Melissa Gil

The Speed Strip was opened yesterday at 2PM to take advantage of the incoming tide to give competitors as much time on the water as possible.

Many of the bravest took chances in marginal water conditions at the start, having to sail perfectly judged lines to stay in the deeper water. Even a fraction of a second of lost concentration or unfortunate choice of racing line meant a hard crash – and these were legion, with numerous awesome face-plants at over 40 knots.

Wind never picked up more than around 30 knots, but it was super-steady, and conditions on the run were glassy-smooth.

Leading the men was Christophe Prin Guenon (F One) with an excellent 46.88 knots, and Rob Douglas (Cabrinha) on his heels with a best of 46.54. This shows how much the equipment and technique has improved over last year – getting over 46 knots would have been a brilliant achievement in perfect race conditions last year, now competitors are reaching these speeds even on moderate days.

The difference between 46 knots and 50 is massive, however – and every knot faster than 50 is an exponentially harder velocity to achieve. But the possibility of beating l‘Hydroptére is within the kitesurfers’ reach. All they need now is strong wind.

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2009 Teri Kite Pro

It was a very exciting championship round yesterday and kiteboarding enthusiasts all over still can’t get enough of what has transpired at the Teri Kite Pro 2009 – the last leg of the 2009 PKRA World Tour.

Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Naish) proved he was the man to beat at the men’s Freestyle event, winning both the Singles and the Doubles elimination and capturing his first ever Tour title.

Naish team mate Kevin Langeree (NED) had his first ever World Championship title and Brazilian rider Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil) captured the women’s title.

Young Spanish rider and 2008 World Champion Gisela Pulido (Airush) had her game going in the Singles elimination in a classic Kajiya-Pulido battle but unexpectedly lost in the Doubles semi-finals.

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Kevin Langeree

Today would go down in kiteboarding history as the day the PKRA World Championship crown is passed on to two of the most promising kiteboarders in the world. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED), after many years of battle, finally was crowned the PKRA World Champion in an unprecedented event that saw many upsets and triumphs.

Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) would also end the 2009 season with a bang, capturing the women’s World Championship title from Spain’s Gisela Pulido (Airush) after years of reigning the women’s division.

The triumphant second day of the Teri Kite Pro 2009 started right on time with a 12:30 start, but the day would prove different from yesterday.

Clear blue skies dominated the scene and was warmer than yesterday’s temperature. It was an extremely action-packed day even though the wind never picked up strength compared to the other day.

At exactly 10:00 am, there was a start for the long distance race which was won by Torrin Bright (Ozone, New Zealand) while the ladies’ division was won by Angela Peral (North, Spain).

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