Youri Zoon: on top of the Planet

Extreme wind conditions marked the final day of the 2011 PKRA Fuerteventura. There were 35-to-45 knots available and choppy waters to be ridden.

It started with the two Polish women Litiwin and Winkowska, both struggling but managing to land Blind Judge’s and 313’s. Karolina Winkowska showed more power and advances into the next heat against her long-term rival Bruna Kajiya.

In the men’s division, you could feel the stress radiating from the riders standing on the beach while watching the spot.

"I’m a little stressed out because the world title is in my hands, if I win this event I’m almost secured to be World Champion so it’s hard to believe... I’m going to ride with as much power as possible because that way if you land your trick then you really get rewarded for it. We’ll see how that goes!", said Youri Zoon.

There couldn’t be anyone better to describe the heat between Alberto Rondina and Alex Pastor than a judge who understands the technical aspect of these complex moves. Carlos Saez claimed, “I have never seen someone riding so well in these kind of conditions, this is just amazing".

Naturally Alex went through to the finals against Zoon, leaving Alberto happily in 3rd place for the second time this year.

In the men’s finals, Alex Pastor, coming out confident from his last heat, went for powerful and radical moves. He ended up crashing a lot against Zoon who was riding his first heat of the day and stuck in a couple of combos to secure his heat. Alex’s reckons that his strategy doesn’t work all the time, landing less tricks than Youri who remained consistent during the entire competition, winning his fourth event in a row.

In the women’s division it’s a different story, Gisela Pulido found the start of her heat very scary as Karolina Winkowska landed a 313 and a Blind Judge while she had difficulty landing her tricks in the gusts.

But Karolina was unlucky and smashed her kite on the water when crashing a S-bend to blind, her kite deflated leaving Gisela alone on the water to secure enough tricks and take the win of this double elimination.

Final Results Women Fuerteventura Grand Slam:
1. Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush)
2. Karolina Winkowska (POL, Slingshot)
3. Bruna Kajiya (BRA, Flexifoil)
4. Joanna Litwin (POL, Nobile)

Final Results Men Single Eliminations:
1. Youri Zoon (NED, Slingshot)
2. Alex Pastor (ESP, Airush)
3. Alberto Rondina (ITA, Cabrinha)
4. Marc Jacobs (NZL, Switch)