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KPWT World Cup St Gilles 2008 Info

Postby Toby » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:40 pm

Dear Sponsors, Athletes and Press

This year, the Kiteboard Pro World Tour is celebrating its 10th birthday! KPWT is the first and most succesful World Tour with the greatest riders in kiteboarding. Launched in 1998 with the first event in January 1999, the KPWT is the professional World Cup of kiteboarding that promotes the sport and its star riders on an international level. The 2008 series of 8 events crowns the men and women world champions, in senior and junior divisions, with 3 major disciplines: Freestyle, Wave Masters and Course Racing.
We, the KPWT, the Semvie, the City of St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and our event partners welcome you to the first event of the KPWT 2008: The Vendée Kitesurf Pro, the only french stage of the 2008
KPWT season, which will be the third time it is hosted in St Gilles. Commencing on the 28th of April, the race for the world title is shaping up to be the most exciting in years!

Thank you to those of you who were with us 10 years ago and a big thank you for being here with us today. Without your support, this would not have been possible. What a ride. It has been amazing!

Thank you for joining us at this event, which we hope will be memorable for you all. Good luck and enjoy the show!

Just be there...
Frédéric Gravoille – KPWT Promoter" onclick=";return false;

The city and the area

The city of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and Vendée, to a wider extent, are well known for being part of the best water sports centres in France. St Gilles Croix de Vie bears, in particular, the ‘France Station Nautique’ label, which proves the city’s dynamism in water and extreme sports and capacity to offer the required infrastructures to host an international event, such as the St Gilles Kitesurf Pro.

The spot of St Gilles

The beach, called ‘La Grande Plage’, is the main beach surrounding the city.

The wind and wave condition

St Gilles offers a South to North wind from 15 to 35 knots, perfect for a wave event. It has a good-quality beach break, working at less than 1m/3ft and holds up to 2.5m+/8ft+, with a swell direction of Northwest, West and Southwest and wind Northeast, East and SouthEast.


MEN Sander Lenten (HOL) Victor Borsuk (POL) Antoine Auriol (FR) Alex Soto (RD) Manuel Rondon (RD) Abel Lago (SP) Mitu Monteiro (Cabo Verde) Florian Daubos (FR) Jose Luengo (SP) Luis Hutter (FR) Bernardo Monteiro (BR) Rui Meira (POR) Ariel Corniel (RD) Erik Volpe (ITA) Giusseppe Esposito (ITA) WOMEN Ainhoa Garcia (SP) Kristin Boese (GER) Marine Sudre (AUS)
Hélène Barrière (FR) and many other riders

Event Disciplines for the world championships

The St Gilles Kitesurf Pro will feature the world’s top professional kiteboarders – 32 men and 8 women – competing in 3 different disciplines:
• Freestyle The winner will gain points, taken into account in the world overall ranking €12 000
• Course Racing A speed race from one point to another €4 000
• Wave Masters A 100% wave-riding discipline €7 500
If there is time, there will be Hang Time (KPWT World Record 10”08) and Best Tricks for fun.
• End-of-year BONUS €3 500

How to get to St Gilles

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• TGV - Nantes – St Gilles is 1 hour" onclick=";return false;


Le Marina
• 2 minutes from the comp site
• 60 av Plage 85800
• 02 51 55 30 97
• From €49

Le Saint Gilles
• 800m from comp site
• 27 quai du Port Fidèle 85800
• 02 51 55 32 74
• From €59

Hôtel La Gaillette
• 1km from comp site
• 25 rue Château 85800
• 02 51 26 93 70
• From €34

Le Ceïtya
• 2 minutes from the train station
and 2km from comp site
• 47 r Gén de Gaulle 85800
• 02 51 55 01 13
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• From €45

Le Lion d’Or
• 2km from the comp site
• 60 av Plage 85800
• 02 51 55 50 39
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• From €52

Night Life

There are plenty of great bars, good parties and beautiful people.
• Pub le Monte Cristo
From Friday to Monday night
• Le Sloop
• L’Aloha (Brétignolles)
• Rochebonne

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