Btt na Serra da Lousã

26 01 2009

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No fim de semana passado fomos dar um passeio de Btt ao Trevim na Serra da Lousã, foram quatro horas a pedalar, quase três a subir e depois sempre a fundo a descer os trilhos do downhill da Avalanche.

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IKA and PKRA seal cooperation agreement

26 01 2009

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) came to an agreement regarding the issues raised by PKRA prior to joining the IKA. It will be noted that IKA was sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation as the worldwide governing body of kiteboarding.

In a marathon conference call held Saturday, IKA Chairman Christian Conrad, IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner, PKRA President Mauricio Toscano and PKRA Media Director Paul Caswell finally agreed to several key issues raised by the PKRA. Although there are still several details that need to be discussed, both Schwendtner and Toscano declined to give details pending further talks.

Among the main key issues agreed upon during the conference is the splitting up of the Freestyle category during the 2009 season into two disciplines, Progressive Freestyle and Freestyle.

“Due to the fact that both styles of Freestyle are so different, and the fact that the riders have not enough time to adapt and to train for a unified judging system, the Freestyle category will be split into two disciplines, “Progressive Freestyle” and “Freestyle”, said Schwendtner.

This resolves the issues about judging criteria as well as grading events that the PKRA raised against IKA. These two disciplines will be major disciplines this year where the PKRA will host Progressive Freestyle World Championship events while KPWT will host Freestyle World Championship events.

Another major issue resolved is the judging guidelines where both parties agreed that in order to develop a unified set of freestyle rules for 2010, a judging sub-committee will be formed in 2009, who will handle the input from riders or their representatives. The judging sub-committee will consist of head judges from both world tour organizations, appointed riders from both tours, as well as representatives from the larger national kiteboarding associations. This patched up the issue regarding riders’ input into the development of the sport, which is also one of the key issues raised by the PKRA.

Paul Caswell, who initiated the recent conferences, also mentioned that both organizations will be working on further details in the coming weeks before the start of the 2009 season.

“PKRA and IKA will be working on all the details over the next week and more details will follow, including ranking issues and fine-tuning of the sanctioning agreement among others,” added Caswell.

With the key issues now with clear solutions, both the PKRA and IKA are optimistic regarding talks over the coming week and both are expecting a good outcome in ironing out all issues.

About IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). It is sanctioned as the world wide governing body of kiteboarding, amongst other responsibilities taking over the administration of the sport and combining world events into one ranking.

About PKRA

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association has been in the forefront of professional kiteboarding, organizing world-class, professional kiteboarding events and the PKRA World Tour since 2000. In 2008, PKRA had 11 kiteboarding events in 10 different countries around the world and was participated by the best kiteboarders from more than 26 countries.





Kitespain magazine

14 01 2009

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A Kitespain é uma nova revista on-line espanhola, com muitas novidades de kitesurf do país vizinho e internacioinais.

O 1º número, tem entrevistas da Gisela Pulido, do Kevin Langeree e uma reportagem das ondas da Indonésia, visite o site www.kitespain.com/ , ou faça o download da  revista aqui.





Surf trip no Alentejo

7 01 2009

A seguir ao dia de natal, parti ás duas da manhã com os meus amigos, Bessa, Gandum e Jorge de autocarro para a Arrifana,  mais de 12 horas depois lá chegamos, bastante cansados mas excitados.

Foram 10 dias de muito surf e algum kite, nos spots da Carrapateira, Sagres, Amado, Arrifana e S.Torpes, onde encontramos muitos amigos do kite.

Deixo-vos algumas fotos, salientando as do Alexandre, que sobressai pelo seu surf agressivo.

Veja o slideshow com a totalidade das fotos

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