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Portimao Kitemasters 2009


Kite Masters World Tour 2009 – After the overwhelming success of the 2008 event, the alluring

city of Portimao, Portugal will host again, two of the most electrifying and action-packed kiteboardingcompetitions of the year.

 The Kite Masters World Tour 2009 will showcase the world’s top freestylers competing with one an-
other for a chance to be crowned this year’s Kite Master. Sixteen of the best progressive freestyle riders
of the world (male and female) along with four top Portuguese riders will battle it out in challenging
conditions to prove who is the greatest. The athletes will also have a chance at a generous amount of
prize money, not to mention another day at the beach to challenge last year’s champions Kevin Langer-
ee (Naish, NED) and Susi Mai (Cabrinha, GER).

In conjunction with the freestyle event, the third annual Kiteboard Course Racing World Tour
2009 will feature the best of breed kiteboard racers in the world for a series of extreme racing events
using different course formats. In 2008, two North riders dominated the racing events, grabbing the
top two podium spots led by 2008 PKRA World racing champion Charles Deleau and teammate Sean
Farley of Mexico who won the last two races in dramatic fashion.

Presented by The Gest Group under the leadership of Director General Erich Steffen and
Event Coordinator Eduardo Piloni, these premium kiteboarding events will run from June 24 – 28,
2009 at Praia de Alvor, Portimao. These events will be hosted by the Professional Kiteboard Riders As-
sociation (PKRA) – the globally recognized professional kiteboarding organization and now sanctioned
by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and - International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Each year, the PKRA organizes the “PKRA World Tour” , - a series of professional freestyle
kiteboarding tournaments held in different countries from South America to Europe to determine the
world ranking. Every competitor starts with zero points at the beginning of the World Tour. The rider
who collects the most points at the end of the season is ranked World Number One.

For the Kite Masters, the top ten male and the top six female riders will be divided into groups and will
compete in special round-robin matches each against the other competitors in the group. The riders
with the best records in each group get to compete with each other in the semi-final round, with the
semi-final winners meeting in the final round to determine the champion.

The PKRA World Tour typically runs from April to October. However, the 2009 season will mark the
debut of a new host – the French “sui generis” collectivity of New Caledonia, located in the southwest
Pacific, so the competition this year will run until November.

As the fastest growing water sports today, kiteboarding takes a lot of physical and mental disci-
pline to master, not to mention a lot of dedication, training and love for the water. Only the proficient,
skilled, and innovative in the art of kiteboarding has the right to be crowned the master of the sport.
With the Kite Masters and ISAF-IKA sanctioning, the PKRA is hopeful that kiteboarding will soon be-
come an Olympic sport for the world to enjoy.