José Luengo Wins the Guincho WAVE MASTERS,
Portugal 2006!




After a skippers meeting in the morning, everybody was glad to start the final rounds. After the 3rd round, 12 riders remained in the Wave Masters draw. For over three hours, they showed us an incredible range of tricks, fighting for a piece of the prize money at stake. Spectators crowded the beach, some witnessing Kiteboarding for the first time!

In the semi finals there were two French riders ­ Vincent Tiger and Philippe Alengrin ­ and two Spanish riders ­ Salvador Carballal and Jose Luengo. In the first heat, Tiger met Carballal, and in the second, Alengrin faced off with Luengo. For the first time this season, Vincent Tiger was stunned, as he was defeated by Carballal. Luengo realized that this was his opportunity and defeated Alengrin, setting up an all Spanish final. In the final, two friends became rivals on the water for 15 minutes. After a very tight heat, Jose was able to come out on top and took the best of his fellow compatriot.

Congratulations to all riders and especially Jose on a job well done!



Cheers,
- Your Airush Team.



Gisela Pulido – Kiteboard Champion of Spain, 2006



From September 1 to 3, the kiteboard championships of Spain were held in Tarifa which is the "Cathedral of Wind" in Spain. Gisela Pulido showed to everyone that in spite of her age, her skill level is far and beyond that of any other woman kiteboarder on the planet. Her various repertoire of tricks executed at just the right times, had the judges in disbelieve. Gisela could often be seen soaring 10m in the sky as more than four thousand fans looked on.

Congratulations Gisela on a job well done!!!

- Your Airush Team.

Female category

1st. Gisela Pulido
2nd. Paloma Guerrero
3rd. Ángela Peral


2nd World Cup Kitecross - PKRA Germany

The PKRA in Germany has ended with some nice results. I came in 2nd place in the World Cup Kitecross! The event was awesome with huge media exposure. Unfortunately there was not much wind. During the first elimination we had a nice storm with 35 knot winds and I ended up 5th in the singles. On Saturday many people came out to watch the kitecross. The wind was light, around 10-12 knots, but with my 15m Reactor and a Switch 135 I was super fast. After two elimination rounds I finished second! So big party!! Unfortunately, they pushed the double elimination freestyle comp to Sunday and there was only 12-15 knots. This was not enough wind for me as I prefer to ride powered up. So finally I finished 9th. Overall, the entire competition was awesome!

Ciao Katja









2006 Fuerteventura World Cup - PKRA
August 01 - 04


Day 1 - August 01
The last women’s heat of the day in the single elimination tournament was Gisela Pulido (Airush, Spain) against Vika Soloveykina (Cabrinha, Russian Federation). While Vika nailed a super powered raley and a sick krypt, she was no match for Gisela, who fired off a battery of blind tricks, as well as a technical kiteloop.

Day 2 - August 02
In one of the most exciting heats of the day, World Champion Kristin Boese (Best, Germany) faced Gisela Pulido (Airush, Spain). Both nailed technical handlepasses, though Kristin pulled out the victory with more unhooked tricks, like the back to wrapped and the raley to blind, to move on to the semifinals.

Day 3 - August 03
Pauline Boussard (Wipika, France) was successful against Ola Tomkowicz (Best, Poland) with a nice old school one foot as well as an indy. Pauline moved on to face Gisela, who displayed an arsenal of tricks advancing in the tournament to face Vika Soloveykina in the last women’s heat of the day. While Vika was riding well throughout the day, she wasn’t able to land her technical handlepasses in the match against Gisela, who ultimately won the meeting with some blind riding and a nice kiteloop. Tomorrow Gisela will challenge Wiktoria Boszko (North, Poland) for fourth place overall in the women’s freestyle tournament.

Day 4 - August 04
In the women’s finals, young Gisela Pulido (Airush, Spain) moved up the tournament ladder, first advancing against Wiktoria Boszko (North, Poland) with a raley and backloop kiteloop. Gisela’s next heat was one of the closest heats of the day, a rematch with Kristin Boese (Best, Germany). Although Kristin had an excellent heat, nailing a ton of unhooked tricks, a 3-2 judge’s vote determined that Gisela was to advance, since she had landed an unhooked aerial handlepass. Gisela once again used her handlepass in the next heat versus Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland), who attempted an unsuccessful mobe, allowing Gisela to continue on in the tournament. Jo Wilson (Naish, UK) had won the single elimination tournament, so Gisela had to beat Jo twice in order to take first place. Jo started off well with a downloop S bend, and a backloop kiteloop, however, Gisela matched those tricks and stuck a technical aerial handlepass to force a second heat. In the women’s final, Jo fired off a vulcan and a raley, as well as the downloop S bend and the backloop kiteloop. Gisela, on the other hand, landed an energized S bend to surface handlepass, a raley, and aerial handlepass to snatch first place from Jo.

Women’s Freestyle Final Results:
1) Gisela Pulido (Airush, Spain)
2) Jo Wilson (Naish, UK)
3) Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland)
4) Kristin Boese (Best, Germany)

Courtesy of PKRA

Some of Gisela’s thoughts after she claimed victory:
"I am very happy to be able to participate in some of the PKRA events during the 2006 season and I hope to do a full season on the PKRA circuit in 2007. It motivates me a lot to face girls on the PKRA tour with so much skill. In the simple qualifying round I lost to Kristin in a heat that was very even. I produced very technical tricks with perfect landings, but the judges were more interested to see tricks which are aggressive. After listening to comments from the judges I decided to change my style of kiting and I began to ride with more power and paid less attention to having all perfect landings which the judges require in the KPWT. The result was very good for me. For next year I am going to change my style and be even more radical."

- Gisela



2006 Kiteboard Pro World Tour – since 1999
ESSAOUIRA KITEBOARD WORLD CUP – 40 000USD
20 / 26 July 2006


Jose and Gisela dominate the KPWT Morocco

Freestyle (WOMEN)

1st Gisela PULIDO (SPA)
(Movistar, Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, FC Barcelona)

2nd Julie SIMSAR (TUR)
(Liquid Force, Dakine, Kronic Kiteboard, Misultin)

3rd Ainhoa GARCIA (SPA)
(Boardrider Company)





Wave Masters (MEN)
1st Vincent Tiger (FRA)
(Naish, Rip Curl, Airslide)

2nd Jose Luengo (SPA)
(Airush, Quiksilver, Dakine)

3rd Pierre ROMAIN (FRA)
(North, Surfactory DC1, Mystic, Cool Tracks)







Morgan places 4th PKRA Cabarete

The first heat I was up against fellow Airush rider Emma York. I had a great heat and landed all my tricks. I advanced to the next heat against Angela Peral. I had another good heat and advanced to the next heat against Ania Grezilinska; I had a bad heat and didn't land much. Then I was put in the loser's heat with Bruna Katjia to fight for 3rd and 4th place. I again had a bad heat and she beat me. At the end of the single elimination I was in 4th place. We didn't have wind for a couple of days and the double elmination wasn't completed until the last day. Jo Wilson fought her way out of the loser's bracket so she and I were up against one another. During our heat there were a few complications due to the wind. They had to abandoned it once, but the wind quickly returned. I had a good heat and beat Jo. Once again I was against Bruna, and once again I had a bad heat.

