Dominican Republic’s Cabarete Hosts 2005 Presidente Kiteboarding World Cup

World’s Best Kiteboarders Compete at the ‘Kiteboarding Capital of the World’

CABARETE, Dominican Republic, June 22 /PRNewswire/ — Known as the “kiteboarding capital of the world,” Cabarete, located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is currently hosting the Kiteboarding World Cup (June 21 — 26). The event, a competition among the world’s best kiteboarders, is the third of six stops on the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) 2005 World Tour and the fourth time Cabarete has been selected as a location.

Taking the surfing phenomenon to a whole new level, kiteboarding involves using a power kite to pull a small surfboard on water. Exhilarating, challenging, artistic, and entertaining, kiteboarding is the latest craze in extreme sports.

A small, laid-back Caribbean beach village located on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete, is notorious for its incomparable kitesurfing conditions. The perfect combination of wind, water, and waves guarantees that the very best competitors will be performing their most innovative tricks as they vie for a purse of at least $36,000 USD.

Among participants in this year’s event are Aaron Hadlow and Kristin Boese. The United Kingdom’s Hadley takes the 2005 top ranking for the men. He started the World Cup with a 1st place finish in Venezuela and a 3rd place finish in Austria, and holds the title for PKRA 2004.

With a first-place finish in both Venezuela and Austria, Germany’s Kristin Boese holds this year’s number one ranking for women. The PKRA Vice World Champion in 2004, her goal is “to push girls’ kiteboarding to a higher level.”

The event, which includes participants from nearly every continent, kicked off with an opening ceremony at Viva Tangerine on June 21. Qualifying Rounds take place on June 22 at Bozo Beach, while the Freestyle competition will be held at the same location from Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25. The 2005 Kiteboarding World Cup wraps up with the Best Trick competition at Kite Beach on Sunday, June 26, followed by the closing ceremony. All competition is scheduled to begin at noon and end at 6:00 p.m.

A separate pre-qualifying event was held on Kite Beach in Cabarete last weekend, June 18 & 19. The top six riders — four men and two women — proceeded to the main event. The pre-qualifying event was open to Dominican Republic national riders only.

Registration for the 2005 Kiteboarding World Cup was limited to 64 men and 24 women, including the trials. Priority was given to those with the most and best international experience.

Rich in history, the Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Since then, it has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors. At 10,000 feet, the Dominican Republic is home to the highest point in the Caribbean. It also features some of the best golf courses and beaches in the world, the largest marina in the Caribbean and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families. For more information on the Dominican Republic, visit http://www.dominicanrepublic.com/ .

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