World Kiteboard VW Beetle Kitesurf Saint Peter Ording Germany PKRA

Closing Ceremony of the Beetle Kitesurf WC

The final day of the PKRA Saint Peter Ording, Germany, brought another day of beautiful sun with thousands of kitesurfing fans coming to the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup.  The closing ceremony started at 16:00, with Marc Jacobs from New Zealand and Karolina Winkowska from Poland winning the freestyle event.  Bryan Lake from the United States won the racing along with Christine Boenniger from Germany.  The 134 riders from 24 different countries made this the biggest PKRA event ever.  The top riders will be sharing €52,000 in prize money.  The Freestyle and Slalom racing was some of the best we have ever seen.

“I think this is the best event in the world and being the best local rider here is amazing”-Mario Rodwald
The trials of the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup had 71 men and 20 women and took over 8 hrs.  14 men and 8 women were selected but many top riders did not make it into the event.  This event really showed how the base of good riders is getting bigger and how the competitors just keep getting better throughout the world.

The main event was absolutely amazing, with 24 men and 12 women riders.  With 3 world champions in the event, Zoon, Hadlow and Langeree and many talented riders like Eudazio DaSilva, the points leader Alex Pastor, the action was none stop.  DaSilva had the best heat score of the event with a 37.23, defeating Hadlow and Langeree in the double elimination.  Christophe Tack made an amazing run in the doubles, competing in 8 consecutive heats.  Marc Jacobs won his first ever PKRA riding with so much power landing perfect front blind mobes and hinterberger mobes.  Alex Pastor lost his first heat of the season, but kept the lead in the overall rankings.  Youri Zoon dislocated his shoulder and will be out for a few weeks.  He will miss Fuerteventura 10 days from now, but should be back for China. Umpierre, Jaspan and Hutter came all the way through the trials to finish 9th.

“The conditions were very similar to home in New Zealand, went big with a lots of power and I am stoked to win my first PKRA”- Marc Jacobs

The women’s fleet was also extremely competitive, with Karolina Winkowska regaining the overall points lead on tour.  Paula Novotna had a great event making a great run in the double to finish 4th.  Bruna Kajiya injured herself; hopefully it is not too serious.  Gisela Pulido could not win her third event in a row and dropped to second in the rankings.  Lammerts, Van Westerop, Lutz and many more had some amazing tricks.  It looks like the new generation of girl’s riders is here.

“It was good event, we had to be patient for the wind, but when we were competing the conditions were very good, I am happy to regain the lead”- Karolina Winkowska

The Slalom displayed some high speed racing with many lead changes and close battles.  Bryan Lake was the fastest rider of the week with Kerneur on his tail the whole time.  The rest of the fleet with riders like Castel, Baumeister, Gruber, Biniash and many more battled hard every race for a chance at the podium.  In the end, it was Lake, Kerneur and Gruber who took the podium.  On the women side Christine Boenniger dominated the whole event winning every race.  Tatiana Sysoeva was second in front of the German Freestyle champion Lutz.

A beautiful closing ceremony was held at the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup, rewarding the athletes with their trophies and Prizes.  This was the best and biggest German PKRA ever and all 134 riders are already looking forward to competing here next year.  The PKRA moves to Fueteventura for the 3rd Slalom stop of the Year and 5th Freestyle event.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the Latest news and results.

 

Registration at the PKRA IKA Freestyle Jr’s Europe kiteboard championship

The registration at the PKRA/IKA Kiteboarding Freestyle Junior World Championships took place at the camping La Ballena Alegre, San Pere Pescador, Costa Brava, Spain.  Costa Brava has been hosting events for many years, it is a great venue and a perfect place for the first Kiteboarding JR World Championships.  43 riders registered from 17 countries.  The thermal winds picked up to solid 15 knots all afternoon and many riders took advantage of the conditions to warm up.  A beautiful opening ceremony welcomed all the riders.

