2009 KPWT Dunkerque in France 

The highly anticipated heat between Christophe Tak and Jesse Richman started off proceedings and what a heat it was. Tak began with a stylish low mobe switch followed by a 313. Jesse looked to be feeling the pressure a little, but landed a smooth double s-bend handlepass that seemed to settle his nerves. He went on to a front mobe, slim chance and blind judge 3 with excellent kite position and good style. Unfortunately today looked to be Tak’s and he went through the motions, performing an array of tricks including a back mobe 5, blind judge 3 and a tomahawk. He progressed into the quarterfinals to face Michael Shitzhofer. (AUS, JN). His dream of reaching his first semi final on the KPWT was ended though by Shitzhofer, who was again looking strong in his heats.

For the women, Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) faced Sarah Demdoum (FRA, CABRINHA) in the first quarterfinal. Gisela looked comfortable and seemed to have rested her knee well after her injury in Germany. She flew through Sarah, who just never seemed to settle in. I think the nail in the coffin for Sarah was an S-Bend Handlepass and a huge 360 by Gisela near the end of the heat. She will go on to face Ania Grzelinska (POL, NORTH) in the first semi final for the ladies single elimination.

At 16h00 conditions got really good and wind had picked up to over 20 knots. The semi final between Vincent Tiger and Shitzhofer looked as if they were both overpowered on their 10meter kites! Getting huge air and strong manoeuvres to entertain the many spectators that had come down to the beach to enjoy the festivities and the kitesurfing!

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2009 PKRA Brazil 

Fresh from a ten-day rest after the Germany Tour stop, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the world renowned kiteboard riders association is back in Brazil for a 5-day Tour stop.  Organized by the Gest Group led by Eduardo Piloni as General Coordinator, Kite-Racing Brasil 2009 will run until August 16, featuring world-class kiteboard racers and some of the best Brazilian racers the kiteboarding world had ever seen.

Yesterday’s registration drew a ton of participants from different nationalities including the largest delegation from Brazil with 18 male competitors and 3 women racers. The local racers will get a chance to test their skills against the experienced and the best racers in the world.

Before the start of the races, gloomy weather conditions dominated the area with occasional rains pouring in, turning into cloudy, overcast sky between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. However, the sun finally showed up in time during the afternoon to end a perfect day.

The PKRA crew did an excellent job in setting up an interesting course for Day 1, with short upwind sailing, some tight reaches and some broad reaches.

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KPWT France 

The first heats kicked off around 1pm and saw Peter Tyushkevic (RUS,FLEXIFOIL) face the local Martin Debruyne (Triple-C).

Peter started with a cool 313 followed by a smooth slim chance and held strong throughout his heat, leaving his opponent floating in the first round.

Vincent Tiger (FRA, F-ONE) matched up against Pierre Romain (FRA, NORTH) for the heat of the day in my opinion. Both looking quite good, but I think Vincent’s blind judge 3 took the round from Pierre and he progressed.

During the heat Vincent was flying downwind and everyone held their breath thinking he was going to cross over the competition area and into the “arrest” zone that the water police had demarcated. He pulled out last minute thank goodness!

The freestyle heats were stopped, as the wind had dropped off a little and the race director quickly shifted to course racing. The course was set out in a “banana” shape and the riders pumped their bigger kites and prepped their racing boards for the start.

Riders had colored and numbered lycras to identify them, they had to also register their kite colors and brands to the beach marshal to prevent any confusion.

The course was set out over about 6 minute laps and 2 laps were run for the first and only race for the day.

A great day on the KPWT DUNKERQUE KITESURF PRO!

MEN RACE ONE:
1. Jesse Richman (HAW,CABRINHA)
2. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD)
3. Olivier Dansin (FRA, NORTH)

WOMEN RACE ONE:
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Ainhoa Garcia (SPA, AIRUSH)
3. Ania Grzelinska (POL, NORTH)