Yesterday, March 1st, marked the end of the 2012 KSP riders application period, which is now closed for all riders aspiring to compete on the 2012 KSP world championship tour. A total of 55 male and 18 female applications were received and the IKA will now start the selection process in accordance with their qualification system that was released on February 6th.
Within the IKA’s process, the PKRA and KSP will be given the right to select their two male and one female wild cards, each of which will be added to the final list of confirmed tour riders. All applicants will be awaiting the official announcement of the IKA, which will unveil the list of riders to receive the highly coveted spots on this year’s KSP world championship tour, joining the pre-qualified top seeds.
In the mean time, top 8 male riders (Airton Cozzolino, Mitu Monteiro, Guilly Brandao, Mauricio Pedreira, Sky Solbach, Jesse Richman, Juan Pablo Diban, Patri McLaughlin) and top 4 female riders (Ines Correia, Marie Gautron, Kristin Boese and Melissa Gil) of the 2011 world ranking will be contacted by the KSP to be offered this year’s tour license. Each of these riders will have until March 15th to accept their tour license. Any pre-qualified rider not accepting their spot will open up a slot for one of the riders going through the application process.
For riders interested in applying for a local wild card, application will be open until March 15th. The list of applicants will be forwarded to the relevant national association/organization once the period has expired. To apply for a local wildcard please go to: www.kspworldtour.com/about/the-riders/2012-riders-application.html
A full list of male riders that have applied for a tour license or single event entry reads as follows:
Bastien Bollard, Ewan Hill, Austin Brosnan, Frederick Zamora, Cameron Biehl, Pedro, Henrique Menezes, Tomaz Vilardebo, Ryan Coote, Jose Djo Silva, Luis Fernando Padrino Mata, Lee Harvey, Marius Hoelter, Arild Kristiansen, Keahi De Aboitiz, Christian Winkenjohann, Jon Modica, Jon McCabe, Nuno Figueiredo, David Romeu, Luke McGillewie, Etienne Lhote, Christophe Meletiou, Christopher Armitage, Sebastian Ribeiro, Andre Nery, Manuel Adela Vicente, Colin Heckroodt, Marciel Lopes Almeida, Paulino Pereira, Joao Stopani Santos, Solo Solinski, Cruser Putnam, Gustavo Foerster, Gonzalo Gomes, Nick Ward, Jan Marcos Riveras, Arturas Shimanskij, Rui Tiago Oliveira, Mark Moore, Filippe Ferreira, Richard Gowers, Juan Ricci, Jan Korycki, Sebastian Schmitt, Gonzalo Ribba, Abel Lago, Jakob Appel, Ian Owczarzak, Keith McGeown, Toni Zupanicic, Oscar Borawski, Grant Baker, Ryan Oates, Top Hat, Diogo Paes Fernandes
A full list of female riders that have applied read as follows:
Angela Peral, Maria Celina Guardati, Jalou Langeree, Milla Ferreira, Kelly Strachan, Marina Marselli, Steph Bridge, Erika Lindberg, Kari Schibevaag, Kirsty Jones, Suzanne Kuiper, Ainhoa Garcia, Carol Bolstad, Ninja Bichler, Lilian Malschaert, Muriel Vandenbempt, Kalia Aguera, Glennel Warren.
2012 KSP World Championship Tour Schedule
June 1 to 10 — Cascais, Portugal
September 7 to 16 — Le Morne, Mauritius
October 19 to 28 — West Coast, Ireland
November 29 to December 8 — Maui, Hawaii, USA
ABOUT THE KSP
Sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), the Kite Surf Pro (KSP) is the official World Championship kite surfing tour, an e.V. non-profit association launched in 2011 by a visionary group of World Champion kite surfers, aiming to showcase the pinnacle of kite surfing in the best conditions on the planet.
A class association within the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the IKA governs the sport of kiteboarding, which is broken up into three main disciplines: freestyle kiteboarding, kiteboard racing and kite surfing (surfing with a kite).