Leaving me in 4th place. At the Closing Ceremony I was named "Rookie of the Event" for my riding style.



FIAT Freestyle Kiteboard World Cup
KITEBOARD PRO WORLD TOUR 2006
COLICO FUN CENTER, COMO LAKE - ITALY
27 MAY / 4 JUNE

FREESTYLE - SPEED CROSSING - BEST TRICKS - HANG TIME


Giselia is leading the womens ranking and Noelia is second.



After an early skippers meeting, the race direction decided to continue the Freestyle bracket thanks to good wind conditions. This main KPWT discipline had been previously stopped because of the too strong and dangerous North wind.

On the men side, Frenchies prooved their good shapes on this italian stage with a final heat between Vincent Tiger and Florian Daubos, first KPWT podium for both. We must now count on these two excellent riders for the 2006 season.

This first leg also reveals new kiteboarding stars : Sander Lenten, kicked out in ¼ Finals by the stage winner Vincent Tiger and Florian Daubos, winner of his confrontation with the KPWT 2005 World Champion Thomas Cocquelet.

On the women side, the KPWT 2005 ranking has been respected and all leaders have confirmed their supremacy on this first leg. Then, Gisela Pulido defeats her compatriot Noelia Nunez and the Turkish Julie Simsar also won against the New Caledonian Perrine Scelland on the loosers final heat. We'll also remember the good performance of the local rider Andrea Olah, the Portuguese Margarida Ribeiro and the Australian Marine Sudre.

Thanks to all our Sponsors and Medias, the local organizers, Paolo Goni, the Misultin Zone Team and of course all the riders.
Next event in 15 days for the Jim Bem Kiteboard World Cup on the spot of Burc Beach, Turkey for the 2nd stage of the KPWT 2006 season

KPWT Team

Results and Ranking of the FIAT Kiteboard World Cup 2006

WOMEN

SEMI FINALS
Gisela PULIDO defeats Perrine SCELLAND
Noelia NUNEZ MACIAS defeats Julie SIMSAR
FINALS
Loosers Final :
Julie SIMSAR defeats Perrine SCELLAND

Winners Final :
Gisela Pulido defeats Noelia Nunez

Women Ranking
1st Gisela PULIDO

2nd Noelia NUNEZ MACIAS

3rd Julie SIMSAR

4th Perrine SCELLAND
Women Overall Ranking after the first 2006 KPWT stage :

1 Gisela PULIDO - Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, FCBarcelona, Adecco, Kelme, Movistar

2 Noelia NUNEZ MACIAS - NOMAD, AIRUSH, NIKITA

3 Julie SIMSAR - Liquid Force, Dakine, Misultin Zone, Kronic Kiteboard

4 Perrine SCELLAND - Airush,surf rider;lagoon;cyber point; LVLNC; Glisse Attitude

5 Andrea OLAH - NAISH-ION-DAKINE-MARESIA

6 Aurélia HERPIN - JN Kites, Radical, Prolimit, Tarifa Smile, Tarifa

7 Margarida RIBEIRO - XKLAM; Best Kites; Aquafitness Healthclub

8 Marine SUDRE - Underground-North-Blueye Sunglasses-Kitepower-Fournil

9 Paloma GUERRERO GONZALEZ - Ocean Rodeo,KTS, picky sicky, indian



Kenji Jones takes 2nd place at the last stop of the Mexican national tour.
Date: 26th-28th of May
Place: Port Telchak, Yucatan, Mexico.

Known to be one of the best kite spots in Mexico, the Yucatan coast line provided the most epic stop of the Mexican national tour.

The first day was dark and cloudy, never the less there was wind, a little less than usual but still constant and powerful, most riders were on 14m and 12m kites. After running the first round of heats the wind shut of and it was time to chill.

The day after, the winds were off shore and extremely inconsistent do to a low presure system, some of us kited in the lagoon, where the wind was on shore and a lot steadier.

On the last day the skies cleared and the wind kicked in like clock work, by 1:00pm most riders were over powered on there 12m's. After rigurous heats and the wind getting stronger by the minute, it came down to the final showdown, on the right corner Kenji Jones and on the left corner Miguel Manzanilla, the battle was fearce, Miguel played it safe and consistent while Kenji hucked everything in his arsenal, in the end Miguels consistensy got him the 1st place and Kenji´s intensity got the crowd lit up.

1st place Miguel Manzanilla (Best)

2nd place Kenji Jones (Airush, Ikarus)

3rd Place Felipe Mena (Cabrinha)

Gisela Pulido Interview
Sponsored by FC Barcelona Soccer Team

Q: Did you know FC Barcelona before they sponsored you? Do you know why Barcelona sponsors you?
A: Yes, I am a Catalonian, I was born in Barcelona.I am an ardent fan of FC Barcelona. I receive a sponsorship of FC Barcelona in favor of the Catalonian women's sport.

Q: How often do you watch soccer?
A: I love the sport. In Spain the soccer is the sport king I continue the national championship and the European championship. I watch television the soccer matches all the weeks.

Q: Do you think there is a big difference between kiteboarding and soccer fans?
A: Yes, the soccer is a sport of team and many people have in the players idols, with the ones that they are identified. The kitesurfing is a new sport is a very very small sport.Kitesurfing is a individual sport we cannot represent to a collective of people. Perhaps in a future a Championship of the World by teams as in it Formulates 1 or a Championship of the world by nationalities (Tennis David's Cup), would give a new impulse to kiteboarding.

Q: Do any of the FC Barcelona player kite as well?
A: Not, I believe that not.

Q: Could you tell us all the sponsors you have now?
A: Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Red Bull, Adecco & FC Barcelona.

Q: What are your plans for this year?
A: Continuing with my studies that is it more important, enjoy the kitesurfing and renew the title of World Champion.




Gisela 1st CHAMPIONSHIP SPAIN
El MEDANO, TENERIFE 25th-28th FEBRUARY 2006


The contest took place in waters of the Medano (Tenerife) it was the #1 event of the IV Kitesurf Championship of Spain. The conditions were typical Tenerife wind for the double qualifying rounds and the modality free style.

In female category was Gisela Pulido who was imposed front Ángela Peral. The two international riders maintained a quarrelled dispute by the triumph in the difficult conditions of changing wind by the presence of a depression during the dispute of the event.

