Kite Video Make My Day Namibia Africa

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Credits
Directed  by Jeremie Eloy

Produced by:  Wanaii Films
Filmed by:  Gaetan Botrel, Jérémie Eloy.
Edited by : Jérémie Eloy
Music: Radical face, “Always Gold” itunes.apple.com/us/album/always-gold-ep/id575230450
Shot in Namibia

Shot with Canon C100, Canon 7D, Go Pro

Few years ago, a wave has been found in Africa, a long very long hollow wave. Each and every shot i saw from this place drove me crazy.
So i started to check how to get there, which wind could be good, which swell would work…
Lost in the desert, The wave rolls directly from the roaring forties. Sharks, seals, permits : A real challenge to get there, and to score.
You need a specific forecast, and sometimes it won’t happen. I was dreaming of that wave every day. When i saw that swell coming i couldn’t sleep anymore, plane ticket, guide, permit… 2 days later i was there. Like in my dreams i had the pleasure to play with it…

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Click here to know all the shooting details, with texts and photos, and read my advices to go to Namibia You can also view the previous episodes by clicking here.

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PKRA Lake and Smunty shine on day 2 at MINI kiteboard world cup Mexico

The first day of competition at the MINI Kiteboard World Cup was slow building, but by four in the afternoon the thermal winds had turned on and the slalom was set to start on the Riviera Nayarit. Bryan Lake and Warenka Smunty both won their first finals in spectacular fashion. The heats were close in the beginning but by the end of the day both finals were decided on the last leg of the race. All the riders were happy about the new format and are looking forward to more racing tomorrow in front of the Hard Rock Hotel.

PKRA  Lake and Smunty shine on day 2 at MINI kiteboard world cup Mexico

PKRA Lake and Smunty shine on day 2 at MINI kiteboard world cup Mexico

The 22 men ladder was set up so that the top 4 men of the first 4 heats would advance out of the first round, then the top two would advance through the quarters and semis to make a 4 men final. In the first heat of the day the favorites, 2012 world slalom champion Julien Kerneur and Sean Farley both advanced. The next heat Adam Kock and Kevin Langeree also advanced. Kevin was on a twin tip and was perfect on the start but Adam just had more board speed and easily advanced to the next round. Heat 3 Adam Withington and Gunnar Biniasch battled for the lead and Alex Pastor came in third. In Heat 4, the last heat of the round Bryan lake dominated the field and advanced.

The quarter finals had no major upset except for Farley who was disqualified for taking out Basave in the second heat, all the other favorites advanced to the semis where the competition started heating up. The first semifinal Kerneur and Kock easily qualified for the final and had to wait for the very competitive 2nd semifinal to finish. Ramirez and Biniasch gave Lake and Whithington a good run but could not finish in the top two to advance to the final.

The Lake, Kock, Kerneur and Withington final was close right from the start. All four men had perfect starts just a couple of meters apart. Adam Kock took the lead from the start and had to hold off Lake for much of the race, with Bryan trying to cut inside at the marks to try to get a lead. Their kites made contacts a few times but unless you are reckless you can push the limits in Slalom racing. Kerneur had some troubles at the first mark and Whithington capitalized on it to secure a 3rd place finish. Lakes aggressive kiting paid off when he was finally able to take the inside line at the last mark and accelerate to the finish line, Adam held the lead most of the race, but Bryan’s strategy paid off with a win.

The 7 girls had a winner take all race. The girls were a little slow at the start but once the race was underway it was very exciting. Erika was just a couple of meters early and had to be disqualified. Then it was a close battle between Warenka and Arroyo all the way to the last leg when Warenka was able to grab the lead and win the first women heat and final of the day.

Tomorrow the ladders will be a little different with two six men semifinals and one six men final.

Registration Day at the MINI Kiteboard World Cup Mexico

Registration for the MINI kiteboard World Cup took place at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Rivera Nayariton the Mexican Pacific Coast.  The top riders in the world traveled to Mexico to compete in the first Slalom race of the 2013 season.   Slalom is the new high-speed racing discipline that will be making many headlines in 2013. Riders also registered for the freestyle event that will be a combination of old school and wake style tricks.  Kevin Langeree and current freestyle point’s leader Alex Pastor are headlining the freestyle competition and Julien Kerneur the 2012 world slalom champion will be the man to beat in the slalom.

