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Slider Extravaganza Slated to Celebrate 10 Years of the VENYU Triple-S Invitational

In the spirit of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the VENYU Triple-S Invitational, event organizers at REAL Watersports, Inc. (REAL) are excited to announce a major twist in this year’s event, which is set to take place in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA, from May 30th to June 5th.

Traditionally, the event has always featured three disciplines: Surf, Slicks, and Sliders. However, to commemorate a decade of legendary riding, sport-changing competition and epic parties, the 2015 VENYU Triple-S Invitational is going all in on Sliders this year. No joke, the entire week will feature kite park madness, set in the world-renowned REAL Slider Park.

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“The first Venyu Triple-S Invitational in 2006 was about like-minded riders getting together to push the sport of kiteboarding in a new direction. The 2015 Venyu Triple-S celebrates 10 years of progression and innovation, with an all new, all in sliders format. More time in the REAL Slider Park, more progression, more time to enjoy the Triple-S energy and stoke. And yes, it’s stilled called the Triple-S, because this year, the all-in sliders format means triple the prize money for the winners. All-in sliders…All-in prize purse. The World is Not Ready….” – Trip Forman, Co-Founder of REAL and the VENYU Triple-S Invitational.

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After considerable deliberation, organizers decided to go back to the heart of the VENYU Triple-S Invitational and go all out by maximizing athletes’ time on the water — in the state-of-the-art park. Historically, the Slider discipline has always been the most anticipated event of the three, and the most popular amongst athletes. “To get to this point,” commented Jason Slezak, VENYU Triple-S Invitational Co-Founder and long-time competitor, “we listened to the riders and created the new format to take this year’s riding to the next level.”

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Internationally recognized as the crown jewel of wakestyle kiteboarding competition, the 2015 VENYU Triple-S Invitational will showcase the talents of the most progressive and prestigious wakestyle kiteboarders on the planet. The format this year will pit riders against one another in high-stakes heats and laid-back freeriding sessions in the world’s premiere kite park.

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While roughly 40 of the world’s finest wakestyle riders will be hand picked for the event, athletes all around the globe will have two other chances to score a coveted invite to the 2015 VENYU Triple-S Invitational: 1) submit a Wildcard Video by May 3rd, 2015 (2 winners get an invite), or 2) compete in the Venyu Triple-S Open on May 29 – 30 (2 winners get the final 2 invites).

Without a doubt the action on the water will be epic this year, plus, with 10 parties and 10 bands on tap to celebrate the event’s 10-year anniversary, the nightlife will be off the charts too.

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2015 Venyu Triple-S Invitational Invited Riders
The following invited riders need to REGISTER for the 2015 Venyu Triple-S Invitational by May 1st, 2015.

Men:
Aaron Hadlow
Alex Fox
Alex Pastor
Andre Phillip
Artem Garashchenko (Top Russian Rider @ Bee Kite Rail Masters)
Billy Parker
Brandon Scheid
Brian Smith
Chad Worrall
Chris Bobryk
Christophe Tack (PKRA World Champion)
Craig Cunningham
Davey Blair
Drew Christianson
Dylan Thompson
Eric Rienstra
Evan Netsch
Ewan Jaspan
Finn Behrens
Greg Norman Jr.
Jake Kelsick
James Boulding
Jason Slezak
Joby Cook
Kellen Hall
Maciek Lewandowski
Matt Sexton
Petter Johnsen
Rich Sabo
Rick Jensen
Sam Bell
Sam Light
Sam Medysky
Tobias Hölter
Tom Court

Women:
Claire Lutz
Colleen Carroll
Gisela Pulido
Hope LeVin
Karolina Winkowska (PKRA World Champion)
Kris Kinn
Lindsay McClure
Lulu Vroman
Marilys Lacroix Samson
Paula Rosales
Sensi Graves
Victoria Soloveykina

2015 Venyu Triple-S Wildcard Video Contest
The Venyu Triple-S Steering Committee will invite the best male and female rider via the Triple-S Wildcard Video Contest. Wildcard Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes long and will be judged solely on riding – not lifestyle or editing. With the all-in park format for the 2015 event, sliders and kicker kiting should be the focus of your video content.

*Deadline for submitting your Triple-S Wildcard Video is Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Submit your Wildcard Video at the website event.

