Check out the video highlights of the 8th edition of the famous kiteboard race held in Western Australia, the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton. This year 140 kiteboarders from around the world competed on the 19km race that starts at Rottnest Island and finishes at Leighton Beach Fremantle.

Video by Salty Wings

PWA Youth Slalom & Wave World Championship

Posted: 13th Dezember 2017 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

As we’ve seen over the last few seasons the level on the Youth PWA circuit is extremely high and continually increasing, but to ensure that that level of progression continues, youth contests play an essential part, as they provide the perfect platform to nurture the next generation of world class sailors.

Now two-time PWA Wave World Champion - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / NorthSails / Shamal Sunglasses) - has stepped up and will host a Youth PWA Slalom and Wave World Championship on the 2nd-5th January at his home spot of Almerimar, Spain - held at the Victor Fernandez Center - adding to Youth World Championships in Pozo and Tenerife. 

The contest will be divided into 4 age brackets:

Under 20s

Under 17s

Under 15s

Under 13s

Sign Up

So, if you fall into those age categories and fancy battling it out on the world stage, whether you have competed before or are looking to compete for the first time - then you can do so via the following link: www.victorfernandezcenter.com and clicking on registration - followed by completing the registration form. 

More Info About Almerimar - El Ejido - Almería, Spain

Almerimar is an urbanisation in the municipal of El Ejido, in the southwest of Almería. This place is known around the world as the ‘sea of plastic’ as the miles of greenhouses which are there for the cultivation of vegetables form an extension so large that it can be seen clearly from space. It’s situated in front of the Alborán Sea and has become one of the most important places to windsurf in southern Europe.

Because of its unique geospatial location, it’s one of the places with the highest number of windy days throughout the year, so it works with all conditions and there are several spots that allow you to surf whenever there is wind. The beaches are sandy and if the wind has any westerly component, you can find waves in the whole bay. 

Conditions

Club de Playa is located in the entrance to the port, between the port wall and the breakwater which forms a small bay where with easterly winds (Levante), the water is usually flat and ideal for practising freestyle or slalom, although it can be gusty due to the port but you can sail further out where the wind is cleaner. If the wind is westerly (Poniente), it is constant and creates good waves thanks to the breakwater. There are various waves, being bigger and more powerful in the port entrance during the winter. It’s a good wave for getting air as well as surfing if you have an advanced level. The wave nearest to the shore has various good sections for surfing frontside and backside and there are always good ramps for jumping. The wind is side-onshore and the waves are cleaner. From December to May the wind is more radical, above all when it enters with W-SW and side-shore, meaning that the waves can reach three metres. The world champion Víctor Fernández grew up in Almerimar and the VFC Windsurf Centre, here you can rent first class material, is just in front of this spot. If the wind changes completely to N, it disappears from the bay due to the geographical location and the mountains behind, making it perfect for surfing.

A little further west is Mar Azul, another spot located in front of the old Camping Mar Azul, where the wind is side-shore and if it has an easterly component, it’s a good place for freestyle and slalom. However the best spot to sail with easterly winds is the legendary Culoperro, where you’ll find small waves that are sufficient for jumping and side-onshore wind. It’s at the end of the San Miguel Bay, on the Guardias Viejas beach. One of the Spanish Wave and Slalom Championships has been held there since 1987. In Culoperro the shore is stony and has sea urchins; due to the quay of the old salt mines which have been converted into an artificial lake which is also known as Los Pinchos. With W-SW wind it is side-shore, there is no shore break and the wave is longer and less powerful than at Mar Azul or Club de Playa. However with radical conditions the wind is more intense in Culoperro and it is very similar to the entrance of Club de Playa.

If you missed the earlier registration link here it is again - www.victorfernandezcenter.com 

You can see the latest forecast for Almerimar @ www.windguru.cz/48808

You can see Victor Fernandez sailing at home to get an idea of the conditions on offer by visiting @ vimeo.com/235345007 

Flying Start

Posted: 12th Dezember 2017 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Julian Salmonn (Severne / Severne Sails) made his debut on the PWA World Tour in 2015 and nearly knocked 4-time world champion - Philip Koester (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - out in the first round during the 2016 Tenerife PWA World Cup.

The 19-year-old finished the 2017 season in 24th place but has really caught the eye with his explosive wave riding, while continually improving his jumping. The talented German has recently headed to Cape Town, South Africa, for the first part of his winter training and has hit the ground running with SA delivering already.

You can see the highlights of Salmonn’s first two days in South Africa by visiting @ vimeo.com/246684302

Watch Moroccan rider Ismail Adarzane and his teammates Mitu Monteiro and Camille Delannoy shredding strapless in Dakhla. Enjoy one minute with loads of tricks!

Take a look at Aurélien Pétreau’s wildcard entry for the King of The Air 2018!

Carlos Mario gives us an insight of what is like to ride the new 2018 RPM, alongside Sam Light and friends. Watch the video shot in Brazil!

Video: Patrick Wieland
Director: Alex Fox

Kevin Langeree and his friend James found the best way to ride an endless wave at Lighthouse. They used a kite to tow them into some of the longest rides using a foil. Take a sneak peek at their downwind foil surfing session!

