Mario Rodwald: the future of Euro kiteboarding

Mario Rodwald has won the first round of the Kitesurf Tour Europe 2011. The weather conditions were rough and tough. Riders took the best out of the 20-knot winds and two-metre waves available in Sylt, Germany.

In a battle between Tijn van Esch (Netherlands) and Seb Garat, both riders were on fire with several tricks landed giving the judges a hard time to decide.

Finally, Garat made his way to the final against local Mario Rodwald. However, the French could not show the same performance as against van Esch. Mario took the win and is now one of the top bets to become the European champion in Freestyle.

In the Women's division, it was the day of English rider Hannah Whiteley who lost her first run yesterday and made it all the way up to semi finals of the Double Eliminations defeating Novotna (Estonia), de Jong (Netherlands), Jungo (Switzerland), Brill (Germany), Lygoe (Saint Lucia) and Litwin (Poland).

After six powerful heats, Hannah had to pay tribute to the rough conditions and lost against Ines Correia, from Portugal. Ines went into the final against yesterdays winner Michalina Laswkowska. Ines won the first final enforcing a superfinal. In the end, it was a better day for Correia and she took the win against Laskowska.