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#kitesurfing – French professional kitesurfer Bruno Sorca, has completed the first ever passage from France to Ireland adding to his English Channel record. The crossing was completed last night, and he was welcomed in to the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven. 

Having conquered this latest adventure, the talented kitesurfer admits he is already eyeing up his next challenge; a New York to Brest kitesurf crossing in 2015.

At 5.20 am yesterday morning July 19th, Sroka, a triple world champion kitsurfer, left Penn enez beach at the Aber Wrac'h in Brittany to achieve his long-awaited crossing heading towards Crosshaven Cork, Ireland writes Claire Bateman.

With a 16 knots speed north-east wind he started with his kitesurf in the colours of Ireland for 240 nautical miles (444 km). It's the first time ever that a kitesurfer undertook and successfully completed such a challenge.

He hoped to complete this challenge in about 16/17 hours and reach the other side of the Channel in or around 10.00 pm. All this he did and what a finish it made.

It was not easy to establish his whereabouts but a number of RIBS and sailing craft set out to the area of Roches Point approximately 9 pm prepared to wait for the arrival. It was a lovely evening to await the three times World Champion Kitesurfer. However, the sun went down in a brilliant blaze of light over the harbour and the moonbeams started to cast their light on the water. Where was the Kitesurfer and his support. Suddenly some of the boats started to leave Roches Point and took off in a south south east direction your scribe and photographer amongst them. Equally suddenly as if from nowhere a posse of RIBs came from behind to join in. Next thing the whole posse returned at a screaming pace towards Crosshaven encircling the triumphant Kitesurfer aboard his support boat which he had boarded at the outer mouth of he harbour.

It was truly like a scene from a James Bond movie, the moon casting this shimmering glow on the water, the twinkling lights of the speeding boats, the flashing of the cameras with everybody trying to get a glimpse of Bruno Sroka who was clenching his hands in triumph and delight . The wash from the boats was unbelievable to be speeding through, I don't think I have ever experienced anything quite like it!!


Professional kitseurfer Bruno celebrates his arrival into Cork Harbour last night shortly after finishing his 244-mile journey from France. Photo: Bob Bateman

The Royal Cork Yacht Club was a blaze of welcoming lights and the boats moored on the marina were filled with sailors applauding the triumphant kitesurfer and the lawn area was also lined with more members applauding enthusiastically. The welcoming gathering included the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, at home in his club accompanied by his little daughter and a very large black dog!!


Kitesurfer Bruno nears the Irish coast last night. Photo: Francois Van Malleghem/

Once ashore Bruno was surrounded by well wishers and admires with all seeking autographs and wishing to be photographed with him. Here,this gracious and charming young Frenchman must be commended that in his complete state of exhaustion he found time or everyone that wanted to speak with him and sake his hand.

The journey was within his anticipated time and he must be feeling extremely proud and happy that he had come from Brittany to Cork Harbour the longest kitesurf to be completed to date

This morning will see a reception hosted at the Clubhouse where Bruno Sroka's amazing feat will be recognised.

Official press release below:

Mission accomplished, Bruno Sroka reached his goal ! Yesterday morning, 19 of July, at 6.25 a.m three times World champion Bruno Sroka left from the Penn Enez beach at lAber Wrach, Brittany and joined Crosshaven, the bay of Cork, Ireland at 22:02 p.m.(local time) by kite. After 16hours and 37 mins of sailing Bruno realised one of his dreams ! He managed to kite 240 nautical miles (444km) in a row and reach the glorious victory ! He became the first kitesurfer that did France Ireland crossing ! 

In the diming  day light Bruno was greeted by dozen of boats that came up to meet him at the entrance of the Crosshaven, bay of Cork.

Tired but very happy at the same time Bruno was nicely surprised of this amazingly friendly crowd greeting him at the harbour. « We did it ! I cant believe its over ! I am so pleased to see all of these boats that came to celebrate my arrival ! I am very happy ! » says Bruno. 

« It was very difficult but today I feel proud of what I have done ! I had rather good wind during the biggest part of the crossing and the last part of it was the hardest one. The wind was dieing rapidly and I was obliged to change the boards that I was riding. No matter what all that count is to arrive to the finish line ! And thats what I did ! I do feel pain in most of the parts of my body but this is something temporary that I will forget about meanwhile the glory of victory never ! »

Bruno Sroka accomplished his first crossing of the three year crossing series with the grand final New York – Brest kitesurf crossing in 2015 


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#Kitesurfing - Bruno Sroka aims to complete an epic solo journey from France to Ireland on his kitesurfing board, powered only by the waves and the wind.

As Surfer Today reports, the French kitesurfer - who already has a crossing of the English channel to his credit - has set himself the challenge next month of surfing from L'Aber-Wrac'h in Brittany to the south coast of Ireland, a distance of some 240 nautical miles.

And it will be just the first of three adventures Sroka has lined up for himself, as he aims to follow this feat with a crossing of the Mediterranean in 2014, and finally the mighty Atlantic Ocean in 2015.

Indeed, his ambitious plans do little to dispel the impression that kitesurfing is a sport for the bravest alone - even too dangerous for the Olympics!

