Sean Farley 

The race office mixed the fleets up a bit today keeping number 1 and 2 from each fleet and adding 3 and 4 from the other fleet.

Racers were placed within their fleets moving down the line using a standard fleet formula taken from previous race series.

This remix kept Sean Farley (#1 and #2) from yesterday paired against each other in the yellow fleet and Bruno and Sky paired up in the blue fleet.

While Sean and chip stayed consistent with Sean taking 3 bullets and Chip taking 3 second place finishes, the blue fleet had a bit more changing of places going on.

In blue fleets first race yesterday's top two fell to 4th and 5th and local boy, Johnny Heineken shocked the competition with a first place, followed by Michael Gebhardt (pending a protest) then Damien Leroy.

Heineken finished out the day with 2 third place finishes moving him into 4th place overall. Bruno returned to form in the second and third race taking two bullets and finishing the day in second.

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Kiteboard Course Racing World Championship 

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

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2009 KPWT Portugal 

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!