- 21 October 2009 | Kiteboarding
Stefaans Viljoen takes the crown in the 2009 Cabrinha Race Series in San Francisco on the OR Rise, OR Session harness and OR Race Board.
After 11 nights of fierce completion it all came down to the last night. Series leaders Chip Wasson and Jeff Kafka were away on a kite trip in Fiji (hard to feel bad for them) and the penalty points they picked up put them out of the running for 1st.
Going into the last race it was a tie between Stefaans and Geoff Headington (Ozone) and whoever won this last night took the season trophy.
With dying winds only one race was run and it was neck and neck between Stefaans and Geoff the whole race. After starting a bit behind Geoff and Mike Gebhardt (Ozone) Stefaans slowly clawed his way back to beat Geoff to the line.
The top 5 for the season were: Stefaans Viljoen (OR), Geoff Headington (Ozone), Chip Wasson (Ozone), Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha), and Eric Due (Cabrinha).
Stefaans was one of 6 riders in the top 15 to be riding both the Rise kites and the OR race board. In fact, he was the only rider in the top 5 to ride a production board. Other Ocean Rodeo riders finished: Chris Brown (8), Andrew Galbraith (10), Evan Stolze (11), Eric Geleynse (14), Allen Chung (15), and Erin Loscocco (20).