1st Gisela Pulido
(Airush, Rip Curl, Kelme, Shapes, Dakine, FC Barcelona)

2nd Angela Peral
(North Kiteboarding, Roxy)

3rd Paloma Guerrero
(Ocean Rodeo, Kiteboarding Company)




North Shore ripper joins Airush
Airush would like to welcome Top Hat to the team.

Here is a brief introductory interview with Top Hat!

Name: Top Hat

Age: Ageless

Favorite Food: POTATO VODKA

Wheels you Drive:
1968 Harley Davidson Chopper,
2000 Harley Davidson FATBOY,
1991 Toyota Van,
1974 Chevy Step Van,
100 mph custom LL "TOPHAT EDITION"
skateboard , Randall chainsaw powered
skateboard,and the maggot mobile

Wheels you would like to drive: Listed above...

Top 3 Bands: This is a trick question I know too many bands to safely answer this question.

Your Hero: The inventor of POTATO VODKA...

Who do you rate as Zero: NO ONE we all get 10's

Money or Lifestyle: Both

Big Mac or Veggie Burger: No thanks just the fries please.

Pick Up line: Hey baby, have you met my wife?

Porn Star or Love: What kind of question is that. Of course PORN STAR...

Boardies over wetsuit: never, warm water, no wetsuit.

Favorite Board: one that floats

Favorite Kite: Airush Reactor

Favorite Rider: My Wife

Favorite Spot: King size bed

Party Factor: immeasurable by current standards

Whats in your wallet: Wouldn't you like to Know...

3 words to describe yourself: ONE CRAZY FUCKER

Words to live by: " Make friends not enemies"



Alcatel Kitesurf Pro
World Cup of Kiteboarding
2005 Kiteboard Pro World Tour
Anse Vata, Nouméa, New Caledonia - November 20/27

Saturday 26 and Sunday, november 27th - For immediate release

Celebration of the Alcatel Kitesurf Pro Champions, Gisela Pulido and Tom Hébert!…



Great week end to close the 5th edition of the Alcatel Kitesurf Pro ! Indeed, although the riding conditions were quite poor yesterday, the riders and audience enjoyed a memorable day with the Vaa Race organised in the morning, the first part of the prize giving ceremony rewarding the Speed Crossing and Freestyle winners and of course the famous election of the Alcatel Kitesurf Pro Miss, which attracted hundreds of spectators.

Tom Hébert and Gisela Pulido win the Best Tricks contest !
The race direction still launched the 2nd run of the Best Tricks Contest, won this time by Mickaël Fernandez, but the 1st place of the overall ranking still goes to Tom Hébert, gaining more points out of the two runs. On the women side, no surprise for Gisela Pulido who keeps her 1st place.

Gisela Pulido and Mickaël Siret high in the air during the Teri Hang Time contest !
Todays' conditions proved much better, the wind reached some steady 25 knots, perfect for the 2nd session of the Teri Hang Time contest. The show was stunning : Manolo Barlet, leader of the first run, and Mickaël Siret times were very close, but Siret proved the best : he almost broke the 8'87'' world record with a double loop jump 8,45" !!!
The best time for women was perfomed by Gisela Pulido, with 4,76".

Having closed all the scheduled contests, we can now name the Alcatel kitesurf Pro Champions, overall ranking combining Freestyle (double points) and Speed Crossing, Gisela Pulido and Tom Hébert.



Rankings below :
Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Final Ranking Freestyle Men
1st : Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia - 1000 pts
2nd : Sébastien Garat (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air - 800 pts
3rd : Mickaël Fernandez (FR) - RRD, Pat Love, Demetz - 700 pts
4th : Olivier Nicolas (NC) - F-One, MW, Hang Ten, Gov. of New Caledonia - 640 pts

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Final Ranking Freestyle Women
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 1000 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, ProLimit - 800 pts
3rd : Marion Dietrich (FR) - Surfshop Freeride Fréjus, Ocean Rodeo, AHD - 700 points
4th : Perrine Scelland (NC) - 640 points

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Ranking Speed Crossing Men
1st : Robert Teriitehau - NC - (Fone, Quicksilver, Teri) - 25'46''
2nd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 26'23''
3rd : Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia - 26'35''

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Ranking Speed Crossing Women
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 34'22''
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, ProLimit - 35'14"
3rd : Marion Dietrich (FR) - Surfshop Freeride Fréjus, Ocean Rodeo, AHD - 41'45"

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Overall Ranking (Freestyle x2 + Speed Crossing) Men
1st : Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia - 2700 pts
2nd : Sébastien Garat (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air - 2040 pts
3rd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 1760 pts

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Overall Ranking (Freestyle x2 + Speed Crossing) Women
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 3000 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, ProLimit - 2400 pts
3rd : Marion Dietrich (FR) - Surfshop Freeride Fréjus, Ocean Rodeo, AHD - 2100 points


Best Tricks Contest : Women Ranking
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, ProLimit
3rd : Marion Dietrich (FR) - Surfshop Freeride Fréjus, Ocean Rodeo, AHD

Best Tricks Contest : Men Ranking
1st : Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia
2nd : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Cool Shoe, Red Bull, Ion, Kitefix, Mahalo
3rd : Sébastien Garat (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air

Teri Hang Time Contest :
Woman Winner : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 4.76''

Man Winner : Mickaël Siret (NC) - 8.45''

…And conclusion of the 2005 KPWT World Cup, with Gisela Pulido and Thomas Cocquelet world champions!!!….

We couldn't actually better close this 2005 KPWT season : contrary to the pre-event forecast rather pessimist, we benefited from good riding conditions all along the week, giving once again the opportunity for the competitors to enjoy a wide variety competition formats; Aside the spectalcular Best Tricks and Teri Hang Time contests, we'll of course keep on mind the main freestyle event, that held everyone in suspense until the finals, during which Tom Hébert and Gisela Pulido eventually imposed their leadership. We'll also keep in mind the great performance of Robert Teriitahau, who broke record of the Phare Amédée Speed Crossing. A mythic race that was on the women side led by Gisela Pulido.
The 12 year old the young spaniard just amazingly won every single contest of the Alcatel kitesurf Pro!…besides, with her 4 victories on the 2005 KPWT season (out of 6 stages), Gisela keeps her world title - she's at the same time the 2005 junior women world champion…and to finish she finished 1st of the 2005 Wave Masters series, which makes her not only the youngest but also most titled female kiteboarder of the history of the sport!
On the men side, the 2005 World Champion is Thomas Cocquelet - contrary to his good places in the last KPWT events (2nd in Brazil, 1st in Australia, 3rd In France) he finishes 7th of the freestyle event in Nouméa but still, he deserves his title thanks to his consistency all along the 2005 six stages.

