Riccardo Leccese: pride of Colombia

Riccardo Leccese and Caroline Adrien have taken brightest medals at the PKRA Gold Games Kitesurf 2012, in Hyeres. In the final day, riders waited for an eventual breeze to finish races.


With all eyes focused periodically on the beach, a light wind came through just before noon, taking racers to the water's edge with their cumbersome boards and most giant of kites.

At this time, wind measured 8-10 knots. As in past days; however, this wind increase was only a tease, as it began to decrease again, leaving riders to wait it out on the beach, hoping for something more substantial.

Waiting announcements came and went, eventually providing competitors the assurance they needed to return to the rider’s area and take a break from the sun.

Later in the day, competitors received false hope once again that the wind might push through. Nearing the end of the day, with wind peaking at 8 knots, it became apparent that this waiting game had to come to an end.

Upon being notified just before the announcement was heard over the load speaker of his first ever official win with the PKRA, Riccardo Leccese was ecstatic, almost not believing his ears.

Caroline Adrien also relished in her first place win for the women in her home country, commenting that this experience has made her very happy. She celebrated her win by taking part in the paddleboard race that occurred just after the final racing announcement.

Men's Racing:
1. Riccardo Leccese (COL)
2. Olivier Dansin (FRA)
3. John Heineken (USA)

Women's Racing:
1. Caroline Adrien (FRA)
2. Katja Roose (NED)
3. Jessica Sickinger (CAN)

Master's Division Racing:
1. Simone Santoni (ITA)
2. Tomek Janiak (POL)
3. Simone Vannucci (ITA)