competition kite surfing
World competition kite surfing is the fastest
growing extreme water sport and has grabbed the attention
of pro surfers, windsurfers and other sport enthusiasts.
As you can see in these kite
surfing competition photos,
it is a thrilling and adventurous sport.
World competition kite surfing has become very popular and being held all over the world catering
to amateur and pro riders. (Link
to a page or another website with information about pro-riders). Large
sports companies are sponsoring (Red
Bull and Quiksilver) these events and exposing their
brand through this exploding sport channel.
The Caribbean has become one of the common world competition kite
surfing hot spots and really give optimum riding paradise
conditions so that riders can perform to their full potential.
Saint Maarten hosted the world competition kite surfing Quiksilver
SXM Challenge in May 2006 and many more past competition
The Quiksilver SXM challenge is a windsurf and kitesurfing
competition which take place at Orient Bay Beach.
(Link to a pop up page with picture of Orient Bay ariel shot)
It has been organized each year since 2001, it has now become
a traditional kitesurf and windsurf event in the Caribbean.
The level and the reputation of the competition increases
each year and we now have Professional Riders coming from
all over the world -- France, Argentina, other Carib islands
and even Hawaii.
The SXM competition kite has been organized each year since
the first year that Club
Winds Andventure opened in Saint Martin. There are upcoming events (Link
to a page with a form that allows people to ask to be informed
when and where the event will take place) that you should
know about if you are a kite surfing enthusiast.
The 2006 SXM Quicksilver challenge attracted
more than 200 international windsurfers, kitsurfers and sailers
that were competing for 3 000 € in prize money per
Another popular competition
kite event is the "Red Bull King of the Air."
As the name implies, Red Bull King of the
Air is about air. With that in mind, BIG AIR will be the
primary focus again for this year's event. In addition, top
scorers will need to integrate multiple manoeuvres and technical
trick performed in an arena of waves and wind to give the
best overall impression.
As kiteboarding grows and evolves, the sport's progression
is going in a variety of directions. What distinguishes kiteboarding
from other self propelled sports is the incredible height,
distance and creative manoeuvres performed in the air. Some
kiteboarding events focus on more technical tricks derived
from wakeboarding and wakeboard style maneuvers, while other
events focus more on wave riding.
The platform for Red Bull King Competition
kite of the Air is about proving who can do it all; who can
impress the spectators and judges with awe-inspiring height
and distance, while at the same time mixing in the most impressive
manoeuvres and technical tricks in the wave-rich venue. It's
not a wave riding event, nor is it a wakeboarding event,
Red Bull King of the Air encompasses all aspects of the sport.
Qualifying for the main event
Only 32 men and 8 women riders
will qualify for the main event. This year a series of international
qualifiers, aptly named "Fly To… Red Bull King of the Air," has
been taking place in such places as Mexico, Italy, New Zealand
and Belgium to allow worldwide participation in the Maui
event. The winner of each regional event will be given airfare, accommodations and a spot in the Red Bull King of the Air
main event this September.
The last "Fly to..." qualifier will be held on
Maui days before the main event. Anyone can enter any of
these qualifying events. more information, click here.
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