2015 Venyu Triple-S Open
The Venyu Triple-S Open is the final feeder event into the Venyu Triple-S Invitational. This event is open to the public with a limit of 32 riders. The Venyu Triple-S Open will also be all-in slider/kicker riding to mirror the format of the main event. The top finishing male and female competitor in the Venyu Triple-S Open will advance directly into the Venyu Triple-S Invitational.

*Register for the 2015 Triple-S Open at http://www.realwatersports.com/openregistration. Limited to the first 32 registered riders.

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PKRA Dahkla 2015 – Wave competition results

Posted: 24th März 2015 by Kitemovement in PKRA
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Jalou Langeree and Keahi de Aboitiz won the wave competition at the PKRA Dahkla 2015!

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) is starting a new era as Virgin came on board to become the official series partner of its Kitesurf World Championships. The long term deal with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will see the tour change its name to the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships.

View more photos from this first day

The PKRA World Tour is now called VKWC – Virgin Kitesurf World Championships, as it changed to a new group spearheaded by Virgin.

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) announced that Virgin is to become the official series partner of its Kitesurf World Championships. The long term deal with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will see the tour change its name to the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships.

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Over the past few years, the PKRA has become the only recognized World Tour in professional kitesurfing. The sport is one of the world’s fastest growing outdoor activities and offers huge opportunities for development and improvement. Virgin will be heavily involved in developing the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships, with new public events at great kitesurfing locations and improved media exposure planned.

In 2014 the tour was taken over by Javier Perez Dolset – a serial entrepreneur and founder of ZED, the biggest mobile big data company in the world. Like Richard Branson, Javier is a dedicated kitesurfer and wants to drive the sport’s worldwide growth. Javier believes the World Championships offer enormous untapped potential and with Sir Richard the pair have ambitions to dramatically change the way the World Championships and kitesurfing is recognized.

Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure, music, holidays and health & wellness. Virgin’s involvement in the Kitesurf World Championships will see it further its involvement in the sports sector.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group said:

I have been a passionate kitesurfer for many years. It’s a sport I really love and I find the challenge of the wind and waves gives me a great opportunity to test myself against the elements. I am looking forward to developing this wonderful sport together with Javier and creating an even brighter future. We want to make the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships well known across the world, and build a vibrant platform for the sport so its partners, athletes and venues can flourish.”

Javier Perez Dolset, Founder of ZED said:

We are delighted to partner with the Virgin Group in what will be another vital step in making the Tour a bigger global operation and look forward to working with Virgin and Sir Richard on a new chapter of Kitesurfing history. Virgin is not only a hugely influential brand to have on board, but their worldwide expertise and contacts are second to none. We look forward to establish a World Tour with well-known athletes, brands and tour stops in the near future.”

Besides the new sponsorship, there are a few major changes in the 2015 rules, as we previously published here.

The first event of the World Tour 2015 will be held in the mystical kiteboarding paradise of Dakla, Morocco. The host venue will be the Dakhla Attitude Hotel as in the previous years of the PKRA World Tour.

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Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup 2015 will all start with the official wave and freestyle qualification event, March 18-22, followed by the Freestyle, Big Air and Wave official competition March 23-29.

The Freestyle, the Freestyle qualification event, and the Big Air competition will be held at the Dakhla Attitude Hotel Lagoon, known for its steady strong winds and flat water, which make it a pristine freestyle location. In addition Dakhla will offer the wave qualification and main event at the Foum Labouir wave spot, known for its long perfect right hand brake. The wave event, has the advantage that during this time of the year the probability of getting good waves and wind are extremely high. 2014 saw great conditions throughout the competition.

This winter Sander Bos spent some amazing days in Isla de Coche, Venezuela. An awesome island with off-shore winds and flat water.

Check out a few shots from Sander’s fun sessions in Venezuela and see how he was preparing himself for the first stop of the PKRA World Tour in Morocco.

This winter Sander Bos spent some amazing days in Isla de Coche, Venezuela. An awesome island with off-shore winds and flat water.

Check out a few shots from Sander’s fun sessions in Venezuela and see how he was preparing himself for the first stop of the PKRA World Tour in Morocco.

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PKRA World Tour 2015, die bisherigen Termine…

Posted: 9th März 2015 by Kiten und Surfen in PKRA
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Die Kitesurf World Tour 2015 nimmt so langsam Gestalt an und nach dem Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter-Ording (21.08. – 30.08.2015) stehen nun auch die vorläufigen Daten von drei der 12 Events umfassenden World Tour fest.

