Monday, 29 June 2009

Kite Masters Portimao World Tour 2009 - Day 4


Praia de Alvor (28 June 2009) – Partly cloudy skies and light winds prevailed during much of the day at the event site where a significantly larger crowd gathered to watch their favorite kiteboarders in action. The day was noticeably warmer compared to yesterday. The lighter wind conditions only made course racing possible as freestyle requires a lot more wind to power the kites and propel the riders in the air to do their maneuvers.

The riders meeting was held at 12:00 pm as previously scheduled. However, the 1:00 pm first possible start was reset because the wind faded which made it quite impossible to launch the kites. At 2:15 pm, race director Olaf Van Tol signaled the start of the first race which quickly went underway followed by another one as soon as the 1st race was finished. There was a slight variation of the race course which was straight up, straight down with additional buoys on the water so the riders were much closer to the shore to the delight of the spectators at the beach.

A fifteen-minute break followed the two quick races followed by another longer break as the racers waited for the wind to pick up speed. After nearly 40 minutes, Van Tol signaled the start of the third race at 4:40, after which a final race was planned for the day but after several restarts, the final race was cancelled because the wind was quickly dying out and was too light to continue the event. By the end of the day, the wind was only blowing at around 4 – 6 knots. The day concluded around 6:00 pm.

Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) is still the current leader in the men’s races, winning race #1 and #3. With a hefty lead from current second placer Charles Deleau (North, FRA), Sroka can almost smell the 2009 Championship title ahead. Meanwhile, another French rider Renaud Madier have been steadily climbing up the ladder with his Eclipse kite, winning today’s race #2. This put him to third place overall after 11 races and a mere 2.7 points away from Deleau. Weather permitting, if tomorrow’s races push through, the battle for second place position between these two countrymen will be an event to watch out for.

No change in the women’s standings as Steph Bridge (North, GBR) dominated all of today’s races and increasing her chance of bagging the first place podium position. Fabienne D’Ortoli (Naish, FRA) trails in second followed by Nayara Licariao (Brazil) with a mere 2 points separating the two.

The day was concluded around 6:00 pm while tomorrow’s riders’ meeting is set at 12:00 pm and a first possible start of 12:40 pm local time. After the conclusion of tomorrow’s races or freestyle, there will be an awarding ceremony at the beach.

Tonight’s party is at the Sports Bar where it is almost sure that most of the athletes will be out tonight to celebrate given the wind forecast for tomorrow which does not look promising – only about two hours of 13 – 14 knots wind speed with 60% cloudy conditions.

An interesting note today is that there were a lot of discussions about the performance and possibilities of kiting in light wind conditions. Most of the athletes had added extra kite line to the standard stock line length (average 25-27 meters). The longest lines used today was 43 meters because longer lines make the kites feel bigger thus giving more power to kite in lighter winds.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Kite Masters Portimao World Tour 2009 - Day 2º - Abel Update


Today the races were still really hard for us because today was a really
long cross again and a long downwind too.

The good news is that today I had a 4th and a 1th when the wind was really
light. So let's keep finger crossed for next days...

Ciao amigos.

Kite Masters Portimao World Tour 2009 - Day 1


25 June 2009
Day 1 - Kite Masters World Tour 2009

Praia de Alvor (25 July 2009) – The much anticipated start of the prestigious Kite Masters World Tour 2009 kicks off with a thrilling display of speed and power courtesy of the PKRA racers who participated in the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour 2009.

Perfect weather conditions greeted the crowd at the beach along with the athletes although the much sought-after wind which fuels the games arrived later during the race. After a long period of waiting, the event got underway at approximately 2:00 pm and was participated by the crème de la crème of kiteboard racing.

The wind was particular light during the first two races but gradually picked up after the 45-minute break for the third and final race of the day which concluded at 5:00 pm. The first race of the day lasted approximately 23 minutes and progressively got faster with the final race only taking 17 minutes. Most of the competitors started on their largest kites (15m / 16m for the men) but eventually switched down one size for the final race.

