- 06 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
Racing got off to an incredible start today with bright blue skies and steady wind in the 20 - 25 mph range. After the 12:00 PST riders meeting the course was set around 2:30 and racers hit the water at 3:00.
The 67 entrants were split into two fleets; blue and yellow. Yellow ran first with a clean start marking the beginning of this 5 day event. North kiteboarding's Sky Solbach shot off to an early lead and never looked back. Cabrinha teammates and training partners from France, Bruno Sroka and Paolo Rista battled it out behind him finishing with Bruno is second and Paolo in third.
San Francisco locals Rob kindt (Ozone kites) and Frank Wittke (F-1 Kites) rounded out the top 5 respectively. Notably Jesse Richman finished 3rd but due to not coming through the finish line correctly received a DNF for that race.
1. Sky Solbach
2. Bruno Sroka
3. Paolo Rista
Without delay, the Blue fleet took to the water and leading the pack were two racers who have been chasing each other around the bay for the last month, Sean Farley (North Kites, Mexico) and local Kitebaording legend, Chip Wasson (Ozone Kites). Close behind them was Damien Leroy (Florida, Cabrinha Kites) followed by Local Ocean Rodeo rider, Stefaans Viljoen and Danish Cabrinha rider, Bjoern Rune Jensen.
1. Sean Farley
2. Chip Wasson
3. Damien Leroy
- 03 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
Welcome to the final day of the KPWT Santa Cruz Wave Masters 2009!
The wind arrived as promised and the double elimination started again at 13h30! The wind speed was up to 14 knots and the wave swell peaked at 1.5 meters, coming in at 6 waves per set. The semi finals and finals were 15 minute heats and the judges took scores from their 3 best waves.
Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) was looking strong today and in excellent form. He progressed into the final to face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), after strong competition from Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) in the semi.
In the women's heats, Ainhoa Garcia (SPA, AIRUSH) gave Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) a very hard time in the semi final, with a good selection of waves and strong riding. But in the end Kari progressed once again into the final to face Kirsty Jones for the Wave Masters title here at Santa Rita beach.
Unfortunately the two finals could not be completed as the wind had dropped below KPWT standards and Jan Marcos and Kari will have to settle for second place.
Prize giving was held at the VIP tent, in front of the kayak pool and the many spectators that had come down to see their champions. Overall and much deserved men's title went to Jesse Richman, who had stayed positive and relaxed throughout the entire competition.
The women's champion, Kirsty Jones is proving hard to beat this year and looks very well placed after the first two events on the KPWT 2009 Wave Masters tour. Congratulations to all riders who competed and our two champions in Portugal!
A special thanks goes to Bruno Melo, Fernanda Mauricio, Marcelo Martins and all the Ocean Spirit team for our wonderful time here in Santa Cruz. This event has been outstandingly organized and hugely attended and we look forward to next year!
- 01 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
Today marks the conclusion of the double elimination event. Someone put an order into the weather station this morning requesting moderate winds of 15 to 18 knots, sun, clouds and a temperature of 19° Celsius. That is exactly what was seen on the beach at 9:30 am this morning as the red flag went up. Most riders had their 9-meter kites ready to fly out onto the water.
Men’s Double Freestyles Highlights
The first heat of the day would be an interesting one with four riders out on the water. The judges had eyes in all directions making sure to not miss a trick.
Lewis Crathern (Slingshot, GBR) landed a railey to blind, blind judge, low mobe and FS3 defeating North rider Thomas Paris (FRA) who also landed tricks such as 313, blind judge 3, kgb-180 and front mobe but was disqualified due to a line entanglement. Crathern advanced to the second round of heats where Naish team rider Alex Pastor (ESP) eliminated him. Pastor moved on to a heat against Mike Blomvall (Nobile, SWE) defeating him due to more variety of tricks as well as powered switch tricks, which would then send him to a tough heat against Slingshot rider Andy Yates (AUS).
Yates proved that he wasn’t going down without a fight defeating Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) as well as Cabarete Champion Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM) and North rider Reno Romeu (BRA) in separate heats today. Yates executed his tricks with more power and technical style. Amongst some of his tricks were a front mobe to blind, and kgb to blind. Yates would later lose his winning streak against Slingshot rider Youri Zoon (NED) in heat # 33landing him fourth place in today’s competition.
It was a big day for Slingshot Rider Youri Zoon (NED) who defeated five time world champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, GBR) in a 4-1 decision. Zoon made an overall impression on the judges as he executed each trick with great style, power and most importantly kite positioning. Zoon forged his way into the finals against fellow Dutchman and yesterdays first place single freestyle winner Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED). It would be a final 5-0 decision in favor of Langeree due to better execution of tricks and variety. Some of the most outstanding tricks executed by Langeree was a one-handed kgb grab, front mobe to blind, and a one handed 313 with a grab.