The riders are from all over the world and are adapting to the local conditions.  The wind here is usually the strong Tramontane out of the north or the warm thermal from the south west.  This time of year the thermal is the dominant wind. The competition will have two classes of boys 8-14 and 15-16 and two classes of girls 8-13 and 14-16.  This means that 4 World titles will be given.  Only two kids under 11 registered so they will join the older class.

Throughout the week the PKRA along with many pro’s like Gisela Pulido and Alvaro Onieva will be doing clinics to educate the young riders.  The goal of these clinics will be to teach up and coming riders how to compete, train, media relationships and sponsors.

The level will be very high, especially in the 15-16 age group, with many competitors having already kited for many years.  The European champions are here to see if they can claim a World title.  The competition will start in the morning at 10:30am .  You can follow all the action on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


 

PKRA Marsala Freestyle World Cup 2013, June 25th

Marsala Freestyle World Cup 2013, June 25th

Jun-13-2013

The next PKRA freestyle tour stop will take place in Sicily, Italy.  The lagoons and thermal winds of the town of Marsala will be the perfect venue for the third stop of the year.  The lagoons are famous in the world of kite surfing and around Italy for having 28° water and 20 knot thermals every afternoon.  The region is made famous by its sweet Marsala wine and for a rich history and a great place to visit and enjoy.  The town of Marsala is rolling out the red carpet for the best kiteboarders in the world and celebrities that will be in town for the Marsala Freestyle World Cup 2013.

The first two freestyle events of the season took place in Morocco and France. Once again the freestyle level of the men and the women of the PKRA has improved for the top 24 men and 12 women that compete at every event. On the men’s side of competition Alex pastor from Spain has been the dominant force, winning the first two events. Mark Jacobs from New Zealand has finished second the first two events but could challenge Alex pastor with this powerful riding. Youri Zoon from Holland and current world champion has had a tough year, being disqualified in Morocco and then drawing Aaron Hadlow from England in the second round of France.  The return of Aaron Hadlow is also very exciting we will see if he joins us in Italy.  Young riders like Christophe Tack and Liam Whaley have been very impressive and tour veterans like Alberto Rondina and Sebastien Garat been having a tough time keeping their top 10 spots.

With the level this high and so much new talent coming from all over the world, just to qualify into the main PKRA event is a challenge and accomplishment. Once a rider qualifies for the main event the heats are intense right from the beginning and anyone can win.


On the women side of competition Gisele Pulido put an end to Karolina Winkowska’s four consecutive wins and put herself right back in the chase for another world title. Bruna kajiya is also in the hunt even though she finished third at the first two events of the season. Up and comers Novotna from Czech Republic and Anabel Van Wes Trop from Aruba are slowly becoming new challengers to the top three women.

The livestream and live scoring system have become part of the competition and competitors and kite surfing fans can follow closely all the PKRA action.  Make sure you visit www.Prokitetour.com for all that it is videos and pictures and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Visit local organizers website with all the sponsors and schedule of events HERE

Kiteboard world tour PKRA Marsala Italia Freestyle World Cup 2013, June 25th

The next PKRA freestyle tour stop will take place in Sicily, Italy.  The lagoons and thermal winds of the town of Marsala will be the perfect venue for the third stop of the year.  The lagoons are famous in the world of kite surfing and around Italy for having 28° water and 20 knot thermals every afternoon.  The region is made famous by its sweet Marsala wine and for a rich history and a great place to visit and enjoy.  The town of Marsala is rolling out the red carpet for the best kiteboarders in the world and celebrities that will be in town for the Marsala Freestyle World Cup 2013.

The first two freestyle events of the season took place in Morocco and France. Once again the freestyle level of the men and the women of the PKRA has improved for the top 24 men and 12 women that compete at every event. On the men’s side of competition Alex pastor from Spain has been the dominant force, winning the first two events. Mark Jacobs from New Zealand has finished second the first two events but could challenge Alex pastor with this powerful riding. Youri Zoon from Holland and current world champion has had a tough year, being disqualified in Morocco and then drawing Aaron Hadlow from England in the second round of France.  The return of Aaron Hadlow is also very exciting we will see if he joins us in Italy.  Young riders like Christophe Tack and Liam Whaley have been very impressive and tour veterans like Alberto Rondina and Sebastien Garat been having a tough time keeping their top 10 spots.

