RDS no Brasil

30 11 2008

O novo filme do Rui Duarte Silva, do team Best / Stru Surf Shop, no Brasil, sempre a dar-lhe e com a qualidade que já nos habituou.

ISAF does not recognise kitesurfing speed records!

29 11 2008


We have encountered a lot of confusion about the ratification of the 50.26 knots run by Sebastien Cattelan earlier this year in Luderitz, Namibia, and the upcoming claim for 50.57 knots by Alexandre Caizergues.

WSSRC newsletter number 165 states: ‘Note that at the November Conference 2008, ISAF clarified that a kite-powered craft cannot be recognised as the holder of The World Sailing Speed Record.’

At this stage we only want to clarify that the WSSRC has been always supportive to Kiteboarding and has made clear that they see kiteboards fully eligible to claim the outright speed sailing record. We are working on this topic now with full energy to resolve the matter.

The International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC) and the International Kiteboarding Class Associstion (IKA) both officially acknowledge kiteboarders as rightful speed sailing outright world record holders. Kiteboards fully qualify under the ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing and the WSSRC rulebook for the outright record.

Although the WSSRC feels to be bound by an ISAF policy from former years, when kiteboarding was neither compliant with the Equipment Rules of Sailing nor being an ISAF international class, the only possible conclusion under the actual rule situation and in the spirit of true sportsmanship is to acknowledge the performances of Alexandre Caizergues, Robert Douglas and Sebastien Cattelan, all with runs of more than 50 knots during this years Luderitz Speed Challenge as the speed sailing outright record.

We have been consulted by WSSRC and ISAF to help and try resolve the issue and to ensure good sportsmanship is uphelp.



Dois videos engraçados …

27 11 2008

Um de kite no Guincho, já com uns anitos, num dia de ondas grandes, e outro de tow-in de surf em que o jet-ski voa por cima do surfista !


21 11 2008

Uma forma diferente de competição, um barco a navegar a downwind, com os juris e o público e 40 riders a competir ao mesmo tempo.

2009 Kiteboarding World Championship

21 11 2008


For the first time in history, the 2009 Kiteboarding World Championship title will be sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

This became possible by approving the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) as official class association during the quadrenual ISAF general meeting in Madrid last week. From now on, Kiteboarding is on par with other parts of international sailing as the ‘Volvo Ocean Race’ or the ‘Americas Cup’.

To Markus Schwendtner, executive secretary of the IKA, this is an important step towards the positive development of this young sport: ‘Giving the world championship rights to the IKA clarifies the structures in international kiteboarding and ensures same reglementation for national and international kiteboarding competitions. It has now become possible to compete under consistant and recognized rules. Thereby the sport becomes more attractive and transparent to athletes, spectators and the media’. In the past, international kiteboarding competition took mainly place within two private world tours. Thus there have been two world champions, elected by different sets of rules.

The world wide unified rulebook used by the IKA paves the way for a global world ranking with one conjoined world champion. The ranking is intended to include the present world tours, independent organisers and national events. ‘National competitions become more important, because active sailors can collect valuable points for the world ranking already on a national level. Furthermore, access to the formula one of kiteboarding becomes accessible for a broader base of sailors’, illustrates Thilo Trefz, organiser of the German ‘Kitesurf-Trophy’.

The international kiteboarding scene welcomes the development as well as event organizers around the world, where the approval of the IKA earns positive feedback: ‘St Francis is very interested in hosting the course racing world championship and have a place holder on our 2009 schedule for a major kite event.’ says John Craig, race manager of the renowned St. Francis Yacht Clubs of San Francisco.

The IKA is now looking forward to start negotiations towards a worldwide coordinated regatta schedule 2009. For this purpose the IKA invites all promoters, organisers and associations to cooperate.

Mais info em http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org