Bringing the crowd on their feet and leading the race after day one is Cabrinha's Bruno Sroka (FRA) who is making a comeback after taking a break from last year's racing events. The French racer dominated all three races with convincing wins. It was apparent that Sroka have been busy training and has worked very hard on his board and speed during the off-season. Unfortunately, last year's champion Charles Deleau (North, FRA) is racing on borrowed gear due to lost luggage. The French rider is hoping to get his gear later today so he can climb his way back up to the top to defend his world championship title against Sroka who was World Champion in 2007. Meanwhile, American Jesse Richman, another Cabrinha rider is currently in second place while North's Sean Farley (MEX) completes the top three.

On the women's side, Steph Bridge (GBR) of North Kiteboarding once again dominated all three races and even beating many of the men, since both men and women started at the same time. Fabienne D'Ortoli (FRA) riding with a Naish kites ranked second overall after day one followed by Kari Schivebaag (NOR) of Ozone.

After the races, the competition switched over to the Kite Masters freestyle events where 12 men's heats and 4 ladies heats were completed. In the men's division within group 1 Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA) currently has 4 points while Abel Lago has 2 points. In group 2 Michael Schithofer (Naish, AUS) and Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) each has 1 point while Danilo Nacarato has 2 points. In group 3 both Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) and Gonçalo Gomes each has 2 points and finally in group 4 both Kevin Langeree (Naish, NLD) and Charles Deleau (North, FRA) each has 2 points.

Over in the women's heats within group 1 Karolina Winkoska (Naish, POL) and Marilou Lavale each has 2 points as is the same situation in group 2 with both Jalou Langeree (Naish, NLD) and Steph Bridge (North, GBR) each having 2 points.

The day's event concluded at around 7:00 pm while tomorrow's rider meeting is set for 1:00 pm and first possible start at 1:30 pm local time.

Presented by The Gest Group under the leadership of Director General Erich Steffen and Event Coordinator Eduardo Piloni, these premium kiteboarding events will run from June 24 – 28, 2009 at Praia de Alvor, Portimao. These events will be hosted by the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization.

The 2009 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup

The 2009 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup – Day 6 final

The 2009 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup

Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo are crowned as the 2009 Costa Brava Champions, both taking decisive wins to establish their positions at the top of the PWA Slalom World Tour. Despite an unfavorable forecast Costa Brava delivered enough wind to provide a spectacular full round of slalom for both men’s and women’s fleets and climaxed with thrilling action right up to the semi finals of round two.

Round 3 of the PWA World Tour Slalom took place in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain. Set on the Ballena Alegre Camping resort inside the Bay of Roses, it was a slalom sailing paradise ready to test the world’s best, men and women slalom racers.
Action began instantly as the thermal sea breeze kick-started the event on day one. Two heats were held on a giant four-gybe slalom course. The huge reaches leading to spectacular speed battles as sailors topped 30kts, a real test of strength and equipment.

From the outset it looked like all the major players meant business, with all the top seeds advancing easily into the quarter finals along with un-seeded standout “sailor of the day” Damien Le Guen (JP/NeilPryde) of France.

Day 2 continued where Day 1 had left off. Another huge course meant drag racing reaches, as once again the top seeds moved to the next round, proving that they had earned their rightful places in the PWA rankings.

At this point the competition started to heat up with the standard jumping through the roof. The difficult light and gusty winds meant any mistakes were cruelly punished.
Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine) was the first big name to fall when his outhaul rope exploded, leaving his title hopes floating in the Mediterranean. Number 3 seed Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet/MauiSails) also exited at the quarter finals. A crucial over early put him out of the running before the race had even started.

All the sailors on the staring grid in the semi finals had the ability to win a final, but only the top 4 qualifiers would even be given the opportunity. First to fall was Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne). Winning all his previous heats he made a poor decision to change fins, losing power and failing to advance.

Semi final 2 saw an on-fire Peter Volwater (F2/MauiSails) lead off the start. The powerful Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) had a point to prove and reeled him in, taking the win and giving everyone a clear indication of his intentions.

