Registration Day for the PKRA Austria
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Today marks the registration day for the first stop of the PKRA World Tour’s slalom discipline at the Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, Austria.
The exciting discipline of slalom is kiteboard racing at its finest. With neck and neck sailing, the action is fast and thrilling for both riders and spectators alike. The world’s top slalom racers are in attendance, including 2013 World Champion Brian Lake and vice-World Champion Julien Kerneur.
This is the 16th year of the Surf World Cup and the PKRA is pleased to be back after a seven-year hiatus. Thousands of visitors look forward to the event each spring and welcome the riders with enthusiasm and Austrian hospitality. Located on the shores of Neusiedlersee, the event village is a perfect venue and offers many vendors, equipment demos, and sports activities of every kind.
Aside from all the competition on the water, the event is renown for its parties and festive atmosphere. Dj’s and live musical acts on multiple stages entertain the crowds each day and night providing an incredible ambiance for this world-class event.
Light winds at the event site today ranged from 7-10 knots and gave competitors the opportunity to warm up in similar conditions to those that are forecast for tomorrow. In total, 17 men and 11 women representing 12 countries registered to compete. Austrian professional kiteboarders, Michael Schitzhofer and Stefen Speisberger will also be present conducting freestyle exhibitions throughout the event.
Although tomorrow’s winds are expected to be light, strong onshore wind is expected for the weekend. PKRA Slalom action begins tomorrow. Riders will meet at 9 am with a first possible start at 10 am