Surfer Today has more on the story HERE.

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#Kitesurfing - Another video for this chilly day, this time of professional kitesurfer Ruben Lenten as he takes it to the extreme in Ireland and the Netherlands.

The footage on YouTube shows the Red Bull team member getting some big winter air off the west coast of Ireland - and storm chasing closer to home off the Dutch coast. Better him than us!

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#Kitesurfing - “There’s loads of special places in the world, but none of them are Achill,” says kitesurfing instructor Francois Colussi. “There’s something magical here.”

And if this article from TNT Magazine is anything to go by, you'll be sure to agree.

The writer recently spent a short break on the weather-worn but ruggedly beautiful island in Co Mayo that has in recent years become a winter haven for kitesurfers the world over - drawn to the winds and waves that made it the perfect choice to host the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro in October.

Those are the same qualities that brought in Frenchman Colussi, who has since turned a former local pub near Keel beach into kitesurfing school Pure Magic.

Indeed, you don’t have to be a professional to kitesurf in Keel. “It’s one of the most extreme sports, but the most accessible. It’s much easier that surfing or windsurfing. You can learn in a weekend,” Colussi tells TNT. “You don’t need huge upper body strength – you’re powered by the wind.”

Even so, at this time of year it's a place for the hardier souls, as Welsh world champ Kirsty Jones describes: “The ocean is pure, Atlantic water. You feel a slap in the face like – Yes! I’m alive!”

TNT Magazine has more on the story HERE.

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#SPEED RECORD - Weymouth-based sailor Paul Larsen and his crew have laid claim to a new world record in speed sailing, as BBC News reports.

The team say they achieved an average speed of over 59 knots - with a peak of 63.5 knots - on a half-kilometer run at Namibia's Skeleton Coast using their purposely designed Vestas Sailrocket 2.

Their speed "smashed" the previous record of 55.65 knots set by kitesurfer Rob Douglas in the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge, although it is yet to be confirmed by the World Speed Sailing Records Council.

It was the culmination of 10 years' hard work on the part of Australian-born Larsen and his team, using the specially adapted design built on the Isle of Wight - a vessel that's "very impractical in conventional sailing terms", as Larsen told the Times.

He added: "We are buzzing — no-one has done this with a sailing boat before... This shows how unique and revolutionary the boat is.

"We’ve had to break the boundaries of sailing — like the equivalent of our sound barrier — just over 50 knots."

The boat's designer Chris Hornzee-Jones said the vessel - inspired by the success of speed sailing kitesurfers and windsurfers like Oisín can Gelderen - was key to their breakthrough.

"It is designed to be an ideal testing platform for trialling new foil concepts which will allow us to break through this 'glass ceiling' and perform at speeds well over 60 knots.”

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#OLYMPICS - Windsurfing has been reinstated in the Olympic Games programme at the expense of new class kitesurfing after a vote by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) yesterday, as Eurosport reports.

It had been expected that sailing's world governing body would reach a compromise of sorts at its annual general meeting in Dun Laoghaire by keeping both classes in the Rio Games in 2016.

The original decision to replace windsurfing with the new sport of kitesurfing back in May was considered a surprise move, but the ISAF has surprised again with its reversal of that decision.

Windsurfing's supporters were said to be "shell-shocked" by the original vote, and vowed to lobby the ISAF to overturn the decision in Dublin, for which they needed a two-thirds majority.

Israel's sailing head Yehuda Maayan told Reuters that delegates had likely been confused about the original vote because of language difficulties, noting that the Spanish delegate had voted for kiteboarding by mistake.

Among those expressing their disappointment at the about face was Virgin founder Richard Branson, who wrote on his blog that the ISAF had "have misled everybody and been very short-sighted in making this knee-jerk decision".

He added: "Their original decision was the right one and a brave one, although my own feeling is that there is room for both sports in the Olympics. If they had to drop anything it should have been one of the less exciting sailing races, which really don't capture the public's imagination."

The move is also a bitter blow for Irish kitesurfer Claudine Murphy, sister of Olympic star Annalise Murphy, who had been campaigning in the new class to make it a sister act at the Rio Games.

In other news from yesterday's ISAF AGM, new members of the ISAF Council have been announced.

Italy's Carlo Croce was elected president and chair of the council that also includes seven vice presidents: George Andreadis (Greece), Chris Atkins (UK), Adrienne Greenwood (New Zealand), Nazli Imre (Turkey), Gary Jobson (USA), Quanhai Li (China) and W Scott Perry (Uruguay).

Also on the council are a non-voting treasurer (yet to be confirmed), 28 representatives from member national authorities (MNAs) and individual representatives from the athletes' commission, the ISAF classes, offshore sailing and women's sailing. has full details on the new council HERE.

from ISAF

Kiteboards Out / Windsurfing Back In

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland: After three days of meetings, the ISAF Annual Conference drew to a close Saturday as the final decisions affecting the sport moving forward were made.