With the level this high and so much new talent coming from all over the world, just to qualify into the main PKRA event is a challenge and accomplishment. Once a rider qualifies for the main event the heats are intense right from the beginning and anyone can win.


On the women side of competition Gisele Pulido put an end to Karolina Winkowska’s four consecutive wins and put herself right back in the chase for another world title. Bruna kajiya is also in the hunt even though she finished third at the first two events of the season. Up and comers Novotna from Czech Republic and Anabel Van Wes Trop from Aruba are slowly becoming new challengers to the top three women.

The livestream and live scoring system have become part of the competition and competitors and kite surfing fans can follow closely all the PKRA action.  Make sure you visit www.Prokitetour.com for all that it is videos and pictures and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Visit local organizers website with all the sponsors and schedule of events HERE.

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers.

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are  still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers. Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20-25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions. -25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions.

Day three of the MINI KTE tour stop in France brought an bout of very light, or better, no wind. The double elimination in Freestyle was already effected, while Mario Rodwald (GER) and Sabrina Lutz (GER) captured victory of that 1st european tour stop. The focus of the day was concentrated on course racing.

The sunny day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with laying in the sun for a fresh-faced sun teint by savoring a lolli-pop of Chupa Chups, enjoying a fresh RedBull, chatting in social medias or educating oneself in Wifi time in the rider’s area of the event site.

That while, all race competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. Course director, Markus Schwendtner, adapted due to these light conditions.

Some racers are looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves. For the last possible start, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their 17m kites in preparation.

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up.

Freestyle riders like Hannah Whiteley, Liam Whaley and Bram Bast sat around the rider’s area to enjoy and to relax for another upcoming party night of Hyères, nearby St Tropez. For a refreshing moment in the afternoon, head judge Bas Koole, announced an incredible wakeboarding session, which spanish rider Liam Whaley obtained. During that time, the race crew was waiting outside for any mermaids, those who didn’t appear and finally released the riders around 6pm.

Tomorrow, racers arrive to the beach at 10am for the first skipper’s meeting of the day. Wind is expected to be light as well.

 

Langeree and Smunty win the Freestyle in Mexico

The third day of competition at the MINI kiteboard World Cup in Mexico was action-packed. The day started with a full round of slalom won by Bryan Lake and Warenka Smunty. After the 1st race the wind was strong enough to start the freestyle old school / new school competition. Kevin Langeree and Smunty won the single elimination but Anthar Racca the young Mexican was the standout. A large crowd came out to watch all the action and cheer on the riders.

The Slalom course was setup with 5 marks that were close together to force the riders to really focus on the jibing. The quarter finals ran smoothly with all the top riders advancing into the semifinals. The first semifinal was won by Adam Koch and the second by Bryan Lake. The Final was close with all the riders being perfect at the start. A tight group gathered at the start and Lake pushed to the front with a perfect start. Koch was second followed by Kerneur and Withington. After the 3rd mark Koch crashed and Julien and Withington were able to pass him. Lake won, followed by Kerneur and Withington.

The women side was shorthanded when Withington and another kiter were disqualified for being in the triangle before the start. This left the door open for Smunty and Raquel Arroyo to make a run at the podium. Veronica was also able to improve her rankings and finished 3rd in the womens fourth race.

With the wind blowing a steady 15 knots the race director decided to start the freestyle competition. The format was a mix of old school and new school. After a quick round of trials to work the ladder down to the top 12, it was time to start the show. Tapia, Molk and gonzalez were the stand out of the first round landing nice slim’s, 313’s and BJ’s. The next round the top four men Langeree, Pastor, Kerneur and Racca were the precedes and riders to beat. Kerneur Opened the round with some great handle passes, Board off’s and 1440. Next Kevin started the heat with a massive flat 3 and some nice old school tricks. Racca came out and landed some technical passes to move into the next round were he met Alex Pastor who also won his heat.