See the final 2005 rankings below :

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Final Ranking Freestyle Men
1st : Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia - 1000 pts
2nd : Sébastien Garat (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air - 800 pts
3rd : Mickaël Fernandez (FR) - RRD, Pat Love, Demetz - 700 pts
4th : Olivier Nicolas (NC) - F-One, MW, Hang Ten, Gov. of New Caledonia - 640 pts

Alcatel Kitesurf Pro - Final Ranking Freestyle Women
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 1000 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, ProLimit - 800 pts
3rd : Marion Dietrich (FR) - Surfshop Freeride Fréjus, Ocean Rodeo, AHD - 700 points
4th : Perrine Scelland (FR) - 640 points

2005 KPWT World Ranking - Top 5 Men :
1st : Thomas Cocquelet (FR) - Cabrinha, Sooruz, RSC, Julbo, Axel'Air - 3660 pts
2nd : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Cool Shoe, Red Bull, Ion, Kitefix, Mahalo - 3600 pts
3rd : Mickaël Fernandez (FR) - RRD, Pat Love, Demetz - 3580 pts
4th : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 3260 pts
5th : Sébastien Garat (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air - 2540 pts



2005 KPWT World Ranking - Top 5 Women :
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 4800 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Nomad, Airush, Nikita, Pro Limit - 4100 pts
3rd : Julie Simsar (FR / Tur) - Flexifoil, Kronic Kiteboard, Dakine - 2500 pts
4th : Dulcineia Alaminos (Por) - Best, X-Klam, Gheisa - 1620 pts
5th : Theresa Mc Kirdy (Aus) - Slingshot, Billabong, Von Zipper - 800 pts



2005 KPWT Junior Men World Champion :
Tom Hébert (NC) - Airush, Oxbow, Gov. of New Caledonia



2005 KPWT Junior Women World Champion :
Gisela Pulido (SP) - Rip Curl, Airush, Shapes, DaKine, Kelme, FC Barcelona



Overall World Ranking Wave Masters 2005 Men :
1st : Jose Luengo (SP) - Airush, 720, Air Europa, DaKine, Cult - 5180 pts
2nd : Pierre Romain (FR) - North, Surfactory, CoolTracks, Mystic - 4540 pts
3rd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 3640 pts
4th : Hervé Bouré (FR) - Takoon, Jeep, Reef, Sola, Smith, Sport Away - 2380 pts

Overall World Ranking Wave Masters 2005 Women :
1st: Gisela Pulido (SP) - Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 5600 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - Airush, Nomad, Nikita, Pro Limit - 2600 pts
2nd : Carol Freitas (BRA) - Oi, Vandals, Redlay, Zoobees, Kaenon - 2600 pts
4th : Caroline Adrien (FR) - Dakine Sideshore - 2400 pts

To finish, we'd like to thank all those without whom the Alcatel Kitesurf Pro wouldn't have been possible :
Our title Sponsor for the 5th consecutive year : Alcatel
Our Official partners : OPT, Schweppes, Teri
Our Institutional partners : Governement of New Caledonia, Congress of New Caledonia, South Province, City of Nouméa
Our Official suppliers : GBNC, Océanias, Lagoon
Our Media Partners : Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes, NRJ, Télé Nouvelle Calédonie
The KPWT partner : Hawaii Surf

A special thank to the Alyzea Team for the great job they did all the week long, to all the volunteers, the KPWT Race Direction and of course all the riders for the great show they offered during this last KPWT stage!

See you in 2006 for another thrilling KPWT season !!!!!

KPWT Team

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Media : National and International TV news :
International news available for each day of competition
There will be international news for the final day of event. DvCam PAL tapes with split no music & Effects audio tracks (tapes to be clearly labelled with series title and episode numbers in English). English language time-coded script (to be provided both in hard copy and sent via e-mail).
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Media : Highlights TV programme :
26' highlights for TV, Internet and DVD is available for worldwide distribution .
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For further information :
please visit : www.kiteboardpro.com
And/or contact Frédéric Gravoille, Promoter of the Tour: kiteboarding@wanadoo.fr
or Bénédicte Samzun, Event Manager and Coordinator : kpwt@wanadoo.fr
Tel / Fax : 00 33 (0) 1 46 44 46 94
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KPWT NEW CALEDONIA, Freestyle final winners after double elimination :

Men :
1. Tom HEBERT , AIRUSH
2. Sébastien GARAT
3. Mickael FERNANDEZ

Women :
1. Gisela PULIDO , AIRUSH
2. Noelia NUNEZ , AIRUSH
3. Marion DIETRICH

Gisela without surprise is KPWT Women 2005 World champ and Tom is KPWT Junior 2005 World champ also for the second year in a row !




Airush hit the podium in force
Congratulations Jose, Gisela and Noelia




Overall World Ranking Wave Masters 2005 Men :
1st : Jose Luengo (SP) - AIRUSH, 720, Air Europa, DaKine, Cult - 5180 pts
2nd : Pierre Romain (FR) - North, Surfactory, CoolTracks, Mystic - 4540 pts
3rd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 3640 pts
4th : Hervé Bouré (FR) - Takoon, Jeep, Reef, Sola, Smith, Sport Away - 2380 pts

Overall World Ranking Wave Masters 2005 Women:
1st: Gisela Pulido (SP) - AIRUSH, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 5600 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - AIRUSH, Nomad, Nikita, Pro Limit - 2600 pts
2nd : Carol Freitas (BRA) - Oi, Vandals, Redlay, Zoobees, Kaenon - 2600 pts
4th : Caroline Adrien (FR) - Dakine Sideshore - 2400 pts

Overall World Ranking Freestyle Women :
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - AIRUSH, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 3440 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - AIRUSH, Nomad, Nikita, Pro Limit - 2500 pts
3rd : Julie Simsar (Tur) - Flexifoil, Kronic Kiteboard, Dakine - 1800 pts
4th : Dulcineia Alaminos (Por) - Best, X-Klam, Gheisa - 1100 pts

KPWT
St Gilles Kitesurf Pro
World Cup of Kiteboarding
2005 Kiteboard Pro World Tour
St Gilles Croix de Vie - Vendée - France - 26th October/ 2nd November,2005

Tuesday, November 1st - For immediate release
Freestyle, Wave Masters, Speed Crossing : a beautiful three disicipline podium to conclude the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro!

The last day of the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro finished with the two remaining diciplines to be run, the Wave Masters and the Speed Crossing. Once again, we were lucky to have enough conditions to finish the programme - 20 steady knots direction side-on shore that enabled the race direction to launch the Wave Masters. 8 men and 4 women had previously gone through the qualifications to be selected for the 25' heat final session. Pierre Romain proved to be the master of the waves, and seemed very at ease in these 2 meters waves. Jose Luengo AIRUSH, winner of the Wave Masters session in Brazil, confirmed his talent as surfer and took 2nd place, ahead of the 3rd ranked Rémi Harlé (FR), for whom it was the first experience in an international championship.

