- 09 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
Welcome to the last day of the KPWT SuperKite Brasil 2009!
The KPWT Superkite Brasil has hosted 4 disciplines over the 6 days of competition and seen some superb action on the water.
This morning started early on the wave spot, Pico das Almas to finish the double elimination competition.
The wind insisted the riders go out on their 9meter kites and the waves were a little choppy.
This didn’t stop Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)! He looked pumped today and wanted to push hard for his overall ranking in this discipline and hopefully take the title for 2009.
He defeated three Brazilians, Bruno Bordovsky (BRA, RRD), Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, Mormaii) and took second place from Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) to challenge Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) for the top spot on the podium. He fought all the way with smooth bottom turns, good airs and pushed hard at the lip to take Jan Marcos to another final.
Jan Marcos did not want to let his title go here in Brazil after winning this event in 2008 and took Jesse all the way. He looked to settle himself nicely and selected some good waves to gather enough score and edged Jesse back down to the second spot on the podium.
The ladies competition saw Jalou Langeree (HOL, NAISH) against Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) for the podium spot. Jalou rode well and edged Gisela off the podium to take on Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) for second position.
Kirsty was not going to give her spot away to easily and showed why she is the World Champion in this discipline ending Jalou’s hopes.
Kirsty went on to challenge Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE). The wind had dropped off a little and both riders did their best to score as much as possible. The judges were scoring the 2 best waves over 8minute heats and Kari selected well. She held onto her top spot on the podium and has now really put herself in a great position to challenge Kirsty for the overall title in this discipline.
The race director then rushed those who were competing in the course racing discipline back to Duro beach. A skippers meeting was held at 12h00 for the 22 riders that were competing here in Brazil. The course was set out in a simple triangle formation with the start and finish at the same buoy.
3 races were completed before 3pm.
Conditions were not ideal for racing as it was quite choppy, but the wind was at a good speed averaging 18 knots and the riders pushed themselves as hard as they could.
Some megastar riders were in the entry list and showed the locals what an exciting discipline racing is. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA), Lukasz Ceran (POL, GAASTRA), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE), Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST) were amongst those who took to the course.