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 VendÃ©e 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...
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Gravoille â€“ KPWT Promoter
The city and the area
The city of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and VendÃ©e, 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 â€˜France Station Nautiqueâ€™ label, which proves the cityâ€™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 â€˜La Grande Plageâ€™, 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)
HÃ©lÃ¨ne BarriÃ¨re (FR) and many other riders
Event Disciplines for the world championships
The St Gilles Kitesurf Pro will feature the worldâ€™s top professional kiteboarders â€“ 32 men and 8 women â€“ competing in 3 different disciplines:
â€¢ Freestyle The winner will gain points, taken into account in the world overall ranking â‚¬12 000
â€¢ Course Racing A speed race from one point to another â‚¬4 000
â€¢ Wave Masters A 100% wave-riding discipline â‚¬7 500
If there is time, there will be Hang Time (KPWT World Record 10â€08) and Best Tricks for fun.
â€¢ End-of-year BONUS â‚¬3 500
How to get to St Gilles
â€¢ Nearest airport: NANTES (100km) http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr
â€¢ TGV - Nantes â€“ St Gilles is 1 hour http://www.tgv.com
HOTELS in ST GILES
â€¢ 2 minutes from the comp site
â€¢ 60 av Plage 85800
â€¢ 02 51 55 30 97
â€¢ From â‚¬49
Le Saint Gilles
â€¢ 800m from comp site
â€¢ 27 quai du Port FidÃ¨le 85800
â€¢ 02 51 55 32 74
â€¢ From â‚¬59
HÃ´tel La Gaillette
â€¢ 1km from comp site
â€¢ 25 rue ChÃ¢teau 85800
â€¢ 02 51 26 93 70
â€¢ From â‚¬34
â€¢ 2 minutes from the train station
and 2km from comp site
â€¢ 47 r GÃ©n de Gaulle 85800
â€¢ 02 51 55 01 13
â€¢ From â‚¬45
Le Lion dâ€™Or
â€¢ 2km from the comp site
â€¢ 60 av Plage 85800
â€¢ 02 51 55 50 39
â€¢ From â‚¬52
There are plenty of great bars, good parties and beautiful people.
â€¢ Pub le Monte Cristo
From Friday to Monday night
â€¢ Le Sloop
â€¢ Lâ€™Aloha (BrÃ©tignolles)