Mini Kiteboard World Cup: tight Slalom disputes

Bryan Lake and Warenka Smunty have sailed faster to steal the Mini Kiteboard World Cup, on the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.


In the last day of Slalom kiteboarding competition, the thermal wind picked up to about 15 knots and two races were run. The course was set up with long legs and four marks to push the riders to their maximum speed, while rounding the marks at full speed.

With steady 15-knot winds, riders picked their 11 and 13 meter kites. In the first race, all the favorites advanced to the final. Lake seemed to have more speed and won his fifth consecutive race.

The final race saw Brian Lake and Adam Koch arriving at the mark first. Bryan hit a wave and kart wheeled into Adam and they tangled kites - Lake was disqualified and Adam given a redress. Julien Kernuer went on to win his first race, followed by Adam Withington, who got a second place finish.
 
"Slalom is a relax approach to competitive racing, going full speed, touching kites and being fair play. No harm, no foul approached to close racing", said Bryan Lake, who got first after six races.

The Women's races were once again very close. Smunty kept on winning and solified her lead in the overall points ranking. Arroyo was still extremely consistent and won the last race giving her a second overall. Jessica Whitington's second-place finish in the first race of the day put her in third overall.

Mini Kiteboard World Cup 2013 Results:

Men:
1. Bryan Lake
2. Julien Kerneur
3. Adam Withington

Women:
1. Warenka Smunty
2. Raquel Arroyo
3. Caroline Nuesser