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#kitesurf – A group from the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada team visited the Hayling Island RNLI station in the UK yesterday to present them with a £5,000 cheque from funds raised at last years event.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Jonathan Bradbury received the cheque and said, 'We want to say a sincere thank you to all the kitesurfers who participated in the Armada and raised this fantastic amount. We are currently aiming to kit out the entire crew here with new drysuits, specialist helmets and gloves and this will go a along way to achieving this goal, making us more effective on the water in rescue situations.'
Mr Bradbury also explained how the Hayling RNLI branch was effectively founded after a rescue which took place 150 years ago today, and also joked, 'to be honest these days we actually have more trouble from windsurfers than kitesurfers...'
Dan Charlish from the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada said, 'Knowing the RNLI are there gives me, and I'm sure many other kitesurfers, a lot of reassurance. They do an amazing job and it's great that the kitesurfing community can come together once a year and support their work.'
Dan also thanked the volunteers for their fantastic commitment to the event, the sponsors and kitesurfing industry for getting behind the Armada and Havant Borough Council for their ongoing support and partnership.
Sarah Flamson of Havant Borough Council attended the presentation and said, 'We are fully behind the goals of the Kitesurfing Armada and it brings so much to Hayling Island - we are looking forward to working with the team to make the event even better this year.'
#Dollymount - The news earlier this week that the temporary parking ban on Dollymount Strand will be made permanent has sent ripples among Ireland's kitesurfing community – many of whom are said to be snubbing what was a popular site for the sport in Dublin Bay.
That's according to Herald.ie, which also reports that the increase of kitesurfing visitors among other beachgoers "has created pressures with regard to maintenance, public order and safety" that prompted the car ban by Dublin City Council.
Nicola Murphy, secretary of the Irish Kite Surfing Association (ISKA), said the body wants to fully co-operate with the council" on finding a solution that will restore road access to the beach for its members.
Herald.ie has more on the story HERE.
Kitesurfers and stand-up paddle boarders from around the world will converge on Bull Island in Dublin Bay from 24-25 May for the annual championships, which are now in their eighth year.
And Galway native McAnena will be making her first appearance at the event, a year after becoming the first woman surfer to take on the infamous 'Jaws' wave in Hawaii.
Independent.ie has more on the story HERE.
#kitesurfing – 2014 will see Jade O'Connor continue to campaign in the Formula Kiteboard class after the Dubliner represented Ireland last year at The Kiteboard Racing World Championships in China. She finished 12th overall, her best result to date.
"This is a big year for our class, in light of our exclusion from Rio 2016. The IKA and ISAF are in negotiation for the 2020 Olympics. To that end, kiting will be included in the new next month at the Delta Lloyd EUROSAF in the Netherlands, this will be an invitational event of only 20 sailors, so it's a big honour to be chosen, and have Ireland on the start line." O'Connor told Afloat.ie
Apart from ISAF's own events kiteboarding has a highly successful world tour that will see the Dubliner compete in Turkey, Poland, San Diego, Qatar, and finishing the year in Sydney Australia. "It's amazing to be part of the tour and compete at this level. The last month has been about loosening up and getting back into the groove, when racing with 30knots of board speed you have to rely more on muscle memory, and 'get your head out of the boat' so to speak. Now I'm dialling into new equipment and starting to look for improvements in board handling, chop management, upwind angle and speed. As one of the few amateurs at this level its difficult to compete at my best all season. I've picked the Worlds in August and Sydney in December to be my standout events, I'm really excited to get going, I can feel that coiled spring in my stomach starting to wind."
#kitesurf – After 61 races over 5 days, with 150 sailors from 45 countries the IKA Kiteboard Racing World Championship drew to a close yesterday.
Florian Gruber from Germany took the crown from ISAF Sailor of the year nominee Johnny Heineken in convincing style as lightwinds dominated the final two days of the event. Erika Heineken continues to reign as the Ladies World Championship, with a near flawless set of bullets.