The finals
Dunkerbeck made no mistakes in the losers final, asserting his authority on the pack with a masterful display. Patrik Diethelm (F2/North Sails) followed on his tail taking second by a comfortable margin, ahead of Josh Angulo (Angulo/MauiSails) in 3rd.

The much anticipated winner’s final saw a thrilling conclusion to Race 1. Off the start it was Steve Allen that took control and arrived at the first gybe in first place by half a board length. Right on his tail were Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) and Antoine Albeau - both attacking for that number one slot. Antoine muscled his way through the gybe, exiting in a dominant position. Meanwhile as the three fought to hold their ranking, Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) capitalized on the battle, sailing high, keeping out of trouble and then moved into attack position on the outside gybe approach. Antoine held onto first, Williams moved into 2nd and Allen just about held off Buzianis out and out challenge to take 3rd.

Women’s Race 1
The standard of the women’s fleet has risen dramatically and this event saw 16 competitors of the highest level. Even more impressive is the amount of youth in the fleet showing how promising the future looks for women’s racing.
First round standout was Alice Arutkin (Starboard/North Sails). She blasted into 1st place ahead of World Champion Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne). At just 17 years old she is definitely a hot tip for the future. Unfortunately for her a timing mistake in the final meant she eventually finished 6th.

The women’s finals
The loser’s final was won by fired up French woman Morane Demont (Starboard/Severne). Demont had an over-early in the first round, but made no mistakes in the losers' final. Celebrating her 16th birthday midweek, she is surely another high hope for the future. Çagla Kubat (Starboard/North Sails) looked very comfortable on the water and took 2nd. A winter in Maui, training with Jimmy Diaz, was clearly paying off. In 3rd position young Turkish hope Lena Erdil (Starboard/The Loft) was fuming. She had been leading an earlier heat when it was cancelled and in the re-run things did not go the same way. Sometimes racing can be very cruel.
The final was a more traditional affair with Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) and Karin Jaggi both fighting it out for the top spot. A minor starting error from Karin opened the door for Valerie and she made no mistake taking advantage dominating the race from start to finish. In 3rd place was a surprised Marta Hlavaty (Starboard/MauiSails). More at home on the Olympic RSX board, she used her light wind skills to work through the lulls and move into the final podium position.

Men’s Race 2
No wind on day 3 gave sailors time to reflect, but they were back in action by day 4 as the afternoon wind switched back on. Race 2 was run on a much shorter course, favoring the lighter guys who accelerated rapidly out of the gybes.
Early round stand out was Frenchmen Pierre Mortefon (JP/NeilPryde) who sailed brilliantly to not only pass through round one, but continue onwards all the way to the semi-final. At only 19 years old, and with relatively little PWA experience, he showed great promise and earned himself the title of “PWA Sailor of the day” in the process.
Marcus Pöltenstein (Fanatic/NeilPryde) was also flying. In heat 3 he held off a turbo charged Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and had it not been for an over early in the quarterfinal, could have gone further. When asked what went wrong with the start he commented, “My speed was too good, I was just going too fast!”

The level went through the roof as they raised the green flag for the first quarterfinal heat. The pressure was on with any mistake a potential disaster for the big guns.
First to falter was Josh Angulo. He was a casualty of Mortefon’s run, finishing in 5th place and missing out on the all-important place in the semis. Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard/North Sails) and Arnon Dagan (Tabou/Gaastra) were deprived a position in the next round when they jumped the gun over early and were forced to enviously watch their heats from the beach.
Jimmy Diaz (Starboard/North Sails) seemed to be on a mission at this point. His smooth gybes were paying off on the shortened course and he dominated his first two heats, comfortably moving into the top 16. Also showing promise was Robby Swift (JP/NeilPryde). After a poor start to the season at the first two events, he had a score to settle and sailed aggressively though to the semis.

With the tension building for the semi finals, the wind was already starting to back off, making for some of the most testing conditions so far this year. Consistency was rewarded and mistakes punished.

