PKRA world tour returns to Cabarete in June

The world famous Cabarete World Cup in the Dominican Republic, the Kitesurfing Caribbean capital, returns in 2010 to the PKRA World Tour.  This year as a 5 star, IKA base factor 7 event. The event will be at Bozo beach from June 17 – 20, with registration on June 16th.

Cabarete is a classic of the PKRA world tour. It is one of the oldest PKRA World Tour events, with its debut in 2001. In 2007- Ariel Corniel– was the first Dominican ever to win the prestigious event, then in 2008 Kevin Langeree made history by being the first rider ever to win the event twice.

Check out the action from the last time a world tour event was held at Cabarete in 2008 in this video from DetlefTeichmann which shows all the top professional kite surfers. As a bonus there is a brief clip of the U2 gig that was held at Cabarete at the same time…….but we don’t think Bono was seen on a board!

You can expect winds to be ranging from 15 to 27 knots side-onshore and water temperatures a comfortable 26 degrees C. Waves are small with little more than a shore break.

The top riders in the world, including 2009 World Champion Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) and 2010 World Tour leader Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUD)  likely to attend. They will have to be in top form as they will face a stiff challenge from the extremely talented Dominican riders. Cabarete, due to its amazingly good kiteboarding weather conditions, has a very high concentration of talented freestyle local riders, and has produced many kiteboarding stars, like Ariel Corniel, Alex Soto, and Manuel Rondon.

The event will have $30,000 USD prize money, making it a 5 star IKA base factor 7 , with the winner awarded 730 points towards the world tour ranking.

In the Men’s division, the PKRA tour race to the top is tighter than ever with the top 4 competitors, Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUD), Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP), Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED), and Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED), within 64 points of each other.

In the women’s division the competition is also very tough with Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP), World Champ Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA), and the talented Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) leading the way. It is also hoped that Asia Litwin, who is recovering from injuries sustained last year, may be fit enough to make an appearance at Cabarete.

Its great that the PKRA World Tour is returning to Cabarete – don’t miss it – June 17-20

The video below from OutdoorAction shows one of the top boarders Aaron Hadlow in superb form off the significantly rougher coast of Cape Verde.

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