Slalom World Champions 2012 are crowned and dutch and german riders earned important points for the European Championship in Course Racing and Freestyle
Hamburg/ Sylt, July 1st – the MINI Kitesurf Worldcup Sylt event came to an official close today, as top competitors were celebrated at the awards ceremony in front of hundreds of in-person fans. Over 98.000 spectators were visiting the event during the week, while 85 riders out of 15 nations participated in three different disciplines in slalom, course racing and freestyle.
In the world champion slalom fleet, french riders are clearly lead the pack. Julien Kerneur (France, RRD), current number three of the world, battled it out and won the world champion title in slalom 2012, followed by Maxime Nocher (France, North) on second and Rolf van der Vlugt (NED, Airush), on third place.
The womens final in slalom was dominated by dutch girl Katja Roose (Airush), 1st place in the IKA world ranking, who took victory in close racing over Caroline Adrien (France, Cabrinha) in second and Kristin Boese (GER, Best) in third.
With regard to the future olympic discipline « Course Racings » and in preparation for Rio de Janeiro 2016, the fight for the first places was incredibly close. Dutch rider Rolf van der Vlugt (Airush), and current 7th in the world ranking, won the tour stop in his neighbouring country in the challenging conditions of the Northern Sea, leaving competitor Florian Gruber (North) from Germany in 2nd place and Blazej Ozog (POL, North) on podium step three.
For french rider, Caroline Adrien, the competition in Sylt was very successful. She conquered the world vize champion title 2012 in slalom as well as the 1st overall in course racings. Here in Sylt, she left no doubt who is one of the fastest European female racer. In second place overall finished Katja Roose (NED, Airush) and Christine Bönniger (GER, Flysurfer) on third place.
With freestyle best kiteboarding talents in the world, the Brandenburger Strand in Sylt, attracted onlookers with major maneuvers and complicated tricks showcased throughout the event. Anticipation in the final day reached a spectacular highlight with the men’s super final heat. Stefan Spiessberger from Austria and German Champion Mario Rodwald engaged in a battle to the end, displaying their most spectacular of moves, competing against each other. Mario Rodwald came out victorious.
At the end of the final eliminations of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe Sylt, Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Annelous Lammerts (NED, Slingshot) earned first place, with Stefan Spiessberger (AUT, North) and german rider Sabrina Lutz (North) achieving second, Luke Whiteside (UK, North) and Kelly Schouten (NED, Ozone) coming in third.
This was the MINI Kitesurf Worldcup Sylt 2012 with three different disciplines that asked for a great variety of riding skills from large waves to choppy water and light to strong wind conditions. The feedback of the riders has been very positive enjoying the northern atmosphere in Sylt and the high quality on the water. 20.000€ in prize money was divided between the riders. The event in Germany was incredibly well received, and plans for next year’s event is already in the works.
The third tour stop of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 will be in Netherlands/ Brouwserdam from 16th – 19th of august. This competition promises to deliver the ultimate in racing action, with a special freestyle exhibition put on by top riders. Spectators and fans can look forward to more live streaming, and, as usual, the best freestyle performances by the best riders in the world.
The 5th day at the Brandenburger Strand in Sylt, Germany, seemed to offer a quite nice day with some more winds and sunny moments. Keeping confident with an optimistic mindset and the good chance of wind, competitors arrived at 10am to be briefed on the plan for the day. This plan turned out to be quite similar to day 4 – slalom and course racings were announced.
The wind held on to provide slalom racers the perfect opportunity for next competiton. The 4th race of the Worldchampionship in Slalom commenced in 12-15 knots. All slalom races were defined by close finishes and constantly changing placements, with the current stand-out leader – Julien Kerneur on first and Maxime Nocher, on second. The french riders dominate the slalom field followed by Rolf van der Vlugt (NED).
In the women slalom races, Katja Roose from Netherlands, rode very consistently throughout the day with a powered approach. French girl, Caroline Adrien, in the overall ranking on place two, followed by Kristin Boese, Germany, on third.
The course racer started with 4 races into the day. In the provisional overall rankings of the day (7th in total), Florian Gruber (GER) took the win followed by Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) and Maxime Nocher (FRA).
In the women division, there were a few close finishes with Caroline Adrien (FRA), who is leading the provisional first place, while Katja Roose (NED) took second place and Christine Bönniger (GER) took the lead over Ariane Imbert (FRA), who finished 4th overall.
Overall the 5th day of the MINI Kitesurf Worldcup Sylt proved to be an amazing day. With all the excitement of big racings action coupled with amazing course slalom performances.
For tomorrow, we hope for sufficient wind to finish the double elimination in freestyle and to crown the Worldchampion in Slalom as the highlight of the day. Skippers meeting is set up at 10am with freestyle or racings until 2:00pm. At 3:00pm the top competitors will accept their awards for the European Championship and also for the Worldchampion title in Slalom !