Sal Island, Cape Verde — December 2, 2011
: Friday marks the first day of the 10-day holding period of the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro, the third and final stop of the KSP’s 2011 World Championship Kite Surfing Tour.
Faced with a flat ocean, however, KSP officials postponed the first possible start until tomorrow, which looks promising with a medium-sized swell expected to begin filling in tonight and through the weekend. With a bulk of KSP riders pre-seeded from the first two tour stops this year, organizers drew the remainder of rider’s names from a hat to determine the Round 1 lineup. (See below for full list.)
With a judge’s tower set up right in front of Sal’s legendary right-hand barreling break on the southwest of the island, Ponta Preta will serve as the primary competition venue. Facing fairly west, Ponta Preta works best on a northwest swell, while Secrets — the secondary venue located on Sal’s northerly flank — will be used in case of a north swell.
Event directors will re-assess conditions tomorrow morning and make the official call at 8 a.m., with a first possible start at 9 a.m. Live webstreaming will resume at 8 a.m. on kspworldtour.com/live. If you miss any of the action, it will all be archived heat by heat for your on-demand viewing pleasure.
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Today also brought some exciting news. The KSP is please to announce that it will be live-streaming the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro and future events with BoinxTV software (www.boinx.com/boinxtv
“What a tremendous use of BoinxTV technology,” said Oliver Breidenbach, CEO of Boinx Software. “The KSP competition is a perfect example of the versatility and adaptability of the Boinx application. We are thrilled that Kristin and her team chose BoinxTV to fuel the KSP live broadcast and share this exciting competition with the world.”
The KSP 2011 Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro is supported by Camera Municipal do Sal, Cape Verde Investment Promotion Agency, CVTelecom, Melia Tortuga Beach, Villaggi Bravo, Cabocan, TAP Portugal, ASA, APP, Sal Affitti and BoinxTV. The KSP World Championship Tour is sponsored by ION and Vitamizzer.PONTA PRETA KITE SURF PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPSMEN
Heat 1: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA/Underground), Paulino Pereira (POR)
Heat 2: Jesse Richman (HAW/Naish), Jeremie Eloy (FRA/North), Gonzalo Ribba (CHI/Best)
Heat 3: Patri McLaughlin (HAW/North), Lee Harvey (GBR/North), Luis Brito (CBV/North)
Heat 4: Mitu Monteiro (CBV/F-One), Jose Djo Silva (CBV/F-One), Cameron Dietrich (USA)
Heat 5: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CBV/North)
Heat 6: Sky Solbach (USA/North), Nuno Figueiredo (POR/Best), Joao Stopani Santos (POR)
Heat 7: Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Etienne Lhote (FRA/F-One), Ian Glaza (BRA)
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Bear Karry (USA), Diego Anta (SPN)WOMEN
Heat 1: Kristin Boese (GER/Best), Ninja Bichler (MRU/North), Tomoko Okazaki (JPN)
Heat 2: Marie Gautron (FRA/Naish), Kirsty Jones (GBR/North), Dianira Lopes (CBV)
Heat 3: Melissa Gil (USA), Maayke Tadema (NED/Best), Adriana Harlan (HAW)
Heat 4: Ines Correia (POR), Suzanne Kuiper (NED/F-One), Odile Cavin (FRA)