2009 PKRA Germany

The second day of the 2009 PKRA Tour stop being held in the North Sea coast of Germany was greeted by wonderful weather conditions. The sun was out most of the day and sunny blue skies prevailed throughout the morning and afternoon with temperatures peaking at 22° Celsius.

The mandatory riders’ meeting was held outside the riders’ tent area at exactly 10:00 am while the supposedly 10:30 am first possible start was delayed by half an hour due to the unpredictable winds.

Exactly 11:00 am, the red flag was raised kicking-off the men’s Single Freestyle eliminations. Race Director Olaf Van Tol then made a decision three minutes into the first heat to cancel the contest because of diminishing winds. The lack of wind made it almost impossible for the riders to stay upwind even on their 12 to 14-meter kites, much less perform any tricks.

Several minutes later, the wind showed a promising comeback so heat #1a was resumed. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) had an easy win, landing a switch slim, 313 and a back mobe, defeating Spain’s Forrest Bakker (Flexifoil) who could only land a blind judge in the light winds.

Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) had a decent heat in the second set despite the very light winds, landing several switch tricks, blind judge with aerial handle pass, 313, back mobe, front mobe, kgb and a back mobe to wrapped. The Dutch rider defeated Thomas Paris (North, FRA) who struggled dearly in the light winds but was able to land a blind judge and a back mobe to blind.

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2009 PKRA Sylt in Germany

The best kiteboard riders in the world are in Germany once again for the 4th Tour stop of the 2009 PKRA World Tour. For the fourth straight year, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) is holding the competition at St. Peter-Ording - the largest beach of all PKRA Tour stops.

A total of 60 men and women are participating in this event which will run until August 2 for a chance at over 50,000 Euros in prize money.

Dubbed as the “Best Organized Kiteboarding Event in the World,” the Germany event kicked off day one with the trial elimination round of the men’s division. Cloudy skies with brief rain showers prevailed during the day. The temperature was at a bearable 18° Celsius with the winds increasing at a steady pace averaging approximately 15 knots.

Day One got underway with a 9:30 am riders meeting at the beach. The 10:00 am start was delayed by about an hour due to some technical problems so a second announcement was made by Race Director Olaf Van Tol at 10:45 am declaring an 11:30 am start. There were a total of 49 men registered so 33 battled it out in the trials. Most of the riders were on their 9 to 11-meter kites

Kiteforum.com’s founder Toby Bräuer was at the scene all day for some ultimate board-off performance to the delight of the crowd. The spectators at the beach began to gather in numbers as the day wore on to cheer for their favorite riders and see who would win a spot in the highly anticipated Singles Freestyle competition.

Around 1:00 pm, the weather took a turn for the worse. Overcast skies with sections of cumulonimbus clouds hovered along the beach forming a line of severe thunderstorm with strong winds and rain soaking the competition area.

An hour later, the announcer declared that due to the extremely high tides and strong onshore winds, the event site would be flooded and all vehicles parked at the designated parking areas would have to be moved as quickly as possible to avoid having a severely salt water-drenched vehicle.

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2009 KPWT Santa Cruz

Day two started with a 10h00 skippers meeting for all the Wave Riders and conditions were looking good.

Wave Master then kicked off at 16h00 with the first rounds for men. The riders were all very excited for the chance to get onto the water and impress the spectators on the beach.

High tide pulled in and the waves were now pushing to 2 meters with a good northerly wind at around 15 knots.

The first rounds in single elimination for men started and Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) looked good, using the conditions as best he could, accustomed to his big wave Hawaii style.

He will face Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) who defeated the local rider Bruno Melo in the second round. Henrique Claudio (POR), who is from the local team decided to put himself to the test and take on the worlds best! He performed well on the waves he selected, with kick-backs on the face and used the power in his kite well. He will face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), who came third at the first Wave Masters event in Germany.

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