Rivera Nayarit is a great place to kitesurf; a thermal wind picks up every afternoon between 15 to 20 knots.  The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting and sponsoring this event while providing a great atmosphere and perfect venue for the event.  Riders had a chance to test the conditions and are excited about the upcoming races and freestyle competition.

Local rider Sean Farley took Bryan Lake, Kevin, Alex and Julien for a tour of the area in the MINI to check out the surf spots and the atmosphere around Nayarit.  Everyone felt right at home with the relax surf vibe atmosphere and enjoyed the small waves of a dropping south swell.

The competition will begin early afternoon with the sea breeze filling in.  The first slalom event of the year is going to set the tone for the rest of the season and give one rider an early points lead in the rankings for the World Champion title given away at the end of the season. The freestylers will not be battling for their rankings but will be here to display what the best kitesurfers in the world can do.

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Final day of the PKRA France in Leucate

The closing day of the PKRA France Mondial du Vent came to an end on another calm day.  After three days on intense competition with 61 riders from over twenty countries, it was time to give the prizes and awards to the winners.  Gisela Pulido and Alex Pastor were crowned Mondial du Vent champions.  Pauline Valesa and George Dufty were given the rookie of the event awards.  This competition had some of the strongest winds that we have seen in the history of the PKRA and the riders made it look easy.

This competition was marked by a three characteristics:  it had one the biggest fleets of freestyler riders with an incredible amount of talent, the return of Aaron Hadlow to the pkra after a 3 year break and some incredible winds.

The womens ladder was full of new talent like Pauline Valesa the rookie of the event and Annabel Van Westerop who made a great run in the double elimination to get to her best finish ever on the PKRA in 4th.  The top three had a great battle and it was Gisela Pulido who defeated Kajiya and Winkowska to win her first event of the year and end the four event winning streak of Karolina.

The mens side was reshuffled by the return of Aaron Hadlow, who in the second round eliminated the World Champion Youri Zoon and went on to finish 3rd.  Marc Jacobs and Alex pastor took the top two spots like in Dakhla and are in a great position at the start of the season.

The next stop of the season is in Mexico for the start of the PKRA Slalom season and Freestyle exhibition by some top riders like Alex Pastor and Kevin Langeree.  The next freestyle event will be in Marsala, Italy on the Island of Sicily. The warm lagoons and strong thermals will be a perfect spot for the 3rd stop of the year.  Go to www.prokitetour.com to see the latest contest news and schedule information.

You can see all the heat scores from the entire event here.


KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 6, 2012: The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw strong side-offshore winds and consistent head high surf today on day 8 of the 10-day holding period. Men’s and women’s round 1 was completed as well as 7 heats of men’s round 2.

KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

In a 10AM rider’s meeting, contest directors officially announced the implementation of the KSP’s alternate “short dingle elimination” ladder. Used for the first time in a KSP competition today, the short dingle elimination was originally designed in conjunction with the riders to reduce competition time to ensure an event result when conditions do not permit the use of the standard double consolidation ladder.

Competition kicked off in the early afternoon with the last remaining heat of men’s round 1, pitting local Maui boy and current KSP World Championship Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) against Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN). With his world title hopes on the line, Mclaughlin prevailed in a nerve-racking, but relatively low scoring heat.

Women’s round 1 saw some hotly contested battles, but no major upsets in the world title race. Local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) continued to impress with the highest heat score total of the women’s competition thus far, a 14.17. Other riders advancing from women’s round 1 included Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) and Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish).

In round 2 of the men, reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino later (ITA, North) nailed the highest heat score of the day with a 15.83 two-wave combined total. Male riders advancing out of round 2 included world number 3 Sebastain Ribeiro (BRA), (CPV, F-One) as well as Guilly Brandao (BRA), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One). Competition was called off for the day falling short of just one heat of men’s round 2.

To see the pictures of the day click here! 

To watch a clip of yesterday’s action click here!

