Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First

The last day of the waiting period of the Marsala Freestyle World Cup brought light winds and a beautiful closing ceremony.  The skippers meeting started at twelve o’clock with the intentions of finishing the single elimination and starting the double.  The wind never came up, but the afternoon was pleasant and the award ceremony was started at 5.  Gisela won her second consecutive event and took the points lead on the tour and Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor shared the first place.

 

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First podium gorls

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First podium gorls

The event had two great days of wind and when the spot was on, it was amazing.  The flat waters of the lagoon of Stagnone, with its constant wind, make it a perfect freestyle spot.  We saw many amazing tricks like the blind judge 5, 317, KGB 5 and many more flawlessly executed handle passes.  Liam Whaley had the highest heat total(38.39) and score for a single trick BJ5(8.53). We can say that the conditions along with the best freestylers in the world made the sport look amazing.

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First

“I am very happy to finish on the podium, this was my goal for the year and hope to make many more” – Christophe Tack

The atmosphere at the event site was great for the whole week, with many activities being offered to the riders and spectators.  The evening party at the Floria Winery was amazing, with DJ’s and a great dinner.  The Italian culture and lifestyle goes perfectly with a high performance kite event.  All the riders were stocked about the conditions; they just wished they would have had a chance to come back in the double.

“I am very happy to win on my 13m kite, I am more used to the Tarifa winds, I am also happy to take the points lead and will not face Bruna in the semifinal next event”- Gisela Pulido

 

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First action

Kiteboard World tour Sicilia Italia Pulido wins, Pastor and Zoon Share First action

 

The next freestyle event will be in Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany on July 12, 2013.  The race for first place for the women is heating up again, between Gisela and Karolina.  Alex pastor has been dominating this year, he has not lost a heat in 2013, will someone be able to challenge him? Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Results:

Women

  1. Gisela Pulido(ESP)
  2. Karolina Winkoska(POL)
  3. Bruna Kajiya(BRA)
  4. Annabel Van Weterop(ARU)

Men

  1. Alex Pastor(ESP)
  2. Youri Zoon(NED)
  3. Christophe Tack(BL)
  4. Marc Jacobs(NZL)

Kiteboard World Cup Italia Start of the main event at the Marsala World Cup

The second day of competition started with bright sunshine and lignt north winds.  The thermal was slow building but by 2:30 the head judge decided that the wind was suitable to start the main event.  Madson was the most progressive rider in the light winds landing a KGB 5.  Schitzhofer was also kiting extremely well on his 15 meter.  After delaying the competition multiple times the race director decided to wait for more wind forecasted over the weekend and called it for the day.

The First heat of the day was between Jaspan and Garachenko.  Jaspan was able to execute his tricks a little cleaner and advanced to the next heat.  Schitzhofer was on fire in heat 2 landing a grabbed S—Mobe and many nice technical moves to easily advance.  Rondina the local favorite had a close heat with Hutter, however Hutter’s grabs and power was too much for Rondina.  Blanc and Madson had a great battle but madson’s KGB 5 put him well in the lead with an 8 point score out of ten for that trick.

Borisov and Bakker had a close heat; Bakker won his 3rd consecutive heat to move into the next round against Tack.  Garat and Neto had a good battle, however Garat seem unable to generate enough power, while Neto was charging hard.  The last heat of the day DaSilva won his heat with his final trick against the Italian wildcard Garofalo who put up a great fight.  The final heat of the day between Guias and Spiessberger was cancelled due to lack of wind.

The 2nd day of competition had mixed conditions and the riders that compete well in light wind advanced.  The forecast is looking good for the next few days and we should see some epic action over the weekend.  Make sure you check out the live, if you missed it today you can see all the recorded action HERE.  Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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.

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

After two days of registration and equipment measurement, racing will finally get underway today with the first official races. 153 men and 42 women will battle on the water for the 2012 racing world title.

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

In the mens fleet, racing will start with a qualifying series, with three groups of 51 sailors each which will be re-seeded then by the first racing days results before the fleet is split into Gold/Silver/Bronze for the final series day. In the womens fleet, a single opening series will be run over the first three days, followed by a medal race series on Sunday.

Yesterday saw four practice races, with up to 70 sailors on the line each, in perfect sailing conditions.