Schon Ende dieses Monats, vom 18.03 – 29.03.2015, starten Freestyle und Waverider in Dakhla (Marokko) in die neue Saison. Einen Monat später geht es knappe 3.000 Kilometer in den Norden in das französische Leucate (18.04. – 26.04.2015). Daneben steht auch schon der Juniors World Cup an der Costa Brava fest, wo sich die Nachwuchstalente vom 26. Juni bis 02. Juli miteinander messen werden.

Alle noch kommenden Termine unter: www.kitesurfworldcup.de

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This year Gianmaria Coccoluto, 2x Italian Champion and Vice European Champion, will participate in the first stop of the PKRA World Tour and will try to qualify for the rest of the tour.

Gianmaria has been training in Brazil for two intensive months. Check out his video shot in Paracuru and Taiba picturing his hard winter training.

Jerrie van de Kop 2014/15 Brazil

Posted: 4th März 2015 by Paula Pintão in PKRA
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Brazil is one of the most popular destinations chosen by kitesurfers from all over the world to train for the PKRA World Tour. Check out Jerrie van de Kop’s short edit filmed in Brazil last winter.

Filming: Francisca Anderliane

We are approaching the first 2015 PKRA tour stop and while the staff is still working to publish the complete new tour rules, there will be a few major changes in the 2015 rules. Here’s an overview about the current 2015 tour calendar below.

FREESTYLE:

Qualification:

There will be one Qualifier stop (WQF) before the first stop for the coming year and another one halfway during the season.

Pre-qualified riders: top 14 men and top 7 women (from previous year Freestyle ranking for the first Freestyle event and from the current Freestyle ranking before mid-year WQF).

Elimination ladder:

A new dingle ladder of 24 men and 12 women will be used during the 2015 world tour:

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Wildcards:

There will be local event organizer’s wildcards given at each event: 2 men and 1 woman.

A new Injury wildcard is already in place for the 2015 season. To be entitled to Injury wildcard, a competitor must be ranked in the Freestyle world rankings top 14 for men and top 7 for women at the time of their injury and have evidence that the competitor missed at least 50% of the current year events or combined two year events.

Prize money:

Freestyle Prize money distribution will be as follows:

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New competition area:

In order to improve the quality of the judging and to drive the media attention to a more predictable area, for 2015 we will introduce a reduced competition area and new interference rules and penalties to make sure only one competitor jumps at a time and to bring the action closer to the judges. In some scenarios with 3 competitors per heat we may use an offset mark to be rounded before any jump attempt inside the competition area.

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Interferences:

Interference may be called if:

a. a kiteboard changes course to obstruct another kiteboard.
b. kiteboard enters the competition area when another kiteboard is already inside.
c. a kiteboard that has crossed or jumped inside the competition area changes direction and enters the competition area again when another kiteboard is approaching the competition area.
d. there is deliberate unsportsmanlike action with the competitors in the heat.

Interference penalty:

– The Head Judge will call an interference penalty only if the majority of the judges will call the interference.

– An interference penalty will be called using colored flags or discs corresponding to the Competitor’s competition vest colors in the water.

– If an interference is called on a Competitor, then the Competitor’s final score will be penalized with a loss of 50% of his best scoring trick.

– If a Competitor incurs a second interference penalty during the heat, they must immediately leave the competition area and won’t be scored from this point losing 100% of his best scoring trick.

Scoring system:

A new Freestyle scoring system is introduced for the 2015 season following all the feedback from the various parties involved and the discussions with the media partners.

In summary, the new system is based on individual tricks (similar to the previous one), but breaks down the current and re-worked judging criteria into three main scoring criteria or categories, each one being judged by two or one judges.

Judging Criteria’s:

Technical Difficulty – The technical difficulty of a trick completed during the heat.

Power – The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of:
– Speed into the trick to pop, not using the kite to get the initial pop.
– Height and amplitude of the trick.

Height – Height of the trick completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.

Variety – The variety of tricks completed during the heat is considered in the maximum number of different tricks to be counted for the final score per trick category.

Risk factor – Is directly linked to the Power involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.

Smoothness – Smoothness and fluidity during the execution and landing of tricks completed during the heat.

Innovation – Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.

Scoring Criteria’s:

Technical (40%): technical difficulty and execution – Reflects the technical difficulty of the executed trick.

Intensity (40%): power and height – Reflects how big and powerful the trick is performed.

Performance (20%): smoothness, innovation and risk factor – Reflects the performance in terms of fluidity, originality and energy for each trick.