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD)

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)

Heat 2: Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)  

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Ines Correia (POR, RRD)

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro

Kahului, Hawaii – December 3, 2012: Unpredictable Kona Winds prevented a start of the Ho’okipa Kitesurf Pro again this morning. A solid swell forecast and improving wind direction promise contestable conditions as soon as tomorrow and holding strong for the remainder of the competition window.

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP contest director Ian Ponting states: “It’s unusual for Maui to be windless for long periods of time. The forecast continues to look really promising for the end of the holding period. In the meantime Maui continues to offer amazing surf and hopefully the competitors are still functional in both body and equipment when the real action starts.”

With an outside chance of the trade winds starting to kick in tomorrow, contest officials will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a first possible start. Stay tuned for a first possible start and watch the call live on www.kspworldtour.com/live at 9am tomorrow morning.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

KSP At Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

Kahului, Hawaii – December 2, 2012: Kona wind flow has forced the fourth consecutive lay day at the KSP World Championship tour final on Maui. International competitors from 18 countries remain on standby for the first possible start of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro as soon as wind conditions permit.

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

“The wave is really good here in Ho’okipa,” said reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) following his interview in this morning’s live broadcast. “The forecast looks better for the end of the week and I really hope we make the finals in the best conditions.”

Contest directors will reconvene at Ho’okipa to assess conditions tomorrow morning for a first possible start. Tune in at 9am to watch the live call and morning show on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

Click here for the Day 3 video including an introduction to the traditional Hawaiian Hula Dance.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1
Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)
Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)
Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2
Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)
Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)
Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)
Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3
HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)
Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 1, 2012: Contest officials have declared another lay day for the final event of the 2012 KSP World Championship tour, the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro. All signs point to an improving wind forecast for early next week.

Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro KSP Third Consecutive Lay Day Maui Hawaii

“It’s another beautiful day on Maui”, said KSP competitor and live stream commentator Sky Solbach. “The forecast is looking great for waves throughout the rest of the holding period and it looks like the trade winds will return to the islands next week.”

Contest directors will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make an official call. Tune in at 9am to watch the live call and morning show at 9am onwww.kspworldtour.com/live.

Check out the Day 2 clip including an interview with Pete Cabrinha 

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: : Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

KSP World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii Second Lay Day

Kahului, Hawaii – November 30, 2012: Another official lay day was called at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro today due to continued light and variable winds. Advisory level swells greeted competitors at Ho’okipa Beach Park this morning, but contest directors deemed wind conditions to be uncontestable today.

KSP World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii Second Lay Day

KSP World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii Second Lay Day

“Anything can happen”, said KSP Head Judge Brad Price during this morning’s live broadcast. “Starting Tuesday there’s an outside chance we’ll have wind. But, Thursday for sure, Friday for sure. So we’ll have to see how it goes.”

The next call will be at 9AM tomorrow morning following an assessment of conditions. Tune in live on www.kspworldtour.com/live tomorrow for the morning show and a first possible start of Men’s Round 1.

To check out the clip of yesterdays Opening Ceremony click here!

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

Earth Shattering Singles Action in Noumea Day 4

With the anticipation levels at the highest they have been all year, competitors braced for this day with high hopes and huge expectations. Everything is riding on this last PKRA tour stop in Noumea, New Caledonia, and all eyes are focused on the world title and the top podium placements. As the sun came up in the morning to illuminate the green and turquoise blue grandeur of this island, the wind also crept in as the hours passed, leaving no question as to whether the single eliminations would finally begin. In fact, by 8am, kites were already in the air, signaling the start of good things to come.

After completing the trials in the morning, the main event kicked off close to noon, allowing for a full day of competition. In the first round, favored competitors such as Mario Rodwald (GER), Tom Herbert (FRA), and Johnno Scholte (NED) advanced, while local riders Sebastian Nguyen (FRA) and Michael Dinclaux (FRA) moved forward as well.  Things started to heat up in round two, with a close heat between PKRA regulars Christophe Tack (BEL) and Rodwald. Putting on an amazing show for the crowded beach, Kevin Langeree (NED) and local rider Tom Hebert (FRA) threw down some incredible maneuvers, with Langeree stomping a high scoring KGB and Blind Judge 5, while Hebert’s well-received Slim and KGB didn’t quite make high enough scores to advance. Langeree’s next round; however, turned out not to be as successful, as he lost to powerhouse Marc Jacobs (NZE), who demonstrated his trademark strong riding skills and abilities.