On the women side, Gisela Pulido AIRUSH proved once again after Brazil that her wide range of skills included wave riding. As per freestyle ranking, Noelia Nunez AIRUSH is 2nd. The 3rd place goes to the local Caroline Adrien, most surprised and happy with her performance.

No longer had the Wave Masters finished than the Race Direction launched the Speed Crossing, a 4 miles speed race along the beach, run by 38 men and 4 women. It was an amazing show for the thousands of spectators who attended the start of the race, with dozens of kites rushing forward. A bunch of few riders took the lead after the first meters, dominated by Pierre Romain, the speed crossing specialist, whose strategy proved once again the best as he finished first of the race, with a time of 20'08". He's followed by Antoine Auriol at 24'43'' and the portuguese Nuno Figueiredo at 26'20''.

The race proved more difficult and tedious for the women : among the 4 riders on the water 3 had to give up before the end; Julie Simsar was then the only one to reach the finish line after a 38'33'' race. We couldn't have wished better for the last day of the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro, concluded with a multi disicipline prize giving ceremony

see the rankings below :

Ranking freestyle Men : St Gilles
1st: Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Sooruz, Cool Shoe, Red Bull, Kitefix - 1000 pts
2nd : Sylvain Chaillou (FR) - DLS, EH - 800 pts
3rd : Thomas Cocquelet (FR) - Cabrinha, Sooruz, RSC, Julbo, Axel'Air - 700 pts
4th : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 640 pts

Ranking Freestyle Women : St Gilles
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - AIRUSH, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 1000 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - AIRUSH, Nomad, Nikita, Pro Limit - 800 pts
3rd : Julie Simsar (Tur) - Flexifoil, Kronic Kiteboard, Dakine - 700 pts
4th : Charlotte Simsar (FR / Tur) - 640 pts

Overall World Ranking Freestyle Men : St Gilles
1st : Thomas Cocquelet (FR) - Cabrinha, Sooruz, RSC, Julbo, Axel'Air - 3660 pts
2nd : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Sooruz, Cool Shoe, Red Bull, Kitefix - 3600 pts
3rd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose, Mormaii - 3100 pts
4th : Mickaël Fernandez (FR) - RRD, Pat Love, Demetz, Teri - 2880 pts

Ranking Wave Masters Men St Gilles:
1st : Pierre Romain (FR) - North, Surfactory, CoolTracks, Mystic - 2800 pts
2nd : Jose Luengo (SP) - AIRUSH, 720, Air Europa, DaKine, Cult - 2380 pts
3rd : Rémi Harlé (FR) - Fone, Sooruz, Planet Gliss - 1880 pts
4th : Ludovic Botrel (FR) - Fone, Planet Gliss - 1800 pts

Ranking Wave Masters Women St Gilles:
1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - AIRUSH, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona - 2800 pts
2nd : Noelia Nunez (SP) - AIRUSH, Nomad, Nikita, Pro Limit - 26000 pts
3rd : Caroline Adrien (FR) - DaKine, Sideshore - 2400 pts
4th : Dulcineia Alaminos (FR) - Best, Xklam, Gheisa - 2200 pts




St Gilles Kitesurf Pro
World Cup of Kiteboarding
2005 Kiteboard Pro World Tour

St Gilles Croix de Vie - Vendée - France - 26th October/ 2nd November, 2005

Saturday 29 and Sunday, October 30th - For immediate release

Stand by to the end of the freestyle double elimination



After a beautiful first day of competition - concluded by the victories of Charles Deleau and Gisela Pulido AIRUSH in the freestyle first elimination - and a waiting period day, the wind came back in St Gilles yesterday.
The race direction launched the men freestyle double elimination with no delay until completing the two first rounds, out of which Pierre Romain (FR), Jose Luengo (SP) AIRUSH, Florian Daubos (FR), Rémi Harlé (FR), Tiago Rocha (Por), Philippe Martin (FR), Antoine Jaubert (FR) Rémi Harlé (FR) and Louis Hutter (FR) got qualified. Unlike them, it was a bad day for the italian Stefano Maselli, used to the world Top 5, who didn't pass the first round.
With the wind coming down and the tide getting high tide in the middle of the afternoon the race direction had to interrupt the freestyle comp but still benefited from the good wave conditions to launch the qualifications of the Wave Masters to determine the 16 best wave riders to compose the draw.
The Wave Masters, 100% wave riding race format, are scheduled as an aside competition, but still granting points for the Wave Masters 2005 series, the 1st stage of which was held during the 3rd KPWT stage in Brazil, and won by the spaniard Jose Luengo AIRUSH, who made the way to St Gilles.

The 2nd part of the men freestyle double elimination then started this morning, with strong conditions - 25/30 knots of wind direction south-west, side on shore that unfortunately didn't last enough to go through all the remaining rounds. We still reached the quarter-finals with Guillaume Mariani (FR) vs Sébastien Garat (FR) and Philippe Martin (FR) vs Antoine Jaubert (FR), won by Garat and Jaubert - one of them will have to fight to join the Top 4 of the simple elimination, Antoine Auriol, the local Sylvain Chaillou, Thomas Cocquelet and Charles Deleau.

Things proved to be faster for the women 2nd chance draw : the opportunity for Charlotte Simsar to eliminate the portuguese Dulcineia Alaminos and Caroline Adrien; she was then stopped by her sister Julie Simsar, herself eliminated by Noelia Nunez AIRUSH - once again we'll attend a final between the two spaniard Noelia Nunez AIRUSH and Gisela Pulido AIRUSH, that will take place tomorrow.



The conditions don't look that good for tomorrow morning but hopefully the wind will pick up at midday for a possible conclusion of the freestyle comp and / or the Wave Masters or Speed Crossing.
In the meantime, there's plenty to play for here, in between the skate demos performed by the UCPA and the local Ride West association, the bungee, and the surf initiation offered by the local club.

KPWT Team
More informations and the 2005 KPWT Calendar :www.kiteboardpro.com



Morgan Skiperdene Maui Redbull report
A huge norht swell came in just in time for the final Red Bull King of the Air.

The first day of the swell there were probabllyabout 20 foot faces coming in, they wouldn't allow the women out. The next day the waves had died a little bit, but were still nice and big on the sets. It was definatly the best conditions I've ever competed in. It didn't really matter how I did in the competition, just that I got to be out there kiting. We we kiting at Ho'okipa, a place forbidden to kiters all year, except for 3 days during this event. It was epic. I came out 5th.

Morgan




Funsport tour 2005
Airush team rider Rolf van der Vlucht wins the Funsport tour Holland.

Congratulations to Rolf!





Gisela wins Gravity Games
Airush makes it mark at the Gravity games in Perth Australia.


