MKB Kiteboarding Masters Contest
The Annual Miami Kiteboarding Masters contest was first created by MKB in 2004 as a Women-only Competition, named then the KITE FOR GIRLS.
With the success of the first 2 years the K4G became an Open event to all Categories
and was renamed MKB MASTERS
The contest includes this year 2021 : FOILBOARD RACES - WINGFOIL RACES
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2021 MASTERS Schedule & Procedures
Date: Sunday, May 2nd 2021 from 10am to 6pm
1- Weather consideration:
Forecast : Wind SE 10 to 13knots
Tides at Virginia Key Bear cut : Low tide 8.17am / high 2.16pm
The wind is forecasted to start around 10 knots then strengthen later in the day up to 13 knots ,
For this reason the foilboard races will run in the morning, and the Wingfoil races in the afternoon as they typically need more wind to standup and foil.
10.00am : Registration on the beach ( MKB Blue tent )
11.00am to 2pm : Foilboard races
2.30pm to 4pm : Wingfoil races
5.00pm: Drinks & Awards ceremony at MKB shop
The following Procedures apply identically to WING-FOILING, unless specified differently.
4 categories will be awarded : Men, Women, Junior <18 , Senior >50
They will race altogether, and will be scored through points system.
1 trophy per winner
4-Divisions & Races logistic:
For safety reason and to limit the risk of tangling, each race will be run in pool of 10 Foilers at once
Considering the difference of technical level amongst the contestants we will create 2 divisions : GOLD & SILVER
So each contestant will have a fair competition and enough races worth of this participation to the contest, regardless of his level
To determine which Division you will compete in, a first race will act as a “qualifier round”: the first top half racers will run the in the GOLD division , and the second half will run in SILVER for the rest of the competition.
Basically, there is 2 contests at once : the “pro” and the “amateurs” , but the selection is natural and organic according to your level.
And each division will have their winner’s trophy : Men, women, Junior, Senior
WING-FOILING: due to low number of registered contestants there will likely be only one division
There will be 2 courses format:
Upwind/ downwind format
One or 2 rounds around the buoys will be decided on that day according to wind strength
Again the idea here is to make it fair and enjoyable for all contestants : not everyone master the roll tack or the jibe required for the Upwind/Downwind course , but if you ride fast you can catch up points in the Reaching race !
The “Qualifier Round” will be the Upwind/Downwind course format, as it reveals quickly the technical level differences between contestants, and thus will determine the division you will run for the next races: gold or Silver
Each division will compete through one Upwind/Downwind course AND one Reaching Course , to give more chances to all contestants.
The winner is the one who scored the most in each race
A third race will be run in case of a tie in each division
WING-FOILING Course format : for the purpose of accessibility , the Wing-foiling course will be a flat triangle with a reaching and a slight upwind/downwind buoy to round. So to minimize the tacks and keep it competitive for all.
A simple points system applies for scoring as follow :
1st place = 1 point
2nd place = 2 points ….and so on !
So the Least point is the winner.
7- Starting Procedures
After the Registrations, look for your name on the Race board by MKB tent , to know in which race you are running
On Land Attention Signal:
a tall GREEN FLAG, followed with a long blowhorn will announce 5 Minutes before the Starting procedure is launched at the committee boat in the water : that’s when rush to the Course area if you don’t want to miss the start !
On Water Starting Procedures:
3min before start : YELLOW FLAG + GREEN FLAG are UP + long blow
1min before start : YELLOW FLAG is DOWN + long blow
Start : GREEN FLAG is DOWN + long blow
8- Premature Start & Recall procedures :
Contestant doing a premature start must go back around the Buoy : RED FLAG UP + long blowhorn signal
More than 5 Racers in a premature start position : full recall : RED FLAG UP + YELLOW + 5 Blowhorn
9- Tangling and Right of Way rules (ROW) :
Tangling : Both racers disqualified
Note: If a blatant and voluntary fault from a racer, is noticed by the race committee and/or Jetski patrol, the faulty contestant only is disqualified, the other kiters will be re-positionned
ROW penalties : each ROW violation disqualify the contestant
10- Safety and sportsmanship
Helmet and Flotation aid MANDATORY
Waiver registration required when signing-in at MKB tent
This contest is a community event that allows all local kiteboarder of all level to compete on a friendly manner in an “Competition-novice” type of race: Any agressive behavior will be disqualified- if you feel overwhelmed or unsure of your skills , make way to prevent collision - respect the race committee decision, they all volunteered - Play fair with all contestants , we are here to enjoy, share and learn.
Please respect Crandon Park Kitesurfing Rules , displayed clearly on site and at entrance of the beach
Body-Drag a MUST as the beach , water and sandbars are packed with patrons and their families !
Thank you for your cooperation.
11- Award ceremony and Happy hour
The Award ceremony will be run right after the wing-foling races
Along with a happy Hour to cloture these Masters 2021 - 17th edition