event with his final trick in a format that Alex has had a huge hand in developing. Exciting for sure! @ Photo: Svetlana Romantsova / WKL 8). Caption: Cabarete scoreboard @ Photo: Svetlana Romantsova / WKL Then it got really interesting between you and Aaron. You were leading the way on points, but at that stage there would be a discard available if all five events ran and Aaron would have won when his discard was applied as long as he didn't finish more than five places behind you in Germany. The light wind conditions meant that the Germany event was really close to being called off on the final day having only completed the trials and a few early rounds, but then in the last few available hours there was just enough wind to continue through to the semis. So tight, wasn't it?! Yeah I knew it was really close because I saw the breakdown on a GKA press release that I needed to be six places ahead of Aaron. I knew that Aaron had already gone out in 13th place in Germany and it was funny in the end because when you get equal first with 12 people then that would be six spots difference. That's what happened in the end... but during the event when on the water I didn't know exactly how it was going to work out point-wise. I just knew it was going to be close and that I just had to focus on the event and the final if it came to it. 9). Photo: Svetlana Romantsova / WKL It was really nerve-wracking though because I won my semi final, but the other semi didn't get completed, so we counted back to the previous semi final with 12 riders taking '1st place' and sharing the points. The organisers waited until the last minute of the event to announce the Rider of the Year! But I'm really pleased to win and I've enjoyed competing in a wide variety of freestyle competitions! 10). Caption: Alex going big in the late light winds in Fehmarn, Germany @ Photo: Svetlana Romantsova / WKL ALEX'S RESULTS: Red Bull King of the Air: 13th Mondial du Vent, Leucate: 1st Triple S: didn't compete in the main event Mai Tai Cabarete: 5th Fehmarn, Germany: 1st GKA RIDER OF THE YEAR FINALSTANDINGS: MEN: 1 Alex Pastor (SPN) Airush 28.4 points 2 Aaron Hadlow (UK) North / Ion / Red Bull 31.7 points 3 Carlos Mario (Bebe) (BRA) Slingshot 33.9 points 4 Liam Whaley (SPN) Cabrinha / Brunotti 39 points 5 Posito Martinez (DR) 43 points WOMEN: 1 Bruna Kajiya (BRA) Airush 7.9 points 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) Best / Chiemsee 17.5 points 3 Paula Novotna (CZE) North 18.5 points 4 Estefania Rosa (BRA) Cabrinha 24 points 5 Pauline Valesa (FRA) F-One 25 points Find more rankings and results here on the GKA website 11). Caption: Alex and Bruna made it a double header win for Airush. Coming next: our story of the year with Bruna! Stay tuned... For more news, please follow the GKA: Facebook.com/Global-Kitesports-Association-GKA Instagram.com/globalkitesports For media enquiries, contact Jim Gaunt at: media@global-kitesports.org For general enquiries, contact Joergen Vogt at: info@global-kitesports.org
  9. Alex Pastor

    2013 Kiteboarding World Champion 1st PKRA New Caledonia 2011 2nd PKRA Leucate, Brazil, Germany, Fuerteventura 2011 3rd PKRA Morocco 2011 1st PKRA Germany 2010 PKRA Vice World Champion 2010 & 2011 1st PKRA New Caledonia 2009
  10. Pringles Kitesurf World Cup - Final Day After a long day of waiting for the wind to arrive, it finally kicked in at the late hour of 3pm, just as the riders and crew had almost given up hope. The rush commenced to get prepared and try to complete as much of the Freestyle Main Event as possible. Men's Round 1, Heat 4, which had been cancelled the previous day, was the first to be completed. The men had three trick attempts left, and it was Carlos Mario, who blasted his way through the heat taking first place, followed by French rider Val Garat, and Dominican rider Joselito del Rosario, all three of them gaining a place in Round 2. 1). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Final Day Heat 5 was intense, with so many top riders battling against each other, but it was Alex Pastor who put on the most solid display of riding and won the heat, followed closely by Liam Whaley and Youri Zoon. 2). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Final Day Unfortunately the Men's main event was not completed as the wind dropped just at the start of Heat 6. This means that there was no Men's result for this event in Fehmarn, Germany. 3). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Final Day For the Women, they luckily had just enough wind to complete the final. Bruna Kajiya from Brasil put on a powerful comeback display, after riding a disappointing heat in the last round. She was on fire, landing an impressive array of tricks and dominating her heat. Hannah Whiteley landed an impressive Back Mobe, scoring her 5.97 but not enough to beat Bruna's scores. Annabel Van Westerop and Paula Novotna tried their hardest to land their best tricks, but finally it was Bruna who claimed her crown, and took yet another well-deserved victory. Finals scores were: 1st. Bruna Kajiya 2nd. Hannah Whitely 3rd. Annabel Van Westerop 4th. Paula Novotna 4). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Final Day The Women's prize giving took place in front of the crowds who had gathered throughout the afternoon in Fehmarn. The three ladies were delighted to have had the opportunity to complete the finals after a complicated week of wind conditions. To finalise the event, the GKA Rider of the Year awards were presented to Bruna Kajiya and Alex Pastor. This award is given for overall results from a variety of events including the Triple S, King of the Air, WKL Cabarete and WKL Germany amongst others. 5). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Final Day Danny Galiart, CEO of the World Kiteboarding League, was delighted to be awarded a cheque of 2180 euros for the Clean Ocean Project, our charity partner. It was a week of challenging conditions, but none the less an exceptional set up and organisation once again here at the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup, the largest kiteboarding event of the year. Thank you to all the riders, crew, sponsors and the public for supporting this magnificent event. WKL Media Cover photo by: facebook.com/worldkiteboardingleague
  11. Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Day Nine It was a very early start for the riders and crew on day nine at the WKL Germany, with the skipper's meeting taking place at 6.30 am. Although the forecast had been promising, the wind was disappointing, and remained just a few knots lighter than necessary. Finally at around midday the wind increased to around 14 knots, and we were able to get underway with the Men's main event, Round 1 Heat 2. 1). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Day Nine Most riders were on 14 metre kites, and although the conditions were challenging, most managed to pull out some solid, powered tricks, but it was Liam Whaley who dominated his heat, and landed a nice Backside 317 that scored him 8.23 points. Liam managed to remain at the top throughout his heat, guaranteeing his spot in the next round. Our previous event winner Luis Alberto Cruz unfortunately failed to connect with the conditions during his heat, leading to him being eliminated from the event. The second upset of the heat was also former event winner from Germany last year, Aaron Hadlow from the UK, who failed to find the wind he needed during his heat and suffered a surprise exit. 2). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Day Nine Posito Martinez from the Dominican Republic rode a solid heat, landing the highest scoring trick, a Hinterberger Mobe 7, scoring 8.3 and also putting him through to the next round, but it was Alex Pastor from Spain who lived up to his reputation, throwing an amazing KGB 5 in the last moment, which gave him the advantage over his opponents and placed him in third position for the heat, gaining the last, much desired spot in the next round. 3). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Day Nine Heat number 3 saw Belgian rider Jerome Cloetens narrowly miss out on his place in the next round, as he struggled to land enough high scoring tricks. The Austrian Mike Schitzhofer rode a good, steady heat, and took one spot in the next round. Joining him will be fellow Austrian, Stefan Spiessberger, and the Spanish rider David Tonijuan who coped extremely well with the challenging conditions and also passed through to the next round. Heat number 4 was unfortunately cancelled due to the dropping wind conditions. The riders all fought hard to land their tricks, but after three trick attempts per rider, the heat was called off. The suitable wind conditions unfortunately did not return for the remainder of the day. 4). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Day Nine The event site in Fehmarn was full throughout the afternoon with members of the public who were excited to be here and participate in the largest kiteboarding event of the year. Many riders took part in poster signing for their brands. For the live stream, we saw interviews with all of the female finalists who will hopefully compete tomorrow. You can still view these over on our Facebook page. 5). Pringles Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn - Day Nine The conditions once again look promising for tomorrow, with the skippers meeting called for 6.30 am and the first possible start at 7am.
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