Congratulations, Gisela, Jessica and Tom on the podium finishes.

The AUD$38,500 Kiteboarding event saw child superstar, 11-year-old KPWT
World Champion, Gisela Pulido (Spain)(AIRUSH) surge well ahead of competitors to claim the championship title. Pint-sized Gisela beat 25-year-old Theresa McKirdy from Perth (Mullaloo) to win valuable competition points and rankings in the KPWT (Kiteboard Pro World Tour) World Cup.

The winner of the men’s division was 18-year-old Thomas Cocquelet (France) who beat current World No. 1 Mickael Fernandez (France) to win the AUS$7,445 first prize. Runners-up in the men’s were Tom Herbert (New Caledonia) (AIRUSH) , local entrant Jake Gordon (Perth, WA) and Antoine Auriol (France).
The contest field included 20 male and, for the first time, four female kiteboarders, representing countries such as France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Brazil and across Australia.
Gravity Games H2O was the first KPWT kiteboarding event in Australia and the first Pacific stop on the World Tour, preceded by rounds one to three in Italy, Turkey and Brazil.

RESULTS - MEN

1st - Thomas Cocquelet, FRA - 1000 points
2nd - Tom Hebert, (AIRUSH) NCA - 800 points
3rd - Jake Gordon, AUS - 700 points

RESULTS - WOMEN

1st - Gisela Pulido. (AIRUSH) ESP - 1000 points
2nd - Theresa McKirdy. AUS - 800 points
3rd - Jessica van den Berg. (AIRUSH) AUS - 700 points


JIM BEAM CABO FRIO WORLD CUP
Praia do Forte – Cabo Frio – RJ – Brazil

2 /10 september 2005

Freestyle & Wave – Wave Masters
30,000$ prize money

Press release 7 – Saturday 10th September


Wave Masters and Hang Time validated for the last day of the Jim Beam Kiteboard World cup!!!

The wind luckily kept blowing today on the Praia do Forte for the sequel of events : Wave Masters and Hang Time.



As scheduled the Wave final series started very early this morning to benefit from the swell in Massambaba. The conditions were quite tough when the 20 pre-qualified riders started riding fo the final session : the wind was very strong, reaching some 35 knots off shore, which didn’t make things easy. But the waves were quite high, reaching 2,5 meters, so the riders did enjoy the session.

The race format was simple : Competitors ride as many waves as they wish during the session without interfering with each other; A rider’s best five waves make up their final score, according to the following criterias : wave riding, kick out and overall impressions.

As expected, we found some of the wave specialists in the top of the ranking, among whom the Spanish Jose Luengo followed by Hervé Bouré (FR), the 2004 Wave Masters champion; good surprise for Antoine Auriol, better known for his talent as freestyler, who comes third.

The Brazilians who were at home proved very good as well, Bernardo Monteiro and Roberto Rosemblit in particular who take the 4th and 5th place. On the women side, a few ones had to give up, leaving the way to Gisela Pulido to ead the race once again; she’s followed by the local Carol Freitas in 2nd place.

No sooner had the troops been back from Massambaba that the race direction launched the 4th competition, which was eventually a Hang Time contest instead of the Best Tricks competition; a wise decision considering the conditions : gusty wind reahcing 40 knots in the afternoon! The winners Thomas Coquelet and Gisela Pulido didn’t break the world record (8’87’’ for men performed by Sébastien Cattelan, and 6’47’’ for women performed by Julie Gilbert) but they still performed very high jumps, with times very close to the world records.

We ended the day on the beach for a last Jim Beam sunset beach party before joininng tonight for the last party of the event.

To conclude this beautiful brazilian event, we’d like to thank our title sponsor Jim Beam, The City of Cabo Frio, all the technical staff and of course all the riders for their performances. Let’s meet in another two weeks for the next KPWT stage in Perth, Australia, october 6/9 during the Gravity Games H20!!!!



Final Ranking Freestyle Men :

1st Reno ROMEU (BRA) - North, Redley surfwear, Electric / 1000 pts
2nd Thomas COCQUELET (FR) - Cabrinha, Sooruz, RSC, Julbo, Axel'Air / 800 pts
3rd Tiago ROCHA (Por) - XKLAM, Bestkiteboarding, Gheisa / 700 pts
4th Sébastien GARAT (FR) - RRD, Cool Tracks, Mystic, Axel Air / 640 pts

Final Ranking Freestyle Women :

1st : Gisela PULIDO (SP) - Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona / 1000 pts
2nd : Julie SIMSAR (Tur) - Flexifoil, Kronic Kiteboard, Dakine / 800 pts
3rd : Noelia NUNEZ (SP) – Nomad, Airush, Nikita / 700 pts
4th : Carol FREITAS (BRA) - Oi, Vandals, Redley, Zoobees, Kaenon / 640 pts

Ranking Wave Masters Men:

1st Jose Luengo (SP) – Airush, 720, Air Europa, DaKine, Cult – 2800 pts
2nd Hervé Bouré (FR) - Takoon, Jeep, Reef, Sola, Smith, Sport away - 1880
3rd Antoine Auriol (FR) – Kiteloose, Mormaii – 1880

Ranking Wave Masters Women :

1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) - Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona / 2800 pts
2nd : Carol FREITAS (BRA) - Oi, Vandals, Redley, Zoobees, Kaenon / 2600 pts

Ranking Speed Crossing Men :

1st : Ruben Salvador (SP) – Airush Sun Style , El Nino Sweet Wear /13’51’’
2nd : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Cool Shoe, Red Bull, Kitefix / 13’58’’
3rd : Pierre Romain ( FR) - 13’59’’

Ranking Speed Crossing Femmes :

1st : Gisela Pulido (SP) Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Dakine, Kelme, FC Barcelona / 18’38’’
2nd : Carol Freitas (Bra) Oi, Vandals (Wipika),Redley, Zoobees, Kaenon / 21’30’’
3rd : Julie Simsar (Tur) Flexifoil, Kronic Kiteboard, Dakine / 33’27’’

Winners Hang Time :

1st Man : Thomas Cocquelet (FR) – 7’60’’
1st Woman : Gisela Pulido (SP) – 4’90’’



RED BULL competitions

Morgan Skiperden took first place for the women and Dimitri Maramenides took first in the men





2005 KITEBOARD PRO WORLD TOUR
Como Lake Kiteboard World Cup

Gera Lario – Como Lake – Italy / June 28th - July 3rd

Freestyle – Speed Crossing – Hang Time

Mickael Fernandez and Noelia Nunez winners of « Como Lake Kiteboard World Cup » !