The first semi final saw a tight battle down the first reach. Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) used his incredible board speed to hit the gybe mark first, but it was Steve Allen who came out on top, blitzing a trail to victory. Julien Quentel (RRD/NeilPryde) seemed to reveling in the light conditions and he too moved ahead of Maynard, booking his place in the ultimate heat. Maynard held onto third place, but the real battle was occurring in his wake. After a dreadful start from Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra) he leveled with Diaz and the two Starboard riders scrapped their way around the course until finally Diaz used his gybing prowess to gain an advantage and hammer home, sealing the final qualifying slot.

By the time semi final two was under starting orders, the wind was hovering around the minimum limit. Nevertheless it was the large frames of Antoine Albeau and Bjorn Dunkerbeck that rounded the mark first. Albeau made it through cleanly but behind him, the rest of the fleet stalled at the gybe. Peter Volwater and Micah Buzianis were first to break away, pumping furiously and leaving the remaining sailors wallowing behind. Dunkerbeck managed to hold onto the fourth slot, but the pack were gathering like hungry wolves as the big man worked hard to stay moving. Unfortunately for the top 4, but fortunately for the back four, the N flag was hoisted, signifying the cancellation of the heat.

Women Race 2
On standby for much of the afternoon, Women’s heat one hit the water between the two men’s semi finals. In an almost identical repeat of the Race one results, Alice Arutkin shot into the lead off the start, leaving Karin Jaggi trailing hot on her heals. The young French girl extended her lead in the light breeze, winning the heat comfortably. Karin cruised into second and Marta Hlavaty continued her consistent performance in third. Taking the final qualifying spot was Fanny Aubet (JP/NeilPryde) who held off a strong challenge from the flying Turk Lena Erdil.

Waiting Game
The waiting game was the name of days 5 and 6. Despite promising forecasts the wind teased the competitors, hovering around the minimum throughout the weekend. However there was still plenty of action on the Ballena Alegre campsite. With both a windsurf trade exhibition and huge Volkswagen rally, there was something for everyone as the weekend crowd descended upon the race site to soak up the carnival atmosphere, rub shoulders with the stars and prepare for the evening extravaganza on the beach. The PWA’s live ticker completed the action with live chats and plenty of informative insight to what goes on both on the races course and behind the scenes.

The final day of the 2009 PWA Costa Brava World Cup summarized the frustrating week of waiting. With a solid forecast, all hope was for one last blast of action to cap off the event with some late drama. All the ingredients were in place for a grand finale, but as the wind filled in high-level cloud moved into town, shutting down the breeze, and leaving the likes of Ross Williams teetering on the edge of breakdown.
Williams started the day, sitting in the nasty position of having everything to lose and nothing to gain. Competition could only mean one thing for the English high flyer: Having already lost his semi final heat the previous day, one more completed heat would have seen him drop from 2nd to 8th. Fortunately for the British racer, despite numerous attempts to finish the second round, race director Juan Antonio Aragon eventually was forced to call it a day in failing conditions.
Ross Williams: “It has been a very stressful 12 hours, but it feels amazing now it is all over. In the morning I thought we would be racing and had dealt with it in my mind, but as the day went on and the chance of no action increased, it was really hard. The last hour of waiting was absolute torture!”
So Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo took the Costa Brava Champions title, both celebrating back-to-back victories and cementing their positions at the top of the ranking. When asked how she felt, the answer was typical of the French speed queen.
Valerie Ghibaudo “’appy, ‘appy, ‘appy. It’s my second win and puts me in a very good position for the overall tour. Last year I did really badly in Costa Brava, so it’s nice to come back this year and win.”
Antoine as always remained philosophical as ever:
Antoine Albeau “It was hard for everyone. In that sort of racing it is so easy to make mistakes. Looking back, I am really happy to have won that first round!
I am happy with the first 3 events. With new boards and low winds it is good to know I am going well in the light stuff. Now we move into the windy part of the tour so it will be interesting to see how everyone is going in that.
I feel some pressure now from Ross, but there are also lots of other guys that can still do really well. Its still just the beginning!”
The PWA crew now move on to Lanzarote, for Round 1 of the PWA freestyle world tour, which is shaping up for an explosive start to the season. Stay tuned to the PWA web site to find out who will emerge victorious. Join the action from the 30th June.
For a full list of results, the PWA photo gallery and much more, check out

