Posts Tagged ‘event’
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Surf at Night: light is never a problem for surfing
The Portuguese surfers are getting ready for another “Surf at Night”, to be held in Cortegaça Beach, Ovar, in Portugal. The music and surfing event will be enjoyed from 12th to 15th August, in the north of the country.
The “Surf at Night” attracts thousands of pro and amateur surfers from all corners of Portugal. There will be a night especially reserved to all surfers (friday) and another one for invited riders (saturday).
João Guedes, one of the Portuguese rising stars, has been confirmed in the surfing event where you can only count with floodlights and the moon to enlighten the wave ride.
“Surf at Night” will also put up a large human chain in order to raise awareness for the coastal erosion and its effects in the quality of the waves and in local communities. Up to 1000 people are expected to join the cause.
Cortegaça is a beach break known for its quality right-hand waves. The wave spot is located near Porto, the country’s second largest city. Tickets for the “Surf at Night” event are available at www.last2ticket.com. Source: SurferToday
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Windsurfing, kiteboarding or both? The sailing world is counting the days until the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) decides which regatta classes will be heading to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Which will be the newest Olympic event?
After several lobbying actions, consultations, background analysis and public support letters, it’s time to take decisions. On the 8th May, ISAF will reveal and deliberate who will smile in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.
Everything can happen. Windsurfers believe they can sail in all wind conditions and can promise tight races and dramatic finishes. The RS:X class also says that windsurfing is a secure and TV-friendly sport with a consolidated tradition in the Olympic Games.
Kiteboarders promise action, speed, adrenaline and competitive contests. The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKA) has worked hard to gather a broad support from VIP’s like Richard Branso, the Virgin mogul and intrepid kiteboarder.
A total of 65 urgent submissions have been received by the ISAF. These submissions will be considered by the Events Committee and the ISAF Council alongside three submissions deferred from the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference relating to Olympic Class World Championships.
The ISAF Council will be taking the final decisions at the Astoria Hotel, in St Petersburg, Russia. Source: SurferToday
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Another kiteboarding record to be attempted in Maui
World kitesurfers have been called for a challenging record attempt. “Kitesurfers United Maui 2012″ will be trying to set a Guinness World Record. The idea is simple.
Maui is an ideal kitesurfing spot with steady winds, calm water and warm temperatures. The organization is aiming to setup the largest kiteboarding event ever held, in order to assist the IKA’s Olympic commission in their effort to get Kitesurfing into the Olympics.
The initial plan is to cross over to neighbouring island (Molokai, Oahu), but this will be finalized in December when registration closes. Other options include: going into the open ocean with each and every kiter to circle a large ship or vessel, possibly a marine or navy ship.
“Kitesurfers United Maui 2012″ will attempt the following Guinness World Records: largest kitesurfing event ever held, largest group of kiters out on the open ocean, most people attempting a kite-crossing and most kiters riding together in one spot.
The organization wants to gather 2000 or more participants for setting these world records, in April or May 2012. There will be satellite imagery, international news coverage, professional photographers and video productions. All participants might get access to flights discounts. Source: SurferToday
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Will we see kiteboarding in the Olympics?
The race for a 2016 Olympic Games’ ticket is fired up. Surfers, kiteboarders and windsurfers are lobbying hard to make history for their sports. Will they make it to Rio de Janeiro? The question is raised every week, from various sources.
This time, our friends at Waterhound.com have published an article saying that the Kiteboard Class prelude exhibition race didn’t go well. It all happened in the Miami Olympic Class Regatta. After the RS:X windsurf races, it was kiteboarders time to shine. “With winds in the 6 mph range some kiteboards were able to get out and sail in an amazing display of just how far the Kiteboarding race gear has evolved over the last few years. However, with lulls dropping to near 2mph, and sometimes less, it just simply wasn’t going to happen”, tells Waterhound.com.
With non-cooperative winds, competing kiteboarders were deeply frustrated. So, the author of the article says it’s bad fortune for the Kiteboard Class and even for the RS:X Class, defending that the Star and/or Tornado are well positioned in the race for the last sports ticket to be given away for Rio de Janeiro.
The end is nigh, but nothing is decided yet. One thing is certain, one’s happiness should not be other’s angst. Surfers and sailors must keep united. Because, as Ben Okri once wrote, “our future is greater than our past”. Source: SurferToday
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Every sport dreams of securing an eternal place in the Olympic Games. The action sports never quite had the chance to stay for two consecutive events. There is only one exception. There are four mainstream ocean wave sports: surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and bodyboarding.
Windsurfing was the one and only to get there. In 1984, the individual sailing sport conquered the golden place in the Summer Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, USA. The Neil Pryde RS:X is the current Olympic windsurfing class. But, the question remains? Who’s next? The race is quite tight, at the moment.
Surfing has been lobbying for so long, but never finished the deal. The ISA’s top executive works very hard to get it right, but fate is always changing the last minute hopes. Rio de Janeiro 2016 is a great opportunity. Let’s see if surfing finishes the wave properly. And, yes, kiteboarders have worked quickly and in an efficient way. IKA has Richard Branson back supporting the class and the power of ISAF to help kiteboarding reach its desire.
In the last place of the race, we have bodyboarding. The sport is very popular throughout the world, but never really “wanted” it. Why shouldn’t IBA give it a try? Source: http://surfertoday.com