The semifinal between Langeree and Kerneur was really entertaining, with their mix of old school and technical handle passes, Kevin won with his perfect back mobe and flat 3 and advances to the final. Racca put on a good show but Alex was too good for the 12 year old and also advanced to the final with a flat 5 and solid front blind. During the final the wind was getting lighter and Kevin used his 17m kite to land some good old school and new school tricks to win the single elimination. In the losers final Racca was very technical but did not land enough Old school tricks to defeat Kerneur.

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The women freestyle was between Smunty, Withington and Nuessex. The heat was extremely close and Smunty and Nuessex had to go another heat to decide the winner. In the end Smunty got a back roll kite loop in to get the edge and win.

Langeree and Smunty win the Freestyle in Mexico

Langeree and Smunty win the Freestyle in Mexico

Sunday will be the last day of the MINI kiteboard Wolrd Cup in Mexico on the Riviera Nayarit. Many more slalom races will be completed and winners will be chosen. Lake and Smunty have a commanding lead but things can still change.

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KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

KTE 2013 Latest News

- First Rider are registered
- British Champion will compete at the MINI KTE
- MINI presents the Kitesurf Tour Europe again this year

KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

First Rider are registered

Only 28 more days until the first MINI KTE Event in France/Almanarre. Here you will find the first registered Rider for that Event.

Koen Schepers
Ranno Rumm
Ivan Doronin
Florian Julius
Viktoras Seputa
Mindaugas Jonikas
Maks Zakowski
Margus Otsa
James Johnsen
Dimitri Lemoine
Adrian Geislinger
Jose Miguel Corniel
Pierre Romain
Axel Mazella
Sander Bos
Tijn van Esch
Bram Bast
Luke Whiteside
Nicolas Etienne
Louk Timmer
Felix Maks
Mario Rodwald
Valentin Garat
Denis Taradin
Dementiy Taradin
Stefano Martinelli
Nicolas Delmas
Linus Erdmann
Dylan van der Meij
Konstantin Tuludis
Jerrie van de Kop
Daniel Sweeney
George Dufty
Steven Akkersdijk
Aymeric Martin

Sebastian Wagner
Annie van Esch
Annelous Lammerts
Meike Erichsen
Mariska Wildenberg
Nina Schumacher
Julia Castro Christiansen
Sabrina Lutz
Kristiin Oja
Hannah Whiteley
Nanette van der Snoek
Ariane Imbert
Jade OConnor
Tatiana Sysoeva
Katja Roose

British Champion will compete at the MINI KTE

PKRA Morocco Start of the freestyle main event

The second day of the PKRA Dakhla, Morocco started this morning with heat number 11 of the men.  The winds were slightly offshore and a bit gusty but the race director decided to start the competition. The first three heats of the day were crucial due to the fact that the winner would go straight into the main event.  The first upset of the day was in heat 11 when Nico Suriel from the Dominican Republic defeated Michael Schitzhofer to go into the main event.  In heat number 12 and 13 Liam Whaley and Sam Light both secured a place into the main event.


After the first round of men, 13 men were qualified for the main event and 26 competitors remained for the ultimate three spots.  After around two was completed, 12 men remained for the last three spots and three heats had to be run to pick the top three riders.  Heat 20 was between Soussi, Hays, S. Garat and Guias.  Sebastian Garat’s experience proved to be too much for the other riders consistently landing powered tricks and switch tricks.  Garat was stoked to qualify for the main event after recovering from a serious shoulder injury.  Heat 21 was between Barker, Corniel, Boulte and Schitzhofer.  All four men are seasoned veterans of competitions and anyone could have won this heat; however Ariel Corniel’s explosive riding and 317 got him into the main event.  The final heat of the trials was dominated by Mario Rodwald, whose down loop slim and technical riding got him into the main event.