Final Event results
1st Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde)
2nd Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra)
3rd Steve Allen
4th Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde)
5th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard/North Sails)
6th Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde)
7th Peter Volwater (F2/MauiSails)
8th Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne)
9th Robby Swift (JP/NeilPryde)
10th Sylvain Moussilmani (Starboard/Simmer Style)
11th Julien Quentel (RRD, NeilPryde)

1st Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft)
2nd Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne)
3rd Marta Hlavaty (Starboard/MauiSails)
4th Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish)
5th Lise Vidal (Exocet/North Sails)
Current overall standings

Men (after 3 events)
1st Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne)
3rd Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra)
5th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard/North Sails)
6th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet/MauiSails)
7th Peter Volwater (F2/MauiSails)
8th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra)
9th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard/North Sails)
10th Patrik Diethelm (F2/North Sails)

Women (after 2 events)
1st Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft)
2nd Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne)
3rd Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish)
4th Alice Arutkin (Starboard/North Sails)
5th Ayako Suzuki (Starboard/Gaastra)

Professional Windsurfers Association


VADA, 27 GIUGNO 2009

RADUNO NON COMPETITIVO Il SUP è qualcosa di più del semplice surfing e per onorare il suo spirito il CENTRO WINDSURF VADA si permette di chiamare a raduno tanti appassionati per fare un’uscita in mare tutti insieme lungo la costa con o senza onde, tanto che problema c’è? I nostri SUP sono sempre pronti per affrontare ogni condizione. Vi aspettiamo a Vada, dal latino “secche”, “bassi fondali” o “paludi costiere”.

Programma di massima:

Ore 10.30
Arrivo via mare e Punto di Concentramento presso Centro Windsurf Vada
sulla Spiaggia Bianca di Vada. Presentazione dei partecipanti con rilascio firma, breve messaggio o poesia ed eventuale foto da apporre e inserire sull’album del Gran Raduno Sup che verrà custodito con estrema cura all’interno di una teca presso il Centro per l’eternità;
Ore 11.30 Valutazione proposte per l’organizzazione dell’uscita in base alla condizione meteo, il Centro si riserverà di suggerire il criterio dell’uscita essendo un conoscitore delle condizioni e delle morfologie del luogo;
Ore 18.00
Saluto della giornata ed eventuale
aggiornamento dell’Album del Gran Raduno Sup;
Ore 19.30 Sunset drink presso il Barrino del Parking Pietrabianca. Per chi viene da fuori e con famiglia si consiglia di parcheggiare l’auto presso i seguenti operatori balneari e prendere il mare direttamente dirigendosi a nord per raggiungere il Centro.
Info servizi balneari:
Parking Pietrabianca Tel. 333.4272869;

Bagno Ristorante Sole Mare Tel. 0586.788431;
Bagno Ristorante La Lanterna Tel.
Bagno Ristorante La Pinetina Tel. 0586.788224.

EFPT Alacati - Niklas final report

European Freestyle Pro Tour Alacati, also called King of the bay is now over after two doubleeliminations. The competition should go on the whole weekend but the chanses for wind are pretty much zero so thats why they do the prizegiving already today.
I ended up on a 6th place in the first double and a 4th place in the second, after a judgingdesission against Paskowski that I don´t really agree with, but thats competition I guess! Overall I got a 6th place in Alacati wich put me in a 5th place in the EFPT-ranking.
My teammates Yarden Meir and Edvan Souza are also sailing good over here and I´m sure they had good fun!
Afterall we had a great time here in Alacati, as always! Tonight we go for some party with the guys and on monday I fly back to Sweden to try to catch up with midsummer..

