Arriving for the eleventh year in a row, the PKRA and its competitors descended on the island of Fuerteventura over the past several days to compete in the longest running event in the tour’s history – the Fuerteventura World Cup 2012. As many have come to know this volcanic island as a consistently windy kiting destination, every rider arrived ready for the forecasted strong winds, which could reach into the 40s this week. As such, today proved to be a day of buildup and excitement for the 31 male and 9 female competitors who will battle it out in classic Fuerteventura conditions. Of these 40 total competitors, 13 countries will be represented. The best riders in the world plan to pull out all the stops to earn their cut of the €42,000 in prize money. Additionally, an Airstyle competition will showcase the biggest airs and old-school maneuvers, providing onlookers and participants with the ultimate show.
In preparation for the competition, competitors arrived to the event site today to greet their fellow riders, analyze the current conditions, and even get in a training session before the event begins. The hot, arid wind that blew over the stark blue water allowed for an amazing backdrop for the end of windsurfing heats here in Fuerteventura, signaling an amazing several days to come. Last year, Youri Zoon (NED) and Gisela Pulido (ESP) reigned victorious, while Andy Yates (AUS) and Bruna Kajiya (BRA) took home first places in the year prior. Currently, Zoon and Pulido hold first place rankings, while Alex Pastor and Kajiya are close behind. Only time will tell if this event will bring about changed rankings, or if these two leaders will remain on top.
Over the next several days, the event will be broadcasted live at www.live.prokitetour.com. Updates and the latest announcements may be found on the PKRA Facebook page and Twitter feed.