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Islamorada Invitational 2009
Kiteboarders in Paradise
Friday March 6 – Sunday March 15
Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada, Florida Keys, USA
www.islamoradainvitational.com


Back by popular demand, the Islamorada Invitational Kiteboarding event returns to Islamorada this year. The first event in 2002, drew spectators and riders from around the globe and helped shape future events for the young sport. After a three year hiatus, the riders have spoken and the tradition continues for 2009!

Competition Format
This year’s event will be comprised of two main categories: Freestyle and Racing.

Freestyle Competition will focus on two disciplines: 1) Park competition including a kicker, rail and a fun box and 2) Traditional freestyle format consisting of qualifying heats.

***Official heat times, qualifying info etc… will be detailed at the rider’s meetings. You all know how the freestyle comps go down…judges will be looking for variety, technical difficulty, tricks on both tacks, and most of all STYLE. All athletes must wear helmets on the rails!***

Race Competition will be comprised of two disciplines: 1) Course racing, better known as boardercross and 2) Distance racing with courses ranging from 10 to 12 miles depending on the conditions.

***Boardercross will take place on the large flats in front of Whale Harbor. We will have a race diagram on the beach displaying the course. Riders will race all over the flats rounding inflatables, markers and boats. The course is awesome! Get ready for some great action!
The distance race will be a 10 mile downwind sprint from Whale Harbor to Anne’s Beach!!! Many of you have done this awesome flat-water downwinder over the years…and know how much fun it is. If the conditions allow, the next distance race will be approximately 12 miles from Whale Harbor to Alligator Lighthouse and back. With the right conditions, there will be some nice waves out there!***

There will also be awards for the following: Big Air, Kite Loop, Best Trick, and Best Photo.

Depending on registration, there will be a masters division (35 and over) and a minor division (17 and below).

Event Dates
The event date rage is from Friday March 6, 2009 through Sunday March 15 giving athletes a nine day window for optimum weather conditions. Specific event disciplines and start times will be called with as much notice as possible based on forecasted conditions. The first possible start time for any event is Saturday March 7th immediately after the morning rider’s meeting. All events will be held “one at a time” allowing athletes to compete in every possible event.

Event Schedule
All the following will be held at Whale Harbor on the beach unless otherwise noted.

Friday March 6th 9 am – 5 pm Final early registration, warm-up and practice day
5 pm - sunset Opening party at Whale Harbor Beach

Saturday March 7th – Saturday March 14th Rider’s Meetings will be held each day at 9 am with the first possible start time at 10 am. Rider’s meetings are not mandatory, however, we strongly recommend athletes to attend so you know what is going on! The rider’s meeting will be cancelled (or postponed) if it is an obvious non-wind day. An example of an obvious non-wind day is a forecast of “variable” or “5-10 and dropping” etc….(free day!) If the rider’s meeting is cancelled or postponed, we will have other activities available for athletes, friends and spectators to participate in. If the wind is forecasted to come up later in the day; the rider’s meeting will be held prior to the beginning of competition. Riders can call 305-853-KITE (5483) each day for the latest info on rider’s meetings and event information.
Freestyle and Race events may be held on the same and/or different days. We will run multiple rounds of both Freestyle and Race events as the wind allows. The official event schedule will be updated continuously and posted online.

Wednesday March 11th
Full Moon Kite Ride
Sunset / Moonrise - ?
All participants who wish to participate in the Full Moon Ride must register separately from the other events. Registration is free, but must be done prior to the night ride.

Friday March 13th – Sunday March 15th Event Finals

Sunday March 15th 9 am Rider’s meeting
10 am Competition
3 (or 4) pm Award Ceremony


Event Parties and Gatherings
Friday March 6th
7 pm - ? Opening Party at Wahoo’s

Saturday March 7th
7 pm - ? Hog Heaven

Sunday March 8th
7 pm - ? Full Moon Party at Morada Bay / Pierre’s

Wednesday March 11th
5 pm - ? Beach Party at Whale Harbor and Night Ride!

Thursday March 12th
8 pm Zane Grey’s Lounge at Worldwide Sportsman

Friday the 13th
8 pm - ? Morada Bay

Saturday March 14th
7 pm - ? Wahoo’s
10 pm - ? Hog Heaven

Sunday March 15th
3 pm (or 4) Closing Ceremonies and Awards @ Whale Harbor Beach

Event parties are subject to change! Stay tuned!

Event Registration
Early registration for athletes is open from Friday February 27th 2009 until Friday March 6th 2009 at 5:00 PM. Early Registration costs $80 and includes an official event jersey (to be worn during competition but yours to keep) an event t-shirt, and full time event waverunner/boat support on the water. Late registration is anytime after 5:00 PM on March 6th and costs $100. So register early and save some money! You register and pay by calling 305-853-KITE (5483), tell them you are calling to register for the Islamorada Invitational II09…and use your credit card. Release of liability forms will be signed on-site at the event. We will email confirmation Your registration is confirmed with payment and you will get your receipt when you get down here! Athletes may compete in one, some, or all events as you like. Registration is the same cost and process for all.

Volunteers
Volunteers are always needed during events and are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in being part of our event staff for all or part of the event, let us know by calling 305-853-5483 or email kite@sevensports.com.

Non-Wind ActivitiesWe have some non-wind activities planned: SUP races (bring em if you got em!) , wakeboarding, sandbar trips, and more!


Many thanks to all our sponsors for helping make this event happen:

Seven Kiteboarding, Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada Watersports Company, Billabong, Rip Curl, Truth, Liquid Force, Naish, Eclipse, GK / Lightwave, Jimmy Lewis, Dakine, Von Zipper, DC.

Get registered now as space may be limited! And get ready for some fun! See you next week!!!
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Brad Lange
Seven Kiteboarding, Islamorada, Florida Keys
www.sevensports.com
305-853-KITE
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