The spectacular spot of Duro Beach was the ideal setting this evening to crown our new World Champions! After patiently waiting for an improvement in wind conditions, the competition was finalized today, and the Champions were crowned in front of the crowds in Cumbuco.

The overall results for 2017 are as follows:

Men:

1st Place – Carlos Mario – Brazil

What an amazing season it has been for Carlos Mario! After a tough start in Leucate, and dealing with a slight injury, Mario started the season with 2nd place. He went on in Egypt to give us an outstanding final, with the highest heat scores the WKL has ever seen. Carlos Mario has pushed the bar to its highest, and he just keeps going further. Delighted to be winning his 2nd World Title, he had the following to say about his 2017 season:

“At the beginning of the championship which was in France I worried because I had an injury in my arm and was able to compete but I did not train beforehand, and I was surprised with my performance. Texel and Turkey were important for me to see new places to practice kitesurfing and make new friends. Egypt is a special place for me where my performance is always great. At this stop I was very well trained and the heats were historical for all lovers of kiteboarding, so I will consider this moment unforgettable for the rest of my life. I really liked the structure of the events, the new format of the riders dispute in the water that gives more excitement to the spectators. The use of live stream of rounds and points has changed the real-time disclosure of the sport and with that the sport is more recognized. The Brazilian stop is special for me because it is at home and I wanted to give fans of the sport more of a historical background. It was not possible because the main actor, the wind, did not show up! I know how difficult it is to organize such an event in Brazil and we have done our best. I thank the organization of Brazil, the WKL , the riders, my family and all the people and this title I offer in special to my mentor Maurício Abreu and all of Slingshot Kite. Now it is my dream that for 2018 everyone will unite in freestyle kiteboarding. Happy new year in 2018.” Carlos Mario – 2017 World Champion

2nd Place – Liam Whaley – Spain

Liam Whaley had an exceptional start to the season, taking the win at our first event in Leucate, France. He has battled through several injuries that made it hard for him to train as much as he really wanted to, but he still managed to perform exceptionally well at each event. He finished 4th at our last event in Egypt, and takes a well deserved 2nd place overall for 2017.

“I’m so happy to finish the season in 2nd place. It’s been amazing competing against these guys. Im looking forward to 2018 and competing again. Thanks to all of my sponsors and family for their support.” Liam Whaley

3rd Place – Set Teixeira – Brazil

It has been a fantastic year for Brazilian rider Set Teixeira, who commenced with a 3rd place podium finish in Leucate. He continued riding the rest of the year with determination, and managed to constantly achieve good results, improving on his riding with each heat. This year he achieves his best ever result, 3rd place overall for 2017.

“I’m feeling very good after my best year in the tour, getting a proud result for myself. My training days in the water and in the gym, working with good people that are involved with kiteboarding is important for my athlete career. I’m always grateful to my sponsors for the support making my objectives possible! My main objective is always do better every year with my projects. Training for the tour next year and i will work with more people that will make my year a huge one! Thanks to the wkl tour and all the people that are involved in making our tour better every year! My objective is always do better every year with my projects. Training for the tour next year and i will work with more people that will make my year a huge one! Thanks to the WKL tour and all the people that are involved in making our tour better every year!” Set Teixeira

Women:

1st Place – Bruna Kajiya – Brazil

A third World Title for the incredibly talented Bruna Kajiya! What a season she has had. Each event saw Kajiya riding with even more confidence, performing incredible tricks with power and determination. This has catapulted her to the top of the rankings, and she is delighted to be winning this 2017 World Title in her home country, Brazil.

“I am so happy winning my third World Title. It’s been incredible, and I never dreamed I would get so far. I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, what I have so much passion for, and to be able to do it well and share that with other people is amazing.” Bruna Kajiya – 2017 World Champion

2nd Place – Annabel van Westerop – Netherlands

Annabel van Westerop has had an outstanding season, and managed to achieve her best overall result ever, even while facing the difficult task of studying at university while competing. Van Westerop finished 2nd in Leucate at the first event of the year, and 3rd place in both Akyaka and El Gouna. She is delighted to complete 2017 with such a high ranking, and will be back next season for more!

“Finishing 2nd in the World…. words can’t explain how grateful I am. Competing the past few years has been such a special journey and I can’t believe I have been able to make such an improvement again this year, making it from 3rd place last year, to 2nd this year! It is more challenging than ever to do well and this motivates me even more to keep stepping it up and make my dreams come true.” Annabel van Westerop

3rd Place – Francesca Bagnoli – Italy

2017 has been incredible for Bagnoli, after she managed to qualify for the Elite League after our first event in Leucate. This is her first year competing full-time and she has showed some amazing progress and talent. Several podium finishes have led her to achieve 3rd place overall for 2017. We are looking forward to seeing plenty more from this young Italian rider!

