The 2010 International Kiteboarding Association Course Racing World Championship will bring nearly 60 riders from 14 different nations together. All will be competing for the title of World Champion in both the men and women categories held at Magee Beach.
Event Director Nils Stolzlechner, and World Ranked Kiteboarder, talks about the event saying “This event is significant for the sport of Kiteboarding setting a benchmark for the 2016 Olympics. The championships are expected to draw in 30,000 spectators over the 4 day event." Competitors will run a three mile course to the finish line. Each day, spectators can see up to several races pending proper wind conditions. Stolzlechner goes on to say, “In course racing speeds can reach up to 35 miles per hour, making kitesurfing one of the three fastest self driven water crafts.”
Last year’s competition in San Francisco drew in a number of spectators and this year is looks to be no exception. "This prestigious event is part of a growing array of tournaments and championships that are coming to Corpus Christi and bodes well for future growth in the sports arena,” says Keith Arnold, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau.
This year, three World Champions will join others as they take on the wind and waves of Corpus Christi. The 2009 World Champion of Racing, Sean Farley, of Mexico with the 2008/2009 Overall World Champion Jesse Richman of the USA and seven time World Champion, Kristen Boese of Germany will be among the competitors.
The course racing is expected to be competitive as this event sets the precedent for possible contention for the 2016 Olympics. Olympic observers are expected to attend this year’s event in Corpus Christi.
All race times are set to begin at 1pm and finish at 5pm pending proper wind conditions.
For more information on the event, log onto www.2010ikaworlds.sailspace.net