23 submissions relating to the events and equipment for Rio 2016 were received by ISAF in advance of the Conference. In accordance with the ISAF Regulations, before the detail of any of these particular submissions could be discussed, Council were required to vote on a motion to re-open the debate on the subject. The Regulations specify that 75% of members must agree to the motion.

The submissions were presented as six proposals and Council asked to vote on them in terms of the specific changes they proposed. The first proposal grouped. 26 Council members voted in favour and 12 were against.

Proposal 2, which featured Submission 063-12, related to Men's Kiteboarding, Women's Kiteboarding and 2nd One Person Dinghy - Finn. 14 Council members voted in favour and 23 were against and 1 abstained.

With 38 possible votes, the 75% requirement was not achieved on either proposal so the events and equipment as approved in May 2012 remain for Rio 2016.

However, at the ISAF General Assembly part of the business for the 106 Member National Authorities (MNAs) who were present was to review any regulations made or amended in any substantive way by Council since the last Ordinary Meeting which was in November 2011.

ISAF had been notified of three amendments proposed by MNAs which concerned the first two lines of Regulation 23.1.4 (Men's and Women's Kiteboarding).

As defined in the Articles of ISAF, decisions at the General Assembly shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of those present and entitled to vote. There were 114 possible voters, including the ISAF President and Vice-Presidents.

After a lengthy debate the MNAs approved the first proposal which reinstated Men's and Women's Boards - RS:X.

ISAF Regulation 23.1.4 now reads:

Men's Board - RS:X

Women's Board - RS:X

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial

Men's 2nd One Person Dinghy - Finn

Men's Skiff - 49er

Women's Skiff - 49erFX

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17

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#KITESURFING - Ten days of top-class kitesurfing action kick off today (19 October) on Achill Island at the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro.

Some 36 riders from 19 countries have converged on Galway Bay to tackle the cold Atlantic waters in what marks the first time the tour has been hosted in Ireland.

As previously reported on, current world number one Patri McLaughlin will be looking to retain his tour lead in the coming days, but may face a stiff challenge from local wildcard entrants Ryan Coote and Keith McGewon.

Meanwhile, local female wildcard Jade O'Connor will join a field topped by championship leader Ninja Bichler from Germany.

The contest is the penultimate stop on the KSP World Tour for 2012, and will be streamed live online via the official tour website.

It will operate with a mobile format, with riders based at the Pure Magic Lodge on the island and heading out to whatever spot produces the best possible combination of wind and waves on any given day.

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#kitesurf – The first event  Kitesruf pro event will take place for the first time ever in Ireland at Achill Island, Co Mayo later this month. It will see international competitors take on the famous west coast wind and waves and world-renowned surf conditions. The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro is part of the prestigious Kite Surf Pro (KSP) tour  and runs from 19-28 October.

Representing Ireland in the event will be Ryan Coote and Keith McGeown (male riders) and Jade O'Connor (female rider), who will take on the top 33 international kitesurfers in what is expected to be a breathtaking battle for the coveted world championship title and the €15,000 prize money up for grabs.

Ireland was hand selected as one of the tour stops as a result of its exposed Atlantic seaboard on the west coast, as well as its warm welcome by locals. The media exposure for Ireland's west coast is massive – KSP is broadcast around the world to 80+million viewers and can also be viewed live during the 10-day event.

The tour couldn't come at a better time, with the injection of tourism funds, but it will offer so much more than that: the sheer energy, the hundreds of colourful kites out at sea and the beach-side entertainment that will accompany this adrenalin-fuelled event is sure to lift the mood for locals and others living on the west coast for many months to come.

The championship is organised by Freeride Ireland and PureMagic Watersports.

The 2012 KSP tour schedule reads as follows:

June 1 to 10 — Cascais, Portugal

September 7 to 16 — Le Morne, Mauritius

October 19 to 28 — Mayo, West Coast, Ireland

November 29 to December 8 — Maui, Hawaii, USA

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#KITESURFING - WorldIrish has posted video highlights of the recent Irish National Kite Surfing Championships on Duncannon Beach as part of the annual Wexford Kite Surfing Festival.

Though the event was marred somewhat by a lack of strong winds which saw the cancellation of the men's competition, the women's and junior divisions made the best of the bad weather, with Tereza Siminova and 15-year-old James Hayden taking the top honours respectively.

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#KITESURFING - The annual Wexford Kite Surfing Festival on Duncannon Beach will once again play host to the Irish National Kite Surfing Championships this weekend 25-26 August.

Presented by the Irish Kitesurfing Association (ISKA) and Wexford-based start-up school Hooked Kitesurfing, the two-day content will present the best in junior, men's and women's kitesurfing in course racing and freestyle events.

As organiser Niall Roche tells Visit Wexford, the global field of competitors will for the first time be reflected with an international judging panel.

"It’s a real boost for the festival and indeed for kitesurfing in Ireland," he says. "This event will be the biggest kitesurfing event on the national calendar this year, we are expecting over 50 kitesurfers to compete."

And aside from the action on the water, the festival weekend includes fun for all the family from water zorbing to archery, face painting, power kite lessons for kids and a beach party with barbecue. Details of events and competition times are available HERE.

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