Mario Rodwald: wind elevators in Hainan Island

Youri Zoon and Kevin Langeree have taken the 2012 PKRA China, in the Hainan Island. The last stage of the season, in New Caledonia, will crown the world champions.


Competitors had high expectations for this closing day in such an enchanting place, however the wind gods turned out to have different plans.

Lunch came and went with still no wind, and each time the wind was checked, it proved to be far below required levels. The cutoff time for the day drew closer, and PKRA competitors eventually came to terms with the fact that there would be no action on this final day.

As such, discussions shifted to the next and last event of the 2013 season, and how the results of this stop will affect the standing going into New Caledonia. And while the lack of wind was disappointing, it did nothing to take away from what a stellar event this China stop has been.

Considering the double eliminations did not come to completion, each round that finished did count, therefore the top four results from the singles will hold. Now, the battles for top podium placements remain anyone's game, and the point spread has possibly never been so close for both the men and the women.

Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, Alberto Rondina, Kevin Langeree, Bruna Kajiya, Gisela Pulido, and Karolina Winkowska represent just a few of the many riders who will now head straight to the next stop with podium visions in the forefront of their competitive minds.