MINI Kitesurftour Europe in preparation for a highly anticipated tour stop

Apèro, Action and a record of Attendance are provided for the 4th leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 in France


The Derby Kite and the bay of La Baule will welcome competitors from all over the world as the highly anticipated 4th MINI Kitesurftour Europe stop will finally make its debut after months of preparation and organization. The Derby Kite is since 9 years the must-see kite event in France. Togehter with the European Championship they will represent the french leg of the MINI KTE 2012. 


This mega event will start up on September 27th through September 30th with an European freestyle qualifier, high jump as well as European Course Racing action.

The famous bay of La Baule experience is France at its best. With an explosion of kiteboarding action packed days and fun filled nights enjoyed by thousands of visitors, the french atlantic coast has something to offer everyone. With over 12 kilometres of sand, sun and surf, it’s clear to see why La Baule is one of the most popular holiday destination in France and the perfect place to hold the prestigious and professional European Kiteboarding Tour 2012.

Up to date, the upcoming tour stop recognized already a record of particpation with over 115 riders from 20 nations, who will compete on that event with a top female attendance of 20 girls in Course Racings and 18 in Freestyle. Riders from Australia, USA, France, Germany, Colombia and Caribbean to name a few will make their way to France. French course racers like Julien Kerneur, Maxime Nocher and of course Bruno Sroka will be in on it, too.


The kitesurfer Bruno Sroka (the most titled french kiter in his discipline) just broke the English channel record since the ISAF decided that kitesurfing would replace the windsurf in the Olympic Games. He did 100 nautical miles in 5 hours and beat the old record established in 2004 by Manu Bertin (FRA). Bruno isn’t just a competitor. He is a tremendous adventurer as well. Actually he is the first and the only man that kited for 9 hours around the Cape Horn by kitesurf in 2008. The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 will be a new challenge for Bruno. He already proved to deserve the medal by winning three times the World Cup. The next medal that he wants to hang around his neck is of course the European Championship 2012 title as well as an Olympic medal in 2016.


Freestyle, the second discipline of the European Championship will offer a fantastic show to all visitors, press members and fans. Competitors like Michael Schitzhofer (AUT), Stefan Spiessberger (AUT) and Jerrie van de Kop (NED) will kick off the 4th leg event by defeating Mario Rodwald (GER) on its current first place. But surely, Mario will remain motivated to defend his title at the top.

Another eye-catcher will be the 38 women, who will attract a great deal of attention. For the first time ever, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe will host such an awesome female particpation on a tour stop. More than 20 girls will compete in Course Racings including professionals like Stephanie Bridge (UK), Christne Bönniger (GER), Katja Roose (NED) and local rider Caroline Adrien (FRA) in addition to 18 women in Freestyle. Sylt champion Annelouse Lammerts (NED) will hit the water against the twice vice European Junior Champion Marie Switala from France and Austrian title winner Chiara Esposito (ITA) as well as german star Sabrina Lutz. Full women power and concentrated passion will create a gorgeous and sparkling event on the water and behind the scene – apéro, action and a great attendance!


Another unforgettable freestyle and race competition event is to expect! So keep up to date with all the latest event information as well as live competition results on the official MINI KTE website or on facebook


Our partner MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sportspeople and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI is the official title sponsor of the Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012. 


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