In Dakhla 2015 there will be a panel of 5 judges – each judge contributing 20% to the final score per trick:

Technical (40%): 2 judges.
Intensity (40%): 2 judges.
Performance (20%): 1 judge.

Crashes have been re-defined and clarified.

A crash will be considered when:
a. a competitor is capsized, losing control of the board or bar when landing a trick.
b. a competitor grabs the bar leash to regain control of the bar.
c. a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick.
d. a competitor sinks and is completely stopped when landing a trick.
e. a competitor lands on their back and the board is completely out of the water.

Judges may give credit to a landed trick that is not a crash when:
a. a competitor butt-checks when landing the trick but keeps riding and control the kite.
b. a competitor grabs the chicken loop to regain control of the bar.

BIG AIR:

We will bring this new exciting discipline to our most windy venues for the 2015 season.

There will be Qualifiers at every Big Air event scheduled during the 2015 season.

2015 Big Air ladder: 24 men and 12 women.
Pre-qualified riders: top 14 men and top 7 women from the current 2015 Big Air ranking.
Local event organizer’s wildcard: 2 men and 1 woman.

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Big Air Price Money distribution will be as follows:

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Big Air Judging Criteria’s.

Judging Guidelines:

Height: is the main judging factor (up to 75% – 80% of the score).

Risk Factor: Is directly linked to the amplitude and technical difficulty of the jump, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.

WAVE:

There will be Qualifiers at every wave event scheduled during the 2015 season.

2015 Wave ladder: 24 men and 12 women.
Pre-qualified riders: top 8 men and top 4 women (from 2014 PKRA Wave ranking for the first 2015 Wave event and from the current 2015 Wave ranking for the remaining 2015 events).
Local event organizer’s wildcard: 2 men and 1 woman.

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Prize money:

Wave prize money distribution will be as follows:

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We are excited to introduce a new scoring format for the wave discipline introducing the jumps:

Judging Criteria’s:

Surfing: Competitors must perform to the judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a Ride:

– Commitment and degree of difficulty.
– Innovative and progressive manoeuvres.
– Combination of major manoeuvres.
– Variety of manoeuvres.
– Speed, power and flow.

Riding strapless, switch, unhooked or displaying any combination thereof is considered more technically difficult.

It’s important to note that the emphasis of certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.

The following scale may be used to describe a Ride that is scored: 0–1.9 = Poor; 2.0–3.9 = Fair; 4.0–5.9 = Average; 6.0–7.9 = Good; 8.0–10.0 = Excellent.

Competitors must combine the major key elements in order to be awarded scores in the excellent range.

Jumping: Competitors must perform to the judging key elements to maximize their scoring potential. Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a Jump:

– Technical difficulty.
– Risk factor – Commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge and duration of the critical moment.
– Height – Height of the landed jump. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.
– Smoothness – Smoothness and fluidity during the execution and landing of jumps.
– Innovation – Jumps that have never been landed in competition before.

Jumping strapless and not grabbing the board is considered more technically difficult.

Scoring

Rides and Jumps are scored from 0.1 to 10.0 (ten), broken into one-tenth increments (e.g 6.4).

The number of waves ridden and jumps to be counted from each competitor towards the final result shall be decided by the Head Judge in consultation with the Riders Representative and posted in the ONB.

The total points of the best jumping score will be multiplied by a certain factor. The resulting number should be totaled to determine the winner.

The jump multiplying factor* shall be decided by the Head Judge and posted on the ONB.

Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be listed in order of best to worst individual wave scores and at the first point where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favor of the competitor with the best individual wave score. If the tie still remains, it shall be decided in favor of the competitor with the higher single jump score.

* The jump multiplying factor would be any one-tenth decimal from 0 to 1 depending on the given conditions.

Please note that jumping, spinning and tweaking it on the wave while riding a wave is part of the surfing score.

OVERALL TITLE:

Last but not least, we want to introduce the prestigious Overall title of the 2015 Tour.

Points will be given according to the end of year ranking results per discipline.

Disciplines that will count towards the 2015 Overall title are:

– Freestyle
– Big Air
– Wave
– Slalom

The best 3 end of year ranking results per discipline will count towards the Overall Ranking.

In order to be entitled for the Overall Title, a competitor has to finish within the top 5 position from the end of year ranking for at least one of the disciplines.

Prize money

Prize money will be distributed only to the winners at the end of the competition year:

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PROVISIONAL TOUR CALENDAR 2015:

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