After a short lunch break at Dakhla Attitude we started the main event in perfect 20 knot side shore conditions.  With all the riders training over the winter, each rider became a contender to win his heat.  The first heat was between Liam Whaley and Set Teixeira, Liam’s training was obvious from the start being able to land solid blind judges and 313’s. Teixeira was late getting to the heat but was able to quickly gain ground but in the end Liam took the win.  Another exciting heat in round one was in between Alvaro Onieva and Eudazio da Silva. Onieva being a season competitor took a more conservative approach but da Silva came out throwing 317’s and blind judge 5’s.  In the end da Silva’s technical tricks proved too much for Onieva even with all his experience.

Heat number six was between Mario Rodwald from Germany and Sam Light from the UK.  Both riders came up through the qualifiers and were stoked to be in the main event.  Sam Light went for some very technical moves like the Crow-Mobe but Mario was going for broke on every move, he put on a great display of power and took the win.

The first heat of the second round was between the eighth-seeded Christophe tack and Liam Whaley. Christophe tack set the pace with his first move landing a powerful slim 5, Liam landed a perfect 360 back mobe but it was not enough to defeat Christophe.  The next heat was between Ewan Jaspan and Alberto Rondina.  Alberto started the heat with a perfect back mobe, but Jaspan battle back with a great grab KGB an excellent S mobe and upset the number three rider in the world.  The first heat between Alex Pastor and Eudazio da Silva was very close. At the end of the heats the judges missed a trick from Alex Pastor and the heat had to be rerun to make sure that we have a fair result. When the heat was started again both riders came out strong but the number two in the world had too much experience for the young Brazilian, landing a great front blind mobe and a 317.  Da Silva landed a blind judge seven but it was not enough, we can be sure he will be a threat in the double elimination.

In heat 13 Marc Jacobs had a grab KGB and a grab back mobe and a few more big moves to defeat Borisov.  The following heat was with Mario Rodwald and Kevin Langeree who came out on fire. Every move he sent was big and powered, this is what he had to say about that heat and is training: “I did a bunch of training this winter but I wasn’t super focused on learning new tricks, I went with a super mellow approach to the first event of the year and that strategy seemed to work pretty well. I’m also pretty stoked on my KGB were I scored a 7.8 which was my high score.” Kevin Langeree.  Mario had already done four heats and ran out of steam, but put on a great show for the crowd.

The last two heats of the day were run as the sun was setting, the first heat between Reno Romeu and Sebastian Garat was very close, both riders had very similar tricks but in the end it was Reno who put an end to Garat’s streak.  The final heat of the day was with the world champion Youri Zoon against Louis Hutter from France who had just performed a beautiful heat against Patrick Blanc.  Youri was riding extremely well and on his way to victory but in the final minutes of the heat he crashed into Hutters kite and was disqualified.  Youri he was not happy with the decision, but he knows he has to focus on the doubles to win this event.

Tomorrow the women will take to the water first, we asked to Gisela Pulido as she prepared for the season and how she feels about tomorrow. “I was training in South Africa all winter, I was able to train in different conditions.  Then I went to Orlando to train on the cable park. I feel really well prepared for the season and ready to start the year. “Gisela Pulido

The forecast looks great for the rest the week, we should be switching over to her wave kites are discipline Friday morning.  Check out the live feed on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

China Freestyle Goes Huge on Day 3 Hainan Island

Living up to the full anticipation of a huge first day for the freestyle single eliminations, day three provided all the action packed excitement one could hope for and more. With the morning starting out at about 12-18 knots, riders pumped up their larger kites, with the hopes that they could go big and impress the discerning judge’s panel.

Some of the first heats saw the advancement of a number of PKRA veterans, such as Mario Rodwald (GER), Victor Hays (FRA), and Helena Brochocka (POL), while several riders from Kazakhstan later put forth their best efforts when up against heavy hitters like Kevin Langeree (NED) and Johnno Sholte (NED). A few local riders even went for the challenge of competing alongside Youri Zoon (NED) and Reno Romeu (BRA), but didn’t quite make the cut before the sound of the ending horn.