For pics:

1. Steven Broeckhoven
2. André Paskowski
3. Nicolas Akgatzian
4. Davy Sheffers
5. Phil Soltysiak
6. Niklas Stråhlén
7. Sassa Teixeira
8. Andraz Zan
8. Edvan Souza de Pedro
10. Stam Promponas
10. Yarden Meir
Take it easy!
Niklas Stråhlén

Adri-ario mid June

Adri-ario mid June

Here it is a new surf report from Italian east coast... waves small and pretty, but pretty shallow waters as well...
Well done Micio!
For more infos, check it out:


Problema : Dove provare dei nuovi calzari con cinque dita in estate?

Svolgimento : dato il mare attivo e l’altezza dell’onda, opto per uno spot riparato da un molo, con onde molto inferiori all’altezza del moto ondoso in corso, ma con pareti più pulite e corrente quasi assente. Unico inconveniente il fondale affilatissimo e molto basso.

Risultato : i calzari ho scordato di averli ai piedi, i quali sono usciti indenni dall’infame fondale. Non così la mia mano sinistra, che ha accarezzato uno scoglio ricoperto di cozze.

PS il giorno seguente (nuvoloso, purtroppo) le onde erano ben più alte e grazie al fish 6'2 sono riusciuto due volte a raccordare tutte le sezioni, con delle corse di 100 mt.


PKRA-Kite Masters Portimao World Tour 2009

Ieri è iniziato il Kite Masters a Portimao e il racing è già andato in scena...
Ancora non si hanno notizie ufficiali, ma Abel mi ha scritto dicendo che il primo giorno di gara si è concluso ed è stato molto difficile per via di un percorso a quadrato che ha reso le cose particolarmente complicate...
Comunque per il momento pare che Abel sia 5°
Seb Garat non è presente solo sulle locandine ufficiali dell'evento, ma parteiperà al'esibizione freestyle e già che c'è parteipa anche al racing, e al momento pare sia 9°.
16° posto per Daniele Olivieri, local di Tarifa, e recente acquisto del Team RRD...
Vi terremo aggiornati suli sviluppi...
Yestarday was the first day at the Kite Master Portimao.
Racing was already in action, but the first day of competition was very hard for RRD team, because the race area was on a square format and and so everything was pretty more complicated than usual.
At the moment it seems that Abel is 5th, Seb Garat 9th and Daniele Olivieri 16º.

Let's cross the fingers for next days.
Stay tuned

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

IKSURFMAG Issue 15 is Live!

è da poco andato on-line il quindicesimo numero della rivista IKSurf magazine.
Anche questo numero è ricco di articoli e video molto interessanti, fra i quali spicca quello del nostro soul wave rider NDFly.

Non perdetevi il suo articolo Indonesia by coincidence
che racconta le sue avventure nel corso di un trip  durato 5 mesi...
Inutile dire che ha trovato condizioni veramente toste e che il ragazzo spakka!



We just wanted to let you know that this cool kitesurfing
magazine launched its 15th issue last week!
This issue features someof the best photography and videos we have ever published and is
literally packed once again with the best kitesurfing articles from
around the globe.

Check out the article Indonesia by coincidence
feauturing our soul wave rider NDFly, ripping during an unplanned trip that lasted 5 months...
this guy rips!

Be sure to check it out!

1° report : Adri-ario

Here we are with  a fresh report from our Gianfrancesco Gatti, RRD Surf Team rider, always searching for waves on Italian inland west and est coast.
this time he scored some good waves with his brand new RRD Fish 6'2 on a Conero spot
Well done Gatto!


Dopo la bella mareggiatea di fine aprile, nonostante la giornata fredda (nelle foto: Federico Radicioni e Massi Nisi), la ventilazione da sud ha continuato a soffiare a regime di brezza per ben dieci giorni quasi consecutivi, regalando condizioni ideali per gli appassionati di slalom e freestyle (nelle foto con il sole, Roberta - Rookie of the Year. Già campionessa italiana di salto in alto è rimasta folgorata sulla "via di damasco" e ha deciso di mollare tutto per andare a vivere alle canarie ad inseguire il suo nuovo sogno: il windsurf!).
Al termine di tanti giorni di vento leggero, le previsioni davano una giornata di scirocco forte e conseguenti onde.
Ma, sorpresa!! Lo sciroccone non arriva, mentre un metrino d'onda si. Arrivato in spiaggia alle 11, constato la totale assenza di vento e ripiego ben volentieri sul surf. Gustandomi la mia nuova fish 6'2".