The wind eventually came back to Gera Lario for this last day of the 1st stage of the « Como Lake Kiteboard World Cup » , which made the start of the speed crossing possible.
After the first skippers meeting at 8 am, the 38 registered riders gathered to Cremia for the start of the race in the early afternoon. Driven by a regular northern wind, the competitors rushed forward the arrival at Gera Lario; although this race format requires high physical capacities and a strong endurance, most riders carried out the 16kms distance with no big pain, and the race finished quite smoothly. The French Pierre Romain arrived first, closely followed by Charles Deleau; Sebastien Cattelan took the 3rd place.
The women ran very fast as well, proving their ability to catch up with the men once again, especially Gisela Pulido, the first passing the arrival post, before Anna Sparre and Noelia Nunez. Once all the riders reached Gera Lario, the race direction did another briefing to start the double freestyle men elimination; although the wind kept blowing, we had too short time left to finish off the loser bracket; the first elimination results are therefore definitive.

On the contrary, we did close the women competition with a third round of three heats, during which Noelia Nunez took the advantage over Gisela Pulido. Anna Sparre takes the third place.
Ranking Freestyle Men and overall 05  after 1 event : 
1st : Mickael Fernandez (FR) – RRD, Pat Love, Teri             1 000pts  -  5,500 USD
2nd : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Cool Shoe, Red Bull  800pts  -  3,600 USD
3rd : Antoine Auriol (FR) - Kiteloose                            700pts  -  3,000 USD
4th : Stefano Maselli (IT) – Mystic, Advance, Macelleria, IKU    640pts  -  1,700 USD
Ranking Freestyle Women and overall 05 after 1 event : 
1ère : Noelia Nunez (SP) – Airush, Nomad, Nikita              1 000pts  -   3,000 USD
2nd  : Gisela Pulido (SP) – Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Da Kine   800pts  -   2,000 USD
3rd  : Anna Sparre (SW) – Takoon, Tablas, Kite chicks           700pts  -   1,000 USD
Ranking Speed Crossing Men :
1st  : Pierre Romain (FR) –  North / Surfactory / Mystic / Cool Tracks  2,000 USD
2nd  : Charles Deleau (FR) - North, Fanatic, Cool Shoe, Red Bull        1,000 USD
3rd  : Sebastien Cattelan (FR) - Wipika                                   500 USD  
Ranking Speed Crossing Women :
1ère : Gisela Pulido (SP) – Airush, Rip Curl, Shapes, Da Kine             700 USD   
2nd  : Anna Sparre (SW) – Takoon, Tablas, Kite chicks                     500 USD
3rd  : Noelia Nunez (SP) – Airush, Nomad, Nikita                          300 USD

As a conclusion of this first 2005 KPWT stage, let’s thank all the competitors for their performances. We’d like to say a special thank as well to the local organizers Como Lakers led by Paolo Goni, and to all the sponsors for their warm welcome : Budweiser, Fiat & its freestyle team, The Province of Como and the cities of Gera Lario, Cremia and Sorico, without forgetting our sportswear partners Misultin Zone and Vaca Loca.

See you in less than two weeks in Turkey for the « Jim Beam Kiteboard World Cup », 2nd leg of the 2005 KPWT season in the now well-known spot of Burc Beach, Istanbul.

More informations and the 2004 KPWT Calendar : www.kiteboardpro.com
KPWT'S CONTACTS :
Tel & fax : 00 33 1 46 44 46 94
Mobile : 00 33 6 12 71 38 15
E-mail : kiteboarding@wanadoo.fr


Tom Hebert - 2005 Junior National French champion

The French championship were held in Villeneuve les Maguelonne, near Montpellier, Meditarranean south of France, from 26th of June until 3rd of July.

The weather was very warm and sunny. The wind blew in first days as a Thermic wind, SW10-12 knots, not strong enough for competition. Then from end of 29th June, the wind turned NW and the Tramontane blew 25-30knots from 5pm, first heats were launched until 8pm.

Then the following days, NW wind was unconsistant 10-20 knots during day time, then blowing consistently around 20 knots every day from 5pm.

Tom won every heat until the first single elimination final, then won again in double elimination final. No room for another champ, Tom is by far the best junior in France today. Tom is only 16 and Men riders are happy he is not yet 18...

His New Caledonian friend he used to compete with in Noumea, Olivier Nicolas, finished 4th in the Senior Men finals.

Junior Men:
1st : Tom Hebert
2nd : Adrien Jaujou
3rd : Damien Pattou

Senior Men:
1st : Vincent Tiger
2nd : Sebastien Garat
3rd : Jerome Witz

Junior Women :
1st : Hélène Barrière 
2nd : Anais Leroux
3rd : Estelle Lambelet

Senior Women :
1st : Agnès Fontenay  
2nd : Michèle Bailot
3rd : Aurélia Herpin



SEAT Kite-Surf-Trophy, Sylt, 24th – 26th of June


The competition started on Saturday as the wind kicked in as expected early in the morning. The conditions were perfect. Strong wind, fantastic waves, sunshine and wind from the right, briefly: Cabarete like conditions.
Luis Miguel Martinez showed constant performance and met leading Niklas Hunthgeburth in the final. Luis Miguel and Niklas showed a thrilling final and made it hard for the judges. “Niklas did great stuff and made it very hard for me to beat him. I am happy to win second and looking forward to compete against him again and maybe kick his ass next time.
In the women’s final Petra Schaefer excited the Judges with her wave riding. She won second behind leading Anne Pieper.


Men’s Freestyle

1.Niklas Hunthgeburth
2.Luis Miguel Martinez 
3.Henning Nockel

Women’s Freestyle

1.Anne Pieper 
2.Petra Schaefer 
3.Birgit Daube 



PKRA Cabarete Best Board-off Women



After the main double elimination of the freestyle event was finished they started with the girls best board off. I'm one of the few girls that actually still do board offs. I would have liked to do my favorite move a board off dead man, but it wasn't windy enough so I did a board off double back loop.






Morgan Skipperdene dominates the Velocity Games

Pro Women - Expression Session

1) Morgan Skipperdene - $1,000 (North Carolina, Airush)
2) Julie Simsar - $500 (Puerto Rico, Flexifoil)
3) Bri Chmel - $250 (California, RRD)
4) Gail Zacaii - $150 (Oregon, Wipika)

Pro Women - Boarder Cross

1) Morgan Skipperdene - $1,500 (North Carolina, Airush)
2) Julie Simsar - $1000 (Puerto Rico, Flexifoil)
3) Bri Chmel - $750 (California, RRD)
4) Gail Zacaii - $300 (Oregon, Wipika)

www.kiteflix.com/velocity_games_2.html


Betandwind competition

The first edition of the betandwin Kitesurf Pro was held in Tarifa (Cádiz) on Valdevaqueros beach between the 11th and 15th of May . Some of the world's best kite surfers were in action. This elite competition sponsored and organized by betandwin, comprised of three spectacular categories :


X-Moves:best moves
X-Crossing: long-distance race
X-Slalom: downwind slalom with obstacles (NEW - first time ever)



Jose Luengo using the 12 reactor kite and the x-pact 127 board finnished 7th in the X-Move. After a close final with Jaime Herraiz, Giani Aragno, and Cesar Portas in the X-Slalom Jose finnished 4th.