“This is was an awesome year for me. I’ve always dreamt to be one of the top riders in the world and finally, after all the training and sacrifices, my dream came true. I still cannot believe that I’m sharing the podium with 2 amazing girls and strong riders as Bruna and Annabel. I didn’t expect that from my first year in the elite league but all the hard work paid off. Thanks to that result next year I’m still able to compete in the elite league and I’m even more motivated to improve my riding and do better in competition.” Francesca Bagnoli

The World Kiteboarding League would like to thank all of the athletes, organization, crew and kiteboarding fans who have supported us throughout this 2017 season! We are looking forward to bringing you more incredible events, top quality live-stream, and plenty more action in 2018!

Mother and son kiteboarders Olly and Steph Bridge won the eighth edition of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race in Fremantle, Western Australia – a repeat performance of the 2014 race.

In 17kn winds and clear skies, Olly was ahead of the pack for most of the race, sailing seamlessly on the open ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach Fremantle in 19 minutes 34 seconds, 42 seconds ahead of second placewinner Theo De Ramecourt from France.

This was Olly’s second Lighthouse to Leighton win (he won in 2014) and his fifth attempt at the race. The 20-year-old competed in 2015 and 2016 but had mishaps in each of those years so it was a case of third time lucky.

“I didn’t have any crashes this year, I was in front from the start line and managed to get away from the other guys early,” Olly said.

The race was delayed for about an hour while the wind picked up.

“At the start there wasn’t enough wind, only the guys with the hydrofoils could have raced. But thanks to the delay there was enough wind for everybody to ride. It was a good decision.”

Olly’s mum Steph Bridge won her fourth successive Lighthouse to Leighton convincingly, in 25 minutes 12 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of the next fastest female, and 12th overall. This year her whole family was over from Devon, UK and racing – husband Eric and sons Olly (20), Guy (18) and Tom (16). She said with the whole family racing she was definitely in a different mindset to when she races on her own.

“I was thinking Guy or Olly could have won, both were in a position to do well. Poor Tom had a kite tangle at the start so he was out for the race so I was disappointed for him, Eric just wanted to get from A to B, and myself – I was borrowing a foil and a board. We’re sharing kites and I got left the little kite! I wanted to make sure everyone had left the beach before I took off. It’s a race which is about taking part. Of course, we’re all in it to do our best and it’s great to have everyone racing. I’ll be back next year to get a better time again,” she said.

Winner of the Mens Twin Tip category was New South Wales kiteboarder Jordan Girdis in a time of 28 minutes 8 seconds, and Womens Twin Tip winner was Colleen Carroll from the United States who finished the race in 33 minutes 7 seconds, her first time in the Lighthouse to Leighton.

This year’s Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy, awarded to the fastest West Australian, was presented to 17-year-old Mani Bisschops from Nedlands. Mani finished fifth overall in a time of 21:40. It was a special award for him as he knew Marc through his dad when they all regularly kited in the same area.

Australian Rules Football sensation and Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe raced his second Lighthouse to Leighton and said he was glad to make it to the finish.

“At the start everything that could go wrong did go wrong but I got over the line in the end so it was good fun,” Fyfe said.

“You’re at the mercy of the wind in events like this but well done to Event Director Tim Turner and Red Bull for making it happen.

“In light winds it’s easier on your body, it’s different muscles to what I’m using playing footy. It’s a good escape from the bubble that’s footy, I encourage anyone who wants to take it on to give it a go.”

Last year’s Twin Tip division winner and five-time world champion Aaron Hadlow placed second in the Twin Tip this year, finishing 29:39. He said the light winds created a challenge.

“I had a good start but it was tough in the middle and I was having a battle for wind with another competitor. It gets a bit frustrating when you are going as fast as you can but you can’t make the kite go any faster. It was good fun though,” he said.

140 local, interstate and international kiteboarders took on the 19km open ocean race – the largest number of competitors in the event’s history. Winners shared more than $9000 in prizemoney. The race record of 19 minutes and three seconds, set by Frenchman Nico Parlier last year, still stands.

MENS OVERALL & MENS FOIL
1 10 Olly Bridge Foil / Race / Surf Board M 19:34 –
2 250 Theo De Ramecourt Foil / Race / Surf Board M 20:16 +0:42
3 19 Jean De Falbaire Foil / Race / Surf Board M 20:45 +1:11

MENS TWIN TIP
1 83 Jordan Girdis Twin Tip M 29:08 –
2 84 Aaron Hadlow Twin Tip M 29:39 +0:31
3 110 Antoine Sabourin Twin Tip M 29:50 +0:42

WOMEN’S FOIL
1 151 Steph Bridge Foil / Race / Surf Board F 25:12 –
2 152 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke Foil / Race / Surf Board F 28:26 +3:14
3 150 Fabienne Bosiger Foil / Race / Surf Board F 42:16 +17:04

WOMEN’S TWIN TIP
1 170 Colleen Carroll Twin Tip F 33:07 –
2 172 Rachael Hughes Twin Tip F 35:51 +2:44
3 171 Kathryn Davies Twin Tip F 36:05 +2:58

Enjoy Dmitry Evseev’s brand new video that captures an underwater viewpoint of fun sessions at One Eye, with Jeremy Chan, Nikolay Rakhmatov and Ivan Chetverikov.

Camera: Dmitry Evseev