The world’s best kiteboarders will convene on Sylt next week to battle it out for the 2011 Course Racing World Title.
Just one week to go before the warning signal goes up for the largest and best skilled fleet in kiteboard racing at the Kitesurf World Cup to be held on Sylt from June 28th to July 3rd, 2011.
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More than 140 competitors from 28 nations representing all continents have registered to find their champion on Germany’s most prestigious island Sylt, located in the North Sea which produces challenging conditions with sometimes strong winds and waves.
The Kiteboard Racing World Championship is coming to Europe for the first time in history, and the strong European fleet led by Masters World Champion Bjorn Rune Jensen (DEN), current world ranking leader Olivier Dansin and last year’s overall world cup winner Bruno Sroka (both France) are keen to steal the title from the Americans who were keeping them at bay for the past two years. Reigning World Champion Adam Koch is on the US team as well as two times Olympic medalist Mike Gebhardt.
South America will be represented by continental champion Pedro Montenegro, and Asia by continental champion Yo Pudla.
The situation is similar in the women’s fleet: in absence of reigning world champion Kari Schivebaag (NOR, injured), last year’s overall world cup winner and European Champion Steph Bridge (GBR) is facing strong competition from North American Champion Melissa Gil (CRC) and South American Champion Nayara Licariao (BRA).
Besides the battle for the course racing world championship, the freestylers will also have their say on the water during the first stage of the European Championship Tour, which is being held at the same time and attracts some of the finest freestylers in the world.
Sylt is not only known for the action on the water but also for the parties on land, and thus several tens of thousands of spectators are expected to follow the races and the beach and night life.