European Junior Kitesurfing Cup 2005

The European Junior Kitesurfing Cup 2005, Is starting!

The top Kitesurfers in Europe from 9 -21 years old meet and compete in the discipline of Freestyle.

In 2003, 32 riders from 6 European nations, in 2004 there were 50 riders representing 9 European nationalities ..In 2005 who will take the title of the best junior kitesurfer female/male in Europe ?

The two first stages will be in Spain in San Pere del Pescador on the 26th till 29th May and then in France in Saint Pierre-la-Mer from the 7th till 9th July 2005.

The European Junior Kitesurf Cup organises the event for the junior riders and is a powerful starting point in top level competition making an excellent assess point for juniors considering taking part in national championships and then the world circuit.

Already the world kitesurfing circit has seen faces from the European Junior Kitesurf Cup. Gisela Pulido(Airush), Mallory Hersard, Tom Hebert(Airush), Rui Pedro, Coralie Imbert, Thomas Cocquelet, youri zoon.

For more Information:http://www.ejkc.net/version2.html

Steve Jones
info@sudwindsports.com



Airush dominates Tarifa

The first 2005 KITE MASTERS held in Tarifa Spain. The contest consisted of two disciplines Freestyle and Wave. The conditions were very nice, 5meters waves and perfect wind for 12 reactor. In the Freestyle we had a lot of hot young riders like; Giani Aragno , Joe Ciastula , etc ,,they worked hard and they did radical tricks putting up a great fight for the title. In the end I made it to the final where I finished 3rd. In waves a lot of people competed with different surf board designs with sizes between 5.0 to 6.0ft. We had 36 competitors for this discipline, with names like Abel Lago ,German Peral, Jose Sanchez; all very good surf riders. The final was run with 8 people, with big waves ranging from 5 to 6 meter faces.It was non stop action during the 20 minute heat. I had some good waves, one full barrel and solid turns in the critical sections. Finally I took the win. I’m very happy with both results , but especially this my first good result in waves.

For freestyle I was using the x-pact 127 and for surf my 6.0ft surf style board. Kites Reactor 12 and 9 meters.

Jose Luengo


Freestyle man discipline : Jose Luengo 3rd Place (Airush team)
Freestyle Women discipline: Noelia "Chucky" 2nd Place (Airush team)
Wave Man discipline: 1st PlaceJose Luengo (Airush team)
3nd Place M. Timermans (Airush team)
Wave Woman discipline: 1st Place Gisela Pulido (Airush team)




Dimitri Maramenides Wins Cancun

The competition in Cancun was held at 2 venus: Taulum and Play Del Carmen for the Finals. We competed first at Taulum for the first 2 days, it was very light winds 8 to 14 knots. I was on my 18 Reactor and the Exile board. I was able to advance through the rounds into the semi finals.

The last day they took the competition to Play Del Carmen for the semi finals and the final. The wind was much stronger 20’knots. I was on my 16 Lift and X-pact 120. Most of the other riders were on 12 and 15 meter kites for stronger and faster kite loops, but I was looking for bigger and higher tricks like boards off, handle passes, and kite loops.

At one stage I almost decided to change to my 12 Reactor to allow for better unhook tricks but the crowd was looking for higher jumps with trick combinations, so I decided to stay on my 16 which left me way over power at some times. With a combination of board-off moves, kite loops and handle passes I was able to take 1st place.

The competition was great. Amazing organization and a lot of good riders from all over the world.



Australian National Championships 2005

Felix Pivec wins the Wave Open Mens title. Felix was riding 7m Airush Reactor and Airush Convert wakeboard Jess Van De Berg took second place Open Womens. Jess used a Switch 135 and Flows. Mike Bergman won the Masters waves, riding Flows. Darren Marshall took Masters National championship for the second year running with 1st Freestyle and 3rd waves using 9 Reactor and 145 Sidewinder and Switch 135.

Another sucessful Australian Airush result.



Felix Pivec smashes KPWT SPEED CROSSING NEW CALEDONIA

Felix was invited by the KPWT organizers to compete in the speed crossing. To the surprise of the organizers and the other competitors Felix showed who was really the fastest and the smartest to break the record and take officaially/unoffically first place.
The official winners (Charles Deleau (27’08’’) ranked 2nd in the KPWT)), followed by (Mickael Siret (27’14’’)New Caledonian local), and (Mickael Fernandez (27’49’’) current KPWT World Champion)), The unofficial winner (Felix Pivec (25'55")Airush)

The race consisted of the whole tour ,racing down wind from island of the Phare Am?d?e, to the beach of the Meridien. ....wind speed on the day was a steady 24 knots.With really choppy seas and rolling swells Felix used 7.0 Airush Reactor kite with 25 m lines and the Airush Wake convert with bindings Pulling away from the fleet in the first 8 minutes Felix stayed up front for the rest of the race until the finish line coming in 2 min before any one ..setting a new official speed record for the race..

For more information: Official KPWT Press Release



Jose Luengo finishes in 11th place over all for the 2004 season.

Jose was hoping for a better result in Brazil which would have put him in the top 10. However things did not quite go to plan. He finished 5th in the waves, and 17th in freestyle.

Jose's PKRA results for 2004.


Austria Belgium Cabarete Germany Fuerte Brazil
9th 5th N/A 9th 9th 17th







Congratulations to the new KPWT Champions Gisela Pulido and Tom Hebert..

10 year old Gisela Pulido won the overall Womens World title as well as the Womens junior titles. This is an amazing feet and we are sure she will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Tom Hebert has shown amazing progression this season, and won the Mens Junior World Champion title.
After the end of the Alcatel Kitesurf Pro, final of the 2004 KPWT, we're proud to officially announce the new Airush Women and Junior Kiteboard World Champions of this season :

2004 KPWT World Champions

WOMEN

- 1 Gisela Pulido (Spain - Airush) 3 800pts

- 2 Fabienne D'Ortoli (France - Cabrinha) 3 200pts

- 3 Sandrine Maunier (France - Naish) 2 180pts



World Champion Junior (under 18)

MEN

- 1 Tom Hébert (New Caledonia - Airush) 960pts

- 2 Kevin Langeree (Holland - Naish) 800pts

- 2 Mallaury Villemarque (Spain - North) 800pts

- 4 Adrien JauJou (France - F-One)

Junior WOMEN

- 1 Gisela Pulido ( Spain - Airush) 3 800pts

- 2 Hélène Barrière ( France - North) 700pts

- 3 Vika Soloveikina ( Russia - Wipika) 640pts





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