Flo windskating vice worldchampion!

hey guys...

here some news from the weekend.

i just came back from the worldchampionships in windskating.
it's called ocean jump and a fun event in the north of germany.

you jump with the windskater over a huge ramp in the water. Basically you do the same move than in windsurfing.

In the end i went into the final and became second against Alex Lehman who won with 1 point ahead.

now I'm the official vice worldchampion in windskating :-)

here some shots


KPWT Moviestar Kite Pro Tarifa 2009

RRD Team Rider Abel Lago just come back home from successful first event in Germany and already has to get ready to rock on second KPWT Tour stop in his homeland Tarifa… but only after having raced in PKRA event in Portimao... really a busy racing season for our ABELONE!!!

Stay tuned on those blogspot frequencies…
ince we'll have soon some more K-RACE action from Abel…



1st / 5th July 2009,  30th June registration on site

6star event

Freestyle - Course Racing - Kiteloop

23,000 € prize money


16,000 € Freestyle,  5 000€ course racing, 2 000€ Kiteloop



Tarifa,  Spanish playground welcomes International Kiteboarding and the KPWT Official world championship tour  !

Tarifa is the most popular kiteboarding destination in Europe !

The Kiteboard Pro World Tour and Club 2 Vientos Tarifa  are pleased to bring you the  Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa,  Kiteboard World Cup to be held in Tarifa, Spanish playground.  Movistar has emerged as one of  Spanish most enthusiastic sponsors of sport in this country. It's a long term strategy between the KPWT and Club 2 Vientos Tarifa.


The Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa,  Kiteboard World Cup takes place from 1st � 5th July 2009 at  Ensenada De Valdevaqueros (registration 30th June), the venue opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean where we will be enjoying all the fun in the sun over this very event full week.

Three Major Disciplines for KPWT  world champioship Title at Tarifa, Freestyle, kiteloop, course racing and the Havainas Board OFF contest with 4 mens and 4 womens.

The Action on the beach will consist of excellent kiteboarding at Spanish and Europeen premier kiteboarding beach with loads of fun and games provided by our sponsors. The evenings will consist of parties and concert.

Spanish riders are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the best international riders from the Kiteboard Pro World Tour and are ready to take them on in the battle for the top honour.

The people of Tarifa welcome the KPWT and all the best international riders to the wonderful country of what we are sure will be the first of many visits to Tarifa Spanish playground .


Wave Masters World Tour :


For further information :

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

SURF Festival Fehmarn

ecco un piccolo report relativo al Surf Festival che si è svolto in Germania nell'Isola di Fehmarn dal 21 al 24 maggio.

Come sempre il Team RRD è stato protagonista dell'evento, con Florian Jung che ha giocato il ruolo della superstar, e i nostri freestyler brasiliani sempre pronti a dare spettacolo in acqua e a terra!

State connessi perché sta per arrivare un fiume di news su quello che hanno combinato i rder RRD nell'ultimo mesetto...

Hi ,

the SURF Festival in Fehmarn take place on Fehmarn island from 21.5.- 24.5.2009 and we had a lot of action.

Florian Jung (RRD) teamrider was doing signing sessions and interviews.

On Saturday is was very windy and we had a Supersession. The two RRD brasilian teamriders Sassa and Edvan were taking part, Edvan reached the 4th place.

We had a lot of RRD testers at our tent. On Saturday it took half an hour after opening the tent and all test material was on the water!

Please see the attached pictures of the signing sessions, Sassà and Edvan talking to some fans, at the supersession and our RRD tent and the test material.

Best regards