Kites China

Throughout the day, every heat provided incredible action that enthralled and excited the beach goers and spectators, who rarely see such large-scale kiteboarding events in their home country. Karolina Winkowska (POL) and Gisela Pulido (ESP) put on an impressive show, exhibiting just how talented this group of women competitors really are. In this tense and high performance heat, Winkowska managed to land a Slim Chance, Blind Judge 3, and KGB, earning 27.5 points, while Pulido’s Sbend 3 and Slim Chance, in addition to other tricks, left her short by 5 points.

The men took the opportunity to heat things up in the afternoon. With each competitor realizing that this would be their second to last single elimination round of the year, they threw down hard in their calculated maneuvers and complicated tricks.  Christophe Tack (BEL) did well in his heat against Zoon early on, as he stomped a nice Blind Judge 5; however, it was not quite enough to overtake Zoon’s trademark power and speed, which he best demonstrated with a Front Blind Mobe and Blind Judge 5.

Bruna Kajiya

As the end of the singles drew near, it became apparent that no competitor was about to give up without a fight. Winkowska and Bruna Kajiya (BRA) took part in one of the closest heats of the day as Kajiya landed a remarkable SBend 3 and an equally impressive KGB. Winkowska answered right back with many well executed tricks, such as a switch Sbend 3, scored at 7.17 points. In the last moments of this nail biting heat, Bruna lost the bar before she was able to ride away clean, just seconds before the buzzer sounded, which garnered much attention from the spectators in suspense.  The stand-out performance from Karolina, however, earned her the win for the women in the single eliminations, and Kajiya not far behind in second.

Karolina Winkowska

In the men’s final, and not surprisingly so – Alex Pastor (ESP) and Youri Zoon (NED) rode exceptionally well. With possibly the best wind conditions of the day, both men threw down with full power and speed. While Alex impressed with a big Double Sbend 3 and a highly technical Shifty 5, Zoon seemed to take more chances and pulled off an explosive KGB, Front Mobe, and Blind Judge 5. These tricks from Zoon, respectively, earned high scores of 8.7, 7.43, and 9.93. In the end, this gave Zoon the advantage in this final heat with 52.69 points against Alex’s 48.56.

And thus continues the high suspense action for this incredible Hainan Island PKRA tour stop, with major action, huge wins, and an end result that is yet to be decided – but will help determine the ultimate Freestyle World Champion of the 2012 season.

Zoon & Pastor

 

First day – racings and fun freestyle session in France La Baule

The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 descended on France along with 117 riders, 76 racers and 41 freestyle competitors, ready to show off their very best on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With an ideal event site at La Baule, the week ahead looks to be an eventful and exciting one, filled with biggest names in kiteboarding and set at one of the most beautiful locations in the French region of Loire Atlantique.

First day - racings and fun freestyle session in France La Baule

First day - racings and fun freestyle session in France La Baule

Riders from 20 nations turned up for the 4th leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe, excited to compete against the best kite racers and freestylers, to find out where they stand in this European tour event.

With a full five days ahead, riders will be sure to have fun on and off the water, experiencing the conditions, lifestyle and French atmosphere.

Racing kicked off the competition at 11am with three fleets split in 4 races. Competitors entered the water and battled it out for lead positioning. In each race, the top-ranked riders, including Adam Koch (USA), Julien Kerneur (FRA), Riccardo Leccese (COL), and Olivier Dansin (FRA) went head to head at the front of the pack.

In the women fleet, it was almost an all around winning day for North rider Steph Bridge (North, GBR) who managed to race her way gracefully across the finish line first in three of four races today. French racer Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA), Michalina Laskowska (POL) and Katja Roose (Airush, NED) battled for place two, three and four. Roose managed to finish second of the day while Adrien took third place, followed by Laskowska.

Around 2:30pm, wind picked up for a funny expression session just in front of the Island of La Baule. Almost all freestylers went out to train their kitesurfing skills in light and sunny conditions. After a funny and amazing day at 7pm the opening ceremony took place on the beach with some cocktails and hot sounds.

All in all, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe to guest at La Baule Derby Kite is on the way to be a giant success, filled with racing and outstanding freestyle action. Tomorrow, forecasts call for lighter winds.

Results for MINI European Course Racing
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