- 14 January 2011 | Kiteboarding
Andrew and Adam Koch have been crowned in Mexico, the land of burritos, tequila and of great winds and waves. The two brothers took first and second places in the Copa Playa Central event, held in La Ventana. It was great victory for the Ozone kiteboarding brand, who sponsors the Koch family, in these Mexican Kiteboarding Nationals.
With moderate winds and over 60 competitors on the starting line the first annual Copa Playa Central race had an exciting start. Adam Koch and Joey Pasquali were out front and off to an early lead. Andrew Koch had a decent second row start and managed to work to leeward of the fleet to get clear air.
Adam had a nice lead and was showing some serious speed downwind. Andrew worked a lower lane and eventually managed to get a clear air below the rest of the fleet. Andrew was on the 2011 Ozone Edge and seemed to have a clear power advantage.
The fleet started to spread out and at the first gybe Andrew had passed Adam and Joey on the inside. At the halfway point of the race Andrew had a 200 meter lead and was continuing to pull away. The wind got lighter close to the finish line Adam looked to be closing the distance. Andrew caught one last shift rounded the last mark of the course securing his lead and taking the win.
Adam finished second after a tough battle with Joey to finish the top three places. It was clear that the course race equipment was dominate in the lighter conditions. Sean Farley managed an impressive fourth place on a twin tip.
Results of the Mexican Nationals:
1. Andrew Koch
2. Adam Koch
3. Joey Pasquali
4. Sean Farley