Irish Rider Jade O'Connor. Finished in 12th position overall in the ladies fleet. Up 15 places from 27th in last years World Championships in Sardinia.
"Its been an amazing year for me, I started my season in Egypt at the African Championships in March and have improved every event since.
My goal for this year was top 20 and I've blown that out of the water. I'm amp'd for the new season to start and know exactly what I have to do to improve. Special thanks to my friends, family and sponsors for all the support" she said earlier.
#kitesurfing – The skies of Bo'ao, Hainan, China have never looked so busy after two days of solid racing as 140 plus sailors from 45 countries compete at the Kiteboard Racing World Championships.Irish Sailor Jade O'Connor moved up the rankings of the ladies ﬂeet today. She's currently positioned 12th overall with an improving scoreline, posting a 10th and 7th in race 5 & 6 respectively.
ISAF Sailors Of The Year nominees Erica & Johnny Heineken stamp their authority with an obvious speed and angle advantage. The remaining places are hard fought amongst the worlds best kite racers in testing conditions with solid winds over 20 knots for the last two days and set to continue for the remainder of the event.
O'connor declared after racing today – 'Super happy!!! I'm riding like i'm on fire, a couple of shockers when I get taken out on the start by other sailors or trash in the water catching my fins but that's racing, and the same for everyone else. After 2 days I'm 12th overall at the World Championships with a scoreline of 15, 26, 16, 14, 10, 7, 14'.
It was announced at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference in Oman that kiteboarding will be first in line if additional medals are allocated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for sailing in Tokyo in seven years' time.
In addition, the ISAF Council decided that class status will be awarded to the Formula Kiteboard and Twin Tip Kiteboard among a number of newly recognised sailing classes.
The news follows the recent message from the ISAF that kitesurfing would add an 'urban sport' feel to the Olympic programme should it be reinstated.
#Kitesurfing - "Countless" numbers of vehicles belonging to kitesurfers and other beach users have been broken into on Dublin beaches over the past year, according to the Irish Kite Surfing Association (ISKA).
And as the Dublin People reports, the problem only seems to be getting worse - with three cars damaged and burgled at Burrow in Sutton and Dollymount Strand on Bull Island over the weekend of 12-13 October last.
According to ISKA secretary Nicola Murphy, the latest spate of break-ins occurred despite an additional Garda presence for a kitesurfing event in Sutton that weekend.
And the brazen nature of the broad-daylight thefts has both kitesurfers and local beach users concerned, with tourists among those falling victim to what's being described as a very organised criminal activity.
The Dublin People has more on the story HERE.
In his report on recent activities, ISAF president Carlo Croce related that a "constructive meeting" had taken place with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a view to the possibility of adding kitesurfing to the list of Olympic sports in future.
On a similar note, a decision was taken to send a letter to the organisers of the Mediterranean Games asking them to consider hosting kitesurfing at their next event in Spain in 2017.
The ISAF's interest in kitesurfing is no surprise, given last year's move to include the new sport at the Rio Games in 2016 at the expense of windsurfing, only for the decision to be reversed at the federation's AGM in Dun Laoghaire last November amid accusations over the new sport's allegedly 'dangerous' reputation.
That was something of a bitter blow at the time to Claudine Murphy - sister of Olympic hero Annalise - who had been campaigning in the new class.
However, she has since teamed with Andrea Brewster to challenge for a spot in the 49er FX skiff class - and hopefully make it a sister act with her younger Laser-racing sibling in Brazil less than three years from now.
#Kitesurfing - It will be last kite flying when Ireland's kitesurfers take to the water on Achill Island this weekend 28-29 September to battle some of the best in the world at the final stop on the Irish Kitesurfing Tour Competition.
As the Mayo Advertiser reports, the kitesurfing event will be celebrated on dry land, too, with the Battle for the Lake Music and Kite Festival, as spectators watch all the action on Keel Lake - considered one of the world's best spots for the sport - and enjoy live music, a funfair and BBQ on the lakeshore.
The Mayo Advertiser has more on the story HERE.