Pastor & Winkowska

Moving on into the afternoon, a close quarterfinal heat between Stefan Speissberger (AUT) and Alberto Rondina (ITA) captured the attention of many, and ended in a 33.69-36.76 point spread, with Rondina in the advancing position with some solid Back Mobes and a nice Slim.

Christophe Tack later impressed again against world title contender Alex Pastor (ESP). In this highest scoring heat of the day, Tack landed a Blind Judge 7 (6.9) and a Slim 5 (7.25), while Pastor answered back with a Double S-bend 3 (7.63) and a Front blind mobe (7.1). Considering the lighter winds of the day, this was an incredibly impressive heat, which showcased two amazing performances. In the end; however, Pastor exhibited more advanced moves with a higher level of precision.

This kind of incredible riding kept the day going, as competitors seemed to become more amped as the hours passed. The women’s heat turned out to be just as exciting, with the best ladies in the world going at it for the ultimate prize. Karolina Winkowska (POL) shined in her heat against Bruna Kajiya (BRA), and advanced with her consistency and impressive tricks. While it was a close heat, and Kajiya rode strong, the winner at the end of this battle was clear – Karolina landed an impressive Blind Judge 3 and Slim Chance, while Bruna executed a nice Shifty 5 and KGB, among others.  Gisela Pulido (ESP) also advanced in the semifinal round with a wide variety of tricks against Helena Brochocka (POL), leading up to the final heats for the women.

Pulido

Once the finals were on deck, all eyes turned to the competition. While the beach was buzzing with all sorts of activity, no one could deny the intensity at the water’s edge.

Bruna Kajiya and Brockocka battled first, with Bruna sealing a win fairly early in the heat. For the men, Jacobs and Rondina went head to head in lighter, yet contestable winds. Jacobs came out strong as soon as the buzzer sounded with a Back Mobe and S3. Rondina also put forth some amazing maneuvers, sticking a Front Blind Mobe and Slim. In the end, Jacobs came out victorious and thus stands in third place going into the double eliminations.

Day 4 eventually culminated in the final heats. The sun cast each rider as a silhouette on the water and the starting buzzer seemed to sound with more intensity than ever before. Winkowska and Pulido went strong and big in the flat-water conditions. Winkowska managed a S3 Switch (6.57) and a Shifty 5 (7.2). Pulido, on the other hand, rode very strong; however, her trick scores simply did not match those of Karolina’s. She threw down a S3 (5.77) and a nice Front Blind Mobe (6.5), but that just wasn’t enough. Karolina came out of this heat as the winner of the single eliminations, and in best positioning to win the world title in the double eliminations.

Youri Zoon

The men’s final between Pastor and Zoon provided the huge action that can always be expected from two such powerful players. With Pastor on a slightly bigger kite, the two rode neck and neck for some time. Pastor opened up with a KGB, a Slim, and a Front Blind Mobe, while Youri executed a Blind Judge 3, a KGB, and Back Mobe straight out of the gate. Obviously a very high scoring heat, these two men rode with all their might, knowing full well what the results would mean. By the time the ending buzzer sounded, no one was clear on who the definitive winner actually was. After the official point tally, Pastor earned a well-fought victory with 42.54 points to Zoon’s 38.79. Now Pastor stands strong in his first place position going into the doubles on the last day of competition.

From here on out, anything can happen. The 2012 world title is ripe for the taking and the top competitors here want it more than anything. The forecast for tomorrow promises stronger wind, which will make for an ideal final day of competition. This day will go down in kiteboarding history as one of the closest battles ever fought, leaving no room for error or weakness in these pristine conditions.

For this last and final day of the 2012 PKRA season at the REEF Kitesurf Pro, tune into the action LIVE atwww.live.prokitetour.com.

Womens Singles

 

Mens Singles