Worlds Best Kiteboarders Head To Sylt To Fight For The 2011 Course Racing World Title
More than 140 competitors from 28 nations representing all continents have registered sail at the Kite Course Racing World Championship in Sylt, Germany which takes runs from 27 June to 3 July.
Sylt is located in the North Sea and produces challenging conditions with strong winds and waves expected for the competitors.
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 (FRA) and last years overall world cup winner Bruno Sroka (FRA) are keen to steal the title from the Americans who were keeping them in their rows 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 is represented by continental champion Pedro Montenegro and as well as Asia by continental champion Yo Pudla.
The competition will be just as good in the women's fleet. In absence of reigning world champion Kari Schivebaag (NOR), who is injured, last years 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).
Sylt is not only known for the action on the water but also for the entertainment on land, and thus several thousand spectators are expected to follow the races.
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