PKRA Germany – the biggest Event of the Kitesurf World Tour

This year is already my 9th time at the PKRA tour stop in Germany. The first event in Germany was held in 2006. At that time I worked for the organization. In 2012 I competed under the Venezuelan flag in the PKRA at the German and Venezuelan tour stop and I was actually ranked #7 in the world for a short time 😉 

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Since 2006 the event has constantly grown. I was amazed about how many people were at the event this year. I read that just for the first weekend the town of St. Peter-Ording had an additional income of 35.000EUR due to the event. The Kitesurf World Cup 2014 in Germany had a new record of 215.000 visitors. Having been there every year, I personally liked the event better when it was less crowded and smaller. But that’s just me. The event organizers do a great job and over all I think it is good for the sport that the event has become so big. Almost every kite brand is present and at the Kitelife Magazine booth you can leave your ID and get a badge to rent brand new 2015 kite equipment for free to test it. That’s pretty cool. Of course I checked out the new Cabrinha equipment and I can’t wait to get the new kites and the Cabrinha! boots:

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As my family doesn’t get to see me that often and they know that I always go to the PKRA tour stop in Germany, they decided to make it a yearly family reunion. This started when I competed in 2012 and everybody wanted to see me competing and support me. I love my family. In the meantime both of my brothers learned how to kitesurf and even though the wind was kind of a challenge this year, the three of us had a blast waiting for the wind to pick up

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I was also super happy to see my friend Desi again after so many years.
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She works for one of the event sponsors – Camp David. They made me part of their video. I had lots of fun filming. Thank you Desi and Ingo 😉

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Here is a nice video to have an idea about the event:

The Kitesurf World Cup in Germany is the absolut best place if you want to see all the Professional Kiteboarders. I highly recommend going there once. It’s insane how good these “kids” are! I put most of the photos I took into the gallery but here are a few photos of some Pro Riders:

Alberto Rondina

 

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Aaron Hadlow

Aaron

 

Liam Whaley

Liam

Marc Jacobs

Jacobs

Gisela Pulido

Gisela

Karolina Winkowska

Karolina

Last but not least, the BIG NEWS (www.surfertoday.com): Richard Branson is preparing to buy the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA)

“The Virgin mogul, a passionate and avid kiteboarder, has bought the rights of the PKRA World Tour, in an unusual joint-venture agreement with the Spanish entrepreneur behind Zed. Best Kiteboarding has denied any involvement in the deal. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the deal is sealed, and a new umbrella company will start controlling the PKRA World Tour at the end of August, when the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 runs in Spain.”

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This year is already my 9th time at the PKRA tour stop in Germany. The first event in Germany was held in 2006. At that time I worked for the organization. In 2012 I competed under the Venezuelan flag in the PKRA at the German and Venezuelan tour stop and I was actually ranked #7 in the world for a short time 😉 

screen-capture-2

 

Since 2006 the event has constantly grown. I was amazed about how many people were at the event this year. I read that just for the first weekend the town of St. Peter-Ording had an additional income of 35.000EUR due to the event. The Kitesurf World Cup 2014 in Germany had a new record of 215.000 visitors. Having been there every year, I personally liked the event better when it was less crowded and smaller. But that’s just me. The event organizers do a great job and over all I think it is good for the sport that the event has become so big. Almost every kite brand is present and at the Kitelife Magazine booth you can leave your ID and get a badge to rent brand new 2015 kite equipment for free to test it. That’s pretty cool. Of course I checked out the new Cabrinha equipment and I can’t wait to get the new kites and the Cabrinha! boots:

Boots2 IMG_1802

As my family doesn’t get to see me that often and they know that I always go to the PKRA tour stop in Germany, they decided to make it a yearly family reunion. This started when I competed in 2012 and everybody wanted to see me competing and support me. I love my family. In the meantime both of my brothers learned how to kitesurf and even though the wind was kind of a challenge this year, the three of us had a blast waiting for the wind to pick up

brothers2 Brothers

I was also super happy to see my friend Desi again after so many years.
IMG_1880
She works for one of the event sponsors – Camp David. They made me part of their video. I had lots of fun filming. Thank you Desi and Ingo 😉

DSC_9420 DSC_9374 DSC_9390

Here is a nice video to have an idea about the event:

The Kitesurf World Cup in Germany is the absolut best place if you want to see all the Professional Kiteboarders. I highly recommend going there once. It’s insane how good these “kids” are! I put most of the photos I took into the gallery but here are a few photos of some Pro Riders:

Alberto Rondina

 

Alby3

Aaron Hadlow

Aaron

 

Liam Whaley

Liam

Marc Jacobs

Jacobs

Gisela Pulido

Gisela

Karolina Winkowska

Karolina

Last but not least, the BIG NEWS (www.surfertoday.com): Richard Branson is preparing to buy the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA)

“The Virgin mogul, a passionate and avid kiteboarder, has bought the rights of the PKRA World Tour, in an unusual joint-venture agreement with the Spanish entrepreneur behind Zed. Best Kiteboarding has denied any involvement in the deal. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the deal is sealed, and a new umbrella company will start controlling the PKRA World Tour at the end of August, when the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 runs in Spain.”

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