- 17 April 2009 | Kiteboarding
Today’s weather gave the riders an extra level of difficulty in performing their tricks going into the last days of the Mondial Du Vent 2009 in Leucate, France.
The sun was up early in the morning but it was slightly colder than yesterday especially under the shade. Today also saw a lot of onshore wind which added to the cooling effect and a passing rain cloud sprinkled a light shower into the competition area which caused a slight delay in the on-going events.
At exactly 11:00h in the morning, a competition meeting was held to decide the format of the second discipline for the event which was the Best Trick discipline. It was decided that the criteria for a Best Trick for men would require them to perform two handle passes, either both in the air or one in the air and one on the water (surface pass) while a single handle pass criteria was set for the women.
Most of the riders had difficulty with the choppy onshore conditions and had to apply extra effort in landing their tricks. Most of them struggled to complete the required move under the shifty and gusty wind but those who made the final landed some type of double pass move for the men and single pass move for the women who came thru with a superb display of handle passes.
The second best trick of board-off for the men and one-foot for the women led to some huge jumps with plenty of hang time. The strong winds gave the much needed boost to perform these extreme tricks while the small rollers coming in provided an excellent launching pads for the riders.
The event had a total of four heats with four people in each heat. Due to the complexity of the required move, the second round was skipped so the competition went straight to the finals.
The competition wrapped up for the day at approximately 17:00h. However, most of the riders continued to enjoy their private kite time after the competition. At 19:00h there was an awards ceremony for the Best Trick discipline while the awards ceremony for the Freestyle competition will be held tomorrow at 15:00h.
Best Trick Results:
1st - Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) Mobe 7
2nd - Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) Mobe 7
3rd - Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) Slim Chance to Blind
1st - Bruna Kajiya (BRA) Blind Judge
2nd - Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) Slim Chance
3rd - Angela Peral (North, ESP) Blind Judge