Thursday, 29 April 2010


Attached some pictures of our Gran Canaria slalom rider David in the Spain Air Force base of "Gando"
The 112 looks great toghether with the F18!!


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

John Heineken: Course Racing Worlds

The 2010 Kiteboard Course Racing World Championships are now over. The competition was great, with nearly 40 riders on the starting line in Corpus Christi, Texas. RRD had a strong presence with myself, Abel Lago, Shawn Richman, and Sandy Parker all participating. A total of 10 races were run in all types of conditions. Corpus gave us one day of its typical windy conditions, with sustained 25 kts gusting into the 30s. Because the bay is so shallow the chop was very steep and close together testing everyone's ability to stay on their boards downwind.
The Addictions proved once again to be great kites in these conditions
I had speed on nearly everyone upwind and down.
The rest of the races were held in lighter wind, and the fleet was a little more mixed up. Racing proved challenging in a tactical way, providing everyone with an opportunity to use their strengths.
I finished the regatta 4th overall, my second top 5 finish in the last two Course Racing World Championships! Thanks to RRD for all the support!



Top 10 men:

  1. Adam Koch (Ozone/USA)
  2. Damien LeRoy (Cabrinha/USA)
  3. Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha/FRA)
  4. Johnny Heineken (RRD/USA)
  5. Sky Solbach (North/USA)
  6. Sean Farley (North/USA)
  7. Jesse Richman (Cabrinha/USA)
  8. Kent Marinkovic (Cabrinha/USA)
  9. Abel Lago (RRD/USA).
  10. Chip Wasson (Ozone/USA)

Full final Worlds Rankings:

Monday, 26 April 2010

Jakub: In Tarifa

Half way trought.

It's already half way through my training time in Tarifa. Until now we have really different conditions. First week was something that Tarifa didn't see in a long time. Levante wind blew up to 67 knots. Well, 90 liters freestyle board and a smallest sail like 4.0 is not the best choice but when the wind dropped a little bit I could go in a straight line.

Second week was a little bit more close to what we are used to. Most of the time I was using my 4.5 and a 5.1 sails.

Now we are going to the second half of the trip and hopefully the wind is back cause last few days we had only waves.

My scheduled arrival in Poland is for the 27th of April but I don't know if I can go back to Poland if the whole cloud situation in Europe stays on. This is not the best option because the first event in Podersdorf starts on the 30th of April.

Isle of Rügen pictures


here the latest pictures from the last weekend at the bay on the isle of Rügen.
This year the first good conditions for freestyle since the shoals of ice and snow are away. I hope, you like it.

thanks to Dominik for taking pictures…

with regards

Chr. Koch

Andraz: New short video


I edit new video

Dahab spring 2010 from Andraz Zan on Vimeo.

Now I'm off to Morocco for some clinics and after straight to

Take care


Friday, 23 April 2010

2010 Kiteboarding Course Racing World Championships

John Heineken 3rd and Abel Lago 8th
but still a lot of action to do on the incoming days

Six races on day one of the 2010 IKA course racing world championship was not only a test for the stamina of the riders, but also for the technical skills, as Copus Christi showed its windy side today.

With wind speeds at constand 30mph the entire fleet was challenged, conditions where extreme due to the heavy, rolling chop, and with the big new course racing boards the downwind legs proved to separate the great from the good.

Adam Koch (USA) ruled today but neither Damien Leroy (USA), Bruno Sorka (FRA) or defending world champion Sean Farley (MEX) were too far off.

Race one started with Sky Solback (USA) taking first. He surprised the entire fleet and had the main contenders worried. But after that race, Adam Koch took it up a notch winning races 2 through 6. He controlled the field and sailed perfect races with virtually no mistakes.

Bruno Sroka seemed to be the man chasing Koch throughout the day, but in the evening he had to take two scoring penalties which put him back into fourth.

In second after day one is Damian Leroy followed by John Heineken (USA, RRD), Bruno Sroka and Sean Farley. The top ten is completed by Sky Solbach, Jesse Richman (USA), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Chip Wasson (USA) and Dirk Hanel (GER).

On the woman's side its is Kari Schibevaag (NOR) chased by last years world champion Steph Bridge (GBR) and Kristin Boese (GER).

While Steph clearly dominated last years racing in the womens fleet, Kari proved already on the firs PKRA racing event of the season that she seems to be on dominating equipment.

It seems to be another major step in the equipment development from the 2009 to the 2010 season, and the upcoming days will show how much is equipment, and how much it is up to the rider to win the races.

Tomorrows forecast calls for a little lighter winds, 18 to 22 mph which will for sure show changes on the leader boards.

Saturday is supposed to be the windiest day as a northwest front hits the Corpus Christi Bay and will have gusty winds up to 40mph.

New Slovenian magazine

Tine Slabe superstar!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Jems el tur clinic

Our top coach and tester, Jem Hall, has just seen his coaching tour kick off in style. Over to Jem; "After a busy month or so in the office it was off to El Tur for my first clinic of the year and it was
very international in feel. Thanks to my Austrian, 2 Dutch, 4 Irish and 6 British peops for making it such a fab week and for working so hard.

We had about 4 days of planing and 2 of light wind training which was perfect. First gybes were made, stances got faster but sorry boys the girls improved the most : )

The group were loving the RRD boards and spent a lot of time on the biggers FSWS like the 111 and 120 which gave them a huge wind range and were the perfect platform to learn or perfect their gybes on. When the winds got lighter people were training on the evolutions or take the Fire Race for a spin with a big sail.

Thanks to for all the toys and to Phil, Dan and Danielle for being excellent hosts and for getting me some of the great pics you can see right here.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Mondial du Vent: kite news

Our RRD kite Racer Geoffrey Mascarel finish 9th overall in Kite Race and has been selected to participate to ORANGE Speed Crossing where he finish 15th overall after 5 race and 5th in Kite category using a production RRD K-Race 50 and RRD Addiction kites.

15 ième sur l'Orange Speed Crossing et 5 ième des kitesurfeurs sur les 12.

Pas mal de pression au départ de ce Challenge une première pour moi de me confronter aux meilleurs windsurfeurs dans des conditions de sud 20/25 noeuds au max de la journée cinq manches couru en 14m 12m pour finir en 9m addition et la k-race tout çà de série...
En résumé une belle compétition qui m'a permis de mieux me régler de voir dans quel sens il faud aller pour essayer d'aller encore plus vite niveau matériel mais le windsurf à quand même pas mal d'avance sur le kite.
Un vrai régal je me suis éclaté de courir avec tout se beau monde çà fait vraiment plaisir de voir que le matos de série marche fort et nous permet de rivaliser avec les meilleurs !
Merci à vous tous de m'avoir suivi sur cet évènement !

A bientôt !

Congratulation Goeffrey,
well done!